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Previa All Trac status?

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 5:16 am
by seabrook71
Should the Previa All Trac be condemned like all other mini vans? I can think of no other minivan that had the option of a supercharged, 5 spd, all wheel drive model. Other than the body style I have to give it props. I regularly see these things on craigslist with over 300k on them and still running strong. There's a dude on youtube jumping one and driving it up a 50 degree incline! I think we might have to make an exception for this minivan. It makes me want to buy one and rally the shit out of it just for the absurdity of it!

PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 12:37 am
by BoostedBlueToyotas
And its midengined :)

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 11:21 pm
by edv-tek
And it has a LSD rear[/b]

PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:58 pm
by seabrook71
didn't know it had an lsd rear end. It keeps getting better. Maybe I'll buy one.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 9:28 pm
by edv-tek
And a dry sump oiling system.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:05 pm
by Fearlessmortal
my family had one of these for years. We put around 200 k on it and we sold it to someone else. It ran fine from day 1. The only thing we ever had to fix was the exhaust manifold had a leak so that got replaced. I learned how to drive in the snow in that thing. I also did a 4wd doughnut in a parking lot just because I could. Tons of space, stupid reliable. Painfully bad looking IMO. I loved it, recommend to anyone!!!

PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 4:10 pm
by st185rc
it's like a poor man's murcielago

PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 6:12 pm
by seabrook71
The dry sump thing makes sense since the motor is turned 90 degrees on its side. I know it sounds retarded but I'm going to buy one of these things this summer. It would make the ultimate camping car. It probably gets decent gas mileage as well. You just have to get past the ugliness.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:58 am
by Fearlessmortal
seabrook71 wrote:The dry sump thing makes sense since the motor is turned 90 degrees on its side. I know it sounds retarded but I'm going to buy one of these things this summer. It would make the ultimate camping car. It probably gets decent gas mileage as well. You just have to get past the ugliness.


No the mileage sucks. The car makes about 170hp but it weighs like a million tons. We camp regularly, Maine, Skyline drive, etc... piled full of stuff we usually averaged no more than 23mpg. That was highway. Once we hit skyline drive for example, the tranny threw a warning light telling us it was overheating. You really gotta dog it to go uphill with a heavy load. gas mileage goes way down. Still loved it though.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:40 pm
by seabrook71
Is your's an s/c model? At 170hp I would imagine it is. What's the dry curb weight of it?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:22 pm
by edv-tek
S/C All-trac LE. MPG 17/21. more like 15/19.5. curb weight 4095 lbs. Right out of the original dealer hand out. LOL trying to find one. -ed

PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:53 pm
by chaos_cascade
Always one for sale out here on Craigslist. Had a friend with one and he loved everything about it except trying to find someone who would work on it.




http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/1232992927.html

100k miles and only $2350


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:21 am
by edv-tek
With that kind of mileage the Previa would sell for at least 3k out on the east coast. Also you might want to look for one w/ LE badge with the extra value package which includes anti-lock braking system, leather seating surface/trim, 4 Captain's chairs and privacy glass. The Craigslist Previa did not have the alloy wheels. Too bad they didn't make an All-trac with the dual sunroof option with the rear spoiler. Does anyone know a Previa with a "chill box"?-ed

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:00 am
by Tippo
my mom had one when we were kids. it was awesome.... what basically made me love toyota. it had 320k miles on it and it STILL ran. gave it to the fire department to explode it in a simulation.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:26 pm
by YerRandO
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