1995 Toyota Previa Reviews from North America

1995 Toyota Previa S/C 2.4

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

Ask someone who owns one

Faults:

Having bought it with only 139,000 miles, I felt like it was NEW. I got from the original owner, and it was loved and well taken care of. No pets, non smoker, etc. Basically spotless, in the desirable dark green, perfect for camping, you just fit right in.

I have had 4 VW vans before this, ending up with a very nice Vanagon weekender for 4 years.

This van, being almost 2 tons and having a 4 cyl (with almighty supercharger) BLOWS THE DOORS OFF A lot OF CARS, let alone trucks. They race them all over the place; as you know the balance is excellent. Stuff some alloys and rubber under there, and go have yourself a blast. Throw them into a tight curve and just smile. You will love the day-in, day-out, good friend they are. They will steal your heart.

This one was obviously garaged, as I do whenever I can. I had to get under it the other day (for the first time in 5 years) and it was dry as a bone, everything tight, connected solidly, no loose anything. Factory fresh, though you need to get under it to do any real work. I've seen taxis with with 414,000 miles, and they ran like tops!

Let's face it, like everything else (food!), parts are kinda expensive compared to an old Chevy straight 6 cyl. But compared to a lot of new cars I've researched parts for (water pumps, etc) they are cheaper than other cars. I say if you can find a sweet one, and drive it, you'll buy it, or wish you had. They are extremely well built for the long haul, fun to drive, a true friend to own, just tricky and a little spendy labor wise to work on, but I'm comparing that to cars you probably wouldn't want to own, even if you could find one. Those days are over. So have some fun, go find a good one. You'll be glad you did, and welcome to the family. They're the new "cult" van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2010

1995 Toyota Previa LE S/C RWD 2.4L S/C Gasoline

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.4L S/C Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired163665 miles
Most recent distance180450 miles
Previous carNissan Titan

Summary:

Best van I've ever owned and driven

Faults:

Nothing really, just small stuff. I replaced the cruise control switch because the previous owner broke it. Also, I replaced the distributor shaft seal (which is really just part of preventive maintenance).

General Comments:

I love, love, love my Previa!

In November of last year I was looking for a minivan, since my wife and I were expecting another child. My budget was $3,000 to find and purchase an MPV.

I looked at the first generation Honda Odyssey, Toyota Previa, Mazda MPV, and Chevrolet/GMC Astro/Safari.

When I was in middle school, a good friend of mine's mother had owned and loved two Previas. Once I read all the info available on the internet, and actually drove one, I was sold.

Dead nuts reliable, starts and runs perfect every time I need it to. Ice cold air, plenty of power with the S/C for me, my wife, and our three kids plus all the kids' gear. I am even contemplating a second Previa just to have.

Do not hesitate to buy one of these if you find one. Great value, excellent reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2010

1995 Toyota Previa DX 2.4L gasoline

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4L gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired145000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

A delight to drive and a joy to own!

Faults:

Engine belts had to be tightened.

Windshield wiper assemblies needed replacement.

(The previous owner maintained it very carefully.)

General Comments:

Reliable transportation for a song -- $2000 US. No car payments. :)

Although more than a decade old, runs and feels like a new car, and almost looks like it too.

A wonderful drive-line -- an eager and smooth engine, coupled with a very responsive transmission. Really effective brakes.

Comfortable seats, plenty of interior space, a supple but well controlled ride, with fine maneuverability, including stable cornering. Wonderful visibility.

One additional door on the left side would be really helpful. The engine is fairly difficult to work on.

It is probably one of the 2 or 3 best cars I have ever owned during the past five decades. Try it, you will like it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2008

6th Mar 2011, 03:05

I thought of having this super minivan 5 years ago, but at that time, being in the third most expensive country for cars, it was something that I could not afford.

However, nowadays, for the pre-millennium model, this super minivan is not too far away.

At first, I was skeptical, but after reading these outstanding reviews, frankly speaking.. I can hardly wait. This MPV meets my expectations, as I'd been comparing it to many other MPVs, including the Renault Espace. I've been reading most of these reviews on the Previa without feeling as if something was choking my neck and causing a loss of oxygen to my brain. In fact, I'm feeling so delightful and looking forward to having one, even if I have to let go of my 8v timing-chain Alfa 155. They are two different creatures, but I believe the Previa offers a lot more excitement, as I'm no racer boy nowadays. (Damn you speed-trap!!)

Average review marks: 8.8 / 10, based on 6 reviews