Submitted: Saturday, Apr 19, 2003 at 23:39
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Hi all,

I just purchased a 2nd hand 2000 prado GXL Kimberley. Are
there any known problems with this model I should keep
my eye on. The vehicle has never been off road and has only
travelled 28,000km

Any other points or comments

Regards and thanks
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Reply By: Phil G - Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 08:02

Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 08:02
Pretty much trouble free.

There was a recall in 2001 to fit protective rubber covers to the lower front ball joints. Check that this has been done. If not, your Toyota dealer will do it for free.

Been some recent debate on the Prado group about the strength of the front diffs. Hard to gauge how common a problem are front diff breakages. I'd suggest they are very uncommon, but they get a bit of publicity because Toyota have a habit of refusing warranty claims and razzing the owners up the wrong way.

If you're offroading, the first thing people do is fit heavier springs, so that clearance is improved when loaded. The factory shocks are good so a lot of people keep them, while others replace the lot. The underbody shields for the fuel tanks are flimsy, which is another reason to improve the springs so you won't hit them. If upgrading tyres, the slightly bigger 265/75R16 are popular and come in an LT construction.

If you have no plans for serious offroading, then you don't have to modify a thing.
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Reply By: macca - Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 20:53

Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 20:53

your comments are much appreciated
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 21:50

Sunday, Apr 20, 2003 at 21:50
Thought you would have researched before dishing out the $$!!


Dave Z the owner is out doing the border track at the moment, should be back in few days.
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Follow Up By: macca - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 06:05

Monday, May 05, 2003 at 06:05

Its not often toyota make a crap product.....I am just looking to
see if there are any known teething problems with them.

Thanks for your input
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