2008 Toyota Prado VX Limited 4.0 V6 from Oman

Summary:

Absolutly adore this car and would never give it up. Best I've had

Faults:

Nothing major; all routine service items as the car was not properly taken care of. I bought it cheaper than its market price for 1200$ less, but the previous owner chose cheap ways to maintain this monster, thus I had to do proper servicing and replace all the consumables.

General Comments:

I love this car. It's very comfortable over any terrain, and my family loves going on trips in it as it holds 8 members. Very cheap running costs and til today it drives like new and better than many newer cars.

I live in a hot place and this car's A/C is cold; it has A/C vents all over the car from the top to the bottom, and from front to back.

It is very fun to drive on gravel roads, and the 4x4 system will make it climb the toughest places. I am surrounded by mountains and never has this car let me down.

The only thing I would've wished was better is the sound system. It has 4 speakers and 2 tweeters from JBL; it is OK, but nothing amazing.

I highly recommend this car; I never liked 4x4s as I saw them as bulky and high in fuel consumption, but this car is a different story. It drives well and feels like a really comfortable saloon car. It picks up decently and the engine has a nice roar to it. I bought a 2016 LEXUS ES350 for my wife as her daily car, but she was scared to drive it in traffic and she didn't like the seating position, so she said she will drive the Prado until she gets used to the LEXUS... Guess what??

I am still driving the LEXUS to work til now. She loves the Prado and she doesn't want to drive her LEXUS to work any more.

I am writing this to tell anyone who doubts the Prado, please drive it first then decide. Don't be like my wife, she hated big cars but says the Prado is a different story...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2016

2007 Toyota Prado GXL 4.0 litre V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Excellent off road, tough and comfortable, but a high fuel consumption

Faults:

Rear drive shaft universal joint yoke flogged out.

Rack end ball joint worn.

Serpentine belt idler failed (after hosing the engine).

General Comments:

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.