10Toyota Prado

Toyota Prado

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Cammo1971
Cammo197118 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic
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Shellie C.
Shellie C.Sydney, NSW
  J120

Paint Peeling

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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Shane G
Shane G5 posts
  J120
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Victor
VictorSydney, NSW16 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic
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Jarrod
JarrodEyre Peninsula, SA
  J120

Extremely reliable!

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. Show details
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Mick
MickPerth, WA2 posts
  J90

Brilliant 4WD

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.
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Jack H.
Jack H.South East Queensland, QLD2 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 3 Litre Automatic

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. Show details
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Brett B.
Brett B.Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC8 posts
  J90

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. Show details
Ash K
Ash KQueensland5 posts
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steven
stevenSydney, NSW2 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic
Satish kumar
Satish kumarPerth, WA2 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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. Show details
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Ross
Ross13 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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 Show details
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Harman
HarmanGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC4 posts
  J150 Kakadu 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre

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!! Show details
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Kunal
KunalPerth, WA9 posts
  J150 VX 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre

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

Tinted windows
Ceramic coating
I fitted a catch can which picks up all the oil
Must need for diesel engines

Electronics in the car is old style Toyota Prado please do something about it. Interior is 3.5/5 stars.

Over all must have car for family travelling. Long drives

Sam
SamGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC3 posts
  J150 VX 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre

First impression

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. Show details

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AntonDeva
AntonDeva
  J150 VX 4 Cylinder, 3 Litre
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Tan
TanPerth, WA26 posts
  J120

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! Show details
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SMc
SMcSouth East Queensland, QLD17 posts
  Verified J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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!! Show details
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Chris S.
Chris S.Hunter Region, NSW9 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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. Show details
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Jimmyt
JimmytHunter Region, NSW3 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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. Show details
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D H.
D H.9 posts
  J120

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. Show details
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Iwantthegoodstuff
IwantthegoodstuffMelbourne13 posts
  Verified J150 VX 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre
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Gary L
Gary L
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

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. Show details
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Nicole
NicoleWestern Australia16 posts
  Prado

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. Show details
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dryduststorm
dryduststorm2 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

Disappointed with this Prado J150 replacement of our 90 Series Prado

We replaced our old 90 Series (1999) Prado with the new J150 Prado just after my first attempt to retire. There is just the 2 of us - wife and hubby.
I like the body and suspension but really dislike the 2.8 litre engine. In my view, it's under powered. Just cruising around town at 80kph the slightest incline will have the eco light go off and start dropping gears. Connect a trailer with weight and it's all over so we will never tow on our travels - that decision is made. I believe a vehicle of this size and type needs a 3.2 to 3.5 litre .
I am not a fan of the auto braking and some of the other 'saftey' features and appreciate that some folks need them to operate but I wish they could be over ridden when required. Show details
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BEE V.
BEE V.Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC4 posts
  J90
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Deb
DebSouth East Queensland, QLD11 posts
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KME
KMEFar North Queensland, QLD5 posts
  J120

Very comfortable, fuel efficient and spacious

We have had our prado for a few years now and we cannot fault it. It is very comfy, spacious and is a dream to drive. The downer is that it has the same old standard Toyota stereo so no Bluetooth/AUX/connection. Show details
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Craig
CraigPerth, WA5 posts
  J150

No power , huge fuel consumption!

Was a good car at first but after some time and what I’m told is a failure in the diesel particulate filter system the fuel consumption sky rocketed and it felt like I was driving around with the hand break on ! Show details
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MarcoJ
MarcoJHunter Region, NSW
  J150

The worst in car system in the world?

I have just installed my old TomTom and bluetooth hands free kit (blueant) into my 2018 Toyota Prado. The in-car system is just so bad that anything else is better. I drove a Hyundai i30 hire car today with the appleplay system which was brilliant. Why Toyota did not run with this I don't know. The phone system is unusable while driving and when using the voice control system you may drive 2km before the system responds to your command. I honestly don't think Toyota ever tested their system outside of the showroom. I have 1000+ contacts in my phone and it takes 5 mins for the phone to synch each trip. Show details
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Chris B.
Chris B.Litchfield, NT7 posts
  Verified J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

Worst transmission of all time

Would not lock into top gear until well over 100km/hr, and then would change down when it saw a hill in the distance. Fitted a scanguage to watch the transmission temperature, and was horrified to see the temperatures while towing, and that was using the gear recommended. The only way to stop it changing and the torque converter from slipping was to tow in 4th gear at about 90km/hr.

Would not tow my small Tvan without great input from right foot, (old 120 series Prado was much better)

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James
JamesSydney, NSW23 posts
  J120
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747800Sydney, NSW68 posts
  Verified J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Manual
Roy
RoyToowoomba
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

2018 PRADO Very disappointing with my purchase

A BRAND NEW LANDCRUISER PRADO 2018 - paid almost 70k - not happy with the new Vehicle I purchased on September 2018.

Just done 2500 KM

Irregularities in gear shifting.

I was hearing unusual sound while starting the engine.

Took it to the dealer and they said the “ENGINE MOUNT” needs to be replaced (Unbelievable).

Very furious and disappointed with Toyota.

For the price and reputation I did not expect this from Toyota.

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Geoff071
Geoff071Victoria2 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

2018 GXL Prado (Love this Car BUT!!)

I purchased this vehicle for daily commuting & as a tow vehicle. As a daily driver I love this car it's comfortable has all the options you need good fuel eco Great Car, BUT as tow vehicle i'm very disappointed!. I tow a Jayco Journey 19.5ft Caravan weight fully loaded 2.7t, when towing this van my Prado uses 22L to 26L per 100Ks traveling at 90khp on my last trip talking to landcruiser 200 owners towing bigger vans then mine, they were doing better at around 22L to 24L per 100Ks doing 110 to 125kph. The Prado tow Capacity is 3,000Kgs now but to to tow anything close to that the car 2.8L engine is working very very hard and sucks the fuel. it's a pity because I truly love this car, but I might have to look at maybe upgrading.

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Beardy Bonce
Beardy BonceSydney, NSW46 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 3 Litre Automatic
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Vincent Joseph
Vincent Joseph4 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic

This is I made a big mistake in my life

I am using daily to go to work. Mileage is very bad and after every 2 to 3 days the DPF starting to burn the chemicals during that time the mileage is very bad and the rpm going up to 900.Aand the engine sound and vibration also going up that time. It will going around 25minits. When its happening very uncomfortable to drive.

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AGRADEMECHANIC
AGRADEMECHANICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC114 posts
  J90
BruceCameron
BruceCameronBuninyong4 posts
  J120

Best vehicle I've owned

After a string of Diesel Hilux's, Landrover Discoveries I bought my first Prado on a whim at auction-online, sight unseen. It had 300,000km on the clock so my expectations were realistic. To my surprise it looked immaculate and drove the same, full service history and one owner from new. A few sensible upgrades, suspension, tyres, bull bar later it is becoming a favorite for the fun we have in it and the reliability. Dual tanks standard, great air-cond, relatively good fuel economy, (1KZ pre-common rail diesel-manual). Very capable off road and comfortable, roomy for family trips. Only regret is we didn't buy one sooner.

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Emperor Zurg
Emperor ZurgNsw10 posts
  J150 GXL 4 Cylinder, 2.8 Litre Automatic
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