1997 Toyota Tercel Overview


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1997 Toyota Tercel Overview

In 1997, Toyota streamlined the Tercel lineup, condensing the mainstream trims into one line, the CE. That year, Toyota also offered the limited edition Hawk models, which came with larger tires and special badging. The Hawks came in red, white, and black and were known as Redhawks, Whitehawks, and Blackhawks. Toyota also got rid of the four-speed manual transmission, leaving only the five speed and the three and four-speed automatics.

The 1997 Toyota Tercel came with a choice of two body styles, the two-door coupe and four-door sedan. The CE line was a combination of the spartan standard model and the better-equipped DX. Both body styles came with a 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 praise the 1997 Tercel as the perfect car for a new grad or for a commuter who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. Some drivers complain that the seats can become uncomfortable after long distances, and that the car gets noisy at high speeds.


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Exhaust Smoke While Driving

I have a 97 toyota tercel that runs pretty good, only issue is when I'm coming down a hill and I have to break a little harder to yeild, stop, ect. Once I press the gas to start going again it rele...

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97 Tercel Tranny Swap?

I have a 97 Toyota Tercel, 5 speed manual. I need a new transmission but can't find one anywhere. Is there an alternative that would bolt on?

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I have a 97 Toyota Tercel. I want to know if you could convert it over to a 5-speed transmission manual and how hard that would be

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Brake System Maintenance

I have a 20-year old Toyota Tercel with 103K miles. It runs well. Last week, the brake didn't work. I changed a brake hose because it was leaking and I am going to change the other 3 brake hoses soo...

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1997 Toyota Tercel

Anyone knows what size of bulb is on the a/c panel on a toyota tercel 97 I want to replace them with LED's but I can't find them

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