1996 Toyota Granvia 3.0 litre turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Had this MPV for a few months now. My previous MPV was a Toyota Lucida Estima (2wd 2.2 diesel auto). In this short time I have to say it seems a very reliable vehicle.

MPG is nothing to write home about at around 25MPG, but I didn't expect it to be much more.

They have all the usual goodies expected from a manufacture like Toyota; electric everything and captain seats, the usual twin sunroofs (one powered, one manual) and alloy wheels.

I came from the Toyota Estima 2.2 diesel auto to the Granvia, and anyone thinking of doing a similar thing, I wouldn't hesitate, they're not in the same league.

The Estima is a cheap and cheerful 7/8 seater MPV with reasonable looks, is quite good to drive, but that's where it stops

The Granvia has so much more space and is overall a better put together MPV. The 3ltr engine pulls like a train and is classed as bullet proof; ideal for towing just about anything.

The gearbox is smooth and allows the car to freewheel when you take your foot off the accelerator, which in my view is a good thing as the engine is doing nothing rather than being dragged on by the auto box (some people don't like this feature).

A couple of things to look out for if you're thinking of buying a Granvia.

The back auto box mount is prone to wear, but is easy to inspect; it's under the vehicle at the back of the gearbox, a big round mounting bush is clearly visible. Look to see if the rubber is perished or deformed.

The top front suspension ball joints are another known fault, and to replace means replacing the whole wishbone.

Toyota main dealers want around £250 each for parts only, but they can be had for around £80 from third party sources, so not all bad.

To check these is a little more difficult, but I think when you take it for a test drive, it would be apparent if they were worn.

There is no engine problems that I am aware of, but the starter motor bushes can wear, causing it to not engage every time, leading to not engaging all of the time. This is a cheap repair and can be done quite easily.

On the whole, I like the Granvia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th November, 2009

6th May 2011, 03:08

Had my Granvia 5 years, had the head replaced after 1 years due to blockage in cooling system. £1500 bill, because in Japan they sit in traffic or slow driving, gunge builds up, and when in UK lots of high speed driving heats them up too much.

But apart from that problem, I love my Granvia, and with 5 kids it's perfect and safe, so do buy one, but get the cooling system properly flushed; diesel is best (my opinion).

1995 Toyota Granvia 3.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Pleasant, reliable, powerful and simple to drive

Faults:

Pre-engaged starter motor, armature failing to rotate. Removed starter, dismantled and built up main contacts by soft soldering in ("sweating") 2mm thick copper sheet, two pieces 20mm by 7mm.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and a delight to drive.

Auto gearbox is excellent, and with overdrive on the engine is doing only 2000rpm at 60mph. Incidentally maximum torque (213 lb/ft) is produced at 2000rpm.

Best economy I obtained was 42mpg on a 480 mile round-trip. Consumption around town is 22-24mpg.

The wide track makes the car very stable at speed but the only criticism I have of its driveability is the very large turning circle (3 point turns sometimes need to be 5 point!).

For a vehicle based on a van the Granvia is strong, robust, well built and practical.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2009

1995 Toyota Granvia 3.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Wonderful

Faults:

Nothings wrong with the car.

It's very reliable and comfortable.

The only small problems are the wheel studs are too frail.

Its diesel engine is very powerful and strong, despite its high mileage.

General Comments:

The 4WD is added value for this family car.

The middle seats are turn-able through 180 degrees with both side arm rests.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

3rd Jan 2010, 06:50

My experience of the is model is very similar to that of the reviewers. An excellent all round family utility vehicle.

7th Feb 2010, 15:04

We bought our Granvia in September, as a campervan conversion, we have been delighted with its performance and driveability. My wife drives it and finds it very light and responsive. With such a large and powerful engine, it gives great confidence, we are returning 28mpg, not bad for a 3 litre.

We look forward to spring for some fun, can anyone suggest an awning that would suit our Granvia with its pop-up roof?

17th Jul 2010, 08:27

I use an imported Granvia 3 Litre D Turbo as a taxi. It is by far the best MPV I've ever driven, mine is a 1995! With 250000km on the clock, very smooth and powerful. Will be buying another one.

17th May 2011, 07:38

You could try www.fishbrain.biz. They have info on awning adaptions.