2007 Toyota Prado GXL 4.0 litre V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Excellent off road, tough and comfortable, but a high fuel consumption
Rear drive shaft universal joint yoke flogged out.
Rack end ball joint worn.
Serpentine belt idler failed (after hosing the engine).
By far the best vehicle I've ever driven on rough roads and steep tracks.
Plenty of power for overtaking on the open road.
Tough. Comfortable. Well designed and built.
High fuel consumption (typically 14 l/100km), but I suppose that's what you get from a large, heavy petrol 4WD.
Steering at highway speeds is less precise than I'd like. It has a slight tendency to wander, so more frequent minor corrections are necessary than is the case for many other vehicles.
It has two completely unnecessary ancillary equipment faults/stupidities which Toyota should never have let past.
- The satnav destination (and some other things) can not be changed while the vehicle is moving. The satnav is frequently slow to respond to user input, and intermittently freezes up for minutes at a time. To set the destination as a city centre (rather than a street address) is ridiculously complicated. These faults (features?) mean the satnav is pretty much useless, so we carry and use a cheapo Chinese unit instead.
- The cruise control is the worst we've had in any car (including a 1988 Jaguar!), in that at highway speeds it causes the auto to change frequently up and down on even slight changes in incline. This is so pronounced that on some roads we just don't use it as we don't want to wear out the auto unnecessarily.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th September, 2015
20th Feb 2016, 10:21
I agree with the comments re cruise control. I don't bother using it.
We have the 2005 4L petrol.
Otherwise a solid reliable wagon. Ours now has 140000 km on it; have had it since 40000 and nothing major has gone wrong.
Don't think the interior plastics are quite up to usual Toyota standards, but our kids give it a hard life, hence some breakages. Also it's very expensive to replace some interior parts, so just have to live with breakages.