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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX CoupeReview
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1991 Toyota Tercel — It was my first car, and I've got lots of emotion invested into our 8 year partnership. I love how much get-up-and-go the little thing has, even for a four cylinder 1500 at 18 years old. It's still like new inside and out, aside from some fading shine from the clear coat on the roof. The dash does rattle something terrible in single digit temperatures, and it doesn't start very well in similar temperatures, but I can completely relate to its reluctance in these Colorado winters. It's an excellent little town car, but I also don't recommend it for the highway. It's tiny, with few interior comforts, although it does get fantastic fuel mileage in excess of 38 average mpg. Bottom line, terrific for heavy traffic and parking in limited spaces, but not so great for coast-to-coast travel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Parks anywhere, excellent fuel mileage, jack-rabbit starts and stops.

Cons: Economically made, limited interior comforts, and will come off for the worse in a traffic accident.

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD CoupeReview
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The Best And Would Consider Buying Another One. — I bought my '91 Tercel used in 1994 with only 25k miles on it. I've driven it since and it now has 105k miles on it. It's been the best car ever to own. The appearance of my car has never suffered and still looks modern today. Performance has been fine and never been an issue. No major repairs as of yet, but with this Tercel model, there is an issue with the valve stem seals and needing being replaced. I have yet to get this fixed. I've been told by a mechanic as long as I keep oil in the car and new spark-plugs, it will last a long time. So far he's been right. I plan on getting it fixed and keeping the car for another 100k miles.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: reliable, great gas mileage, durable,

Cons: I can't think of any!

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX CoupeReview
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Best Performance Product To Get? A "for Sale" Sign. — Where to start? The engine is junk, 1.5 liters and only a single camshaft? I'd get beat by SUV's in the 0-60 department......garbage. Wheels are garbage. 155-70-13's? They're only good for the snow because they're THAT damn thin. Suspension is pure trash.....the tercel is one of the few cars in the 90's that remained without rear-independent suspension, horrible. The brakes are terrible.....I wouldn't be caught dead driving another car with drum brakes (They lock up all the time). And this is just the cliff-notes version. Did I mention this car is garbage?

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Run it in a destruction derby!

Cons: You'll spend 10-15K making it perform when you should just buy another sled.

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX CoupeReview
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Simple, Economical, And Ultra-reliable — Owned from 1998 to 2003. Son owned from 2003 to 2006. Now owned by brother-in law. Since I bought it with 120,000 km on it, the family has added some 200,000 km to it with very few issues. Consistently excellent gas mileage, in the 40 miles per imperial gallon range - sometimes even better. Parts for this car were readily available and usually inexpensive. Engine was easy to work on. Oil changes were particularly easy - 10 minutes with hand tools in my driveway.

Pros: easy to maintain. Standard shift. hydraulic clutch. Dash clock from Toyota Paseo is a bolt-in. Ultra-reliable car. Seat mechanism on two-door model passenger seat (to access rear) is well designed. Controls and instruments are simple, easy to use and well laid out. Cupholders are particularly well designed and sturdy.

Cons: no air conditioning. less than 100 hp. Seats/suspension too firm for comfort on longer trips.

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD CoupeReview
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Its A Car — I liked that its a stick sift , but its only a 4 speed I wish it was a 5 speed, once its fixed and all the little things that is wrong that drive me crazy about the car it fix I'll be ok with the car because for the most part it runs good and I'll save on gas when I fix all the little stuff. Thank god for places like this helps me remember all the things I learned about cars

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Once the car is up to par it will then be a good reliable car and good on gas righ

Cons: Having to put so much work in to the car has stress

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr STD CoupeReview
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It Was Mostly Luck, And The Need For An Economy Car, But It's Been Mostly Positive, With The Good Outweighing The Bad — I have owned my 1991 Tercel for 5 years, and have put 30,000 miles on it. I have had a minimal amount of repairs done to it. With gas price situation so critical, great gas mileage and no car payments, as my mechanic told me, "You can't beat it, this is a great, simple, stick shift car". I will continue to keep it and maintain it as if it were a high priced vehicle.

Owner for 5 years, 6 months

Miles Driven per Year:6,500

Pros: great performance with stick shift even though 4 cylinder. Engine partially rebuilt, shaved heads!

Cons: Uncomfortable seats, but I have resolved that, and now I have very comfortable seats. No place for a drink holder, but I have resolved that also. If anyone is interested in resolving these issues, email me

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1991 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX SedanReview
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Reliable, Basic Car. Read Full Review. — Style was nice, similar to Honda Civic of same time period. Small car. Interior somewhat basic; had to upgrade to aftermarket stereo. Cheap to run. Drive was nice, though not very sporty. Not a peppy engine. At 130,000 miles, connecting rod blew hole in engine. This was an unusual case, as other people I know still have this same car and did not experience this.

Pros: Overall reliable.  

Cons: See full review.

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX CoupeReview
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It's An Excellent Econobox. Just Don't Expect It To Handle Or Go As Fast As A Sports Car. — Performance-Everything good except acceleration, it works though. Build Quality-It's pretty solid for the most part. Appearance-It looks fine, not too much wrong with it at all. Fun Factor-It's decently fun to drive, I like it though. Cost of Ownership-It's pretty good, good MPG's, the engine doesn't need too much work.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Good MPG's, Reliability

Cons: If you want a sport's car...don't get this.

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1991 Toyota Tercel 4 Dr DX SedanReview
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Still Great — This car has never let me down. Its quality is seen trough the entire car, its engine wont die and its exterior appearance is much better than most of the cars from 19991. Many people have asked what's the model year of my car, and nobody believes its 18-years old. Great Toyota product.

Pros: MPG, ride quality, fun.

Cons: Back seats a bit tight

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1991 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX CoupeReview
Lenworth writes:
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The First One — Leaked every fluid possible but still ran. This car had to be the most neglected car ive ever had but somehow it never left me on the side of the road. with a whooping 72hp and 4 speed manual (thats right i said 4 speed manual) it amazed me that a car could be this slow.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: got me from point a to b

Cons: thing was falling apart.

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Reviews From Other Years

1998 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Great Car By Robyn

Great little car, thou 98 Horse power was a bit low. Standard that it was, was great for fuel economy. Great commuter car. Great in snow as well. I got almost 600 Kilometres out of a tank of gas.I n... Read More

The 98 Tercel Was One Of The Best Cars I Have Ever Owned. By tempest350

I used to own a 1998 Toyota Tercel, and if you do find one for sale you might want to consider it. Mine was a teal green color, with a grey interior and 4 spd. manual transmission. When I bought it it... Read More

1997 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Small Engine Great Performance By Koushul

Great car + good fuel economy, great aceleration up to 60mph about 6 seconds, stock suspension are a bit fussy, cant take hard cornering, maintenance cost is extremely low, easy to drive, takes all th... Read More

1997 Tercel Ce By Joel

I bought this car in 2006. Its not very fast but it is very fuel friendly. Now a days you need one of this to move around. I have done a couple of thing to keep it looking good and I love it. Next... Read More

1996 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Clean Cal Title By woodie

this car did everything i hoped it would do.low cost to operate ,looked and drove great. i looked at many other cars before i bought this one. i was in the car biz for over 26 years and know how to sp... 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

1995 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Tercel Sounds Like [steve] Urkle By Lnny

The Toyota Tercel is a reminder of how I met my significant other. When I assumed title from her, I knew my swingin single days were over. And once I had to add a babyseat in it, I went from "lady k... Read More

Great Fun Car, Gets Good Mileage. By timboslice

I do like my tercel alot. I bought it in April with 203k on it. Since then, i had to replace the deck, speakers, tires, brake master cylinder, brake pads, calipers, fluid, and rotors. It is probably b... Read More

1994 Toyota Tercel Reviews

Awesome By babydoll26

this car is great for a first time starter car and is cheap on gas and insurance and does the trick for a small family car.....it is a fun car to drive and you will enjoy yourself! I would never get r... Read More

I Would Never Own Anything Else! By Christopher

I love my car. It looks great, handles like its on rails, gets looks. and has a full roll cage. Its Turbocharged and has plenty of torque. Everything is custom. Has 15" OZ Racing Cynos HRZ rims wrappe... Read More

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