Toyota Gaia Review

1998 Toyota Gaia S-package 2.0 3S-FE from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 3S-FE Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 kilometres
Most recent distance89000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

This car is very reliable, cheap to run, very comfortable, and therefore it's worth every penny

Faults:

The "door open sensors" need adjusting, but generally nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This car has a relatively high body rigidity, which equates to higher driving and ride comfort.

The interior is a lot better compared to most Toyota people movers, as it feels like almost every panel is intact.

The listed fuel consumption, which is 8.6 L/100 km, is achievable when driving with just 1 passenger.

The engine and transmission are very well matched, since with just a few touch on the gas pedal, the car would launch instantly.

The interior is tan in 3 tones, and the woodgrain parts look like they are not an accessory made of cheap material.

The instrument cluster is lighted by factory LED lighting, which turns on even when the park lights aren't. The white LED display is very soft on the eyes.

It has a factory 6-speaker system, which in my opinion, sounds like it's a custom/premium setup.

The standard reverse/back-up camera has a black and white display that filters a different wavelength, which makes it very easy to use at night - more like a semi-night vision.

The cup holders are abundant inside, even at the rearmost jump seat. The best place to ride would be at the rear, since the area has its own air-conditioning outlet. The seats can be reclined, and the side panels are really soft to touch.

The car uses a four-lamp system, which uses H7 bulbs on low. The H7 bulbs generally give out 1500 lumens, so driving at night is not a problem, even in non-lit country roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2010

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review