Toyota Previa Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1997 Toyota Previa LX - Emina Luxury 2.4 petrol

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 kilometres
Most recent distance98000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona


Room for 8, but thirsty and underpowered


The front brake discs were gone and it had a blown head gasket when we first got it. Repaired under warranty though.

Electrics are faulty - battery goes flat regularly every month or so, even though it's a brand new large battery.

Wheel bearings on both front wheels needed replacing under warranty.

Surprisingly unreliable for a Toyota.

General Comments:

Excellent for space and comfort, but very thirsty and way underpowered. Should be a 3 litre.

Does only 6-7km per litre round town, and struggles on hills, though great cruising on flat roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2006

1992 Toyota Previa GLX 2.2 litre four

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 litre four Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla


Reliable, proven, quality transport


The auto transmission is starting to slip intermittently, the trim on the seats are starting to wear.

Replaced two starter motors (exchange)

The rear brake light bulbs often blow in the rear door. (I think this is from the closing (slamming) of the rear door.

General Comments:

Highly reliable vehicle it has never let us down, smooth operation in transporting my wife and five children in comfort.

The driving position is comfortable, the cabin is spacious especially the raked wind screen which provides excellent forward vision from a high vantage point.

The positioning of the motor centralised and lowered affords the Pervia with car like handling, after 350 000 km the vehicle is still going strong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2005

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews