Looks better than it is.
If you are planning to buy a second hand xr50 3.5l V6 ultima read on, here is my opinion. Looks are subjective so i wont go into that. Cozy interior, the tarago is not as big as it looks, its the same long and wide as a commodore station wagon, but the short bonnet adds to the interior space but takes its toll in terms of ease of access to the engine. Comfy recliner seats with huge range of adjustements, interior space is widely variable with the 2/1 split 3rd row electric folding seats. Electric everything to impress mates. However 2nd row sea...ts are not removable, limiting length of cargo space and they don't rotate. Plastics are hard all over, including all of the dash too, and scratch easily. Overall build quality is disappointing for a toyota. Trims seem to be loose and rattle around over speed humps etc... Leather trim does not seem to be real leather!? Safety is good with 5 star rating, curtain airbags and driver knee airbag. V6 engine has enough power but not as much as you'd expect from a 3.5v6 didn't feel the power advertised. It uses more fuel than a Boeing 747 beware. Also no trip computer. All the bells and whistles but no trip computer. Probably they don't want you to know just how much fuel it burns. Premium 95 Octane fuel too. 6speed auto transmission is smooth and keeps the engine at low speeds with everyday driving. Sound proofing is poor with a lot of road noise entering the cabin. Engine is also noisy when revving. Unfortunately the stereo only has 4 speakers, no tweeters, and altogether bad sound quality. Factory stereo is outdated with obsolete navigation, but it controls and is linked to the roof dvd player which also comes with wireless earphones and remote control. So you're stuck with the factory stereo unless you want to spend a fortune to update the whole entertainment system. It has aux input and bluetoith connectivity but for phone calls only not audio. Add a sub and tweeters if you like decent sound. Due to the short bonnet and large V6 engine access to engine components is very limited.Apart from scheduled, regular maintenance, all engine related repair is labour intensive. Even things like spark plugs is a tedious job, and these cars are getting old with usually high milage. Alternator replacement means radiator out. Water pump replacement means engine, gearbox out, same goes for fan belt tensioner, timing chain. Common wearing components. Lot of gadgets, complex electrical system, HID lights all expensive to repair. Rear lights led, no bulb to replace, you need whole light assy. You might get one for $13k but you can easily spend half of that on it if engine or gearbox needs work. Oil change is easy however you'll have to buy a special filter removal tool. Filter is a cartridge type. Tyres are 17 inch which will be more expensive to replace than smaller sizes. I loved the looks inside out but sold it due to noise level and concerns over cost of repair anxiety. What you get: electric windows, mirrors, driver seat, sliding doors, rear sunroof blind, folding 3rd row seats, heated front seats, front and rear parking assist, electric power steering, tinted windows, sat nav roof dvd, recliner seats, sliding centre console, cruise control, moon glass roof, HID lights, LED tail lights, headlight washer, 17" alloys, thumbs up from friends. What you dont get: 6 speakers, trip computer, quiet ride, fuel economy, V6 3.5L power, real leather.
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 ;-)
Purchased in August 2019 at Best People Movers.
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
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
Good family car, but that's it...
We bought the Tarago for family get around (the other is an Audi small hatch). It's the Ultima trim with V6 engine and full leather interior
Good practicality, huge boot, sits 7 and heaps of room. The leather seats are heated and makes it looks rather special. Two sunroof are good to have open on nice days to give airy feeling to the interior (glass cannot be opened though). Sliding doors are a blessing in tight car parks and loading in kids. Pilot style second row seat are nice to travel in as they have recliners and foot rest li...
2010 v6 GLi. Fantastic car for family with 3 kids
We are a family of 2 adults, 3 kids and usually my father-in-law too. We spent months test driving iMax, Odyssey, Carnival and looking for the best deal. Bought the 2010 v6 gli and couldn't be happier. Roomy, comfy, a shedload of power, can drive all day without getting sore, great to separate the kids, everything within reach. After years of paying out on Tarago owners I must admit I am totally sold on this car. I love it.
Questions & Answers
My tarago was working fine,sat on lawn for awhile battery had died recharged battery tried to restart and it wouldn't crank over it trys to but won't. I hear everything come on like normal when I turn key on....it was low on fuel i tipped more fuel in from jerry can after doing so i realised the funnels nozzle had dirt in it could dirty fuel cause this? Any ideas? Prior to all this it was running fine
I have a 2010 model with 215/55R17 tyres(as designed- low profile). Has anyone tried a a more standard size style to provide more width on the wall. Having issues with puncturing with collecting traffic islands / gutters.
I have 2015 4cyl GLX model, bought new in Feb. It is very comfortable and easy to drive. One annoying problem is sometimes when I take the foot off the accelerator to turn a corner when I need to depress the accelerator again nothing happens. I have to depress the accelerator twice to get power. Does any other Tarago owners have this problem?
Actually it also happened to my wife's Tarago Ultima V6. Felt like the transmission loss traction and went into neutral temporarily... Not a good sign.
Was your wife's Tarago able to be fixed?
what are the car mileage ? over 300K and an increase of power during the uphill drive?
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