At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Toyota Tercel Automatic Transmission May Not Shift Correctly at High Mileages
Toyota Tercel Problem
Drive Train Affected: Automatic Transmission
Average Mileage: 166,860 mi (130,000 mi - 212,198 mi)
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 162,000 mi
Won't shift out of first to second, except on rare occassions
Visitor, 1996 Toyota Tercel, 130,000 mi
Shifts hard from first to second.
Visitor, 1994 Toyota Tercel, Automatic Transmission, 161,966 mi
When I start to drive of my car take longer to shift than normal. Finally it jerks and at 30 it just sound like it doesn't wanna shift. It shifts but hard and I don't understand why. The trany needed oil I added some thinking it was that. No results yet
Visitor, 1999 Toyota Tercel
Car will not switch into gear around 100km-120km per hour. Rev's too high and won't go into 4th no matter if I punch it or not. No solution so far.
Visitor, 1995 Toyota Tercel, Automatic Transmission, 175,000 mi
only in morning will it take longer for transmission to shift at higher rpm, it does ok once the temp heats up. also have a check engine light on, put a obd 2 reader on it and indicates a bank 1 sensor 1 o2 sensor heater circuit, is malfunction, will this take care of a low idel problem, besides taking care of burning too much fuel to improper fuel air mixture.
Visitor, 1997 Toyota Tercel, 160,000 mi
hesitation from 1st to 2nd gear when cold, when driven for awhile shifts smoothly, sometimes it will persist.