1996 Toyota Tercel Overview


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2 Dr DX Coupe
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Avg. Price: $2,924
2 Dr STD Coupe
1 national listing
4 Dr DX Sedan
3 national listings
Avg. Price: $2,924

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Average User Score

3.35 stars

Based on 9 reviews

96 Tercel by Amanda
 — I loved this car when I got it. It was leased. I remember going car shopping with mom and dad and looking at the Tercel. We found this one on the lot with 800 miles on it, and not much more other than... Read More
Get It If You Just Want A Really Economic Car by Davis
 — The car is all about economics. This car is not made for performance, its pretty slow actually, but the cost of maintenance is next to zero. This doesn't have good handling or braking, but its ok. The... Read More
Nice Small Car With Good Mileage by jrmosby
 — Good gas mileage (35-38 hwy; 28-32 town); room for 4 small adults and some luggage, fold down rear seats making it easy to carry up to 8' boards; good around town and short trip vehicle; no rust yet; ... Read More

1996 Toyota Tercel Overview

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1996 Toyota Tercel

The 1996 Toyota Tercel didn’t see too many changes. The standard coupe got the option of cloth seats, whereas before it only came with vinyl. Other than that, the 1996 Tercel stayed largely the same.

The 1996 Toyota Tercel came in three trim levels. The coupe was offered as a base or DX model, and the sedan was available only as a DX. All shared the same 1.5-liter, 93 horsepower four cylinder engine. Not surprisingly, the 1995 Toyota Tercel got excellent gas mileage, at about 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

Owners love their 1996 Toyota Tercels for their reliability and excellent gas mileage. Drivers admit that the car doesn’t have many frills, but most Tercel owners are just looking for something that gets them safely from point A to point B. Some drivers complain of the 1996 Tercel’s uncomfortable seats and small trunk.


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Toyota Tercel Questions


I Have A 96 Tercel. When I Down Shift Or Put On My Break It Seems To Loose ...

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Can A Clogged Heater Core Cause My '96 Toyota Tercel To Overheat Within Abo...

Symptoms are vehicle overheats very quickly. I believe that the radiator fan runs. Windshield defroster was putting a film on inside of windshield. I have not replaced the thermostat or radiator cap....

288 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)

I Took Out The Two Cams How Do I Line Them Up Puting Them Back

139 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

Replace 2 Instrument Panel Dead Lights

Any good instructions or link on how to replace two dash lights that are out (Temperature went out 4 weeks ago, & speedometer this week)? 96 Tercel Expect to replace them all while I have the inst...

816 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 years ago)

1996 Tercel Codes P0100 And C0304 ?

1996 Tercel codes p0100 and c0304 ? my 1996 Tercel engine light comes on and my obd2 reader gives codes p0100 and c0304. I clear the codes and they come back within 30 miles. Has Auto transmission, an...

449 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 years ago)