1977 Toyota Hiace Review

1977 Toyota Hiace LWB 2.0 18R petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 18R petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired240000 kilometres
Most recent distance355000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla


Just keeps on going!!!


Timing chain went at 270,000 - replaced the engine with one from a Celica for next to nothing.

Had trouble with the carbie for a while - water pump in 2000 - fuel pump in 1997 - also the fan clutch in 1997 - starter motor's a bit tired now.

General Comments:

This van is amazing. It's been in my family since 1983 when it was driven around Australia over 3 months, and just keeps on going.

The body is now rusting away quite badly, (I live on the coast) but a coat of housepaint every 6 - 12 months keeps the coppers off my back. Wind screen wipers now don't work 'cause the mounts rusted out so it's fine weather only now...

The engine just keeps on going - very reliable - I've taken it across the nullabor myself twice, as well as to the north west of Western Australia several times, and countless times to the South West.

Last week she just purred all the way to Albany (500km one-way) and back. Stopped once to fill up with petrol, and once to fill up with oil!!!

Toyota engines, old and new, just keep on going!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2004

31st Jan 2013, 19:58

All good to hear. I live in Ireland, and I'm thinking of making a small investment in a 1982 Hiace camper van with a 2.2L diesel engine, and just looking for a bit of opinion on the engine. Sounds good. Had a Toyota Corolla 2.0L diesel before, and the engine was practically indestructible. Thanks.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 1 review