by Mark Flick on Jul 6, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Previa LE All-Trac 3dr Minivan AWD
I bought this Previa used with only 12,000 miles on it. I now have over 216,000 miles and maintenance costs have been minimal. Word of advice: do not ignore the "CHECK ENGINE" light. I did and a blocked catalytic converter caused the head gasket to fail. I live in Colorado and the AWD is a big help in winter. I've stopped buying snow tires. The supercharged engine still has plenty of power even at this mileage. I suspect the Amsoil I use in the van has contributed greatly to the longevity. The van may not have all luxury appoints of a millenium van, but it's still dependable and looks pretty good too. Toyota makes great vehicles.
by opsofficer on Jul 5, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota Previa LE All-Trac 3dr Minivan AWD
Nothing comes close for sheer usable
space. Visibility and handing are great.
At 170000 miles, it needed a drive shaft
but a good independent garage made that
a $400 repair instead of the $1000 the
dealer wanted. Hope it goes another
170000. If you can find one for $10K
get it because Previa owners alone know
just what a gem these are. Hard to
work on, but needs work so seldom:
caution Toyota parts cost a bunch and
no one else offers parts. Replaced the
muffler (a generic) for $70 when Toyota
wanted $300. Wouldn't hesitate to
drive it across the country in winter.
AWD gets 26 mpg on the highway. Gets a
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