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 Factory stereo is outdated with obsolete navigation, but it controls and is linked to the roof dvd player which also comes with wireless earphones and remote control.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.
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.
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
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.
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...
We love it. Apart from the "Cons" listed above, both my wife and I love driving this vehicle. We (a family of 3) have many needs that identified the Tarago as the best vehicle to suit our needs. We often need to move theatre props and costumes (and other related bits) as well as a number of elderly parents in the eighties with baggage. I equate the driving experience to low level flying. It is not as economical as our 1994 SAAB 9000 turbo estate, but we average around 10 litres/100K at the moment. That can blow out if you get stuck into the sem...i-auto gear box and have a bit of fun without a load. Relax and take it easy - and the fuel economy is fine, but get the V6 is you need more power! Seats are comfortable - as there are plenty of adjustments. We do a lot of long k's in this vehicle and find it most comfortable and easy to drive. Lots of room, Reasonably flexible space. Great cruiser. Toyota reliability - and we need reliability being self employed! Can't remove the last row of seats to get more room in the GLi version - basic problem that should not exist on such an expensive people mover. More expensive versions remove the problem - but is should not exist! Period! Not comfortable with the instruments being so far from the drivers view - messes a bit with the visually impaired (us glasses users)
Good for families with young children.
We have a 2007 GLX V6 and bought it as a second hand at a Toyota dealer with having 96K on the odometer at the time of purchase. We have had this vehicle now for 1 year and are quite happy with it. Toyota generally has a good build quality and it shows on this vehicle. Sound proofing and suspension are good as well as the list of safety features and number of storage, which is quite handy.
Would recommend this vehicle for families with 3 kids or more who generally still use child/booster seats - very flexible. Mrs currently sits on the 2nd r...ow with our 7 months. Our 2yo and 5yo sit at the back. 2nd & 3rd row space, which is far more superior than any other 7 seaters on the market; Deep boot space on the GLX V6, which accommodates our double pram and still has room for groceries and other stuff; Ability to fold the 3rd row seat flat on the floor, which is ideal for moving furniture and other like; Good configuration of having 2 seats in the 2nd row and having the capability of walking thru to the 3rd row (this is very handy especially when Mrs have to attend to the kids quickly at the back); Good bright dash to display speedometer; Front & rear parking sensors are a bonus for this long vehicle; Very good adjustable driving lights for night time. Premium unleaded (95 RON) which is expensive; Beige cloth seat fabrics and carpet, which is not ideal for young families - would have prefered darker colours to hide those stains; No trip computer to display kms to go til empty; Spare wheel is not a full size alloy.
We bought an 8 seater 2010 model V6 Tarago on the arrival of our twins. Having 4 children meant we needed a large car with plenty of space for a twin pram and and the luggage that goes along with a family of 6. We noticed there was an upgrade of fabric quality as an option on 7 seater models and tried to pay for the upgrade on the 8 seater but was told they wouldn't do it ( even though the car was yet to be built and we had a 4 month wait on it). We were only trying to change it to a darker colour (4 kids = dirty seats) as at the time we were...unaware of the poor quality of the beige fabric we would be getting. When the car arrived we had two safe'n'sound baby capsules professionally fitted by kidsafe and had their bases resting on a towel. At the 6 month service we removed the capsules and were shocked to see that where they met the seat backs had nearly frayed the fabric. We were told it was normal "wear and Tear" (after 6 months?!) and Toyota will not fix it. They then added insult to injury by telling us the repair (on the middle row of seats only) would be in excess of $3000 dollars. We are now terrified the other seats will be damaged ( belts/buttons on rear of jeans etc) and wanted to buy car seat covers but guess what ... Toyota don't make them!! The capsules have been used without incident in two other cars for a far longer period of time so buyer beware!! The fabric will really let you down and it wont be a cheap exercise to replace it!!! It has really soured our opinion of Toyota and made the less serious issues listed in the cons section above seem even more annoying to us. We have now filed a complaint at consumer protection as the fabric quality is not fit for purpose. Very spacious, rear seats split and even when in upright position has good boot space. Drives smoothly. The fabric in the 8 seater model is VERY POOR QUALITY!!! Also only available in a very light colour and Toyota will not allow any upgrade. Ipod Docking set up is a joke (and so poorly configured it is a safety issue) and don't bother with the $4000 nav system with reversing camera. Reversing Sensors beep nearly all the time if you have a tow ball fitted. Toyota service is incredibly customer unfriendly. The basically tell you to get lost with a smile on their face!!
a great people mover that has a large enough boot to fit a twin pram, interior kiddie friendly material that is easy to clean after those accidental spills
this is a great people mover, we have brought the 7 seater vesion and i just love the room...great boot space plenty for our pram as having 5 kids ( 3 under 3) i found the boot space in many other cars insufficent to fit our pram.sat nav and inbuilt dvd player along with the foot rests for the middle row of seats make this car a superior car to have. easy to operate door opening by the push of a button and electrical fold down of the back row of seats
you cant fit an additional car seat bolt as it is illegal lucky for us our toddler is heavy enough to go into a booster seat.
Questions & Answers
2006 Toyota Tarago keeps changing back on the flat while towing
How heavy are you towing? Which gear does it change to? Is the check engine light on? Running on all 6 cylinders?
I would say that being a 4 cylinder it would change back to compensate for the extra load and reduce the load on the motor with the transmission selecting the appropriate gear.
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.
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