1999 Toyota Estima Lucida 2.2


I will miss driving it, but I can't afford to fix it any more


Head went. I replaced it and the radiator also. Then the turbo went and I had run out of money, so I couldn't fix it.

General Comments:

Good car all round. No one has them for scrap, so all the parts have to be bought new, so I can't afford to keep it any more. Can anyone tell me, is the turbo under the head, or is it easy to get at?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2015

1st Feb 2015, 04:56

I can't offer any technical advice on these, but I know there's quite a few in New Zealand that were imported used from Japan like yours may have been. You could try contacting auto dismantlers/breakers there to see if they can send you the parts you need; even with postage it would probably be cheaper than buying new.

Try http://yellow.co.nz/new-zealand/auto-wreckers?what=auto+Wreckers&where=New+Zealand

1996 Toyota Estima Lucida MPV 2.2 turbo diesel


A very smooth car; comfy, powerful, but has a bad cylinder head problem


One of the two radiators blew; cost £120.00.

The bus got to 63,000 miles; head gasket gone, kit cost £200.

Also head cracked in between the valves on the face, so new head needed. Looking for one now; Toyota dealer wants £1200+vat so will have to find a cheaper one online.

Have worn a hole in the drivers seat on the edge where I slide in.

General Comments:

I paid £5000 pounds for my family bus. It carries 6 people around most of the time.

I drive it quite hard; it never used hardly any oil and the coolant level never moved either; never over heated.

Then at 63000 miles the water level started dropping.

Then she had so much smoke/steam coming out the back I couldn't see behind me.

It still wasn't over heating, bless it.

Problems or no problems, I love this family carrier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2010

21st Sep 2010, 05:53

The very same thing happened to me. My 1997 Lucida cracked across the valve seats. I changed the radiator, bought a bigger core in copper instead of the original alloy one and put in Toyota red coolant. I fitted a new temperature gauge and fitted the probe straight into the head because the original gauge never went into the red, or nowhere near it.

I hope this will be of some help.

25th Oct 2012, 20:42

Sir, do you still have your Lucida? Have you had any bad problems encountered in two years? I am planning to purchase one. Need some comments from present owners.

1st Jul 2015, 17:25

We love it. Me, the wife & 3 dogs. You can convert it into a van in about 5 minutes. Takes no end of small items & garden rubbish to the tip. The middle row x2 seats are captains seats that swivel through 180 degrees to face the rear. Ours is 1992 "G" version, so bear in mind, if you buy one, don't get precious with it, expect things not to work properly i.e. the electric curtains. The A/C works, just. It is a good "workhorse", handles well, but is not quick. It's an advantage when doing 50/60 mph; nobody expects you to go faster. She's an old gal & deserves a bit of respect.

It's off the road at the moment having the turbo fixed. We ummed & rrred, but decided to risk it & have it fixed. When we bought it, we agreed that we would enjoy it & scrap it, & not chuck good money at it. So fingers crossed.

1993 Toyota Estima Lucida 2.2 turbo diesel


Anti roll bushes (easy inexpensive job) - MPV1

Anti roll connection rods (easy inexpensive job) - MPV2.

Bottom ball joints (easy job, but at a cost of £40 each) - MPV1.

SADS (£50 a pair and half a day of sweating) - MPV2.

Cracked cylinder head (£700'ish for replacement; head gaskets are extra and about the same for fitting. Considering these MPV's can be had for around £1000, it writes the vehicle off in my opinion) - MPV2.

Alternator (around £120 and half a day sweating) - MPV2.

Exhaust tail pipe/back box (around £80 easy job) - MPV1.

As you can see by the list, the Lucida can be a bit of a money pit, but this is over 2 Lucida Estimas. I've called each MPV MPV1 and MPV2 respectively, so you can see what jobs had been done to each vehicle.

MPV1 was owned for 2 years, and as you can see from the list was quite reliable and was kept on the road for not a lot of money.

MPV2 on the other hand was a different story; all together I owned this one for less than 4 months before the cracked head showed its ugly head.

Apparently this is a common fault with the mid engined 2.2 ltr turbo diesel engine (some say a design fault).

The vehicle (MPV2) had done less than 80.000 miles.

General Comments:

I have had 2 of these Estimas, so I will comment on them both in one review.

The first one I bought (MPV1) was quite a reliable vehicle with only the usual running parts needing replacing. There was a bit of a jerk as it engaged 2nd gear (auto box), but apart from that it drove very well.

Another one (MPV2) came along at a very good price, and in much better condition less miles etc.. so I decided to sell MPV1 and buy MPV2.

The previous owner had spent a small fortune on it, having the timing belt, water pump, water pipes, exhaust and other bits replaced not long before he decided to sell.

We got it home OK (over 300 miles) with no overheating or water loss problems, so all seemed fine.

After a thorough inspection, I found it needed SADS, anti roll bar bushes and link bars replacing, and the alternator wasn't pushing the right voltage out so I replaced them.

It behaved itself for a couple of months, but there was a bit of a niggle about a clunk when you set off from standstill. This turned out to be the top stabiliser bar bushes on the back axle allowing the axle to twist while braking, and spring back into place when you let go of the brake after stopping.

Then the overheating began.

The cost of repairs outweighs the cost of the vehicle; it basically writes it off.

To summarise:

If you get a good one with no overheating problems, you should get years of relatively trouble free driving, but a mechanic who does nothing but Estimas once told me it's not IF the head cracks, it's WHEN, and there's no pattern to how it happens.

It seems a bit like a game of Russian roulette with your money when purchasing one, so be careful if you are thinking of buying.

Would I buy another Lucida Estima??


Would I buy another Toyota??


I did, but a Toyota Granvia with none of the problems above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2009

1st Jun 2011, 07:59

Hello there.

My Toyota Estima Lucida has done 221402 kms.

I have had this van for just over 2 years now.

P reg 2.2td.

The only thing that has gone wrong is the front brakes. The back box, just have new cam belt fitted. I have changed the glow plugs.

All I do to my Toyota is put a diesel cleaner in the tank now and again.

I think they are great, we need a van because we had triplets. They just need TLC.