1997 Toyota Previa GLX 2.3 from UK and Ireland
Great for summer months only
Starter motor wore out.
I owned a Toyota Previa for six years or so, and I loved it.
I've got to admit, it did give me one headache called a lambda sensor... It seems on the Previa, there are four of these sensors, and if one goes, they all have to be replaced. There is no guarantee that the problem will go away either.
Sometimes on starting, when the engine is hot and it should start on the button, the engine would not start straight away. Also on acceleration, just as the van hit 80km an hour, you would lose speed, making it impossible to pass another car.
Generally I found my Previa good to drive. I work nights, so coming home in the morning in a very nice comfortable van, this was very appealing to me. My parents loved it, everybody loved it.
I also noticed the van slipped a gear sometimes when starting. I discovered that was low A.T.F. FLUID. Generally the van never gave any trouble; it had little quirks, and I got used to them!
The van itself is stylish, nothing compares to this at all; even the new Previa are rubbish compared to this. The old Previa are more van like, camper like, than car like. They have plenty of pep in them when they drive, and are just amazing to drive in the summer time. Gotta admit, I don't see the logic in a moon roof. We all really want to use these in the searing hot sun as a sun roof, but cannot because there is not tint on them, but they are great for leaving open during the hot summer days to let the heat escape!
However... come winter time, the best place for a rear wheel drive Toyota Previa is on your driveway; it is an accident waiting to happen. It is unpredictable in snow and ice, and even in the wet, can slide out from your grip on the road!
Toyota made a big mistake; they should have produced all of these cars in 2.5 turbo diesel with permanent four wheel drive, and given it harder suspension; it would have been amazing to drive then, and much safer!
The nearest thing to this car is the Nissan Serena, which is a 2.5 turbo diesel with permanent four wheel drive system. An incredible car, but not near to the same spec in comfort as the Previa... I loved the privacy glass and the curtains on the window. Mazda Bongo's have this too, plus a raising roof on some vans too..
I wouldn't buy another Previa today, as I don't like where they have gone. They have turned this van into a car, and the engines are all wrong. The space is gone; it's now an up market people carrier, and that's sadly all.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2012