I like my Previa van, but I am starting to have problems with this van at only 210,000km. I have a very strong smell of fuel when I first start it up (burning rich). I also had to replace a neutral safety switch ($350.00 + tax for part + labor to have it installed). If anyone else has had the same problems, I would like to hear about them. My van is a 1993 Previa LE 2 wheel drive.
My transmission starts to misshift...2 to 3 times last week, it doesn't slip as such, but down shifts, and motor misses too for seconds.
Here in Toronto, I have a 1991 Previa with manual transmission and 310,000 kilometres. Recently it stalled four times in a row and I started to panic.
I have had to spend some money on brakes and it needs a new exhaust. Having looked at a new Sienna I am now leaning towards keeping the Previa until something terminal happens. More power and features don't seem to compete with reliability and good, basic performance.
I love our 1992 Toyota Previa. It is an Alltrac LE with swivel reversible middle captain seats. Everyone is impressed by our reversible seats and the kids love to face each other and do not mind riding backward. We purchased it in 2001 with 130,000 miles on it. 4 ½ years later we just rolled 200,000. We have had very few troubles, everything wear and tear. Replaced driver’s side door handle (exterior) at about 150,000. Dash board fan control switch burned out along with some of the dash board lights at 200,000 miles and now at 200,400, the starter needs replacing. All in all it is a cheap car to drive with so few problems. It has very little rust despite the salty winter roads. We hope to drive it another 50,000 miles.
I loved my ’93 Previa. My wife just got in an accident and because we can’t find glass for the various windows that need replacing, and because the body work would cost more than the car is worth, we are giving it up. (sob!) But I’m looking for another Previa even if common sense says I should buy a newer car. We had 250,000 km on the Previa and I know it would have lasted easily another five years. Great, reliable, and fun to drive. Not fat and clunky like modern mini vans. Wish me luck finding another…. If you hear of one in the Toronto area…..!!! firstname.lastname@example.org.