Go Back   ADVrider > Fluff > Shiny Things
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 12-12-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
Speedo66 OP
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Cin City, OH
Oddometer: 6,936
Wish Toyota Would Make Another Tercel Type 4wd Wagon

Bought one of these new back in 1984, cheap, reliable great gas mileage (35 MPG highway).

Only options I bought were A/C and radio. Cost next to nothing back then, and you couldn't kill it. Had a primitive 4wd system, owners manual said not to use it on hard surfaces, but it was on the fly so easy to put in or out for gravel, snow, rain, etc. Not very powerful, 1450cc engine, but you could speed with no problem.

Small and light, but would go through a couple of feet of snow, and even used it on sand dunes.

Body died long before the power train, which had a couple of hundred thousand miles on it.

Wish they'd build another small, light, and cheap 4wd wagon like that.
Oh I used to be disgusted, but now I try to be amused-E.Costello
'01 Kawasaki W650, '05 Yamaha XT225

Speedo66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
Joined: Sep 2004
Oddometer: 23,304
had the fwd version
loved it, big enough to sleep 2
Hodag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
Beastly Adventurer
KenR's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Park City, UT
Oddometer: 1,676
I bought this a couple of years ago from another inmate. It's a 1988 and has over 300,000 miles on it now. It's got some rust but I think it's been a mountain car its entire life.

When the roads are crappy slush/ice or covered in snow the Terc my go-to car. It's damned near unstoppable when conditions get bad.

It's cheap to drive, cheap to maintain, goes anywhere and provides HUGE value for the money I've got into it, which is next to nothing.

It makes me smile every time I drive it. I love this car.


KenR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #4
Leisure Engineer
Scott_PDX's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Portland...the newer one on the left side.
Oddometer: 3,752
We had a light green Tercel 4WD wagon when I was in High School and living in Spokane. That car rocked. It went ANYWHERE, hauled everything we ever needed to haul. And was cheap. I think it was well over 200k of miles when it finally sold. I had a couple of Tercels in my High School/Early 20's. Those things just kept running and running and were good cheap cars.
2014 KTM 690R, 2009 KLR650, 2004 KTM 450 EXC, 2000 R1150GS

My MotovLog (Youtube Videos):

Where Am I via SPOT (Code SCT):
Scott_PDX is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 10:58 AM   #5
Beastly Photographer
NikonsAndVStroms's Avatar
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: The Hub of the Universe
Oddometer: 41,116
They had the AWD Matrix for awhile which was basically a Corolla wagon.
Motorcycles save lives

"It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave."
NikonsAndVStroms is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 11:08 AM   #6
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: West Coast of Ontario
Oddometer: 206
We had one of those Tercels 4 wd guys... put close to 500,000kms on it.... I think the body was made out of sugar.

I sure miss it

They made a Corolla 4wd for a bit after the Tercel line was done but I don't think it took off. and yes then the Matrix, it had a 4wd option as well.
huron52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #7
A proud pragmatist.
H96669's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Hiding off Hwy 6, B.C.
Oddometer: 4,744
I have one of them,an 83. Used as an ATV to move my firewood/rocks/gravel/lumber and skidding rather big logs. Strictly offroad now altough I had it plated a few years back. Have I ever beaten the crap out of it for the last 10 years. 387,000 Kms on what looks like the original motor.

Just did an oil change on it, tought it was needed after 10 years, and refilled it with slightly used BMW motorcycle oil.

Wouldn't climb the hills last summer, fuel filter was plugged from all the old gas I dump in it. Another $2.00 easy fix.

Don't leave boxes of Kleenexes inside, mouse may crawl in and make a heck of a mess. That's OK, was well overdue for a few minutes of ShopVac work.

Full set of chains on....winch in the back,that thing will crawl up the face of a goat.

If I had a little more time I'd install a snowplow on it. Will depend on how much pushing the snowblower for hours will piss me off this winter.

Best $500.00 I ever spent, should take it to the neighbor today and refill the water jugs. Just nother 900 lbs load and lots less than I have loaded in it before.
Have tools, will travel!
H96669 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 03:24 PM   #8
Manuel Garcia O'Kely
Back at last
Manuel Garcia O'Kely's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2004
Location: Central Colorado Rockies
Oddometer: 13,577
I would see them on the road when they first came out and I thought it would be a real popular car, but sadly not. Would have been one of the few competitors for the Subaru.

Never understood why Toyota has not made a line of AWD sedans and wagons as a mainstay of their line. They make good SUV's, and trucks.
Never ascribe to Evil that which is more resonably explained by Ignorance and Stupidity

There's casting, then there's running into the stream with a baseball bat trying to club the fish to death. - Jim Moore
Manuel Garcia O'Kely is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 03:33 PM   #9
The Byronic Man
AlanCT's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Northeastern CT
Oddometer: 3,680
I had an '85 Tercel hatchback through college. It was the car I learned to drive in as a teen - I bought it off my dad. That car was rusted out really badly (including the gas tank, which was starting to leak) when I finally gave it up but still running strong and never used a drop of oil.

Best car ever.
"You wouldn't be riding a motorcycle if you weren't an optimist."
- Matthew Crawford
2005 Ural Tourist, 2000 Kawasaki W650
IBA #23064
AlanCT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 03:48 PM   #10
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Paradise,CA
Oddometer: 490
Great, goofy. and fun little wagons. They were a lot similar to the fun Subaru GL10 wagons but got better gas mileage. I'd certainly buy a new version.
Irish1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 04:01 PM   #11
High Country Herb
Adventure Connoiseur
High Country Herb's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Western Sierras
Oddometer: 9,391
The 4wd Tercel and the old GL Subarus are both very popular where I live. People keep them covered with a tarp all summer, then out they come year after year.

I would actually like to get my hands on one of these:

Celica All-Trac GT Four
High Country Herb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 04:11 PM   #12
Easily trainable
rapidoxidationman's Avatar
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: The Teton Rockies
Oddometer: 9,041
Had an '88 that I sold to an inmate not long ago. I miss that car

Got to many caving expeditions using it, showed my kids how to drive a stick shift in it, showed them how (not) to drive on slick, icy roads with it, took it on long road trips, short road trips, dirt trips, slow trips, fast trips, and up mountains
Never left me stranded

I'll bet the piece of cardboard from the box the thermostat came in is still holding a good seal on the housing...
I know I'm feeling badly when I have no interest in speeding
rapidoxidationman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
Gimpy, Yet Alacritous
bwringer's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Indianapolis
Oddometer: 2,256
I had a white '84 for a while. Goddamn that was a fun little car.

There was no center diff, so you could only use 4WD on loose surfaces. Lots of fun playing rally car on gravel roads, and it was indeed almost impossible to get stuck.

I just had to keep plugging up the massive rust holes in the body with more spray foam every few months. I sold it to a friend eventually, and she drove it until the strut towers started to fall apart from corrosion. She drove it to the junk yard at somewhere close to 400,000 miles and cried like she was having a good dog put down.

Cheap and easy to service, too. For example, the front struts used cartridges. When I replaced the clutch, getting the transmission and transfer case out and back in by myself was a bit of a bear (OMFG heavy...). Lots of room to work on stuff.

TONS of room inside, too -- the high roof in the back meant you could haul SOOOOOOO much crap.

Mine was an SR5 with the goofy little tilt-o-meter on the dash.

My wife hated the thing. I guess it did smell a little funny...

And yes, I wish Toyota would make a new one. Keep it light, simple, and rugged. Alas, the closest things we have nowadays are porky expensive Subarus. Toyota's RAV4 started out OK, but has grown to the approximate size, weight, and cost of an Abrams tank for some reason.

Toyota's pickups have the same problem, come to think of it. They started out as cheerful little cheap-to-drive pickups in a usefully small size, and then bloated to the point there's little difference and no mileage or cost benefit over buying a full-size pickup.
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2002 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000, Midnight Blue
2005 Kawasaki KLR685 - Turd II.2, The ReReTurdening
"Do not crinkle your food wrappers loudly. Be considerate to others, or I will bite your torso and give you a disease."

bwringer screwed with this post 12-12-2012 at 04:40 PM
bwringer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 05:06 PM   #14
kobudo28's Avatar
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: New Hampster. Live, Freeze and Ride.
Oddometer: 5,888
AWD Matrix.
kobudo28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2012, 05:14 PM   #15
Clint Taurus
Studly Adventurer
Clint Taurus's Avatar
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Heart of Dixie
Oddometer: 797
I had the 4 dr hatchback version of this baby, great car...can't remember why I got rid of it.
Don't be a panty-waste
Clint Taurus is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 08:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015