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.
The room this van provides is amazing. I have taken out the center bench seat, revealing a big, box shaped space I can really load up. Also, the engine: supercharged with spirited performance. I appreciate how all the fluids (except transmission fluid) can be checked from under the hood.
I would change the design of the seats. They are not very adjustable compared to the electrically operated seats in more modern vehicles.
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
Folding rear seats making refonfiguring
a snap. Leather seats look new after 8
years. Handles like a small car, so
easy to park, and fits in a small
garage--something the new Sienna won't
The spare tire is exposed to the
elements and is hard to access, but no
different than many vehicles.