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Used Toyota Kluger review: 2003-2007

2003 Toyota Kluger Grande

SUVs like the Toyota Kluger have replaced the station wagon as the   favourite transport for many families. Their appeal lies in their flexibility, size and perceived safety. Toyota has been one of the innovators in the SUV market with a number of models to suit all sizes and budgets.

The Kluger is the mid-sized model aimed fairly and squarely as the average family. The Kluger was a close relative of the Camry and that's a pretty good way to look at it. Like the Camry it was conservatively styled, but does everything pretty well without being too outstanding in anything.

Typically Toyota really. It carried up to seven and still had a bit of space for those things families seem to need to take with them when they hit the road. It had a capable all-wheel drive system, which was able to cope with most rough roads the average family adventurer would encounter. 

On the upper models there was an array of electronic helpers to keep you out of trouble in the rough stuff. Power came from a smooth 3.3-litre double overhead camshaft V6 with plenty of punch, and all models had a five-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

While it felt safe and sound it was a little vague on the road and felt disconnected from the driver. Off road the suspension soaked up the bumps with ease, and it was capable on bush tracks that upset other similar cars.

Three models made up the Kluger range. The base CV had cloth trim and carpets, the CVX had leather, a sports steering wheel, powered driver's seat, and alloy wheels, while the Grande also had wood grain highlights.

IN THE SHOP

There are no serious flaws in the Kluger; any problem will be unique to the individual car. It's important to check for signs of offroad use. Few will have been taken down anything more challenging than a gravel road, but it's best to be safe and check underneath.

Look for sand blasting of the underbody, bent or dented brackets and fittings, and torn rubber boots and seals. Check for a service record to confirm the oil and filter have been changed regularly. The Kluger engine has a cam-timing belt that needs changing at around 150,000 km.

IN A CRASH

The CV has dual front airbags, but the CVX and Grande had an array of   front and side airbags, plus traction control and stability control. It was enough to win a 4-star stamp from ANCAP. AT THE PUMP Toyota claimed the Kluger would average 12.3 L/100 km. The   recommended fuel was 91-octane regular unleaded, and E10 blend was approved.

Toyota Kluger - 2003-2007

Price new: $43,990 to $58,990
Engine: 3.3-litre V6; 172 kW/328 Nm
Transmission: 5-speed auto, AWD
Economy: 12.3 L/100 km
Body: 5-door wagon
Variants: CV, CVX, Grande
Safety: 4-star ANCAP

VERDICT

Typically bland Toyota looks hide competent, well-built family wagon.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2007 $4,700 $12,210
2006 $4,400 $10,120
2005 $4,100 $9,460
2004 $3,800 $8,800
2003 $3,700 $8,470

View all Toyota Kluger pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$7,990
Based on 17 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$5,950
Highest Price
$9,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
CV (4X4) 3.3L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $3,700 – 6,050 2003 Toyota Kluger 2003 CV (4X4) Pricing and Specs
CVX (4X4) 3.3L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $4,400 – 7,040 2003 Toyota Kluger 2003 CVX (4X4) Pricing and Specs
Grande (4x4) 3.3L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $5,500 – 8,470 2003 Toyota Kluger 2003 Grande (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist

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