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!
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