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    Hi everyone.

    In my fetus stages of off-road vehicles. Due to circumstance, I need to sell our people carrier and was thinking of getting a 2010-2011 ish Prado (this year model fits my budget). (We need the space) and also, we discovered we like camping.

    Any tips on what to look out for when buying second hand Prado.

    Greatly appreciated.
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    Be weary of the 3.0D4D with more than 250k km on the odo.
    Turbo and burnt piston issues.
    Download the My Toyota app, enter the VIN, this will give you access to the service history, if done by Toyota.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Be weary of the 3.0D4D with more than 250k km on the odo.
    Turbo and burnt piston issues.
    Download the My Toyota app, enter the VIN, this will give you access to the service history, if done by Toyota.
    Thank you. Very helpful. I am torn between petrol or diesel. I have no preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calabert View Post
    Thank you. Very helpful. I am torn between petrol or diesel. I have no preference.
    V6 engine is bulletproof. But very thirsty.
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    The 5th door/back door hinges and locking mechanism can wear out. Check for scuff marks on the rear bumper as an indicator.

    Also check for rust underneath the back door body rubbers.

    If it is the VX the KDSS becomes problematic and can be expensive to fix on the earlier 150 Prado. I bought a TX for this reason.

    Noisy ABS pumps and leaking steering pumps are also a fairly common problem.

    On the V6 petrol the oxygen sensors in the exhaust are prone to fail on the older 120 and 150 Prado.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom13 View Post
    The 5th door/back door hinges and locking mechanism can wear out. Check for scuff marks on the rear bumper as an indicator.

    Also check for rust underneath the back door body rubbers.

    If it is the VX the KDSS becomes problematic and can be expensive to fix on the earlier 150 Prado. I bought a TX for this reason.

    Noisy ABS pumps and leaking steering pumps are also a fairly common problem.

    On the V6 petrol the oxygen sensors in the exhaust are prone to fail on the older 120 and 150 Prado.
    Thank you. With older model, do you mean pre 2010?

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    Personally, knowing what I do now, I would have rather choosen the 4.0V6 in TX trim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calabert View Post
    Thank you. With older model, do you mean pre 2010?
    Mostly pre 2010 but I've read about sensor failures on 2010 to 2013 150s as well. Do you want to use it as a daily as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Personally, knowing what I do now, I would have rather choosen the 4.0V6 in TX trim.
    And fit aftermarket Android radio.
    All the other VX frills is really nice for long, tar and gravel road cruising. The rest is rather ostentatious and unnecessary possible expensive maintence items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swakop_toe View Post
    Personally, knowing what I do now, I would have rather choosen the 4.0V6 in TX trim.
    Thank you, I am starting to lean toward the 4.0, from what I am reading here as well as reviews and other threads.

    Any reason in particular you prefer the TX trim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom13 View Post
    Mostly pre 2010 but I've read about sensor failures on 2010 to 2013 150s as well. Do you want to use it as a daily as well?
    In short, yes, we would use it daily too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calabert View Post
    Thank you, I am starting to lean toward the 4.0, from what I am reading here as well as reviews and other threads.

    Any reason in particular you prefer the TX trim?
    No KDSS/airbags/pumps.
    No Xenon HID bulbs.
    17" rims
    I will miss the 10 speaker sound system, but that is easily solved with an aftermarket install.
    All the spaces are there.

    Here's another thread of VX vs. TX
    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...Prado-VX-or-TX
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    Of course, if anyone wants to recommend a different vehicle, please do so.

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    Get the V6, they can do 7km/L easily. Key is to not put heavy tyre's on it (BFG KO2 for example) and and don't put a front runner roofrack on. That chows fuel at highway speeds.

    I use my Prado for everything, daily to work, kids school run, out on the plot checking fences etc, just this week I took it up a sketchy 4x4 track to go visit a remote radio tower & brought 2 x 60kg UPS batteries back down, then drove 360km's back home non stop.

    It's a long road weapon, and despite what the negative Nancy's say, it is a very capable offloader.
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    The LC Prado is definitely a "Cruiser" with reference to its "cruise-ability" - cruises effortless and with comfort with a family of 4 and packed to its limit. I I may rag a bit, I travelled last Sunday to Mossel Bay and achieved my best consumption ever of 8.5km/l (over 400km trip). I stuck to the speed limits but must add that the last 25km's was probably only averaging 90km/h stuck behind a string of cars behind a truck. In town (my wife drives it), we achieve between 5.5 - 6.5 km/l, towing a Penta caravan between 4.5 - 5.5, depending on the lowed pedal used. If you faint at this, then petrol is not for you. However, I can say that whilst you pay for it at the fill-up, there is very little else that goes wrong. Did my 170,000 km at Toyota dealer last week at R1,950. To fill the tank is R3,000+ (refer the attachment of last week). The only problem that I have experienced so far is the petrol tank sensor, sometimes the tank shows zero despite being almost full. Will have this sorted out next week. Enjoy, it is great vehicle (not without its faults and compromises) but you won't be sorry.

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    Is die headgasket issues uitgesort op die v6? Weet dit was op die 120 n issue, nie seker of dit al gesort was op 150
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep001 View Post
    The LC Prado is definitely a "Cruiser" with reference to its "cruise-ability" - cruises effortless and with comfort with a family of 4 and packed to its limit. I I may rag a bit, I travelled last Sunday to Mossel Bay and achieved my best consumption ever of 8.5km/l (over 400km trip). I stuck to the speed limits but must add that the last 25km's was probably only averaging 90km/h stuck behind a string of cars behind a truck. In town (my wife drives it), we achieve between 5.5 - 6.5 km/l, towing a Penta caravan between 4.5 - 5.5, depending on the lowed pedal used. If you faint at this, then petrol is not for you. However, I can say that whilst you pay for it at the fill-up, there is very little else that goes wrong. Did my 170,000 km at Toyota dealer last week at R1,950. To fill the tank is R3,000+ (refer the attachment of last week). The only problem that I have experienced so far is the petrol tank sensor, sometimes the tank shows zero despite being almost full. Will have this sorted out next week. Enjoy, it is great vehicle (not without its faults and compromises) but you won't be sorry.

    Kind regards
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    Thank you. I have started shopping around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeep001 View Post
    The LC Prado is definitely a "Cruiser" with reference to its "cruise-ability" - cruises effortless and with comfort with a family of 4 and packed to its limit. I I may rag a bit, I travelled last Sunday to Mossel Bay and achieved my best consumption ever of 8.5km/l (over 400km trip). I stuck to the speed limits but must add that the last 25km's was probably only averaging 90km/h stuck behind a string of cars behind a truck. In town (my wife drives it), we achieve between 5.5 - 6.5 km/l, towing a Penta caravan between 4.5 - 5.5, depending on the lowed pedal used. If you faint at this, then petrol is not for you. However, I can say that whilst you pay for it at the fill-up, there is very little else that goes wrong. Did my 170,000 km at Toyota dealer last week at R1,950. To fill the tank is R3,000+ (refer the attachment of last week). The only problem that I have experienced so far is the petrol tank sensor, sometimes the tank shows zero despite being almost full. Will have this sorted out next week. Enjoy, it is great vehicle (not without its faults and compromises) but you won't be sorry.

    Kind regards
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    Never been able to fuel more than 135l.
    How many km's past cruising range did you go?
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