I'm looking at the Previa tomorrow!
I did try to search for other pre purchase threads but just can't find the answers I'm looking for.
I've been wanting a Previa for years now. I just love the way they look, and can never get over it even if I thought I'd move on.
I finally have a chance to look at a 96 tomorrow with about 160k miles and RWD. Bench seating, not captain chairs. Cloth seats. Pretty simple, but clean.
Asking price is $3k. Looks to be well maintained but I doubt the owner has any maintenance records.
$3k seems high. I'm thinking about $2k-$2,500. Thoughts?
1) Are they fairly simple to work on? I'm competent with working on cars but I think you have to take out the middle seats to access the motor, right? And is the space extra cramped because it's a mid engined car?
2) I'm not sure if I'll have time to take the car apart and inspect the S/C tomorrow or even check the oil. If it has not been maintained, and the S/C is dead, will I hear any noises or simply feel a lack of acceleration?
3) Are these motors pretty much "bullet proof?" Are there any particular weak spots such as H/G, cooling systems, etc? How about the tranny/diff? Suspension issues? Shock mounts, etc?
4) What's the difference between a DX and LE? I searched..didn't find the info.
Please tell me what some of your issues were during your years of ownership.
This will not be a daily driver, but I can't afford to invest in another money pit. I hope they're as reliable as I've heard!
Also, if you know of any good prepurchase/common issues thread, please help me find the link.
Thanks in advance!