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1997 Toyota Tercel

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 28/Hwy 35/Comb 31 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, 1.5 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1997 Toyota Tercel Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 138 Ratings for the 1995 - 1998 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

great value

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "good econ auto"

Cons: "300k with dings,scratches, wear and tear"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"300 k miles(just breaking it in). Not many vehicles 20 yrs old have pluses as this one, especially being basic transportation. all elecltrical systems are go. Heat and air good. Stereo and speakers are good. 25-30 mpg. No discernable leaks. runs good. Pretty, not really. Luxurious, no. Comfortable, for a few blocks. Overall, good value"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I have owned this car since 2002,

By on Thursday, February 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 333,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Love this car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car since 2002, It had 99,000 miles on it. I have kept up the maintence on it. In 2013 the motor went out of it because the O-rings on the coils dried out and dirt got into my motor. I put $6,000.00 into the motor. It gets 42 miles to the gallon. The interior is in excellent condition. So I have a new car. I do have to have the trunk lid, hood and top of the car painted because the clear coat has come off. A body shop is doing that for me for $450.00 I can't wait"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

A fabulous little car!

By on Saturday, December 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent little car!!"

Cons: "radio is broken, driver's seat is torn."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car new on 3\17\1995 and have driven her only a little over 40,000 miles. Typical "little old lady" car. She needs a paint job due to the fact she was always parked in the hot, Florida sun. But she drives and handles beautifully, gets excellent mileage and is very reliable. I have never had a problem with her because she has been very well cared for. I hate to sell her now but I have no choice. I hope whoever buys her will continue to take good care of her."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Dependable, Reliable and FUN!

By on Sunday, December 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Cheap, Reliable, and Fuel efficient"

Cons: "Small back seats, not family car."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car three years ago with approx. 117,000mi. on it. This car is amazing! I am a college student and was terrified of finding a used car that would break down quickly. This car has only left me on the side of the road once and it was due to a flat tire and I had recently taken the jack out of it while cleaning the car and forgot to put it back.I live in Central Washington State and this car has driven me across the state multiple times, made it over the pass while pushing snow with her bumper and survived everything I have put into her. She starts up every morning for me and I trust driving it anywhere.I am religious about maintenance and do all my own work on the car. It's cheap and easy to maintain, gets great gas mileage and all I have replaced on her is the EGR valve, air filter, spark plugs and wires, belts and routine maintenance stuff. Most of the stuff I replace is before it truly goes out. In about a week, I will be replacing rear brakes and the steering pump because she now squeals when its started up and around corners. (I'm thinking steering pump pulley, as I just replaced the belts.) For a college student with no money, it sure is nice to have a car that looks great and that I'm not embarrassed to drive to take friends around in. The car is small but inside it's pretty comfy and the trunk is HUGE for such a small car. If you come across one, buy it!!"

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

32+ MPG and Toyota Dependability--BUY ONE !!

By on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "32+ MPG, low maintenance cost, Very dependable"

Cons: "Some parts hard to find due to last year made 1999"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had 5 different 2- and 4 door Toyota Tercels since 1991. All were automatics. I currently own a 1997 CE Coupe that I've had for over 5 years. It has been so dependable that I bought my daughter an almost identical 1996 coupe that was even the same color silver !!. The little 1.5L engine is ONLY rated at 93 HP, but you would never know it, because it is QUITE PEPPY and fun to drive, and still even gets 32mpg+ with over 125K miles on it now ! I never spend more than $25-30 weekly on gas commuting from the suburbs into the city to work, and I even use premium fuel ! Oil changes every 2500 mi, with routine maintenance and Timing belt change and these cars will run forever! Although the FWD is good in snow about up to 6 inches,I only use it 9 months a year as my commuter car,and I drive my newer 4WD Ford Ranger in the winter snow. I cannot say enough about how smooth, reliable and economical these Tercels are. Too bad Toyota stopped making these cars because I would keep buying them new !!.The good news is Toyota now sells the "Yaris" as a comparable next generation economy car,which i'm told is quite a good car as well. If you want an inexpensive great little car that gets almost as much MPG as the Prius for only a fraction of the cost, buy a Tercel!!!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Overall a fun and safe commuter car

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 285,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Cheap, great MPG, reliable, fun"

Cons: "hard to find parts"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought car with 270k miles and have put 15k miles on it in a couple months. Great reliable car you can buy with many miles on it safely. Auto trans shifts well, still has great acceleration from a stop, but 50mph and up it awakens and very responsive to gas pedal as it will surprise you. The 5EFE 1.5L engine is the best for power and mpg. 95-99 Tercel and Paseo cars share the same parts in the drivetrain. So parts are very limited at the stores and online is very tough to locate. PicknPull has a few here and there but if your looking for a new part, its difficult sometimes. Tercel is a bit smaller than a Corolla, which gives better mpg, but I would recommend a Toyota Corolla or Camry for ease of parts. I can fit 2 car seats in the back and a small behind person in the center 3rd seatbelt."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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