Toyota Lucida buying used

wazza Posts: 2,595
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Friend has a toyota lucida on a M plate. Seems in a good condition. It is an automatic diesel. He is asking £2000 for it. What is the realistic value? What are the common problems to look out for? Heard they have head gasket/overheating problems. Also heard it is harder to insure imported jap cars.

Any advice greatly appreciated before i check it out thoroughly.

Thanks in advance
Problem with having access to internet is that i get asked by many to solve their problems :( Well at least i learn something on the way :D


  • Quinny_2
    Quinny_2 Posts: 1,351 Forumite
    Yes,I've heard about head gasket problems on them.

    IIRC,it's due to the lack of anti freeze in Japan.I'm sure I read somewhere,that they don't use it,like what we do,and this may be the cause of the problem.Check to see if the head gasket has been done,and that it also has plenty of anti freeze in.

    And another thing that I have heard about as well,is the lack of underseal on them.Like the anti freeze,it's not something they need in Japan,due to the climate.

    Don't know 100% if the above are true,but it's just what I read,but what I do know is to check that the stereo has been replaced for a European spec model,as the Japanese spec don't give the same coverage as ours.

    That's my mutt in the picture above.
  • Quinny_2
    Quinny_2 Posts: 1,351 Forumite
    That's my mutt in the picture above.
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