Asked by Sep 19, 2008 at 11:46 PM about the 1996 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr DX Coupe

Question type: General

How long do toyota tercels generally last, in miles?

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I had one, Engine/Trans BOTH went out at ~250k and had A LOT I mean A LOT of work done to it.

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ok, and that was after 250k though, right? I am looking to maybe buy one that has around 170k on it and am wondering if it is a good buy... I have heard that the engines begin to loose power after 200k... did you find that with yours as well?

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I had a 89 and a 90 and 2 91s one of which i still drive and they are good as long as you drive them nice if you drive them hard they start to leak oil at about 160k just a bit at first but by 260k it will be a 2 quart/ tank of fuel habit I have never had any transmission problems and i had one that had over 300k on it. but stay away from the automatics unless it is 4 spd because the 3 spd autos where gutless, they are never in the powerband and just don't accelerate at all. if you are ok with man transmission the 4 and 5 spd are both awesome although I prefer the 5 spd a bit better mileage on the highway

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300k miles and more toyotas runs great and lasts long as long as you change yor oil every 1500 -3k and do a tuneup every other year or so any car can last long it all depends on how you take care of it

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The one that I want to buy has almost 300,000 KMS on it.

i have a 81 with 230,000

the only real weak point is that the 3ee engine would start leaking oil from the valve guides and the piston rings would start to wear in high-mileage vehicles, but this seems also to stem from poor maintenance. my '93 tercel is at 272,000 mi. and runs pretty good, but i am careful to keep up on the oil changes

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I have a 96 tercel with 278,000 and used it for commuting for 9+yrs now. Great car and maintanance is the key for a durable long lasting car. When i bought it it had 53,000 on it and when it reached 100,000 I started using full synthetic oil and had not one problem from it. I change the oil filter every 6-8 thousand miles and although it eats some oil ( worn , tired engine, thin oil) it runs very well and critical timing chain replacment every 80 -90,000 miles!1 So far so good!!

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I have a 1986 Toyota tercel with 250k+ on it. I bought it back in 2002 and it had 89k on it. I abused the hell out of the car, the engine lasted up to 248k before the #4 exhuast valve burnd. Then I rebuilt the engine and am still abusing it but not as bad, also the manual trans will not stand up to heavy abuse I should know, becuase I'v broken 3 of them, 2 4 speeds and a 5 speed. But you can get manual transmissions from a junk yard pritty cheap $200 or less. Other then that the car is very reliabil and alway gets you to and from you destination safly.


I have a 1996 with 395000 on it orig trans and engine burns oil but not too much

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I have a 1999 with 321000 original kms. Burns half a cup of oil every maybe 700kms. I keep it in good shape; synthetic oil every 10000 I've changed the transmission fluid once spark plugs once. No problems. 16 kms highway 13.7 combined. Automatic. Cheap insurance. I love it.

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