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Used Toyota Picnic MPV 1997 - 2001 review

(1997 - 2001)
Toyota Picnic MPV (97 - 01)
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What should I look for in a used Toyota Picnic MPV?

The Picnic wasn't a big seller, so there's only a limited number of used examples. Don't just buy the first example you see in the classifieds, however.

The vast majority will have been used to ferry kids around, so it's worth checking the upholstery for stains or rips that might be expensive to repair. Condition and a full service history are more important than low mileage.

If you get a good one, it should run and run. This is because Toyota's reputation for building cars that you can rely on is fully deserved. The annual JD Power Customer Satisfaction survey shows that Toyota customers are among the most satisfied with their cars, and it has consistently been among the top five marques in our reliability surveys.

The only other thing to be wary of are grey imports. These are Picnics that were originally sold in Japan under the name Ipsum, but have since been brought over to the UK. Parts can be expensive, so only buy a genuine UK car.

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Is a used Toyota Picnic MPV reliable?