2000 Toyota Previa GX 2.4L from UK and Ireland
Superb, ahead of its time and unique. Shame it is no longer produced
One of the handbrake cables snapped when pulled hard at 66,000 miles.
Back in 1996 we bought a Toyota Previa GX. We traveled all over Europe in it. It became a work delivery van and it never skipped a beat. We sold it in 2000 as it had become a 3rd car for occasional use.
Since then I have had 4 Spanish built front wheel Mercedes Vitos (okay) and 2 disgraceful Volkswagen T5's. The first T5 had to be taken back and the replacement was worse than the original £28,000.00. So I decided to track down a late model Previa again.
Found a low mileage example from a dealer with full service history at a bargain price. It runs like a dream, smooth & quiet. Automatic gearbox changes almost seamlessly, just like it was new. Has ABS, front A/C, rear roof mounted A/C, front Sunroof, rear electric moonroof, 4 captains seats and one 3 seater rear bench. Handy Fridge/drinks cooler run off A/C. Electric windows, electric heated mirrors, twin airbags and one very cool looking spoiler.
I am as delighted with this Previa as I was with my first, and at under £2,000 I am considering buying one as a spare, should I ever run this one into the ground. However, with some owners reporting a 1/4 of a million fairly trouble free miles, might not need to.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd December, 2008
Hello hopefully you might read this, having waited some ten years - seriously; I have finally got my Previa on - 12/12/09.
We could not justify buying a car so big a few years back, but now we can. Having 3 children and another on the way - it was the Previa WHICH ticked all the boxes. In terms of its massive interior space + having read every review on here - the reliability was also a BIG plus point. Nothing even comes close, and all the reviews which I have read all say the same - absolutely fantastic car.
I would not touch a Renault Espace or a Chrysler Voyager - which are TOTAL pants.
My wife actually wanted a Ford Galaxy - I flatly refused, just in terms of size, but the reliability of them is questionable - even the new ones.
It has actually took 6 months to track one down, and having drove a 280 mile round trip to trade our old car and get the "Previa"- I am not disappointed with it. I am not sure when if at all the smile will disappear from my face, I love everything about it; the smooth effortless drive, even how the doors close .... I am very very impressed - well done Toyota.