Toyota Noah Review

2003 Toyota Noah 2.0 petrol from Botswana

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Discovery

Summary:

Why can't Toyota sell this vehicle in other markets?

Faults:

The right sliding door sticks.

General Comments:

This minivan is only manufactured for the Japanese market. Ours is a 2nd hand import from Singapore, and even there it had to be especially imported. All the documentation is in Japanese.

It's a great car, not as long as a Chevy Venture, but taller. It seats two adults and four children with ease, and can fill up all eight seats comfortably.

It accelerates well and still gets good fuel economy.

It is loaded with all the entertainment options. The kids like the DVD player.

The automatic transmission is very responsive.

It is based on the new Corolla, apparently, and is not much larger or thirstier.

Storage is clever, including a well under the floor in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2008

22nd Jul 2009, 15:08

An update to the above review. The plastic radiator tank has gradually been leaking an increasing amount of coolant. The radiator seems to differ from all local Toyota models and repair is expensive. I am not sure of the wisdom of plastic/aluminium radiators in this climate.

22nd Jun 2011, 13:43

The Noah is still doing well. A Zimbabwean radiator specialist fabricated a new top tank out of copper and solved the leak. Brake pads are not available here, so we had to have a set professionally bonded at Silverton. The extra long right side windscreen wiper was also not available, so had to be replaced with a shorter one.

It does well around town, but tends to overheat on long trips. Not sure whether the words SNOW VERSION inside the bonnet have anything to do with that. Perhaps a change of thermostat...

The biggest problem with grey market used imports is spares and support. If the Noah were available in more markets, that would be less of a problem.

11th Oct 2012, 07:50

Hi.

Your brake pads are available at any SA Toyota dealer.

Part Number: 0446544050 at R1010.00.

You must go to: www.toyodiy.com and put in your VIN number, and you will find all your part numbers there to order from Toyota dealers.

Regards.

Willem Kemp

Toyota Noah Owner (Lesotho)

14th Mar 2013, 04:00

Hi there. Please help me. Where do I find the VIN number on a Toyota Noah?

19th Apr 2014, 09:38

Many vehicles made for the Japanese Domestic Market do not have VIN numbers - only chassis and engine numbers.

Average review marks: 9.4 / 10, based on 1 review