2003 Toyota Hiace Review

2003 Toyota Hiace ZR 3.0L from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance137000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Torneo


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Interior wise, these vans really don't stand up to the challenge; the drivers seat is well worn and the floor under the pedals is worn through to the steel (a replacement rubber mat is $1800.00 +GST through Toyota NZ).

It lacks basics (such as cup holders and air conditioning).

General Comments:

These vans were designed as a work horse, and a work horse it is. Mine runs solid for 13 hours a day 5 days a week (I am a courier driver), and it doesn't show signs of slowing down.

It also feels a little unsteady at high speed. (wider tyres may solve this)

These vans are good for a million KMS.

The gearing ratio is fantastic, and the fuel tank is massive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2010

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 1 review