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I bought my 2008 turbo diesel prado in 2010 with 75,000kms on it. We now have 256,000 and not had an ounce of trouble. I installed arb after market suspension with lift when I first purchased. I believe this is a must have. This vehicle has been very capable off road and towing our 2.4t caravan.
Highly recommend this model for reliability.
Purchased in September 2010 for A$54,000.00.
I bought my second Prado a diesel in December 2001, it now has 688000 k’s all driven by myself. Oil and filter has been changed every 5000 K’s using basic oil and after market filters and uses not one drop of oil between changes Toyota service about every 100000 K’s. Only thing changed or replaced is the radiator.
My work is on civil engineering projects throughout WA so in lots of tough conditions, carrying loads and towing quite a bit.
Now it needs quite a bit of work doing.
It’s simply a fantastic vehicle.
The most reliable car ever made
Car was purchased at 88000kms, drove till 115000kms, service as required. Went off road on occasions, never disappointed me. Sold the car after 2.5 years, price depreciated 5000 in total. I mean I could sell it for 1500 more but was eager to get my next car, so just agreed to the first offer. Sold within 4 days of posting ads on carsales. If your looking for something reliable with good resale value or good for off road, don't go chasing butterflies after land rovers, get Toyotas and mission accomplished.
Purchased in February 2018.
Best Car ever owned
Love the build quality. The 5VZFE engine is an awesome design. Going to rebuild my engine at 380xxx. Still going strong just a little piston slap on one cylider. Obviously someone didn't change the oil. I got her in this condition. I'll put 50xxx on it before I bother swapping the engines over haha.
Toyota Peeling Paint - Manufacturing Default
White Peeling Paint 2008 Prado Grande
My husband and I bought this top of the range Prado when we were living in WA to travel across Australia and specifically picked a Toyota knowing the brand and wanting a quality vehicle. Going forward, we will NEVER go near another one. The last 12 months the paint on the car has been peeling and not just the top coat, it is peeling down to bare metal and in chunks. We visited our local Toyota in Gladstone and they were helpful to begin with taking photos and reaching out to Toyota Warranty Claims Austr...alia. Toyota have come back and said they will be doing nothing about this and their paint only has a special 10 year warranty so we are out of that time frame by 2 years. This issue of peeling white paint in our age of vehicle has been recognised in other countries and they are offering to fix their manufacturing default. Why Australia doesn't recognise this issue doesn't make sense when the cars all come out of the same factory. Had we known that we would have issues when our car is only 12 years old we wouldn’t have wasted our time and chosen another brand of vehicle. We now can’t sell it for what it should be worth, we can’t trade it in for a reasonable price and we are expected to fork out $8000 to fix this issue when we have garaged the car and hand washed regularly to keep it well maintained. We have also asked Toyota how to maintain and look after our vehicle seeing chunks of paint are falling off after each hand wash but are yet to receive a straight answer. Why spend well in excess of $60,000 for a vehicle when you are going to be up for significant costs like this after 10 years when other cheaper brands can do a better paint job? We had received prices on Toyota’s and Ford's for a trade in on a ute 6 -9 months ago and we most certainly wont be bothering with Toyota for any of our vehicles after this and neither will any our family which is disappointing because Toyota was once our only go to for a quality vehicle.
Crack Piston at 118,000km
Purchased our new Prado Diesel June 2015. Travelling on the M1 up to Newcastle when the cruise control could not keep the car moving and were losing speed. We stop the car and the car was shaking so we turned it off and mad a clucking sound. They car could not be restarted.
Got a tilt tray to take it to Toyota Cardiff but they were too busy. Took it to a local mechanic where it was thought that something wrong with the injectors. Then on the back of a tilt tray we had the car sent to our mechanic in Sydney. The diagnostic was that it had a le...
Purchased in June 2015 for A$70,000.00.
It's like a lemon
Bought second hand prado from maddington Toyota Perth. Done only 97k. I thought would be good car. But turns out it's like a lemon. Rear door is loose, even been to Toyota dealership 3 times. Its just rattle they couldn't fix it. Not really happy with Toyota response in it.
Good car but poorly optioned compared with market
Car is largely simple for the sake of reliability BUT GXL, for a $66K car, to not have front parking sensors or apple car play/android auto, surround view cameras, leather trim, etc is actually marketed pretty arrogantly, as you need to buy the top spec model at 90K to get stuff a 20K Korean car has... it's clearly priced with a "they'll buy it anyway" attitude. Also... it's super-gutless, even for a 4wd, ranger, discovery, amarok, navigate, all go better, which is a bit annoying too
Purchased in January 2020 for A$67,000.00.
It’s a great car but engine!! Bit too small for its size
Bought my 2020 kakadu overall it’s great car but I owned 2009 before which was more powerful engine the new 2.8 litre diesel not enough power !! Apart from that it’s great car!!
Best comfort, smooth drive, looks brilliant
I bought in March 2019. Just about 1 year now. No problems so far
Car has extreme comfort. Money well spent
Love the beauty
Very safe car
Few things I did on my prado
Ceramic coating ...
I bought 2019 VX two days back and I know it's too early to review but I'll share what I thought about it.
For the drive I give 5/5.
Comfort is not that good specially second row. It's $73 k worth vehicle and I don't understand why toyota does not make it with bit more comfy. I don't say it's comfortable if you drive long distance like interstate.
Previously I drove 2006 Camry, 2010 Accord and then Audi A4. Comfort wise Accord is the best.
I think Toyota need to think again about comfort in their future designs. Even the Prado top of the range Kakadu doesn't have leather seats and VX same. It's leather accented. Just about an one foot width leather layer in the middle of the seat.
Manufactured in 2011 September. Bought it as the second owner a month ago. Traveled close to 3,000 Ks in three weeks. Enjoying every bit of it. The best car I ever had. Averaging 8.5 to 9.5 L/100 Kms, mostly around local and to work. Drops below 8 L/100 Kms on freeway. Very comfortable driving. Easy to handle around the corners. Haven't done any off road adventures yet.
Previous owner regularly serviced it with Toyota. No issues as far as they know.
Entertaining interior. Awesome sound system. 6 stacker CD player with AM/FM/Blutooth/USB facil...
Purchased in October 2019 for A$27,000.00.
Cant fault this car & we've been everywhere in it.
We are truly impressed with this 4x4. We've done a circumnaviation around Australian to the most remote rough locations and couldnt fault it. We have a 2003 GXL 4L - it is thirsty but you have the power and grunt to go where you want. Highly recommend!
- J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic (2015-2020)
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Love this car
In August 2018, I upgraded our 4x4 to a brand new Toyota Prado GXL. BEST decision I ever made. The car is a dream to drive and definitely looks the part too. I keep hearing all this hype about DPF issues, but I cant say that I have experienced any issues so far. The car has just clicked over 16000km and I have owned it for about 2 weeks short of a year. Only thing I don't like about it is the service intervals. Every 6 months - c'mon Toyota. Other than that I love it!!
Perfect family adventure vehicle
We love our PRADO! We use our car for commuting and 4x4 adventures. We've added 33" BFG K02 AT tires and a 3" lift kit plus ARB bull bar etc. We also had the ECU remapped that gave us 30% more power. WOW! What a car. We've not had one issue with the car. Fuel economy is better after ECU remap - pays for itself. Quality Toyota build is confidence inspiring. Plenty of leg room for teens in the back who are over 6". Plenty of room for luggage too making it the perfect family adventure vehicle.
Purchased in May 2015 for A$52,000.00.
Excellent All Rounder
After test driving around 10 different types of SUV finally settled on a new Prado GXL. Not the fastest but by far the most comfortable in that price range and below. Purchased from Maitland Toyota in 2017. Have been very happy with my purchase and an excellent car for country roads and long range touring. Recently sold and the resale was excellent as well. Highly recommended to test drive if you are considering a new large SUV.
Purchased in June 2017 at Maitland Toyota for A$62,000.00.
Extremely reliable and pretty good off road as well.
I bought this car to tow a caravan and use it for light to moderate off road work. The Prado really surpassed my expectations for towing, the V6 towed my 16 van really well. Last December I left Nullarbor road house heading west into a strong cross wind, 44 C outside and the aircon on full blast. The temp never got past 94 c, digital readout from the OBD11 Port. Yeah the fuel consumption wasn't great, but the Prado pushed on without a complaint for 2.5 hours.
I use the car for work every day and its comfortable and reliable despite 227000 km.
Purchased in May 2018 for A$19,990.00.
- J150 VX 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre (2015-2020)
- Verified purchase
Affordable luxury is what you are looking at
Well, after a long time buy and sell, like, dislike, hate, regret, I finally put down a significant amount to buy a new 2019 Toyota Prado VX, after doing more research, I should have purchased the Kakadu as Toyota quietly removed the KDSS suspension from VX and only available with the Kakadu now, then the options with the offroad and DVD things, I think it is better to reward yourself with the Kakadu, but the VX is good enough if not plenty from the GLX.
The reason for saying this is 10k difference from VX to Kakadu is nothing by the time you p...
Purchased in April 2019.
great car so far
this car is not really remarkable in any way shape or form, but is very capable, comfortable, and safe car to drive. servicing so far has been great and fairly reasonable in terms of pricing.
Purchased in May 2018 at nunawading toyota for A$65,000.00.
Loving our Prado
Purchased a 2018 GLX Prado and absolutely love it.
Had read a few negative reviews - so we were concerned...but we could not be happier with it.
We have done over 15000km - long distance driving - off road driving - water crossings without issue.
Very comfortable / plenty of room / great on fuel / lots of extras!!
Highly recommend the new Prado.
Purchased in October 2018 for A$66,000.00.
Questions & Answers
What will make a 3 liter Toyota diesel idle faster than normal
Hi i have Prado 2009 3 ltr turbo diesel and it starts up OK but then serge's and runs out of fuel. Has all new genuine filters and no air leaks.
My prado 2012 window controllers in the drivers door has flashing green lights in the middle of each button is this normal or is it a warning light
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