1992 Toyota Hiace Review

1992 Toyota Hiace 2.0 petrol with LPG from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol with LPG Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Kadett

Summary:

Cheap and reliable get-you-everywhere

Faults:

Bought the car with a blown starter engine and starter relays. After replacing these, the car has been running smooth.

Only problem is the colling water. The orange indicator light flips on when the reservoir is empty, but filling the reservoir only helps for about 2.000 km. After that the reservoir is empty again. However, the engine never overheats and does not seem to loose any water... strange problem not solved yet.

Driver seat is starting to wear.

On long drives the seats are real back-breakers. Especially for longer people.

Susceptible to rust.

Locks on the doors don't work properly with the key, slide-door cannot be opened with the key anymore. Perhaps the locks are dirty or the key is too worn...

General Comments:

Extremely reliable vehicle. Old car that has been heavy-used for nearly 200.000 km still runs smooth. Uses no oil, but a little water. Runs cheaply on LPG and uses about 1 liter for 7 km. Drives like a car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th July, 2003

5th Jul 2003, 08:35

I Would suggest you exmaine the area around the water pump. If all your rubber hoses are okay, then It has to be a weeping water pump. An easy fix on these Toyotas.

8th Jan 2004, 16:31

This is a common problem on these vans... The head needs repaceing as mine was loosing water, but not over heating, but once a new head was put on it solved all the problems.

BE AWARE a new head is not cheap.

17th May 2004, 15:33

I have a 1976 Toyota hi-ace Newlander campervan - 67,000m on the clock, but still going strong. Hoping to take it to Spain this summer. Can be slightly temperamental starting when the engine is hot, but apart from this OK.

Two questions for Hi-ace fans:

1. Where can I get spare parts - are there plenty around for RH 11 engines?

2. Is is worth trying to protect the underneath of the van from rust with waxoil or something similar?

Cheers.

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