Prado V6 engine failure - anybody heard of it before?tory

Submitted: Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 13:38
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Friends have just had their Prado donk (petrol V6) let go big time - ie 2 broken conrods and it gets worse from there. Damage is pretty amazing for a car that has only done around 62,000 km. There was no warning - wasn't overheating, no oil light coming on and no lack of performance. Just a bit of a bang as they cruised along at 95 - 100kmh, 150km into a trip from Melbourne to Mansfield.

Its a 7/99 GXL Auto. They've only had the car 6 months or so but it came with a complete Toyota dealer service record & the previous owners didn't even know how to put it in low range, so it certainly hasn't had a hard time.

Seems it has suffered a major component failure of some sort (mechanic can't work out what broke first!), so I'm wondering if anyone has heard of a simlar instance - any history of such failures would obviously assist in an approach to Toyota!!

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Reply By: Savvas - Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 13:52

Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 13:52
Hi cb,

I haven't heard of this being a repeat problem on the Prado V6 and it would be very unusual for any engine at 62000km.

Was the car bought at a dealer or privately?

If it has a full and complete service history, then it's something that should be brought to Toyota's attention.

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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 16:58

Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 16:58
Hi Cb
Not a chance that the timing belt let go. Hopefully it is as they are supposed to last 100000klms
Raywanderin' in retirement. victor 2010
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Follow Up By: Mick - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 21:04

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 21:04
Toyota Sevice Manager told me that a broken belt in Toyota engines only results in engine stopping - no damage can be caused.
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Reply By: Allfour4x4 - Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 21:11

Monday, Feb 02, 2004 at 21:11
Sorry to hear about that.
Have never heard it mentioned on the Prado group sites.
Guess it's just a fact of mechanical components - Sometimes they just don't want to live together!
Glenn B.
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