Terry the Townace
310000kms and still going strong. The diff gets a bit noisy and I believe it's the bearings wearing out. Mines the 2003 model and is fuel injected. It is not compatible with obd scanners but it has a built in fault finding system if you know how to access it.
I picked up mine from a former generator mechanic and it appears as though it was poorly maintained.
All the parts are very cheap from places like eBay. For differential's your best bet is Toyrolla Spares in Melbourne. They ship Australia wide.
The engine is a 'k' series engine and has been around since the late 70s in different variants.
There are service manuals available online for free if you know where to look. But only for the engine.
Purchased in August 2019 for $2,800.00.
Our 2003 TownAce, which we have owned and run continuously for 11 years ... has just been written of
Our 2003 TownAce, which we have owned and run continuously for 11 years ... has just been written off!!
Some idiot drove up the back with great force. We are so sad! In terms of reliability and usefulness, this has been the best - easily - we've ever owned .. and I have owned many vans. So easy to drive, great turning circle, extremely comfortable and convenient, easy to park ... the list of virtues could go on.
WHY did Toyota stop making them?
1998 Toyota Town Ace
This is an outstanding Vehicle, very basic but extremely economical to run, soooo light on petrol and very inexpensive to repair .....Served us very well with little moves and building alterations, ideally Toyota should of continued production, if i had the choice again i would of preferred fuel injection and Power steering
No fuss, won't die
I bought a 99 townace sbv with 175000 km and sold it at 325000 km. When I moved overseas. In this time the vehicle was flawlessly reliable, and we really put it to the test, taking it on roads and with loads that it wasn't really designed for. The only significant repairs required were a diff and a Uni joint, not bad for a car of this mileage. These parts were readily sourced and Inexpensive. As an sbv, the engine was readily accessible for servicing. The vehicle's build quality was excellent. I wish Toyota would have continued making this model, or rather that Australia would have continued importing them after 2003. So unfortunate that now I must find a substitute.
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Best car I've ever owned
I had an early model town ace (93 5 speed) and am currently looking for another one and it is such a shame that Toyota stopped making this van. Mine was initially a car for work and I bought it in 03 with 160 000 ks and complete regular service history and later on I semi converted it into a camper. When I sold it in 09 it had 330 000 ks on the clock and as I sold it to a friend I now know that it is still going with just over 400 000 ks on it.
I did regular servicing and mainly highway ks and the car simply did not miss a beat and from no...w on I will never own any other car apart from a Toyota (I now have a camry wagon and would sing similar praises). The car was fuel efficient, comfy and so reliable. The only issues I had with the van was with the carbie which I had overhauled and cleaned at about 310 000 ks. Before this the van never liked starting in cold weather but after the overhaul it drove like new. The alternator went around the same time, replaced the radiator at about 300 000, but I dont know if that was my fault as I had it in the snow with the wrong coolant and cracked it. A few hoses over the years, two batteries, something to do with the steering wheel (nothing major) and that was it. I had light truck tyres put on mine when I bought it and never replaced the tyres and would recommend this and if you service your Toyota at regular intervals (10 000 ks) you should never have any dramas. This little van was awesome and I can not recommend it enough. reliability, toyota credibility, economical, great a/c and heater, cheap to fix was a little rough at times as mine was the un-bonneted one but really, this is true of most vans where you sit over the engine
Tough little nugget
Just loved this van.Quite drivable. I fitted tradesman roof rack, bull bar and tow bar. After removing both sway bars the van equipped it's self well on unmade roads whilst displaying no difference on the road.
Finally sold it to get the 2 Liter auto Spacia. Same song different verse. Can't speak to highly of it.
ride, maneuverability, van grows on you, easy repair and service. doesn't give up. Very easy to slide in and out of.
fuel consumption far too heavy for a 1.8, too low high gear,
I bought one of these when it was 2 years old in 2006, it has airconditioning, powersteering and was delivered new with dual fuel from the dealer when new. It has done almost 200,000 kilometres and has never missed a beat. I do all the rutine maintainence on this vehicle and I have found the design and workmanship to be excellent. When it came to change the front disc pads it only took about 15 minutes to do both front wheels. Why they stopped making this particular model is beyong me, as you will see many of them out on the road and everyone I...have spoken to who owns one swears by them. Because of their wonderful reputation their resale value is guaranteed. Excellent size, great visiblity and never seems to use much fuel or wear out tires. It has very comfortable seats which are very easy to get in and out of. These vehiles were made in Japan and are of the best quality Toyota have produced, they just keep on going and going. Maybe a little underpowered, and undergeared for long freeway/highway hauls and maybe just a little under braked.
Questions & Answers
Hi my 93 townace rear door is leaking. I think it’s the rubber as my boot doesn’t close properly. Can I replace the seal/rubbers and will this fix the problem?
Is there an ignition barrel from another model that can be used in a 1999 Townace?
Is there an ignition barrel from other models that will fit a 1999 Townace
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