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Toyota Previa Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is al...

Drive Train -- Verified

At higher mileages, (125,000-150,000) the automatic transmission may not shift correctly. This can be caused by the throttle position sensor being out of adjustment or a shift solenoid needing to be replaced. Typically the transmission does not need to be completely overhauled.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Over the time the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system may become plugged with debris, the oxygen sensor may also be getting slow or 'lazy' around this time. When servicing or cleaning  the EGR system, it is a good idea to replace the oxygen sensor because it works in tandem with the EGR system.

Engine -- Verified

It is important to regularly check the valve clearance as the exhaust valves may become too tight. This will lead to valve failures, which are expensive to repair.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A rough idle and even an emissions inspection failure for high HC and CO can be caused by improperly adjusted valves. Also, exhaust valves may become to tight which can lead to valve failures. Our technicians tell us that regular valve adjustment inspections are a must.

Toyota Previa Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., October 1, 1993

Summary: CERTAIN WINDSHIELD WIPER COMPONENTS ARE SUBJECT TO PREMATURE FAILURE DUE TO INSUFFICIENT STRENGTH TO FUNCTION UNDER HIGH LOAD LEVELS.

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Drive Train, April 30, 1997

Summary: DUE TO A CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE OIL SEPARATOR PLATE AND THE DIFFERENTIAL HOUSING OF THE FRONT DIFFERENTIAL UNIT, OIL LEAKAGE AT THE AIR BREATHER PLUG CAN OCCUR, WHEN THE VEHICLE IS OPERATED CONTINUOUSLY ABOVE 75 MILES PER HOUR.

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Electrical & Lights, November 5, 1993

RepairPal Expert Overview:

Toyota is recalling 1991 Camry and Previa models because the failure of a specific electronic component in the radio may cause an electrical short circuit. If this happens, it may result in a passenger compartment fire. Dealers will repair the radio.

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Toyota Previa Questions and Answers

Prevabeast, 1991 Toyota Previa, Arlington, TX

My driver side of my door won't budge. I have tried everything, opening up the panel, flicking the locks both on the inside and outside but when i do it immediantely goes back to locked. I hav...

joe944, 1991 Toyota Previa, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Corona, CA

when there is load on the engine the temperature gauge goes up but will go back down when i turn the heater on. I replaced thermostat, water pump, radiator and fan. engine temperature gauge indicat...

Visitor, 1991 Toyota Previa, Marietta, GA

My 1991 Previa had high HC and CO levels but good NO when first tested for emission. After refueling and added fuel injector treatment,the HC and CO levels are down (almost zero) but the NO has go...

Visitor, 1991 Toyota Previa, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Orange Park, FL

how to remove timing chain cover

Visitor, 1991 Toyota Previa, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Pleasanton, CA

it seems that my oil light turns on but it`s not low dip stick is over flowing and reserve tank keep pumping oil in engine

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Toyota Previa Reviews

I bought my Toyota Previa new in 1990... a 1991 model. Since then, my children and I have put 489,000 miles on it. Today I learned that I may need a differencial. Other than that it's an amazing vehicle and I intend to replace the differencial...but I need to locate a used one somewhere. This will be the first major repair to my awesome vehicle. I love driving it just like I did when I drove it off the lot! If anyone knows of place to get an inexpensive differencial for it, please advise. Thanks.

Bought my 92 Previa LE new. Drove it 200k in 19 years. It rusted badly around wheel wells, door sills, and rear window seal area, due to salty Chicago area roads. Everything else ran strong!
Sold it for $2500 in '11 and bought a rust-free 94 Previa LE with 135k from North Carolina for $4000. I always use Mobile 1 Synthetic oil. I just love these roomy and high mpg vans from Toyota...nothing comes close to their value and utility, even the new Siennas with their low ground clearance, and thirsty 6 cylinders fall short. I'll be driving my Previa only in drier, salt-free months to prolong it's life. My Scion TC will be my winter ride.

I have a 1993 Previa with 190,000 miles and still going strong. One of the last rear wheel drive minivans on the road. Very durable and outlast its contemporaries on the road. My two boys grew up with it and they are now driving it too. Great car!

not for texas :)

my 91 previa has 283000 miles and still going strong. never let me down always starts.

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