If you are looking for alternative to the high-priced Toyota Celica, the Toyota Paseo should be your choice. First introduced in 1992, the Paseo is smaller, cheaper, and more economical than the performance-driven Celica. The sport coupe competes with the Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe, the Hyundai S Coupe and the Nissan Exa.
The Toyota Paseo was released as a front wheel drive which shares its wheelbase with the Toyota Tarcel to replace the 2-door Corolla GT-S and SR5 in the same year. The Toyota Paseo was powered by a 1.5 L 4 cylinder engine that could produce up to 100 horsepower and 91 pound feet of torque which it shared with the Tarcel. A 5 speed manual transmission as standard and 4 speed automatic transmission was offered as an option. In some places like California, Paseo engines were rated at 93 horsepower and 100 pound feet of torque.
Though a lot of Paseo design was based on the Tarcel, some notable difference was the 14-inch wheels compared with the 13" with that of the Tarcel and improved suspension system. Exterior projection was also unique with the Paseo. Its sporty contours and lavish design made it stand from the rest of the competition. The comfort was also significantly evident during potholes and major bumps. Safety was at high grade thanks to its safety features including stabilizer bar, antilock braking, driver-side and passenger-side airbags, and automatic-locking retractors. Interior was neatly designed with consoles properly arranged for its price. Though you wont get any luxury package, the Paseo interior was already a beauty.
The second generation Paseo in 1997 was released with the convertible with manual folding top and a heated glass rear window. The model was retired in 1999.
Toyota has always been regarded as the best Japanese automaker that has conquered the automotive industry throughout the world. In fact, Toyota Motors produces an estimated eight million vehicles per year which made them the largest Japanese automaker and the second largest in the world just after the General Motors. With that reputation it is given that every Toyota vehicle like the Paseo will receive good and quality parts. Toyota maintains every vehicle with a good supply of replacement and aftermarket parts to keep every Paseo looks good at he same time performs well on the road.
I want a more powerful Toyota Paseo. I'm a little worried that my car would pass out while going uphill.
Installing a turbocharger would definitely add extra horsepower to your Toyota Paseo, and uphill tracks will be a piece of cake. This power-boosting device makes around 45 percent power without the increased weight. The problem, though, is that turbochargers consume more fuel, thus adding to your normal fuel cost.
Power-boost is still achievable even without installing a turbo. The trick lies on the air flow. Air intake system that is tuned to bring air faster into the engine can add up to 7-horsepower. Quicker airflow preserves air density that's needed for better combustion. To complement the air intake, the exhaust must also be fast in sucking out exhaust gas. Refined or less restrictive air flow system will also decrease fuel efficiency, although not as much as the turbocharger does.
I need my lights to work, and I don't want to rely on mechanics all my life. Engine cranks in a snap, so I suppose my battery is okay. Where do I start?
Becoming familiar with your car's electrical system is a great investment. When you know which aspects of the system easily get problematic, you'll know which to check first and have replacements always handy. With your intermittent lights, bad connection might be the problem. After finding it and putting the connection back into place, it is wise to do the basic maintenance for the rest of the electrical system. Any faulty wires must be replaced to avoid more expensive damage.
It may sound boring, but reading the car's repair manual will improve basic know-how, especially to those who are always on the go. Some car owners pay attention to what and how their mechanic works, and throw some questions from time to time. Learning basic car maintenance is more entertaining that way, plus you get almost an actual training without the cost.
Finding blind spots with my Toyota Paseo is a little challenge, so I'm thinking of getting help from my mirrors. Any suggestions on which to choose?
Mirrors really have no secret to tell on how to eliminate blind spots. Car manufacturers know blind spots pose a serious matter. In fact, most vehicles today were designed with improved view of the traffic on both sides and when temperature is low, particularly for the larger and longer designs. Big trucks use telescoping mirrors for improved vision of both the left and the right side traffics. The considerable length added will sure help decrease blind spots, but it will look a bit off with your 2-door Paseo.
You can either have manual remote mirror or power mirror—both have designs that are less rugged to fit smaller cars such as your 2D and are also operated from the inside for ease of use. If you are choosing from among the power mirrors, note that non-heated mirrors cannot be replaced with heated or the other way around. The industry also has manual memory, towing mirrors, and a bunch more for your choices.
The Sporty yet Fuel-friendly Toyota Paseo
Closely related to the Toyota Tercel, the Toyota Paseo is a sporty compact that was in production from 1991 to 1999. It was sold initially as a coupe and as a convertible in later years. It was discontinued in the US in 1997, although production continued for other markets until the model was pulled out in 1999. Today, the Paseo attracts second-hand buyers looking for an eco-friendly vehicle that’s also reliable and durable.
1991-1995: The environment-friendly Paseo enters the US market
The Toyota Paseo shared a platform with the Toyota Tercel and Toyota Starlet, making it possible to interchange parts between these three vehicles. Equipped with a 1.5 L 5E-FE inline-four engine, it produced 100 horsepower and 91 lb/ft. of torque. In 1993, the engine’s ratings were tweaked to meet California and California-based emission standards. So cars sold in California and states with the same emission regulations were equipped with engines that produced 93 horsepower and 100 lb/ft. of torque. The first-gen Paseo was available with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission.
1995-1999: A convertible Paseo is introduced
Upgrades included tweaks in the body sheet metal and a more modern electronic system for the engine. All engines for the second-gen version were also tweaked to reduce their specs in accordance to California emission regulations. At the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show, a convertible version was introduced and was officially released in the market in 1996. However, in 1996, sales of the Paseo were halted in the US, with the 1997 model as the last model sold to the US market.
In other countries, the Paseo was still sold. In the UK, the Paseo was available in three trims: ST (base), Si, and Galliano. The Si featured a Sony CD player, a third brake light, anti-lock brakes, a color-keyed boot spoiler, and 14-inch alloy wheels. As for the Galliano, this trim included 15-inch alloy wheels, mud guards, a color-keyed chin spoiler, and a colorful exterior with decals on the sides. In Japan, the Paseo was sold under the Cynos name. Three trims were also available for the Japanese market: Juno, Beta, and Alpha. All the trims came with a rear windscreen wiper and color-coordinated wing mirrors, but they were equipped with different upholstery, engines, steering wheels, and dashboards. The Beta was equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and a 5E-FHE engine, the Juno was equipped with a four-speed automatic gearbox and a 1.3 4E-FE engine, and the Alpha was equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and a 1.5 5E-FE engine.
In 1999, Toyota discontinued the Paseo. Despite this, the Paseo was one of Toyota’s more engine-efficient sporty vehicles. It also continues to be a reliable option among second-hand buyers looking for a sporty, fuel-efficient, but affordable sub-compact coupe.