1997 Toyota Tarago 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Basically a good thing


Rear shocks at 140,000 km.

Paint on roof shot at around at around 10 years old.

Dashboard cracks when I bought it (13 years old).

Rust above sliding door (recently).

Central locking going crazy, locking and unlocking itself.

Oil seal gone on engine, smelly (at 140,000).

Toyota badges have fallen off.

Glove box needs to be slammed shut.

General Comments:

Very good van mechanically, not many mechanical problems considering the age. Drives well, a little top heavy due to the van riding reasonably high. Handling is good for a van, steering OK although not terribly communicative. Seats are quite comfortable and don't have much wear. Doesn't use much oil, lose much power steering fluid, and the radiator rarely needs topping up.

Worst negative would be the paint. The metallic paint is totally shot on the roof. The dash is made out of cheap, hard plastic, which has cracks in it. Some of the interior plastic has been painted, and the paint has peeled off, resulting in a tacky look. I have heard the engine is hard to access too if you need any major mechanical work done.

All in all, considering the van is almost 17 years old, I am very happy with it. Very reliable mechanically.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2013

25th Jun 2015, 08:09

I'm the original reviewer checking in some two years later. I haven't put that many Km on the old girl in the last two years, and nothing further has gone wrong mechanically. I think the front shock absorbers need replacing though, as the van bounces up and down when say, exiting a driveway. Feels a bit like riding a bull, LOL.

I decided to replace auto fluids/filter as preventative maintenance; cheaper to replace it than a new auto transmission, which in effect, would write the old Tarago off.

At 18, the Tarago is now old enough to vote. But still going strong! I will hang onto her until she disintegrates; hopefully that day is far away.

18th Nov 2015, 03:35

Hello there,

I'm looking for something which I could sleep in, have my stuff in it, even a small fridge etc. Kind of a motor-home without the horrible price of them.

Would you give me an opinion about this?

Thanks, Laura.

2006 Toyota Tarago GLi 2.4L from Australia and New Zealand


Brilliant people-mover, totally reliable


Front tyres wore quickly.

Foot pedal handbrake took some getting used to - and rubber pad has slipped off the pedal and 'disappeared'.

Somewhat of a 'blind spot' in driver's forward vision with large side mirror and heavily molded quarter window making vision poor for cornering.

General Comments:

Very reliable car - would recommend it to anyone needing the extra seats - worth the extra money. Fuel consumption is high, but it is a large car.

Previous model (1993) we had for 13 years and 200,000 km - very reliable and low maintenance. Nothing major went wrong.

Heavy sliding doors now have magnetic catch to stay open - much safer for off-loading passengers on hills. Lack of second rear door in 1993 model was a problem. Now fixed.

Rear seat reconfiguration options not as good as 1993 model, but still makes large space for transporting furniture, bikes etc.

Very comfortable, very roomy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th January, 2008

1993 Toyota Tarago VXi 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand


Can become an expensive disaster with age


Front wheel bearings collapsed at 161,000km. Cost $400 to replace at Toyota dealer.

Brake booster leaked, causing hard pedal, at 167,000km. Cost $700 to replace.

Aircon compressor seized at 172,300km. Not replaceable in VXi for some reason.

Water pump collapsed at 180,000km.

Cost an astounding $1300 to replace.

Ran well until 205,000km, then automatic overheated. Too expensive to fix, but it still drives OK. Won't select reverse when cold. Upshifts very abruptly with a loud clunk.

Alternator failed at 213,000km. I give up!

General Comments:

The car now sits unregistered in my carport. It has become far too expensive to keep on the road.

My family and I have been severely inconvenienced by this car on so many occasions, it's no longer worth having.

When running well, it's an excellent car and has seen many long trips with no problems at all.

Performance is adequate for this type of vehicle.

Please avoid high-mileage tarago's of this series.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2006

7th Feb 2011, 02:49

The Tarago you have must have been built on a Monday, or some one wound the clock back. Most people I have spoke to about them are getting 350 to 400 plus thousand ks from them. Anyway, good luck with your next car.