Received a new one this year
I have driven hiaces on and off over the years. The earlier ones were horrid, thirsty, noisy and the ride and features were bleak at best. Over the years there were more refinements added and little tweaks here and there. Still I would prefer the Renault or transit over the hiace any day. Reliability is where the hiace beats the others. The Renault was great until it needed work. Everything was super expensive. The Ford was great however with the super rough co workers and plastic floor it didn’t last long before bits and bobs were falling off ...it. The hiaces seemed to be less concerned with comfort like heated seats, removable clipboards, tie down points and fuel economy and more concerned with quality. Anyway I received a brand new hiace for work recently, this replaced my old reliable one with over 300,000 on the clock. First impression was the difference with the new layout. It’s longer however the storage feels smaller. The gap in-between the seats is perfect for my fridge and coffee machine. I still only get about 600km to a tank, this is annoying when I do a 700k round trip as the transit and Renault got 900ks to a tank. It feels like I do nothing but fill it up, I’m now on a first name basis with the workers at my local servo. It does run around 9.5l per 100km so you can deduct that the tank size is the reason. The seats are uncomfortable, the lane assist is annoying especially when it gets confused with the old lines not the new ones, no bulk head means you run the heater on max or you freeze, the cup holder in the middle heats up so it’s useless for cold drinks, the auto high beams are useless, it would be great to have armrests in the chairs, storage could be better, I prefer a bulkhead in the load bay, the mirrors are better than the old vans but still terrible and my biggest gripe is there is only 6 tie down points. The Ford and Renault have a lot more. Seriously as someone that carries a lot of stock, parts and tools it is awesome to actually be able to secure everything, for comparison the Renault had 18. So far I have put 5000km on it in 3 weeks, so it’s been good. I have enjoyed the new tech a lot, however the gps doesn’t take the fastest option, I’ll need to look in the settings when I can be bothered. The middle cup holder heating up is perfect for prolonged warming of my coffees with how cold it’s been getting lately. The van runs well, drives well and has a reasonable amount of get up and go. Personally I like all the little spots to put things like fuel cards and the over head storage, however I find that the layouts in the Renault and transit are far better. The steering wheel button layout took a while to get used to and it is fairly straight forward. All in all it is a decent van and I’m giving it 4 stars. Unfortunately it loses one because it has a small fuel tank, no bulkhead, lack of tie down points, the mirrors should be better and no arm rests on the seats.
had my van for 15 years very happy no problems only cost is usual servicing materials as i do my own services every 5000 k
spoken to many owners seems lots of problems caused from neglect and abuse with thoughts drive it till it stops.
Purchased in January 2005 at castle hill toyota for $22,000.00.
This is the second of this series Hiace I have owned, both 3lt diesel, first one auto, this one manual. Do a lot of highway kms, probably around 60%, currently has about 257,000kms on it. The van is relatively comfortable, although a bit noisy on the highway. I have not had any problems with it at all other than after a bad batch of fuel I had to replace the fuel filter twice. The diff has been noisy for at least the last 8 years. The auto used quite a bit more fuel than the manual does. I change the oil and filters (air & oil) myself every 5,000kms, seeing I am not paying for labour it's not that expensive to try and ensure a bit of reliability.
Purchased in January 2013 for $25,000.00.
Bought this commuter bus to camp in after house burned down, after recommendation from Google and a few friends. Apart from problems like getting seated, etc. the MAIN problem is fuel consumption.
It's supposed to use about 10/12 litres of petrol per 100km; but my figures have varied from 33 (yes THIRTY THREE) to, AT BEST, 17 litres per 100km after a $1600 service and a long highway-trip to 'blow it out'. Currently (around town) careful driving will achieve 25 litres per 100k.
Apart from the major service, I had a ...
Purchased in August 2019 for $8,200.00.
767,000 Km and still a daily driver!
My 2004 Toyota Hiace fual fuel, 5 speed manual has over 767000 km and still going strong on interstate trips. Changed the power steering belt, engine mounts, and rocker cover seal. Its also due for a reconditioned or 2nd hand differential soon ($750 fitted).
Highly reccomended. Not selling it even when I buy a newer van which I will because my Hiace has no safety tech.
Purchased in April 2019 for $4,300.00.
300,000 kms and Still Going Strong!
I have just purchased a 1999 Toyota HiAce long wheel based commuter van and am thrilled with it.
These vans are highly desired as reliable campervans that can clock up hundreds of thousands of kms. Mine has a slightly imperfect body, but is about to be fully restored. However, it is the commercial engines that are so highly desirable in the 1990s models of the Toyota HiAce that make them so damned hard to get hold of.
Mine drives and handles very well. Though it lacks the amazingly comfortable suspension seats of the latest Mercedes Sprinter I...
Purchased in August 2019.
The ride in a 2017 Hiace like a bronco
I am a tradie who has plenty in the back of this fairly new Hiace ( 2017 ) , I have asked the official toyota service dept if there is something wrong with the suspension . Im told it all checks out and is fine .... I drive the Adelaide roads all day and it feels like a motocross track unless Im on a very new freeway type of road, yes we have a couple of these roads here but the normal roads are not helping my plight . Every bump , every imperfection in the bitumen goes through the van like Í'm on solid rubber tyres . They specify 48psi in t...he tyres , forget that for a start if you run 48 prepare for a WORSE than I'm describing . I run 38psi and it may help. Pedders say they can upgrade the suspension for $1000 but I dont think it will help with the comfort . The bone rattler may be ok with just ping-pong balls in the back. I am trading it for a cab chassis .
Purchased in June 2017 for $29,000.00.
Horrendous servicing costs
2008 purchased with 160,000km 2014
Had 10k spent over and above normal items like batteries oil tyres and cambelts.
$1000 DPF remove
$1000 EGR replace
$500 intake cleaned
$1500 diff rebuilt
$0 rebuilt diff replaced 2 months later
$5000 turbo replaced ....twice...
Purchased in April 2014 for $24,000.00.
Great campervan conversion
I live in a hiace commuter which I have converted into a campervan which has gone without a hitch over the last 240,000km. I have friends who have driven more than 1million km in their 90'e hiaces (mine is a 2000 model). The fuel economy is not amazing compared to brand new Mercedes sprinter vans and ivecos which get upwards of 1000km per tank, but the money saved on servicing a Toyota instead of a European car has made owning this van even more worth it. Definitely recommend a hiace commuter for vanlife! You won't regret it.
Purchased in July 2017 for $7,000.00.
This van is a Lemon
I purchased this van at 195,000km and I have now done just over 200,000km. I have spent nearly $10,000 on repairs. ZL 3.0 diesel.
DPF filter removal $1500.00, High pressure fuel pump and fuel injectors $4800.00. Numerous other repairs. I have lot faith in the old reliable Hiace and I am looking to get rid of this vehicle.
This is a work vehicle for my business and has had too much time off the road. I know it's done the kms but too many problems.
My mechanic says he has other clients that have had issues with theirs too.
Purchased in September 2015 for $18,500.00.
Love the van.
I , like a previous reviewer, am concerned about the way Hiace performs in high winds, is there anything that can be done, I'm a 71 yr old grey nomad , and I'm very scared at times.
I get this serviced every time it's due, it's a great vehicle..
It had 390,00 on the clock when I bought it June 2017, and I have done 20, 000 so far.
It's easy to drive, except for windy conditions.
Really scary and uncomfortable
Had to use this when Ford Transit Custom was being serviced. Only ok for short drivers, cabin space - headroom and foot space very cramped, moves around heaps - in a scary way in the wind. In the wet the steering is where you hope to go - you might go somewhere else though. Its just bad. Boss likes reliability but transit has 300,000km with no problems. Hiace also uses far more fuel.
Fantastic Van - Perfect for our needs!
Bought the van a year ago had 245,000 on the clock. Stripped it out and converted it into a campervan. Runs a treat and have already racked up 30,000km. Still runs exactly how I bought it, no dramas! Would recommend it to anyone looking to buy one for either work or leisure.
Most uncomfortable van on the market
My employer changed my van from a Renault traffic to a brand new Hiace. Now I want to get a different job as I have a 1 hr commute. It’s hard to get in and out off. It’s the most uncomfortable van. Noisy, it sounds like a tractor. I feel so unsafe, I am squashed into the front bumper.
I have no room for anything in the cab.
It’s not very economical either. It’s like an example of how not to make a van.
Worst van I’ve ever had
Perfect for our work!
When looking around we needed a van that fit our medium sized containers and found at the dealer this was the best option. Many years later we have only had to get a few things fixed and services come back good almos all the time. The only small issue is we had to replace the side sliding door handle twice but we do use it a lot!
Questions & Answers
Hi all, I have a 2018 SLWB and I’m looking to change the driver and passenger seats to a more supportive and comfortable pair, Are there any that would be an easy swap? Cheers in advance
you could have problems with rego and insurance if you do not get seats that comply with standards matching the seats already fitted you may need engineering certificate you need make enquires before going ahead
Thanks for the reply, getting appropriate engineering certification is not a problem, my question is what seats are compatible? Sadly the Toyota seats are truly appalling, it’s a shame they don’t give an upgrade option when you buy the vehicle
ok why not take seats to upholsterer and have them rebuild them to suit you
Is there a front end problem causing unusually high tyre wear in 2020 hi ace. My tyres needs replacing at 30000km. Have had all services including tyre rotation. The wear was reported at 20000km. I got 60000km from new 2015 model and 90000km from 2009. I heard there are issues with current model.
Does a 2016 hiace seat fit in a 2005 model?
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|Release date||Jan 2010||Jan 1989||Jan 1999||Jan 2005|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 1999||Dec 2004||Dec 2010|
|Replaced by||Toyota HiAce H100.II||Toyota HiAce H200.I||Toyota HiAce H200.II|
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