Toyota Tercel vs. Toyota Paseo

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#1

I am having the budget around $2000, and I am thinking between Toyota Tercel and Toyota Paseo. I am wondering which one is a better choice?


#2

They are equal. At this price there is no significant difference. Buy the best one you can find.

To me these seem more like $1,000 cars than $2,000 cars.

Before you spend your money, find and listen to the song “$1000 Car” by The Bottle Rockets.


#3

The Paseo is built on the same platform, so most of the differences between the two are related to the sportier styling of the Paseo.

So: which one do you think looks better?


#4

I think paseo is more fun, but is it more trouble to get part?


#5

If you want body parts, Tercel may be the better choice. If you crash either one of them it won’t be worth fixing anyway. If you don’t need a headlight assembly there is no difference.


#6

Good song.


#7

Here you go.


#8

Is it too expensive?

1996 Toyota Paseo $2200

1996 Toyota Paseo for sale Black ,well maintained ,2 door, Automatic,cruise control, Moon Rroof, Sproiler, mag wheels, New radial tires, New Battery, No A/C ,4 cylinder 1.6 lt engine, Air care not an issue . Great on gas, and inexpensive to maintain, tank files up for aprox. $35 and runer 490 Km aprox.,excellent commuter car . 199 k mostly highway mileage , selling because upgraded to new vehicle.Rides very smooth no major mechanical problems VIN# JT2CC53H5T0010068.


#9

I would not pay that much for a 14 year old Paseo.


#10

Yeah you can get a '96 4Runner for that price :slight_smile: Especially with the somewhat high miles for such a small engine.

Consumer Reports has a list of used car best bets under $4000:

I think you could get a lower mileage vehicle from the 1996 vintage. It’s worth looking around a bit. I also recommend using AutoTrader or cars.com in addition to Craigslist where you listing came from. As AT also contains newspaper classified, the clientele is a little more mature than CL and your odds of finding a well taken care of with low miles may be higher.


#11

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#12

OK. It’s 199,000 km then. That is “only” 130K miles. It’s on the upper end of what I think may be acceptable. If I was in the market for a $2000 car I would not zero in on a specific model like the Paseo or Tercel but look what is offered near me with low miles and a documented maintenance history. I have bought many cars in the $500 to $2000 price range, and if you keep an open mind and look for low miles, documented maintenance and a long-term previous owner (preferably a mature person) you can find a few good deals. Ideally you would find something under 120,000 km (rare) but I would not go higher than 150,000 - especially if it’s a small car with a small engine.

When I do a Craigslist search for a car like that I often enter $2500 or $3000 as the maximum price (there is always negotiation room) and then - just for fun - search for keywords such as “mother”, “father”, “grandma”, “records”, “maintenance”, “family”, etc. I looked in the Vancouver Craigslist and the keyword "maintained"with a $3000 budget turned up a few interesting results (albeit with high miles, but nobody said that you’ll find something right away). There also seems to be a 2001 Saturn SL1 with ow miles for under $2K.

As I said: More important than the make and model is the previous owner and the documented maintenance.

All of the above is my personal opinion and experience. I am sure if other people disagree they will voice their dissent :slight_smile:


#13

Thank :slight_smile:


#14

Let us know how it turns out.