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

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Curbside Classic: 1984 Tercel Wagon

I#8217;d say we all use some RR after exhaustively the Vega#8217;s innumerable weaknesses and So how about we spend a little communing with its polar in almost every conceivable way (while still being a wagon). I could have any of some thirty or forty wagons still hard at on the streets of Eugene to shoot.

But out the impeccably-restored 140 year-old Carpenter house behind this The house and the Tercel are both by my nearby neighbor David a renowned maker and repairer of violins, including my 1833 If anyone can appreciate a well instrument built for the long it would be him.

I also it because it pricks the myth all old Tercel wagons are driven by Pricking myths is my shtick, automotive, as in this editorial ; its how I found a home at TTAC. No I#8217;ve been called one probably more than especially in the comments of that

I digress; back to Tercel facts and myths.

This doesn#8217;t get pampered like the in David#8217;s shop behind his it#8217;s sat outside for a quarter of a But then I doubt very few wagons ever spent in a garage. It#8217;s an outdoorsy of machine, the kind that to gravitate (along with owners) to places like there to commune with soul-brothers: Nissan Stanza

Subaru wagons, and Honda Wagovans.

These four kindred spirits share qualities that particularly them to their Eugenian owners: compact, yet tall and economical and reliable to an extreme; Made In Japan quality; and all with four-wheel drive. just the ticket to get you to that clothing-not-an-option hot springs or swimming in rain, snow 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#8217;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#8217;s not they had 4WD in mind at the time (I But when the SUV/4#215;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 simple, rugged and in that old-school Toyota

But that wasn#8217;t the end of the tricks. A transfer case is pretty out of the question for a FWD to 4#215;4 conversion. So slipped in an optional sixth in the (manual) transmission, a super low ratio #8220;stump-puller#8221;.

Well, the little 1.5 liter mill out all of 62 horsepower, let#8217;s forget blueberry bushes maybe.

And it all works like a charm in snow, mud or sand. Not on dry pavement, because like most 4WD of the time, it had no center differential.

Of course, it was a pokey little loaded up (or even empty) on up-hill highway grades. But in a hurry when the scenery is so and you#8217;re living the perpetually life of an under-employed Eugenian?

The wagon has earned its near durability/reliability status. Good trying to prick that Even its asymmetrical tailgate is the of legends. Well, it does odd, and has been often likened to an ATM. But there is one us on this website who casts on that most distinctive of claiming that they all out prematurely.

Anyway, how is it that any on a twenty-five year old vehicle is of scorn? Just goes to what a heavy burden it is to the Tercel#8217;s reputation for near-immortality.

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#8217;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#8217;t wait days between taking ?

I have a theory about one of the that folks don#8217;t company with their wagons if they bought new: it#8217;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#8217;s asking price was a lofty

That#8217;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#8217;s veto, and a similarly over-priced Jeep At least it was a lot cheaper on a per-pound But then, if I#8217;d listened to my side, I#8217;d probably be driving the Tercel today, trouble-free, unlike our long-gone Jeep. Instead, I#8217;m the Tercel wagon#8217;s direct descendent. but minus the 4WD. kept that feature for the market xB only.

So much for impeccable judgment. Now that#8217;s an myth to prick.

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