Toyota MasterAce Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1985 Toyota MasterAce Surf (4WD) 2.0 turbo diesel

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Don't Know
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Practical, reliable, economical - a road mate!

Faults:

- Glow plugs gone around 180.000.

- Diesel pump needed replacement at around 200.000km.

- Radiator 75% blockage around 220.000km.

- Fuel gage works funny: Full tank shows as empty and then from half tank down shows correctly.

- Rust built up a bit (OZ lifestyle to blame I guess)

- Increasing oil leak since a while now, have to check that soon...

General Comments:

Well, I did 270.000 km in 6 years on this van and it never - not once! - let down.

Very economic engine, between 9 and 10lt per 100km.

Not the fastest thing out there but suits well the Australian speed limits - max speeds here are 110km/h.

7 seats: all seats fold creating a huge horizontal area. Seats come off very easy too. Plenty of room for a small van.

High and Low 4wd ranges. Not a "real" 4wd because it lacks the clearance but otherwise very good on sandy patches where a 2wd van just gets stuck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2008

1993 Toyota MasterAce Estima

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carToyota MasterAce

Faults:

Poor fuel economy. Many of the optional extras proved to be a joke.

General Comments:

As a people mover, this model served as the prototype for better examples that followed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2005

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews