We have had two previa minivans. a 1993 and a 1995 with supercharger that now has only 277,000 miles. I drive It everyday. It does not burn oil, PW, PS, Power door locks, rear wiper and a/c all still work. This engine was made in Japan and everyone that has one loves them. It is more reliable than my S80 Volvo that we bought with 77,000 miles. I wish this engine was still available in the US, but it has too much nickel and stainless steel in the engine and block. We could not afford to put that much good nickel in an engine. I used it several times to pull a fully loaded 9x12 u-haul trailer from Michigan to Texas. yes, the van and the trailer was loaded. Everytime I go on a trip, I smile and think that this thing does not owe me another mile but WOW.
Bought it used 3 yrs old with 39,000 mls on it. Now I got 196,000. After 12 yrs. of driving, kids grown, still love it. So far the major parts I change are the auxillary shaft and the catalytic converter which I need another one. Won't trade this van to the latest sienna or Odyssey. Love it much.
It is an attractive looking van with a classic egg shape and a striking burgundy color. Getting in and out is very easy for an old man like me -- the reason I purchased this van. The visibility is superb and the driving circle is nice and short for parking lot slaloms. The engine still hums like a dream, it is peppy, and the four-speed transmission is smooth like a baby's, uhm, face. The ride is comfortable but controlled. There is plenty of space for grandchildren, dogs, cats, and groceries. The Toyota expertise and quality are there all over. One of the best vehicles I have ever owned.
Driving position, visibility, cargo space, and good looks.
More legroom for tall drivers, more doors, more windows that can be opened, and better fuel economy. The engine is difficult to work on because of its position under the floorboard.
Purchased our Previa in 2003 with 130,000 miles on the clock. Still driving well at 295,000. No major work done considering the daily use and abuse from 5 kids. Survived 2 round trips to New Hampshire and one to Wyoming/Colorado from New Orleans (visited a total of 23 states on these trips). Recently has developed a small oil leak from the rocker cover gasket.
The middle rotating seats. The oil filler. Fun to watch people find it to add oil.
The battery could be raised up to help with the connecting of jumper cables to help other cars