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.
Excellent People Mover.
We bought our Tarago near new after comparing it to many other vehicles in the same class. We bought a GLI V6 with a few extras. This is our first Toyota and we had heard they were reliable and safe so we bought one. In all the years we have owned it it has never let us down on any level. Unbelievable reliability. We had 4 kids, all in car seats at the time so we bought the seven seat version. Ours has leather trim which I would recommend for any family - No stains, easy to clean and super hard wearing. The boot is deep and roomy with room enou...gh for our 2 double prams. The power of the V6 is awesome, 7 airbags, stability and traction control. Build quality is first class. 6 speed auto is smooth. I've owned heaps of new cars so I've dealt with plenty of dealer service departments but I found Toyota service to be massively expensive so we've learnt to avoid using them. No trip computer. No button to turn the traction control off.
Best car for a med/large family who also carry stuff and need flexibility of space. Reliable, comfortable, versatile and would highly recommend it ------ by why, oh why, did Toyota stop making it!?!?!?
The space is brilliant, nothing quite like it in the market, so it's a real pity they stopped making it! This is my fourth Tarago in a row, since 1993! I was thinking of replacing the current one (new in 2004) so have test driven everything else and none have the space and comfort, so I'll keep mine for now.
Wish the handbrake was somewhere else - it's nice to have space between the seats (the old Tarago had the brake by the driver's seat).
We bought this car due to it's good reputation and are still very happy with our decision.
I would recommend to families with 3 or more kids however the seatbelt issue may be a negative for some depending on childrens ages and the new seatbelt laws.
I love having the extra space, with 4 little ones it's practical and comfortable.
It's great to drive, nice and quiet and easy to park. Also having a sliding door on both sides is handy for accessing children and shopping.
I do dislike the fact that as a people mover a car perhaps for the larger than average family it only has 3 anchor points and has 2 lap only seat belts in the middle seats.
With 5 children, we had no choice but to buy a Tarago, and the cost nearly crippled us. 10 years on, we ran the first model to the absolute ground (and still got a reasonable trade in value for it), and have bought another second hand model. Always reliable, spacious, fun to drive and suitable for the crowd scene.
A big van that handles like a car, easy to move and manoevre. Plenty of room for all, with walk through access to front, and generous storage space in the back. Reliable, powerful and fun to drive.
Newer model (2005) has rear fan ...
The Tarago is fantastic! Ours is a 2001 up to almost 170,000km and never missed a beat. I love having 8 seats, it is so handy for taking friends and family. I think the boot space is great, because of the shape of the back and the way you can move the seats, you can easily pack lots in - I can fit all the luggage for a family of 6 and camping gear in mine - if you can't you are packing too much!!!
(and I never pack higher than the top of the back seat). The best car I've ever had!
Very reliable, Lots of Space, Good looking a very comfortable. Don't know how we could live without 8 seats now!
We have a 1999 model and just about to buy a 2006 GLI. The 1999 model had done 240K with no problems, just the usually maintainance. We will always buy a Tarago as long as the kids live at home. A friend of mine took ours for a drive and loved it so much went out and bought the latest 2007 V6 ultima and sold his Pajero saying the Tarago was so much better for his family than a 4WD.
This is a great car, not for those who want a performance vehicle. Once you get over the
No cruise control is a let down for the price you pay, better carpet and less plastic would be an improvment.
For a cheap people mover this one beats the others hands down. and many of the dearer ones too. We loved it.
The space, the ease of which people could get in and out, vented ac for the passengers, no fuss driving, reliable. great car for its age. I still think it looks good, for a people mover.
Its a bit out dated now , the newer models of kia's and the such have some neat features, but at a price.
The Toyota Tarago GLX is a somewhat roomy if inelgantly designed people mover. Many of the controls from the drivers seat are counter intuitive and give poor feedback. The seats are quite hard and gave me back pain after a prolonged drive. The fuel economy isnt so great either averaging 18 litres per 100km on one trip with my cousins family. Also the seats are kind of awkward to get into, especially for the rear passengers and they often stick so that they cannot be moved out of position to be readjusted. The engine feels udnerpowered and takes...a long time to get the Tarago moving, which makes overtaking nigh on impossible and makes long trips very frustrating when its hard to top 90kmh on the freeway. All in all this is a bland looking and poorly built people mover, that i would not recommend to perspective purchasers. Poor fuel economy, poor handling and bland looks, amongst others.
Still a great people mover and probably overall still the best MPV on the market. YA bit pricey given the small engine capacity and lack of options so may be better off buying a 2 or 3 year old vehicle from one of the hire car companies (nearly 15K cheaper and nicely run-in..hopefully).
If Toyota puts in a bigger capacity engine this vehicle will beat all other movers without a doubt even without any extra options thrown in.
Great buy for families.
Fabulous space, plenty of room inside (far better than Chrysler Voyager). Good height for dri...
we have been recommending the tarago to our friends who have large families. two of these families have actually gone out and bought their own on our recommendation and are very happy with their vehicles. we think it is the best people mover around
Tarago GLX: this car is just the best people mover I think I have ever driven. it drives like a car, handles well, and most of all fits the whole family in comfort. We had a DVD player installed, which keeps the kids quiet. fuel economy is pretty good, and most importently the wife loves it.
Excellent, for this vehicle has large enough power to push itself to hold all the people inside the vehicle. Wonderful for touring the family around.
If you have a large family this car would be the untimate choice, giving a large amount of space for the legs and the large number of people who can sit in the car (who are the lucky ones). So many features found in the large vehicle which is good, especially for something so big. Space and comfort and performance is the most ultimate part of a car.
The boot cannot fit alot, for if each person had a luggage each it won't fit.
Best car we have ever owned.
We purchased a 2001 model second hand in 2002. It was perfect for our four teenage boys for the long trips we had to undertake.Originally we looked at four wheel drives and after riding in the back of a toyota landcruiser(in the very back) we decided to take another option.We didnt want a people mover (maybe the stigma that goes with them).But after test driving our car we bought it immediately. It's like riding in a space ship.And even when you have most of the seats occupied you still have room for cargo.The fuel consumption is excellent.We g...et approx >550klms per tank.The only money we have had to spend is for the regular services and last week I had to replace the battery in the key. Since purchasing most of the boys have grown up and left home and we have had one extra in the mean time. This is where the Tarago has really come in handy.At the footy the little one has room to play in the back and the passenger can easily jump in the back with him if we are travelling along and he's upset.I have also carted home trees from the nursery easily.I often wonder what I will do without it when I eventually sell it and scale down.I would & do reccommend Tarago to everyone. Great family car, especially at the footy (roomy!!!).love the walk through console area. Sometimes the seats are a bit hard too slide back and forth.No cruise control.
I love my car! It's fantastic to drive and has all the space we need and there is always room for extras.
So much space. I love the way you can move the back 2 rows of seats to just about anywhere in the back of the car.
Anchorage for baby seats is only in the middle row so the only way to access the back seats when baby seats are installed is to climb over them.
Car is enough strong and powerful to be relied on for both short and long journeys. I am a team manager and has been using this car to carry my team of 6 on daily basis for more than 1 year now. It is my personal favorite among the list of Multi Purpose Vehicles as the maintenance cost is comparatively low while the overall mileage and performance is very satisfactory.
Its a peoples car which is suitable for accommodating a family having mischievous children who needs more space and freedom than anything else.
Boot space is certainly an issue although can be extended by folding in some chairs which means I have to negotiate the seating capacity. Not very good when it comes to climbing up hill
My 1984 Toyota Tarago (the van ones) is a bit embarassing to drive with the family on board (it looks like a work van) but its got character. After buying an MPV i still kept this car because i just couldnt bring myself to sell it. Its served me so well, and because its based on a van body its amazingly spacious. Today i use it as a work van (with the seat removed) as i use to own an old hiace. This car does the job perfectly.
Dirt cheap now-a-days. Very reliable and very cheap parts etc. Heaps of room.
Engine is under the passenger seat. Very noisy and very slow (only a 2.0L engine). Feels unsafe as there is no bonnet.
This car i would recommended if you have a large family and like to go out to family outings and this car is also a fuel saver.
This car is pretty good because of its spacious 8 seater car that is great for family traveling. It also has a great interior in the inside and love the dash. It has a very smooth traction control great for city and highway drving.
This car sometimes can get hard to slide it back and forth. It also has a lack of horsepower and that it does not have cruise control. This car could also use a good sound system for the price of this car and also the brakes could be alot better for this size of car.
This type of car is good with lots of kids in the same family, or even for the people who only have three children, as on long or short trips you can seperate the children so one is in each section, so they have less chance to argue or fight in the car. This car has plenty of room for taking friends out to dinner, so only one person needs to stay alcohol free. there is plenty of room for close family, friends and grandparents. Some of the chairs can be folded to make more boot space, but with large families this is not always enough.
great people mover
not enough boot space
no money spend on this baby its as good as the day we brough it.
have a 2002 gli & the only thing it has ever cost is the cost of servicing.3 yrs & no break downs- no unexpected repairs;
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