About Toyota Paseo
Toyota Paseo is a sports styled compact car manufactured by Toyota from January 1991 to July 1999. The first Toyota Paseo was introduced in 1991 and designed based on Toyota Tercel loosely. It was available as a coupe and in later models as a convertible but not available in United States any more until 1997. In all, Toyota Paseo was produced through two generations.
The first generation Toyota Paseo (1991-1995) was introduced in 1991 as a 2-door coupe. It was powered by a 1.5 L 5E-FE inline 4-cylinder engine that produced 100 horsepower and 91 lb of torque in most markets but 93 horsepower and 100 lb of torque in United States. Engine was fitted along with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Then the second generation Toyota Paseo (1995-1999) was introduced in Japan in 1995 and in North America for the 1996 model year. A 2-door convertible was released at the October 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. Available engine included 1.3 L inline 4-cylinder engine in Japan and 1.5 L in other markets. As for transmissions, a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed automatic transmission were still available.
Toyota Paseo Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even backed up by famous Toyota, it is still inevitable that Toyota Paseo would start to wear out as accumulation of mileage. In order to give references to other Toyota Paseo owners, we collected some common problems happen to it:
First, engine problems. According to Toyota Paseo owners, when Paseo reached at a certain mileage, it may backfire or have starting issues and lower gas efficiency. Sometimes, leaking oil could be found at the ground along with rattling or whining sounds from the front of the engine. Engine misfiring, smoke from the engine bay and illuminated Check Engine Light are warning you to check your Paseo camshaft seal, ignition coil, oil pump gasket, fuel filter timing cover and timing belt.
Second, premature suspension and transmission failure. Suspension problems show on Toyota Paseo as vehicle tends to tilt to one side, which caused uneven tire wear. At the meanwhile, when driving, the vehicle would bounce and bottom out, which is extremely dangerous for occupants. As for transmission failure, Paseo drivers described as difficulty shifting gears and grinding noises coming from underneath the vehicle. Under this condition, Paseo coil spring in suspension system and Paseo transfer case seal in transmission system need your extra attention.
What's more, in order to keep your Toyota Paseo at the prime condition all the time, other parts also need regular maintenance. Seat belt used daily would get ignored usually. However, it is very important in protecting occupants against harmful sudden movement. You should remember to replace it every time after any accident. Wheel seal plays an important role in stopping accumulation of dirt and moisture in wheels so that wheels could move smoothly. And emblem as the signal of your Paseo also needs to be kept shining.
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