2004 Toyota Prado VX 4.0 V6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Well built, reliable, tough as nails


Nothing thus far.

General Comments:

Magnificently built 4WD.

Super reliable.

Looks good.

Comfortable and a very long touring range with the 180 litre fuel capacity.

A heavy car, so it isn't very fuel efficient, particularly in the petrol version.

Drives like a 4WD. Not a car for the driving enthusiasts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2010

2005 Toyota Prado VX 4.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Great family wagon with genuine offroad and towing ability



General Comments:

Purchased this vehicle as a safe family car, and as a tow vehicle for a medium sized boat.

The third row of seats gives the ability to carry up to 8 occupants.

Would have opted for the D4D diesel engine, but these versions commanded a large price premium that I didn't feel was justified for my needs. The 4 litre petrol (1GR-FE) is however an impressively strong powerplant, and I get around 13 litres per 100 km in mixed driving.

Feels solid on the road, and is a good touring vehicle. It does need to be driven cautiously on winding roads, bearing in mind it doesn't have car-type suspension and is high off the ground.

Tows brilliantly - in fact a bit too well, I got a speeding ticket the first time I towed the boat with it.

Disappointing stereo for a vehicle that costs this much new.

Should also come with parking sensors as standard, because rear visibility is poor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2009

23rd Feb 2011, 17:31

We have a 05 VX V6 too. We are very impressed with the vehicle, and I know what you mean about speeding in it, it's very easy. Our Prado was optioned with parking sensors when new (only 2), but still found it hard to park, so we had a rear camera fitted, which is great, and so handy when reversing with trailers etc.

29th Feb 2012, 04:53

Hi there.

I am struggling to make a decision between a Prado and a Fortuner:

2005 Prado 4.0 V6, Auto, 150 000km for R249 000.


2007 Fortuner 4.0 V6, manual, 85000km for R217 000.

They are both 4x4.

Which one will be the best buy???

Please reply urgently to martin@flagprop.co.za

23rd Dec 2013, 03:37

I will say buy the Prado.

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


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


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?? :(

14th Oct 2015, 23:58

I was just about put off by this broad 2.4L diesel comment, but Toyota 4x4s are so popular and hold their price in NZ, even with 300+Ks.

Did some homework and there were 2 types, and the 2L (not L for Litre) engine model is as reliable as, and the other around 1991 was renowned for head problems.