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Very happy with my purchase ...
Impressed with its fuel efficiency.
Retains its value.
Easy to maintain.
Cons:...Pricy with options Entertainment system is not the best in market. Overall very good vehicle.
Best Prado yet
Picked up my new Prado from Madill Toyota, Noosa on 28th May. This is the second Prado I have owned, last one owned from new 2015 to 2018, one of the final 3.00litre diesels. The new GXL Prado is more than just a facelift, the updated 2.8 Diesel engine is incredible, 1500rpm at 100kph, the increased power and torque have transformed this vehicle. It is quieter on the freeway than my beloved 2016 FJCruiser, which is being replaced by the Prado. The full suit of Toyota safety systems combined with the performance and economy enhancements have tra...nsformed this vehicle. Apple Car play and the extended range of Toyota apps add to the functionality. OK the dash is not as sexy as a Discovery, or new Defender, but whilst Land Rover may get you their, their is plenty of evidence that indicates they won’t get you back!! Seats are very comfortable, headlamp washers, auto headlights, radar cruise and Toyota’s proven low running costs, minimal depreciation, underpinned by legendary reliability (from my own experience of owning, two SR5 HiLux’s, 200 series Sahara, 2 Prado’s, 3 Corolla’s and an FJ Cruiser over the last 16 years). My only gripe is I wish Toyota would offer an option for better quality All Terrain Tyres as OE fitment, e.g. Bridgestone 697’s
Purchased in May 2021.
New Prado VX 2021 WoooW Experience
Brought my dream car and this is my experience.
I brought Brand NEW Toyota Prado VX within last 5 months and today it has done 7,000km . Since day ONE I found these issues
1) Horrible feeling of Forward jerk / jump each time when you shift gear from Park/Reverse to forward Drive gear . ? Could this be a Gear Box faulty . I took this to dealer they adviced it’s normal but as car enthusiast it’s not .
Issue 1 - Rough Gear Shift / Gear box not fine tuned
2) Hissing noice from Break Boost every time you apply break
Issue 2 - noisy Braking
Purchased in January 2021.
Bad vibration at 1500rpm. Toyota says it's normal
I bought a new 2020 GXL Prado in December 2020. From the first day I picked it up I noticed a vibration/shudder at about 1500-1700rpm. Took it back to the dealer who got Toyota technical people out to look at it. They agreed the car had a vibration/shudder, and I asked for the vehicle to be replaced.
Toyota Australia have said that ALL Prados do it and they consider it is not a fault.
Toyota customer service is terrible. I have owned Toyota vehicles for 40 years and never had a problem, but now that a vehicle has an issue, they run away.
Don't buy a toyota vehicle unless you drive it first.
Toyota do not stand behind their products.
Peeling paint and suspension fail
Won't be buying one of these again. Almost every panel has peeling paint and I had to completely replace the air-bag suspension on a ten year old car, and it was the Grande model. Why wont Toyota Australia cover the warranty on the paint, as at present they've got a heap of Toyotas with peeling paint driving around with every other driver looking at it and thinking to themselves "I won't buy a Toyota because I've seen so many with peeling paint." Imagine the good publicity Toyota would have if they honoured the extended warranty.
I've just created a public Facebook page titled "Toyota Australia Peeling Paint." Please join if you are in the same boat.
Purchased in November 2014 for $28,000.00.
Updated 150kw engine completes the appeal
I took delivery of the new model in early October 2020. I have only done 5,000 km to date - so early days.
I am fitting it out as a tourer with some light off road driving anticipated. I fitted All Terrain tyres at 3,000km. The 10,000 km oil change interval (for warranty) is annoying, since I intend to use a quality synthetic engine oil which lasts 15,000 km no problem. Fuel economy is OK at 9.7L/100km mixed driving, no towing. I expect this will improve as the engine loosens up a little.
solid, quiet engine with very good acceleration p...
Purchased in September 2020 for $69,000.00.
Most reliable SUV
I have a 2004 Toyota Prado and it is the most reliable SUV I have ever bought. It has taken our family to the toughest places and come back unscathed. 17 years later, it has so far needed no repairs other than routine maintenance. The most exaggerated part is that it now drives like a new car. You could say this because I drive it less and the odometer is currently under about 180,000km, but I can't think of any other make that can be driven for 180,000km and still have the same driving experience as a new car. It's a petrol V6 Grande with good...power, 0-100 in 8.6 seconds. The 2020 diesel Prado has managed to improve this time to 9.9 seconds, which shows how far-sighted this petrol engine is. Fuel consumption performance averages 15 litres per 100 kilometres and can be under 13 litres over long distances. It is only when used to tow a caravan that fuel consumption doubles, an inherent flaw of the petrol engine. The dashboard surface cracked after several years due to manufacturing process, Toyota did not implement a recall in Australia, however I have since contacted the dealer and after confirming my ownership, Toyota Australia agreed to replace it for free. I actually regret buying this car now, as I have had no more reason to get my wife to agree buying a new car for over a decade.
Waste of too much money
Had my 2019 near new used car prado for half an hour ,after leaving Bunbury Toyota where I paid $66,000 car started shaking badly . In the service department for two days ( left me with no transport ) to be told cv joints and rotors needed replacing . It supposedly had just been serviced ? The active cruise control can’t do low speed of 40 klm hour where as we all now there are many speed zones of that , it clunks around in the new gearbox , the 2.8 was meant or more efficient and not lost any power ..... my 2014 go prado was a lot quicker . Th...e media system is dated and there is no additional USB in the back ? I went with a gxl for I thought the back would lay entirely flat ( for camping ) but unlike my gx this second row seat does not lift up towards the front of the car so it’s even more of a slope in the back with all the seats down .. it doesn’t have steer assist or even drivers blind spot lane warning , it only beeps too much if you are not correctly in the exact middle of the lines . It takes eternity to resume the set speed if car slows in front oh and my major concern is when using active cruise control the people don’t know what’s happening as your brake lights don’t come on when the car reduces speed quite dramatically I’ve been the victim of road rage numerous times and I’ve had the car under a month . Oh it has stupid headlight washers that pop out and squirt (wow for $66,000 you think they could lash it on stereo or making it so bigger tyres can easily be put on without changing expensive parts ) TOYOTA YOU DISSAPOINT AND IM MAKING SURE I INFORM ANYONE WHO THINKS OF BUYING ONE TO STOP .... there better value cars out there with lot better customer care after you buy one of their vehicles unlike TOYOTA who responded with contact the yard you bought from who they then said sorry they can’t reimburse my money . Very unhappy customer and recently I had my headlights turn off whilst driving at night time on country roads where I live and a message displayed on the dash saying Headlight malfunction contact dealer !! It’s been in the service yard almost two weeks now and still they have not been able to fix the issue the loan car they lent me broke down on me on Australia Day while I was heading to the city to celebrate with friends and now I am stuck with no car no refund and no faith in Toyota as a whole . I’ve contacted Toyota and asked to reimburse my money so I can at least purchase a safe reliable car which I thought I did but I’m told they cannot do this ? So in the meantime Toyota expects me and my kids to drive in an unsafe car or no car at all ! Toyota you are the biggest rip off I’ve met yet and if you can’t make a reliable safe car then STOP before some one has a fatal accident one day like me and my daughter almost did . Kt
Purchased in November 2019 at Toyota bunbury for $66,000.00.
Toyota has lost its way
I've had toyota's for work trucks for a lot of years and have held them in high regard until purchasing my wifes 2019 Toyota Prado GXL. The car is not a bad car but given the price of this vehicle I would expect more. I traded a 2007 Landrover Discovery 3 with approximately 220,000 km on it and it served us well. I figured with the Landrover being 12 years old an update to Toyota would be an update and how disappointed have i been with the latest offerings.
The platform is fine, the 150 has been around for long enough to give me confidence t...hat the bones of this vehicle are sound. And my base model work trucks have illustrated that as well. However with the GXL update i cannot say that Toyota has done customers proud. - Leather interior is terrible, after 15 months of ownership the drivers seat has worn through the leather along the stitching (12 years 220k in a Landrover showed little signs of wear 2005 ford falcon with leather did not do this after 5 years of ownership). This is not creasing or wear like that but has physically worn through to the hide. - Fixtures inside the vehicle seem flimzy, passenger seat adjuster jammed after about 4 weeks of ownership. so to did the clip that retains the 3rd row seats. - rear shroud around tow hitch came away after clipping it getting a small bag of groceries from the vehicle. - roof rail caps keep coming off and have had to use silicon to stick them down. - And finally, this is not a racing car, the engine does the job and that is it but for a vehicle of this size it is woefully undercooked and struggles to overtake if you need to, the car toes well but it takes time to get up to speed. It seems to have less power then earlier versions of the vehicle so im not sure if this is an emissions thing. - The GPS is horrendously out of date and Toyota expects you to pay exorbitant fees to have the latest map file installed (this car is 15 months old and i suspect the map file used was 12-18 months out of date at the date of purchase).
Purchased in May 2019 for $70,000.00.
Garaged Prado 2008 every panel of paint is peeling. I have worked from home for over 20 years.
My car is worth nothing now, and every other country has extended the paint warranty to 14 years because Toyota have accepted there was manufactuer fault in the clear coat in the Pear Blizzard.
What I dont understand is why Toyota Australia think they are exempt from this direction passed down from Toyota.
Is anyone else having the same issues?
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I brought my 2008 Toyota Prado in Pearl White second hand in 2015 from a Toyota dealer in NSW. I have always wanted this particular vehicle and could finally afford one albeit second hand. I loved everything about this vehicle and have always looked after it.
I had noticed small chips in the paint but put it down to use as car was 7 years old but over the last couple of years the paint has been peeling off down to the primer in large chunks from every panels of the vehicle. I originally tried to use touch up paint but now it just flakes off eve...
Purchased in June 2015 at Toyota Dealers for $40,000.00.
Great 4WD SUV
Purchased new, vehicle is a 2019 Toyota Landcruiser Prado GXL Premium 2.8DT 6 spd Auto.
If you're considering a 4WD and Toyota Landcruiser Prado is on your list, then you'll be spoilt for choices with many vehicle in the market at this price range. These are the reason why I've opted to purchase the vehicle,
- Strong resale value
- Capable 4WD from factory
- 7 Seats options
- 3 way climate control
- Long range fuel tank (not applicable for flat tail gate)
- Good economy for size/weight of vehicle, I average approx. 9.5L/100km or 1,360 before fuel light illuminate.
- Spacious Cabin and 3rd row seat can accommodate adults (ideal for 170cm tall)....
Purchased in August 2019 at Toyota Dealers.
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 $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.
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2001 Prado, headlight suddenly stay on when I turn off ignition and open drivers door. Door light works, and interior globe. What else can I check?
i have a 99 model petrol prado. it runs fine but back fires on idel. ive changed knock sensors, maf, throttle body. fuel filter and it still back fires. any help would be appreciated
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|Category||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs||Large / 7 Seater SUVs|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||18" Alloy||17" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||8 L/100km||8 L/100km||7.9 L/100km||8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||150 L||150 L||150 L||150 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.8L||4 Cylinder 2.8L||4 Cylinder 2.8L||4 Cylinder 2.8L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm||130kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm||420Nm @ 1400-2600rpm||450Nm @ 1600-2400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||3,000 kg||3,000 kg||2,500 kg||2,500 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2015||Jan 2015||Jan 2015||Jan 2015|
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