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.
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
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?