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Terrific Toyotas: 1991-97 Previa

February 22, 2010

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With all the world agog Toyota ’s abrupt and (Dare we say Tigeresque ?) fall grace, many people are just what in the name of all is holy (and some that isn’t) happened to for so long seemed to be the goodiest of car twoshoes. There are plenty of but as someone who firmly believes all cars should be at least a bit fun, I can’t help how the Japanese juggernaut’s meltdown coincides with (plus-or-minus a its phase-out of virtually all models were sporty, quirky and un-appliance-like, including the Celica and One standout product from the leading up to vanillafication is that orthodoxy-challenging of minivans, the Previa.

Toyota’s first U.S. van, which was sold the skull-shatteringly clever and original “Van ,” was configured in a way to most American vans of the the driver and front passenger sat the front axle, while the which sat more or less the front seats under a drove the rear wheels (A 4WD version of the Van. replete increased ground clearance, plates and a two-speed transfer was offered from 1987 to Of course, as with any forward van or truck, you were the first to at the scene of a head-on collision. zone? That would be you . As a result the Van, like its from Mitsubishi and Nissan as as the rear-engine Volkswagen Vanagon be replaced with peoplemovers placed the front seats the front axle. The competitions used thoroughly conventional front-wheel-drive arrangements.


. on the other hand, a decidedly different route. The new 2.4L inline-four remained and driving the rear or all four (though the transfer case was by a locking center diff). the engine was tilted to starboard a 75 from vertical and placed the front seats (There was for seven altogether.), creating a flat floor from to back, not to mention nimble-for-a-van The engine featured two camshafts and valves per cylinder, and produced and 154 lb.-ft of torque. However, with the 5-speed manual on 1991 to ’93 examples overwhelming majority of American were fitted with automatics), performance was little than acceptable, even by ‘90s standards. Due to the packaging imposed by the Previa’s unique Toyota couldn’t simply in a V6; instead, beginning as an option on the LE trim and made standard on all Previas beginning in 1995, added

a Roots-type supercharger and intercooler to the engine, which upped to 160hp and 190 lb.-


Toyota Previa

However, the supercharged versions by the “S/C” badge on the left of the tailgate) were only with the automatic transmission.

The sold pretty well, in large part by


now-rather-shaky reputation for quality and however, most customers more power in a roomier, conventional package. Thus, the time on the North American came to an end after 1997; for Toyota released the Sienna, a family hauler following the accepted “V6 in front the front wheels” formula and specifically for fulfilling American and wants and needs. However, the remained available abroad 2000, when it too was replaced by a cutter front-drive design.

If you’re willing to start a basket case, Previas can be had for $1,000. However, if you want a one with comparatively low miles, be to shell out closer to four or grand. Typical trouble include the air conditioning system, on vans that have time in the Snow Belt, and the supplemental accessory drive shaft, the factory replacement for costs about $1,000, there is at least one company will sell you a repair kit is much cheaper. I see quite a few still puttering around in SoCal, so they’re definitely out Best of luck with egg hunt!

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