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1997 Toyota Picnic GL 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carToyota Picnic

Summary:

Very reliable and fairly capacious, good to drive, but not quite as flexible as it could be

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

It drives very well and has good performance with reasonable fuel economy (33 mpg) for the size of vehicle.

All six seats are comfortable and suitable for adults, although with more limited headroom in the third row. It is necessary to shuffle the seat positions to maximise leg room. With only four passengers there is loads of room and the second tier of seats partially recline.

My only quibbles are that the second row of seats do not remove from the vehicle for load carrying, and that items placed in the 'boot' area have a tendency to roll forward between the seats to the front of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2002

1997 Toyota Picnic GL 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 416 SLi Tourer

Summary:

Good, reliable car

Faults:

Intermittent fault with the alarm.

Crankshaft replaced under 3 year warranty.

Sony CD/radio replaced after 3 months of ownership.

General Comments:

Underrated vehicle, probably because it has a silly name.

Very easy and simple to drive, although the steering is too light for my tastes.

Extremely reliable with good service provided by the main dealers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

1999 Toyota Picnic GLS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

Excellent mini-MPV with good handling

Faults:

On delivery there was a loose earth connection on the alarm which meant it kept going off. Took the Toyota man 10 seconds to fix. Apparently the alarm is the only bit fitted in the UK...

Occasionally the radio tunes off the station...

Otherwise nothing at all. No snags, nothing.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car. It may look like an MPV, but it drives like a car handling well under most conditions. Narrower than most family estates, it is relatively easy to manoeuvre.

The 2.0 engine is remarkably nippy, equipment levels are good and although the seating is not as flexible as other MPVs, it still offers tons of space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2000

22nd Jun 2001, 01:40

I have owned and driven, a huge variety of cars over a period of 30 years or so. I now own a Toyota Picnic and love it. The comfortable ride outstrips, most including the Jeep, Vitaras, etc. I find the power brilliant when required and the petrol consumption very pleasing. There's loads of room, and the height makes it easy on my stiff back. My next car is definitely going to be the same.

Average review marks: 8.7 / 10, based on 9 reviews