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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
152,236 miles
Total Complaints:
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1997 Toyota Tercel accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1997 Toyota Tercel Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 022009

Tercel CE 1.5L 4-cylinder

  • Manual transmission
  • 152,236 miles


On a morning of a cold winter day I tried opening the driver's door and the thing came off in my hands. I noticed someone else had the same gripe.

Also, I've noticed at least 3 other vehicles in my town of 130,000 people with the same problem. Each time I notice it I see that it's the same break exactly. A little chunk of plastic remains with a majority of the handle missing.

Luckily enough, but still annoying, is the fact that I can still marginally open my door with the remaining nub. It's just not a big enough deal to try and get it fixed.

- , Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

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