It's a nice car but it looks like that this car has a common fault with its injection pump (D-4D engines), as they go faulty after around 30,000 miles.
Dealers will replace it for free if the car is still under warranty. The question is what is going to happen if your warranty expires? I think they should recall these cars and replace the pump with an improved one.
I hired the petrol version of this car, a 2.2 auto, in Sydney Australia. We had four children and too many suitcases and hand luggage - which amazingly fitted into this car.
Because this car is so nippy, in a strange city in rushhour traffic it was a godsend and got me out of a couple of potential scrapes.
We drove west 2500 miles on all sorts of roads, mostly those without tarmac and fairly remote at fair speed, and still it was refined, comfortable, and a joy to drive.
I have had a Previa T2 VVTi since March 05. If you want to shift 7 people from A to B then its great. I have 3 young children and the car is great for getting them in and out, especially with the sliding doors and the height of the seats. If you remove the rear two seat the amount of boot space is fantastic. It's comfortable, spacious and cruises nicely on the motorway.
The running costs are high, especially around town, where I average around 29 mpg according to the trip computer. At the second service 20k (15k actual) I needed new front tyres and new front brake pads - £600 total.
The car does not come with traction control on any of the models and this is a big draw back since the front wheels spin too easily, causing the tyres to wear more quickly. My kids complain that they can't benefit from the a/c sometimes: the T3 and spirit has rear climate control the T2 doesn't.
I used to own a 2.0D4D as a company car, and now have the 2.4 auto. I'd rather have the diesel, but getting a diesel auto is impossible. This car is by far the best MPV I have driven - no comparison to the Kia, Citroen, Renault or Chrysler. I am very upset you cant get it new any more! My wife is a childminder, and nothing else comes close to the Previa for practicality, flexibility and sheer class. My only gripes (other than the fuel economy on the petrol - which given the size of the car cant really be complained about) are that the older CD based SatNav system isnt as supported as it could be, and the middle seat in the second row is not the same size as the other 4 rear seats. Pretty naff complaints really.
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