1996 Toyota Tercel Overview


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2 Dr DX Coupe
2 Dr STD Coupe
1 national listing
4 Dr DX Sedan
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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


Can I Swap A 99 Corolla Transmission Into A 96 Tercel?

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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....

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

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

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Where Is The Thermostat?

where is the thermostat located under the hood? i would like to change my thermostat.

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Oil Capacity

I am about to change the oil on the car. I just bought it from a previous owner, there is no manual. What is the oil capacity of this car?

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