2005 Toyota Noah 2 litre petrol from Australia and New Zealand


When the Noah reaches 500,000, if I'm still driving, I'll try and find another


In the time I have had it, nothing.

General Comments:

I am very impressed with its driveability. Its height gives good vision except for one feature - as we drive on the left side of the road, the strong structure on the right hand end of the windscreen plus the right rear vision mirror, creates a wide block for seeing traffic approaching from the right - the driver has to move the head deliberately to get the necessary sighting.

The number of storage pockets is excellent. The backing picture is not helpful and I have had a warning sensor fitted.

I have had many cars over 75 years since I got my first driver's license and I have never felt more comfortable when driving long distances e.g 400 km in one day.

More airbags, only two, would be welcome. The electrically driven rear doors are a delight.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th August, 2016

2004 Toyota Noah 2.0 petrol from Zimbabwe


A dependable friend


The fuel consumption is rather high at about 8km per litre. Iridium plugs, air and oil filters, engine oil and ATF oil were replaced, and there was no significant change in performance.

The 4WD warning light is permanently on. The 4WD switch does not help matters.

The electrical slide doors do not function. All other systems perform to expectation.

General Comments:

A very reliable companion.

An English owners manual is desirable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2015

13th Aug 2016, 03:43

4wd light is on??... maybe the 4wd is permanently engaged, hence the poor fuel consumption.

13th Apr 2017, 03:46

Hi there. I have just recently purchased a 2005 model, and the back door behind the passenger seat stopped operations altogether, but other side functions as normal. I was wondering what you did about your doors?

25th May 2017, 20:30

Hi, the problem is most likely with the cable. The plastic sheeting wears down and stops the door operating. I cut the cable on mine on both sides and use as manual doors.

2003 Toyota Noah 2.0 petrol from Botswana


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


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


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.


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.

5th Mar 2015, 09:09

Yes they do - on a plate in the engine compartment is the serial number, chassis type (VIN No) and colour codes along with engine number.

All you need for Toyota to get parts for you.

22nd Jun 2015, 23:45

If the engine is overheating, the thermostat is fully open... changing it for one which opens at a lower temperature will make no difference whatsoever.