I have owned my Toyota Picnic GLS Auto since new in March 1999.
I have nothing, but praise for the car. Never had any problems. Done nearly 70,000 miles now. Still on original back tyres and brake pads.
I have owned five Toyotas now and wish Toyota still made them because I would replace it with another.
Now thinking of buying a Lexus RH400h when they come out in May/June 2005.
Similar size to Picnic, but a hybrid. Toyota reliability - I hope.
I agree totally the picnics never break down and are very comfortable they are also very easy to drive. I'm now on
100000 miles on my 1997 picnic and its still running perfectly.
I have driven a Picnic for 6 months now and it's a great car. I bought it second-hand (approx. 90,000 miles) but it still runs like new. It's a great car for me because I can take a lot of young kids to their football matches. It runs on LPG and it's remarkably economic, considering its 2.0 liter engine.
I live in The Netherlands and parking lots are usually very small so it takes some careful driving to park it.
All in all I'm a happy Picnic -driver.
I have had a Picnic (excellent name for a family car) for the past 7 years - it is an R Reg. I would say it is a great car, and I too would buy another if Toyota still made them. The only problem I have is when I turn a corner, there is a knocking/grinding noise around the bottom of the steering wheel. I should get it serviced now.
I agree with you all about reliability and comfort. I drive a 98 2.2 deisel version and although not the most refined of engines it gives arround 5-8miles per gallon more than the petrol. worth considering if you do a lot of millage. I haven't serviced mine for over 30k miles, but intend to do so soon mine has had 115,000 miles of trouble free driving.
Bought my low mileage, 1 owner, ex-disability Picnic last year (2008) on ebay for the very low price of £1200 which included 1 years road tax once I re-registered it. I needed a spacious, practical car to operate my import business and it was this or another Volvo estate. I must say that the car is excellent and drives like new. Handles well. Predictable on the road. Totally reliable. Sound system handles ACDC well! :) It offers plenty of room for 6 adults, a dog, and my fishing gear. Petrol consumption can increase quickly over 70mph - but it's a 2.0 4 speed auto with overdrive and this is to be expected. First piece of Japanese crap I've bought since 1985 and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I like this car.
I have a picnic built 1999 for 6 years. We have 4 children and the car is big enough for all 6 of us. We bought a top box on the roof for extra luggage space when necessary.
I had 110000 km now and nothing has gone wrong.
The car always sleeps outside and when I wash it, it still shines like new.
I purchased a 1998 Picnic GX 2L (petrol) from a main dealer in April 2003 with 72,000 miles on the clock.
Nearly 7 years on and the clock now reads 203,000 miles.
1. Replaced the original clutch at 172,000 miles (even though it probably would have lasted longer).
2. Replaced timing belt and water pump; also at 172,000 miles.
3. Replaced ignition coils at 146,000 miles.
4. Replaced CV joints and gaiters; also at 146,000 miles.
5. Replaced engine oil every 6,000 miles.
This car is in everyday use, and returns between 35-38mpg in a mix of town and carriageway roads. The third row of seats are completely removable, which leaves a huge boot space.
Do not overlook this car IF YOU ARE IN THE MARKET FOR FAMILY TRANSPORT.
Do not be put off buying one with high mileage on the clock, as the Picnic engine is good for 200,000 miles, or more.
P.S. Try and avoid the 2.2L diesel engine and automatics.
We purchased our 2000, 2ltr. Automatic Picnic GLS c/w overdrive in March 2003 with 19,000 miles on the clock. It now has only done 56,000 miles and has been completely trouble free. We have replaced all the tyres (due to side wall cracking, not Toyota's fault and tread was still excellent), have had front brake pads replaced c/w fluid change and new cam belt fitted at 55,000 miles. We changed the radio/cassette for a radio/CD player in 2005. It still shines like new (Silver) and looks and drives well.
I agree about the third row of seats, that when removed you have acres of space for that D.I.Y. material etc.
This must be one of the most undersold cars in recent years. Toyota do not have anything in its range like this now, so even if I could afford a new car, I couldn't buy the same, so, we will stick with it!!