My Former Curbside Classic: 1994 Toyota Paseo – Gone, But Not Forgotten

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My Former Curbside Classic: Toyota Paseo – Gone, But Not

September 22, 2012

( Submitted by Turner )

Let’s take a back to the mid-1990s, when gas was the world looked brighter and a fella was getting ready to buy his new car…

In 1994 I was a 31-year-old teacher in Southern California (finally!) enough scratch to buy a car. Since moving to the State in 1990, I’d suffered an oil-devouring VW Rabbit, and later a Geo that was rapidly on its way to automotive The question was: What do I I wanted something cool (For the ladies!) as well as practical and with good Hmmmmm…

As a young bachelor, I immediately focusing on cars like the Eclipse, Honda Civic Del Sol and the MX-3. If you recall, these are of an extinct species of automobile, the sportus coupeus . which gussied up economy cars looked, well, “sporty” (Oh For the ladies!). Such creatures virtually disappear from our by the late 90s, done in by sales and an ever-rising Yen. But a story for another time…

At any I passed on the Del Sol (it shook like in Vegas) and the MX-3 (crappy visibility), and decided to buy a Toyota The Paseo, a sleek-looking coupe on the pedestrian Tercel platform, had a engine that put out 93 horsies and with the following options: A/C, automatic and a cassette (you want to be able to your new Spin Doctors doncha?). It was known as the Cynos in and other parts of  the world.

Now, the only thing was to a dealer, buy the car and drive off into the So I took myself down to Obershaw Toyota (“the dealer in the Inland Empire”!), them 14k and walked out with my brand-new car. WOW! A car didn’t slurp oil, a hand me down from my dad and had a engine!  Yeah! My first was white, with auto, and a cassette player (For the Other options? Who cares?


Sadly, tragedy struck a year later, when an auto mechanic rear my baby and totaled it. Fortunately, I was to replace it with a teal with the same (lack of) That car shared the following with me:

Living overseas, in (My father, bless his soul, care of the car for me.)

Various friends

Toyota Cynos

Going to graduate school

a librarian and moving from to Texas

Every auto-biography have a final chapter, and ended this past My ol’ reliable Toyota developed a idling illness that several hundred dollars cure. Clearly it was time to get rid of the ol’ I replaced her with a brand new Civic, which was as superior to my as it itself had been to my Geo Metro. I things stay the same but changing (or something like I can’t really remember). I her down to Carmax (fortunately she stall when the folks test drove her) and her. Still, there’s a footnote to my Toyota tale….

Recently, and out of curiosity I searched my Craigslist for Toyota Paseos for and, lo and behold, found Looks like Carmax my old ride to a local dealer, who was now it as a “Hard-to-find model. Clean and actual miles. One-owner A/C is cold. Very clean Very cheap on gas. first car.” They took a whole bunch of pics. which I’ve for this article. Good since I didn’t have any

Yes, it was a perfect first car for me, and it will be the same for someone

Farewell, last of the sporty and Godspeed. May your new owner you with the same respect as I

Toyota Cynos
Toyota Cynos
Toyota Cynos

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