Toyota Prado Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1991 Toyota Prado EX5 2L-TE 2.4L turbo from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2L-TE 2.4L turbo Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres

Summary:

It is roomy but mid sized, very comfortable and a winner off road

Faults:

Cracked cylinder head, worn out electrical wiring due to age.

General Comments:

I must say that all round this is a very good car. I have owned and driven a lot of different types of 4WD's from old to the latest model, and for me this one is tops.

Although being a Japanese domestic market vehicle and a grey import in most countries, parts are not hard to come by as most similar models are basically the same, and so are the corresponding parts.

The car is not very quick, but it is not a sports car, rather more of a commercial vehicle crossed with a family style wagon. But people buying this type of vehicle don't worry about sports car performance.

The interior is well decked out, and the styling to my tastes is better than cars nearly 20 years younger. It's all angular inside as a 70 series Land Cruiser is. And also the outward appearance portrays it as a real off road vehicle and not an SUV or pretend 4WD.

The drive train package is also very good and robust, even though this car is touted as a light duty Land Cruiser. The suspension and drive train is totally upgradeable with ease thanks to the layout and 5 link suspension.

The only real weak spot is the motor. It seems a bit under powered at times, but it is reliable if well maintained. It does have a good torque band, but is low in horsepower, which in a 4WD sense is not what matters.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2009

21st Mar 2011, 01:21

What is the average l/100kms? (Any measurement will do).

16th Mar 2012, 15:55

Right off the bat, head gasket before 100 000?

Anyway, just wanted to warn people that the 2.4l diesel motors are the worst motor Toyota ever built. Prados with these motors are unreliable money pits. They rarely last more than 100 000 km or so, before the owners give up and unload them. Don't believe me? Then by all means go buy one and prove me wrong. It may be the most expensive mistake of your life...

Why didn't they put 13bt's in these?? :(

2004 Toyota Prado VX 3.0 TD from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 TD Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Prado

Summary:

Reliable, comfortable, safe, nice design. Forget speeding though

Faults:

-When the battery went flat, the stereo and electric windows locked themselves for security purposes. Was fixed over the phone simply.

General Comments:

A very nice 4WD. Our third Prado, and like the rest fairly problem free. Doesn't corner well, but cruises very nicely and bumps are hardly noticed. Pick up is... well... embarrassing. Not fast, especially for overtaking as it lacks power. However, on hills, or with big loads, the performance is hardly effected, and it takes a lot of hill and load to slow it down.

VX has nice array of features (ESP, 8 Airbags, Alarm, Cruise, 6CD, tinted windows, nice mags).

Not that efficient because of the older diesel, but for it's size and being diesel it doesn't cost too much to drive around.

Never gives problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2008

2003 Toyota Prado VX 2.7L from United Arab Emirates

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 kilometres
Most recent distance99000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Galloper

Summary:

Reliable car, no mess no fuss

Faults:

Besides that it's slightly underpowered, absolutely nothing wrong with my Prado.

General Comments:

It goes just about anywhere, somewhat comfy and I know my family is safe on the road. Lots of space, even in a 2 door, nothing rattles, nothing EVER breaks down, and it's firm on the road as far as 4x4's go.

It might not have flames down the side, or be as cool as a Chevy, but it does it's job, exactly what it was built for.

What more do you want, what more do you really need?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2007

2002 Toyota Prado GXL 3.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 kilometres
Most recent distance128000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Triton

Summary:

Great

General Comments:

Found this car to be very reliable and great value.

The front seats give good support, but they take a bit to get used to.

The car has a good turning circle, and my children find it good, as the back seats are higher, and thus they can see out of the front of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2007

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews