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.
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.