1977 Toyota Hiace LWB 2.0 18R petrol


Just keeps on going!!!


Timing chain went at 270,000 - replaced the engine with one from a Celica for next to nothing.

Had trouble with the carbie for a while - water pump in 2000 - fuel pump in 1997 - also the fan clutch in 1997 - starter motor's a bit tired now.

General Comments:

This van is amazing. It's been in my family since 1983 when it was driven around Australia over 3 months, and just keeps on going.

The body is now rusting away quite badly, (I live on the coast) but a coat of housepaint every 6 - 12 months keeps the coppers off my back. Wind screen wipers now don't work 'cause the mounts rusted out so it's fine weather only now...

The engine just keeps on going - very reliable - I've taken it across the nullabor myself twice, as well as to the north west of Western Australia several times, and countless times to the South West.

Last week she just purred all the way to Albany (500km one-way) and back. Stopped once to fill up with petrol, and once to fill up with oil!!!

Toyota engines, old and new, just keep on going!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

31st Jan 2013, 19:58

All good to hear. I live in Ireland, and I'm thinking of making a small investment in a 1982 Hiace camper van with a 2.2L diesel engine, and just looking for a bit of opinion on the engine. Sounds good. Had a Toyota Corolla 2.0L diesel before, and the engine was practically indestructible. Thanks.

25th Aug 2014, 12:35

Hi there. I have the same van and love it. I bought it a year ago and spent 6 months and $4500 on it, but recently it overheated and she just stopped. Was looking to get a new engine prior to this happening, but have been having trouble finding the same one. I love your comment of putting a Celica engine in it, because I hadn't thought about putting an alternate engine in it. Your comment may have just saved me a few bucks and helped get the old girl going again. Thanks :)

1989 Toyota Hiace 2.2


The best car/van I have ever had (will never sell it}


The radiator cracked two months ago.

Repaired rust along top of the rear door, This was at about 355000kms.

Drivers seat is badly warn. But still comfy.

General Comments:

This is the best van, I know the first owner and this van is coming up to 400000kms and the engine has never been lifted, It burns no oil, Putts along at 100kph fully loaded and even up to 160kph. Great for long drives, Very low maintenance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2003

3rd Apr 2006, 06:36

My Hi Ace has done 380,000 kms with never a bleep in its entire life. It's travelled frequent long distances, on all sorts of roads. I've changed the shock absorbers, battery, brakes and tyres, and one alternator (Which I doubt was the problem, Autoelectricians are sharks!) It is without doubt the best vehicle I've ever owned! YAY Toyota and YAY again!

1996 Toyota Hiace ZL 2.8 cc diesel


Solid and reliable workhorse


Nothing has gone wrong although the engine keeps running sometimes even after the key has been turned off. Probably had dirty fuel which has lodged in the fuel solenoid.

General Comments:

Very reliable. As with all diesels the servicing has to be kept up to date. Mine has been serviced every 5000km since new and uses no oil or water.

The van with all my gear on board weighs around 2700kg and I sometimes tow a tandem trailer that can weigh up to another 2200kg giving an all up weight of close to 5 tonnes. Not bad for a 2800cc diesel.

The van is no powerhouse and slows down on the hills, (even without the trailer) and overtaking is not a common occurrence.

I would like to have twin sliding doors and maybe a bit more width to the van. I was going to buy a Transit or Merc, but although they are wider, they are also a lot higher which means I could not reach the roof racks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2003

1996 Toyota Hiace DX 22R 2.4 petrol


A good workhorse, but a bit underpowered for towing work


Battery failed after 5 years (good run).

Headlights have poor light output (replaced with aftermarket H4 inserts).

General Comments:

Good vehicle on & off the road.

Original Dunlop SP-LT5 tyres are noisy at high speed on bitumen & have poor grip in the wet. Replaced with 205/75R15LT tyres on Ford Falcon AU1 15" rims. This also stepped up the gearing by 7% so at 100kph, the engine revs drop by 250-300 RPM approx which made a 1.5 mile per gallon fuel saving.

Seating is uncomfortable on long trips.

Cabin layout is good with all controls in easy reach.

Road noise is excessive, but was fixed by the addition of tar paint on the floor with underlay under the vinyl flooring.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2001

11th Nov 2012, 05:01


I am thinking about getting a 1999 version... Super custom.

I believe it s 2.4 petrol with LPG... Seems OK. Are they that heavy on petrol?

I read somewhere that the head is prone to crack. Is that true?