1991 Toyota Previa LE AWD 2.4L 2TZ-FE 14 from North America
Steering stabilizer was knocking a little. Replaced at 290,000.
I bemoan the day when I will have to give up my Previa LE AWD. I have never driven another vehicle built in the early 90's that has the options, reliability, comfort and feel that this van has.
The automatic AWD functions flawlessly without any buttons to push or levers to pull. It has a viscous coupling, which is a sealed mechanical unit that will never need servicing. Upon any slippage over 6% (accounting for turning radius percentages), the viscous coupling locks the wheels and puts the power where the traction is, unlike other 4WD vehicles where the wheel with the least traction gets all the power (which does not make sense!). With all-season tires, we can literally push snow with our front bumper and not spin the tires.
The ABS works perfectly, as it should.
Our van has the captain's seats in the middle, and with the 50/50 split rear seat, the versatility for various configurations for people hauling is superb. Also, 6 out of 7 seats have shoulder seat belts!
Under the hood are just a couple simple things: air filter, battery, air intake, coolant, oil reservoir and windshield fluid. What is very cool about the oil reservoir is that the 3 litres of oil can be automatically pumped into the engine if the oil gets low. There is no switch for this function... it just happens if it needs to. Because the oil dip stick is under the driver's seat, Toyota (I'm assuming) figured that people would not check the oil level regularly. Therefore, Toyota put a reservoir under the hood so you could know if the level was down that the van is/was burning/leaking oil. Brilliant. No filthy dip sticks and extra oil on demand!
The view from the driver's seat is high and wide. Great visibility and virtually no blind spots.
The dual A/C (front and rear) works wonderfully.
The fridge/freezer is very handy on long trips to keep drinks cold.
Even though the engine is only a 4-cylinder, it does the job. We have towed a tent trailer behind it through the Rocky Mountains, and were only ever passed on steep hills with four lanes.
Handling is tight as the mid-engine gives the footprint a low center of gravity, which allows for great road feel and stability.
This van (at least mine anyways) is a testament to the astounding quality that Toyota is known for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2010
11th Feb 2011, 15:03
Sounds like we have the same van! Our '91 is currently at 360,000 km's and runs like a top.
The LE model with fridge/ice cube tray is great for long trips.
Outside of regular maintenance, this van is bullet proof.
These are apparently prone to head gasket issues, but outside of replacing the valve gaskets ($100), we haven't touched the engine.
I've owned Toyota Landcruisers that couldn't go where I've gone in the snow with my van... it's unstoppable!
21st Jan 2012, 23:57
What an amazing car.