Awesome car - 2008 Toyota Estima V6 Aeras 3.5L
Exciting, considerate, honest, genuine, hassle-free, supportive - you won’t get that from a normal car yard!!
Such a pleasant experience from the start.
We wanted a car that we could fit our 2 young kids in the middle row with baby seats, still fit an adult in the back, fit the dog in, and some luggage, so that we could go away on trips or just help us perform our normal routines in style. The Toyota Estima delivers in spades!! We have a 7-seat SUV but with the 2 baby seats taking up the middle row, you cannot fit an adult in the middle row, ...and having someone in the back takes away most of the room for anything else. And the high back entry makes it difficult to put the big dog in. The Estima has solved all of our problems. We love the space, the bright interior, amazing condition of the car - some people thought it was a new car, but it’s actually 2008!! Bodykit, mags, DVD player, bluetooth - and most of all - power SLIDING DOORS!!! (yes, on both sides). The front doors aren’t giant like you’ll find on a big SUV. Seats are very comfortable, and we love the armrests. Also, a powerful V6 makes every drive a pleasure while still giving reasonable fuel economy. And it’s actually shorter and narrower than some of the 7-seat SUV’s. I would happily recommend one of these cars to anyone. Such great value, you really get so much for your money. The kids (3 years and 1.5 years) absolutely love it. My only regret is that we don’t have 2 of them ;-)
An ex fleet vehicle with low odometer reading for its age. Has very light steering for a people mover and moves well through the gears in city driving. Don't know much about the technical aspects of this vehicle but purchased to meet need to carry safely a young family of seven. Extra anchor points were retro fitted in accordance with Australian rules as child restraints of various styles are used at this stage and there were originally no anchor points in the back row. Six CD audio unit has a persistent bug and now only use a USB devise or blu...e tooth to play selected music. But radio AM/FM still okay. Recently the centre seat belt in the second row of seats was fully extended and would not retract - replacement by qualified mechanic cost $700.00 including parts and labour. Automatic box with petrol engine runs well on e10 fuel but not as economic as more modern vehicles. Metallic paint still is good order with only fading on foil over rear hatch otherwise still looks near new.
Best vehicle I've owned so far. 2006 Estima 3.5 V6, AWD, 8 seater
This is a review for the 2006 Toyota Estima 3.5 V6, 6 speed auto, AWD, 8 seater (This is the Japanese market Toyota Tarago, which you can buy from most importers here in Australia). Feature level is equivalent to an Ultima + more. Seats are like a GLX (non-leather)
I've also driven the 2.4L 4cyl, CVT, FWD, 8 seater for a week, so I can give a reasonably good insight into that version too.
Due to family growth and the love of road trips we decided to purchase a people mover after weighing up against station wagons and SUVs.
Our 1st ex...perience was on a holiday to NZ where we rented the base model 4cyl (2.4L) 2wd CVT, 8 seat version of the Estima, we were impressed with the ride quality, handling and features. Power of the 2.4 was adequate (just enough) to get the job done touring NZ (5 adults, 1 child and luggage). Being a 2WD model we found the wheels spin too easily on wet roads and/or gravel. Once we got back to AU we decided to get an Estima or Tarago for ourselves at some point. Having extra creature comforts is a welcome bonus, but the non-negotiable items were climate control, cruise, AWD, V6 and 8 seater. I found out later that the Australian delivered Tarago never had an AWD option (which is unfortunate). We ended up purchasing via a car dealer that specialises in Japanese grey market imports.
A disappointing cramped fuel guzzler
We upgraded from an older Toyota Hiace Super custom to the 2014 Tarago. we have 6 kids and I knew from the start it was too small but went against my gut and now regret it. 8 seats yes but don’t expect to fit a realistic family of 8 comfortably. 2 adults, 2 teenage boys and 4 younger kids and no one is happy.
Add the terrible fuel consumption of the 4 cylinder and it’s a big regret on my part.
For a smaller say 4 kid family zipping around the suburbs it probably do fine but a big family
Great and durable car!
Driving experience is great! Very smooth and great if your looking for a family car. I suggest if your looking for a car with better interior designs but less durability, get the Nissan Elgrand. Reliability is great and is cheap for its price. Servicing is cheap since the parts are basically everywhere
Family workhorse for over 20 yrs and still going strong
They say Toyotas last for ever and from my experience it has always been true. I also own an 90s corolla and both vehicles have out lasted the delivery trips from bunnings, road trips with the kids around Australia, up the snowys, etc. Performance is impeccable. Love the space in the vechiles. Love the rounded look on mine, i am confident it will keep going for another 20 yrs.
Perfect Family car
This is a great family car, drives very smoothly and noise is limited. The dashboard and interior are quite nice but now out-dated compared to other cars. There is a lot of leg room for the front two rows but a bit squishy at the back. It is not heavy on fuel which is + and is quite affordable to run it but we do have another car. It is a beautiful family car, with it seating so many people and looking so good.
I absolutely love it
last year I bought estima Aera g Edition. Very smooth Light interiror. ITs very elegant car. you feel like you are driving 2010 car. The engine is very storng and this model has a lot of features. Automatic doors. Moveble seats. Both windows at the back roll down. Its much better than tarago.
2005 Toyota Estima MCR30 V6 Premium
Excellent vehicle spacious comfortable can't stop driving it.
Fuel consumption approximately 9.5ltrs / 100klm.
Powered by Toyota's excellent MZ1FE VVTI engine.
Estima has plenty of get up and go.
A majority of parts are shared with the Australian Toyota Tarago with the exception of the motor which shares its heritage with the Lexus ES300.
To date I have been able to source all parts for servicing without any real problems.
The external mirrors are large and give plenty of vision as does the reversing camera.
Highly recommended as a vehic...
Great van for camping or families
Very smooth car. Also, very efficient with the gas. lots of interior space. the engine is definitely big enough for its size. You can take the seats out and have lots of room for moving furniture or even for camping. taking the middle seats off is not that easy though. overly, happy with the car.
This is a good car. stable, quiet and easy to drive.
I have 3 pp mover. 1st is tarago, 2nd odyssey, 3rd elgrand. Tarago is a good choice.
I did drive tarago 10 yrs. seldom got problems. No main problem.
Stable, Elgrand>tarago> odyssey.
cheapest running cost. tarago > elgrand 2.5 > odyssey.
Price cheapest. Odyssey> tarago> elgrand 2.5.
cabin space tarago 7 seat > elgrand 2.5> odyssey.
The best ever!!!
The seven seat Tarago Ultima is the most amazing car. The flexibility of the seating arrangement / storage area is fantastic. You can even comfortably sleep in it if need be. From the kids point of view the best aspect of the car is the leg rests that come up from the two seats in the middle row. It is an extremely powerful and smooth car to drive and guest (friends) that drive the car comment on how great it is. Very economical even though you can only use premium unleaded petrol in it. There is nothing that I could question with this vehicle. It is superb!!
A true thoroughbred.
My most trusted and appreciated possession. Purchased with 230000k's on the clock, now has just under 400000. It just goes and goes and goes with minimal attention. I have had 100s of kids in this car and although its looking a bit tired and worn inside, the airconditioning still works beautifully, the seats are still comfy and the engine just purrs along. My teenage son has requested it be handed down to him if I replace it so it must have some street cred too! Honestly, the best purchase I ever made. Would buy another in a flash.
A fantastic car!
I bought the 2005 3L estima for my growing family and business. This vehicle is comfortable, modern and the designers anticipated every need I could have thought of. When I got it I thought it would feel insecure to drive, it's so tall! But instead it is a solid, secure and well balanced power/manoeuvrability drive. The extra space inside allows easy travel from the front to the back seats, great for young families, and there's heaps of boot space.
Great for family day outings!
Mine is a 7 seater bought secondhand, 2015 model. Performance is great, fuel efficient for such a big car and V6 engine, pretty smooth and quiet drive. Just that passengers in the back row can feel more of the bumps and turns compared to those in front and the middle.
But what I like about this car is the ability to move the middle seats where both car seats are (one front facing and one rear facing) easily and widening the middle space for passengers to move to the back and also preventing harsh sun on the kids during summer. Next thing I l...ove about this car is the boot space and ease of lowering the back row seats for bigger boot space. Lastly the safety features where the door does not automatic open when gear is not in park. The only I would recommend is never to get a light coloured interior and if only the boot door is automatic that will be perfect as the boot door tend to get stucked when opening. Not sure why. But this is indeed a people mover as I use this for kids, grandparents and hubs and I.
No Lumbar support ,2 fake A/C outlets at back
Great to drive but not economic to run ,couple of my friends convert the van into LPG. I use the van as maxi Taxi my average spending is $55 .
When my friends converred into LPG the average went into $35. The coast to convert the van is around $4000.
I need infomation on this vehicle
This car has only done 75k which is very low for a car of this age and I would like to hear any problems if anyone has got one or owned one it has been very well looked after and in very good condition I am thinking of buying it but don't know about parts for an imported model
Does the job!
Its clearly the best in people movers! Ours is a 2007 Toyota Estima G/ Tarago GLX, its an 8 seater and comes with dual electric sliding doors, electric tailgate, electric folding mirrors, bluetooth controls on the steering wheel, rear tinted windows, multi function display on speedometer, rear DVD player which plays from the speakers - ours comes with the $4000 sound system option
This doesn't feel like a van, it feels like an average sedan, when you go up a hill on low throttle it automatically chooses the right gear to g...
Amazing hearty car
I have had my Tarago for 11 years. It has only given me trouble when l left on the interior light. When you have 3 kids at all different schools, you need a reliable car. I am ready to update my car, but it is just such a great car to give away. The only gripe I have is that it is not the most comfortable car which was a 2002 Gli. Otherwise the car has been through thick and thin
2014 Tarago Ultima V6
The build quality is excellent, as one would expect in relation to a car that has been on the market for 8-9 years. In many respects the quality of the Tarago is Lexus-like. Personally, I think the leather is superior to the Mercedes.
The drive is terrifically smooth. The combination of the ride, engine and transmission is silky. The 3.5 litre V6 is responsive and always in the right mood.
As mentioned by others, the third row does not have ISOFIX nor does it have a latch to tether a child seat. It is, however, suitable for booster seats (chi...
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Questions & Answers
Hi. any suggestions. 94 auto Tarago. when I turn on motor, taking foot off accelerator to put into drive it loses power completely. Had everything replaced in this money pit and just had 2nd alternaor replaced 4weeks ago after last one a year ago. (Done fuel injectors, o2 sensors, oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, battery. The list goes on. Help!!!
I am by no means a mechanic but I had a similar problem with a Ford vehicle and the cause turned out to be a sensor in the manifold either not working or sending false information to the central computer. Effectively taking the foot of accelerator pedal caused the engine to return to idle and the faulty sensor information made the computer believe that the driver was intending to stop and the engine turn off completely. Needless to say this was a fairly dangerous thing to be happening while driving as the vehicle lost power assisted steering and was very hard to maneuver and probably caused drivers following on behind to think bad thoughts as my vehicle ground to an unexpected stall in traffic. Maybe this same design feature is relevant to the Tarago engine as well.
Hi I have my Tarago 97 bought in 2001 now is 255K. I like this car because its comfortable car. Two days ago it hit by truck trailer caused damage at corner rear right in tail light. accessor told me it isb lost damage/ write off. but I still love it. Is that possible to buy corner area from cars wrecker n put in my car after cutting the damage one. where I can buy it.
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