2012 Prado Gil

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 14:38
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Hi Everyone, I am thinking of purchasing a 2012 GXL Prado, however, am concerned at the mileage. It has done 200,000kms but is this a lot of kms for a 3 litre Diesel engine? What steps should I take to ensure the engine has been maintained and how many kms can we expect to get from it.What would the cost of a replacement engine be? Thanks so much. Any advice would be appreciated. Johno
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Reply By: Kenrconn - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:11

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 16:11
Hi johno59
IMHO I would be careful about the vehicle and at least would find out how such a high mileage was achieved. If it was JUST highway driving (and MANY very long trips) then even though it is quite excessive for any vehicle the Prado should handle it. If it involved two trips around OZ pulling a caravan or trailer then I would be wary of the excessive distance and certainly have the gearbox, diffs (all of them) and brakes checked out. Whatever the price I would have a motoring club (RACV in Vic) do a check on it. At 200K the engine belts must have been changed at least once so see if there are any receipts to prove it.
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:29

Monday, Feb 02, 2015 at 08:29
The RACV test regime is not that thorough believe me.

If you've got a reliable local mechanic with diesel experience ask the seller to take the vehicle to him/her for a good check. Mine used to do it for a slab or a donation to the Xmas party fund.
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 06:59

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 06:59
Thanks guys, we decided to purchase another Prado. 2012 and just done 30,000 kms. In excellent condition. Johno
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Follow Up By: Kenrconn - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 13:24

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 13:24
Glad to hear you have found a better one. We weren't exactly looking for a Prado when we discovered our ZR (shorty) but how impressed we were when we saw the specs at the price we paid. Just one thing we did was to extend the Toyota warranty just at the end of the new car warranty. It gave us up to 150K kms. For the price (just under $2K) we had the assurance that any items failing in the next 3 years would be covered. Some may say that it is not worth it but "peace of mind" does have a price and Toyota parts are not cheap. We wish you the best of luck with your new beast.
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Follow Up By: Kenrconn - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 13:26

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 13:26
Sorry I should have said we extended the warranty just BEFORE the end of the new car warranty. It cannot be done once the original warranty has finished.
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Reply By: cruza25 - Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 20:28

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 at 20:28
Hi
Get the injector compensations checked
Anything over -2.5 needs replacing
$1600 a set plus fitting
They need changing every 120-150000 ....most new common rail diesels are the same
If left then you may crack a piston
Engine is $16 k to replace
Have a read on pradopoint
I have a 2010 with 150000
Fantastic to drive
Cheers mike
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