I'm shopping for an economy car.
I can't really afford a new car.
I have quite a bit of experience but have been disappointed with the few late 80's/early 90's ECU Toyotas and Hondas I've owned. It seems to me that during this period emissions control was really not ready for market, still prototypical -- hard for the backyard mechanic to work on and often with problems/codes that were either undecipherable or unresolvable.
I've always really liked the old Toyotas. Rear wheel drive would be okay with me, but for sure I'd like to get a stick shift gas miser produced PRIOR to the emissions control laws coming into play.
A buddy of mine that I've lost track of always really liked Tercels. The little bit of research I've done appears to show that a 1300 cc model was built at one time.
I wonder if you guys would mind commenting, please, on which years/models of small cube Corollas and Tercels you would recommend from back in the pre-emissions good old days?
I'm ready to start shopping around!