Toyota HiAce Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Toyota HiAce reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Why has my Toyota HiAce van's gearbox failed?

Answered by CarsGuide 10 Aug 2021

This does sound like an odd one, to be honest. It’s certainly possible to wear out a clutch in a very short space of time if you drive the car badly, but I’m trying to work out how a gearbox could fail at such a short mileage without there having been something wrong with it from the start. I’d also love to know why Toyota thinks the problem does not constitute a valid warranty claim.

Has the vehicle been used to tow exceptionally heavy loads? Are there any other extraordinary circumstances that makes Toyota think that the issue is a driver-abuse or neglect scenario?

I’d start by by-passing your dealership and contacting Toyota Australia’s customer service division. It might also be useful to have the damaged gearbox independently inspected by a specialist who might be able to pin-point the cause of the wear and help determine what happens next. If it can be shown that a component was faulty or simply failed too early, then I’d say you have a good case to pursue a warranty claim.

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Why does my 2007 Toyota Hiace make a whistling noise?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Nov 2020

I’ll take a stab in the dark here and suggest that your van is a turbo-diesel (there was a petrol version offered as well, but the diesel was much more popular). If that’s the case, you could be dealing with a turbocharger that’s showing wear. Specifically, this is likely to be in the turbo’s bearing which will become noisy (and potentially emit a whistling noise) as the bearing starts to degrade. Turbochargers often spin at speeds of up to 250,000rpm, so the bearing really has its work cut out.

The clue to all this is that the vehicle starts whistling when you press the throttle; that is, when you place a load on the engine and ask the turbocharger to start providing boost. That’s when the worn bearing becomes loaded (and noisy). But you could also be looking at something much simpler such as an exhaust that has collapsed internally and is offering a whistling soundtrack, or even a loose piece of intake plumbing that is also allowing the air passing over it to whistle. Perhaps there’s something in the gearbox that is making a high-pitched noise as well. You really need to have the vehicle looked at by somebody who knows their HiAces and take it from there.
 

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Toyota HiAce 2003: Which variant is the best?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2019

There’s no real difference in reliability or maintenance, but the SBV is more comfortable and feels a little safer with a little more sheetmetal ahead of you. I would prefer to be driving the SBV. It’s value would be $6000-$8000.

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Toyota HiAce 2018: Whistling sound

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2018

It’s unlikely to be in your engine as such; rather it’s probably associated with the engine’s intake system. As it’s new take it to your Toyota dealer and have them fix it under warranty.

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Toyota HiAce 1987: What's it worth?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Nov 2018

A HiAce of that period is generally worth between $1000 and $2000, but being rusty and unroadworthy yours is not worth that much. It could be worth a couple of hundred dollars, but I reckon you’ll struggle to give it away.

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Are imported cars safer?

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Oct 2018

No, it wouldn’t have side airbags, and wouldn’t test well. If you’re looking for a van there are much better ones, such as a later HiAce or Hyundai iLoad, available.

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Hyundai iLoad: How reliable is the engine and turbo?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Oct 2018

The key to getting a decent run out of the iLoad is to change the oil more frequently. Change it every 5000 km. But if you’re not sure about its reliability certainly walk away. The HiAce is probably the best bet for you, but you could consider a VW Transporter, Mercedes-Benz Vito or Renault Trafic.

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Why is my 2001 Toyota HiAce hard to start on cold mornings?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 May 2018

If it’s starting ok at other times then it won’t the fuel pump. It’s more likely to be a sensor that’s at fault, the computer isn’t getting the message that it’s cold and it’s not giving any cold enrichment, which the engine needs to start and run while the engine warms up. Have your mechanic check the temperature sensor.

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Why is my '01 Toyota Hiace hard to start on a cold morning?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Feb 2018

If it’s starting ok at other times then it won’t the fuel pump. It’s more likely to be a sensor that’s at fault, the computer isn’t getting the message that it’s cold and it’s not giving any cold enrichment, which the engine needs to start and run while the engine warms up. Have your mechanic check the temperature sensor.

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How to start a car in the cold

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Jul 2017

Could be a problem with the glow plugs. If the glow plug light doesn’t light up when you turn the ignition on it could be a problem with the glow plugs or the control unit.

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