Curbside Classic: 1984 Toyota Tercel Wagon | The Truth About Cars

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Curbside Classic: 1984 Tercel Wagon

I’d say we all could use RR after exhaustively documenting the innumerable weaknesses and frailties. So how we spend a little time with its polar opposite in every conceivable way possible still being a small I could have picked any of thirty or forty Tercel still hard at work on the of Eugene to shoot. But check out the 140 year-old Carpenter Gothic behind this one. The and the Tercel are both owned by my neighbor David Gusset. a maker and repairer of fine including my 1833 Valenzano. If can appreciate a well made built for the long haul, it be him.

I also picked it it pricks the myth that all old wagons are driven by hippies. myths is my shtick, especially as in this editorial here ; its how I a home at TTAC. No doubt been called one too, more than once, in the comments of that one. I back to Tercel wagon and myths.

This Tercel doesn’t get like the violins in David’s behind his house; it’s sat for a quarter of a century. But then I very few Tercel wagons spent time in a garage. an outdoorsy sort of machine, the that tends to gravitate with their owners) to like Eugene, there to with their soul-brothers: Stanza wagons. Subaru and Honda Civic Wagovans.


four boxy kindred share certain qualities particularly endear them to Eugenian long-term owners: yet tall and roomy; economical and to an extreme; genuine Made In quality; and all available with drive. They’re just the to get you to that favorite clothing-not-an-option hot or swimming hole, in rain, or shine.

Our featured Tercel is a lowly FWD which makes it a bit of an outsider in ways than one. My guess is that about percent of these wagons that big 4WD badge on all four as well as a pretty creative train hiding under the The Tercel lent itself to to 4WD in a particularly advantageous way.

The Tercel of 1978 was Toyota’s front wheel driver. The were thinking outside the transverse engine-transmission econo-box they designed the Tercel. The sits longitudinal (north-south), over the front wheels, in a RWD car. The transmission extended to the rear, than back under the engine. Kind of the Olds Toronado, without the chain drive.

It’s not they had 4WD in mind at the time (I But when the SUV/4×4 boom hit in the early eighties, Toyota was on the draw. It was a cinch to extend the shaft out the back of the transmission, and it to a driveshaft for the solid rear which itself was sourced the still-RWD Corolla. All very rugged and functional, in that Toyota way.

But that wasn’t the end of the tricks. A transfer case is pretty out of the question for a FWD to 4×4 conversion. So Toyota in an optional sixth gear in the transmission, a super low 4.71 “stump-puller”. Well, with the 1.5 liter mill churning out all of 62 let’s forget stumps; bushes maybe.

Toyota Tercel sedan II

And it all (still) like a charm in deep mud or sand. Not on dry pavement, though, like most 4WD systems of the it had no center differential.

Of course, it was a little puppy loaded up (or empty) on long up-hill grades. But who’s in a hurry the scenery is so good, and you’re the perpetually relaxed life of an Eugenian?

The Tercel wagon has earned its mythical durability/reliability status. luck trying to prick one. Even its asymmetrical is the stuff of legends. Well, it look odd, and has been been likened to an ATM. But is one amongst us on this website who aspersions on that most of hatches, claiming that all rust out prematurely. Anyway, how is it any rust on a twenty-five year old is worthy of scorn? Just to show what a heavy it is to have the Tercel’s reputation for

Well, I have taken up the to defend the maligned Tercel, and the first ten hatches that I across (believe me, that take long). The results can be here. Only one of the ten had a modest-sized patch; the rest are spotless. then, I’ve spotted at ten more; one had a bit of rust. Ten percent is the stuff of legends. Now how do I prove Eugenians don’t wait days between taking ?

I have a theory about one of the that folks don’t company with their wagons if they bought new: it’s because trying to amortize the rip-off they paid. We looked at one in 1985, during the peak of the voluntary import restrictions. I remember what the MSRP but the Santa Monica dealer’s asking price was a lofty That’s over $30K in money, for a 62 hp economy wagon. import restrictions caused untold tens of billions in prices, put billions in extra into the Japanese coffers, and the Big Three (and AMC) a lot healthier (for a while) they really were.

We mostly due to Stephanie’s veto, and a similarly over-priced Jeep At least it was a lot cheaper on a per-pound But then, if I’d listened to my practical I’d probably still be driving the today, mostly trouble-free, our long-gone cantankerous Jeep. I’m driving the Tercel wagon’s spiritual descendent. but minus the Toyota kept that for the Japanese market xB only. So for Toyota’s impeccable judgment. Now an easier myth to prick.

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