1988 Toyota Tercel User Reviews

1988 Toyota Tercel Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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Noel writes:
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4

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Cheap, reliable transportation

Cons

No power

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Good, Inexpensive Transportation — This was my second car. Bought with 36000 miles on it and traded in with 89000 on it. The only bad thing about the car was slow acceleration. Was reliable. Catalytic converter went bad around 50000 miles. Had no other problems. Comfortable, nice looking small car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Preston writes:
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Fuel Economy

Cons

It doesn't get chicks.

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It's A Toyota. — If you want a subcompact tank, this is it. It gets amazing gas mileage and actually performs pretty well. If you can put up with its ugliness its the perfect car to own. Very fun in a four speed. Word!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jess writes:
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It's a car! Lasted for over 100,000 miles

Cons

Lots of little repairs here and there

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First Car — It was my first car, whadda ya expect? LOL. Drove okay, but needed a lot of work once it hit about 130,000 miles. Would idle funny at times to the point where the steering wheel would shake. That wasn't fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ralph writes:
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Comfort, fuel economy - good lines!

Cons

No a 4-door sedan available with this body style.

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A Good, Reliable First Car For The New Driver Or A Reliable Station Car! — VERY reliable! The front seats were roomy (2-door coupe), and the trunk had plenty of room! I drove the car across the country in the dead of winter and it handled VERY well on the icy and snowy interstates. Gas mileage was always good (even when it was fully packed to the gills)! Automatic tranny paired with with the 16-valve 4cylinder was peppy and smoothe! The 2-door coupe has a very sporty look. It is only too bad the 4 door was restricted to a hatchback during this time.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chris writes:
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the motor is very powerful dispite the size of the car and it looks good on top of that

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occasional rocking and throttle response

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Outstanding Car — good gas milege and power but sometimes poor throttle response and "rocking" five speed so its very fun to drive plus its the sport model if that tells u anything its built wonderfly however there is no chassis and everything is built straight to the body

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Greg writes:
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low cost everything

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low cost everything

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My College Car — I drove this car into the ground. No maintenance except brakes and oil changes. Clutch went out at about 80K miles. The little 1.2L engine kept on working.

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Rachel writes:
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Dependable and easy to drive anywhere.

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Old with no power locks, windows, or air-conditioning.

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I Still Own My First Car. — I got this car the summer before I went to college. Although it has had some work done on it due to age, Marten (that's my car's name) is still a reliable old car.

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1981 Toyota Tercel Reviews

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1982 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Built Like A Tank And Great Gas Mileage. Cute Car In An Ugly Way. By agabrielj

I liked everything about it for a 16-18 year old person. I miss it and that's why twenty years later I'm reviewing it. This was my first car back in 1991. It had 150,000 miles on it already. My mo... Read More

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1983 Toyota Tercel Reviews

I Don't Much About This Car. By nsbrad

My Mom past away last month in the will , this [83] tercel was to be sold or disposed of. My Mom bought this car used fifteen years ago with 98k on the odometer this car has over 174k and has never fa... Read More

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1984 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Wouldent Trade It For The World By mps62

400,000 miles and still going strong grate on gas easy to work on fun to drive,takes me wear i want to go with no truble plenty of power,the 5 speed is the best and it gets a lot of att. Read More

A Diamond In The Rough. By Sam

This is the only tercel worth owning. it's a 1984 Toyota Tercel Wagon with 4wd. It's low gear is on the normal gear shifter instad of on teh selector. Also you can go into 4wd at anytime and speed ... Read More

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