Sprinter Carib aka Tercel 4WD: Survives Even Canada!

In mid-80s Japan, when you wanted a macho off-road machine that could take on the bears of the Canadian Rockies, you headed straight to the Toyota Sprinter Carib, which we Norteamericanos knew as the Tercel 4WD wagon. » 10/15/08 11:00am 10/15/08 11:00am I've had a few of these things, and they're great for your hoonage-on-the-fire-road sort of…

The Amazing Flying '79 Tercel: Even Better Than An Omni!

What's the best way to show that your car is better than the competition? Slap a huge Malaise decal bearing your car's name on the side, set up the ramps, and jump the competition! It's even got more headroom than the Rabbit, which we all know is roomy enough for Wilt Chamberlain! Then it kicks Honda's ass by having a… » 5/14/08 3:20pm 5/14/08 3:20pm

1985 Tercel 4WD Wagon: The Official Car of Santa Claus

Ever since we had an '85 Tercel 4WD wagon on DOTS, I've been trying to find an ad for the thing to use in this series. Yes, it's a hokey Christmas-themed ad, but at least there's some low-yield hoonage involved. Was 1985 the high-water mark for Toyota, before the accountants took over and focus-grouped the life out of… » 2/29/08 11:00am 2/29/08 11:00am

What Happens To Art Cars That Break Down?

While we have mixed feelings about the whole art-car thing (unless the vehicle in question is as undeniably awesome as the Camera van or the Pedal-Powered Buick, of course), it's always fun to find an art car in the junkyard. They really liven up the surroundings, and they inspire all sorts of heavy musings on the… » 2/15/08 2:00pm 2/15/08 2:00pm

Your Car Recommendation For Broke, Flakazoid, Car-Ignorant Friends?

Here's a situation I'm sure a goodly portion of the Jalopnik readership has experienced. You have a friend who has a bunch of redeeming qualities but couldn't pour piss from a boot, much less scrape up the green to buy a decent car or spin a wrench to maintain a shaky one, and of course this friend calls you (the Guy… » 6/27/07 10:00am 6/27/07 10:00am

Question of the Day: Worst Car Hack You've Ever Seen?

Over the weekend I got a call from a friend who'd just bought a slightly funky early-90s Tercel for cheap. "It's a nice car, only something's wrong with the radio. Can you take a look?" I have a stash of a few factory Toyota cassette decks sitting around- the remnants of my City Tow buy/fix/sell Tercel period- and… » 5/01/07 11:45am 5/01/07 11:45am

Bye, Bye, Rockin' Supercar: A Tercel's Last Ride

A few years ago I sold an ugly-but-running '86 Tercel wagon to a friend. She's a single mother on a tight budget, so the car worked out great for her. Her little girl named it the "Rockin' Supercar" and much Tercel-enabled happiness ensued... until the fateful day when the oil ran out and a rod was thrown. Here's… » 2/27/07 8:40am 2/27/07 8:40am