1999 Toyota Prado

Submitted: Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:02
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Hi All,
Just new to this forum. I currently have a 1993 toyota 4 runner and needless to say it will be traded in. Im looking at this 1999 toyota Prado GXL 3.4 v6. It has 88K on the clock. Looks to be in a great condition but i want to know if anyone knows of any problem areas i should look at with this model prado.
Thanks all
Chris Jones
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Reply By: matt - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:33

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:33
Gday Chris,
I have a 1997 Prado V6 that I have had for 3 years. I bought it with 100K and it now has just on 200k. To date the only problem that I have had is a faulty thermostat and the viscous fluid in the clutch fan needed replacing. We tow a camper trailer and found that the original rear springs to sag so I replaced them with Kings springs 30% stiffer and rancho shocks that transfomed the load carrying ability and handlling of the vehicle. The timing belt will be due at 100K , something I am also due to replace. Make sure that it has been recalled by toyota for a modifacation to the front ball joints , this should be shown on a sticker inside the drivers door pillar. I find my standard Prado to be a fairly capable vehicle and I think you will be very happy with your purchase if you proceed.
Regards
Matt
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Follow Up By: chrjonzx9r - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:41

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:41
Thanks Matt,
I will check up on that ball joint recall. So how does the fuel consumption go with the prado? It really looks the piece, its nice and clean ( hasnt been off road). The car basically just has road grime but thats about it, no scratches, dents etc underneath.
I currently have the 2.8 diesel 4 runner and i like the fuel consuption however it is a noisy diesel and just driving it requires a deaf ear.
Thanks
chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 18:33

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 18:33
Good thing you dont drive a T/D Rodeo if you think the 2.8's loud!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Russell S - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:15

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:15
more info on the recall please? I have a 97 prado but hadn't heard of that recall, or does it only apply to the 99 model? Thanks.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:07

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 10:07
Russell,

My recollection is that it was all Prados prior to about Sept 2000. Call up your local Toyota dealer and they will tell you.
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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:34

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:34
Chris,

Problems - nothing major.

After August 99 they came with split centre seats and foglights.

Most owners who do significant offroading will fit lifted springs and LT265/75R16 tyres.
But they are well set up and very capable.
Both the Prado email groups on Yahoo have heaps of info.

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: Sam - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:35

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:35
I have a 2000 V6 GXL 5sp model with 130k and had the CD player and Air Flow meter replaced under waranty. Other than those two minor problems I have found the vehicle extremely reliable.

They are a great buy on the secondhand market at mid to high 20's.

You won't regrete the purchase.
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Reply By: desray - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:36

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 12:36
Hi Chris have a look here...http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/90series/?yguid=168991254 . This is a Prado group ,lots of info . I have a v6 Prado with double that ks and it still runs good
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Reply By: Member - Graham T (VIC) - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 14:48

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 14:48
Hi Chris,

I have a 1997 Prado GXL, brought new. The only major problem was transmission growl at 2750 revs in 4th gear. This was fixed under warranty. Now have 200K on the clock, have towed a Jayco off road Finch along the Strezlecki, Birdsville & oodnadatta tracks, been to Darwin/Kakadu, Flinders ranges, Mt Isa, Cooper Creek and lake Mungo etc. have just had the timing belt replaced prior to setting off to Alice Springs to Halls Creek via the Tanami Road then to Broome, Kunanurra and Wyndam via GRR next week.

Absolutely no problems so far...touch wood. The Prado is a great vehicle. Petrol consumption city cycle around 13l/100k, towing the Jayco around 16-17l/100K.

Cheers
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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:12

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:12
The ball joint recall happened in late 2000 and was to fit a rubber cover to the front lower ball joints. The joints themselves were fine, just potentially exposed to stone damage.
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Reply By: Phil G - Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:43

Monday, Jul 05, 2004 at 19:43
I'm not particularly biased and have owned almost a dozen 4wds over the years.

Pluses with the 90series are that they have 3 great motors, and are pretty reliable in most respects. Being lighter and narrower than the 100series and Patrol, they are great on narrow bush tracks, and float over sand very well.

They have old fashioned gutters; 6 stud rims; will take the common 265/75 and 235/85R16 tyres, standard 159litre fuel, and share a lot of parts with the bigger Landcruisers. GXL models and above get cruise controls. The rear layout is good too with spare easily accessible on the tailgate, making the rear floor lower, with a flat section thru to the centre - very easy to remove seats and build what you like inside.

Heaps of aftermarket stuff is available now.

THeres plenty of V6s around second hand now, so choose one of those city shopping trolleys and get it dirty :-))
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