Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Auction Watch: 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD

Find this 1984 Toyota Tercel SR5 4WD here on eBay offered for $3,977 buy-it-now or make-offer located in San Diego, CA.

 From eBay listing:

Item specifics

Condition: Used
Seller Notes: Car has been completely overhauled by a Toyota Certified Mechanic, the list of work done is in the sales description. The only remaining issue would be getting exterior paint work done, it's in good condition now but rear hatch needs work as do the window trims.
Year: 1984 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): JT2AL35W0E0092401
Mileage: 250,000 Make: Toyota
Interior Color: Black Model:


Number of Cylinders: 4 Transmission: Manual
Trim: SR5 Body Type: Wagon
Engine: 3A Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type: 4WD Vehicle Title: Clear
Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Cassette Player, 6th Speed Overdrive, Working AM/FM Radio Sub Model: SR5 4WD
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Blue
For Sale By: Private Seller

Very nice little 4wd Toyota Tercel!

This little pampered 4x4 is one the nicest one you will ever find, very few of these for sale would ever have the amount of work performed simply because it will exceed the cars initial purchase price. I'm not a mechanic by any stretch so I search for a long time for a car that was 100% gone through. Having owned a few of these of the years this car hands down wins on power/performance and function, within the scope of 80's econ cruisers. These cars are very capable in the snow, possible due to their weight distribution and slim tire profile.   
It drives like a dream and handles nicely. The 4 wheel drive works flawlessly. The engine was rebuilt by a certified Toyota mechanic and has 17k miles on rebuild. Also in the past 6 months it has had a new weber carburetor installed with fuel pressure regulator, new timing belt and water pump, new alternator and battery, recent valve adjustment and compression check [ registered 175lbs in each cylinder], new fuel pump and fuel filter, new intake manifold gaskets, new radiator, distributor, new axle bearings, tune-up, new front brake rotors and pads, new rear brake drums and brake shoes. Also has new exhaust installed.
Essentially the car was rebuilt for his son to drive, when the work was completed his son wasn't impressed by the brick like styling of the car and it was sold to me. If you are one of the many who are now familiar with this classic 4WD you will appreciate the capability of one of Toyota best 80's cars.  
It also has the very rare "compound" extra gear [besides the 5 spd] for extra power. This gear is available when in 4WD low, then you can access the 6th UL speed for climbing just about anything. One neat feature is the car's working "incline-meter" with lights, this is more form than function but it's looks cool, these are known to sell on eBay for hundreds.
Also the original radio AM/FM works which is quite rare to find. All windows work correctly and most of the interior plastics are in great shape.     
This vehicle is strong with no surprises, all glass is perfect and tires are good. The wheels have been upgraded to 14" wheels and tires.

Thanks for looking and Happy Bidding!

This a rust free vehicle that lived it's life in Oregon, then in the last few years was moved to New Mexico. This car does not have California compliant smog equipment so bid accordingly. The money spent on the car will likely be close to the sale price so this is a terrific rust free example of 4WD Tercel. The remaining item that I would do is a paint job, this isn't required except for some flaking near the door roof gutters and the rear hatch.  

When I was a kid my first car was my Dad's old Tercel with 250K miles on the clock, it is unbelievable how much better this car runs than my Dad's old car. This car was professionally restored by a Toyota mechanic who either rebuilt or replaced anything that needed service. I've personally driven the car non-stop from New Mexico to San Diego with no issues. The reason I'm selling is I'm purchasing a older Land Cruiser and this will need to go to make room. I've mentioned with all the new carburetor work, and exhaust work this car would not be California SMOG compliant so California Bidders would not be advised, you will be responsible for paying $500 non-refundable deposit at auction close with remaining balance within 5 days. I'm happy to work with a car shipper if you make arrangements, I recommend for shipping quotes. 

Buyers are welcome to request more pictures or to come view the car in person. Car is currently located in San Diego, 92126.
I can be reached at 858-518-one-eight-26 feel free to text your questions I'm happy to answer them.


  1. From the cockroaches-and-Toyotas-will-outlive-the-apocalypse era of manufacturing.

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  3. Amen - take a licking and keep on ticking. The rusty crusty one I sold to a mechanic at the BMW dealership in 2008 is still his daily work whip, much to the chagrin of the dealership.


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