1993 Toyota HiAce LWB van
2.6litre, 4 cylinder, van, 5 speed manual.
Purchased new from Rick Wolany Toyota in Werribee.
Options fitted :
- Aircon, Bull bar, rear bar, towbar, cargo mesh
Engine Specs : (I think these figures are correct) 85Kw @ 5000RPM, 196Nm @ 2600RPM
Problems encountered :
- When aircon turned on, the compressor seemed to cut on and off very rapidly - we spoke
to Toyota about it but they said that it was normal.
- No tacho - I think its always nice to have one with a manual gearbox
- Could not see the oncoming traffic when reversing out of an angled park. We
windows in the side of the door like you see on many vans, meaning it was always risky
while reversing if you didn't have a passenger to look out for cars for you
- Got a ding over the rear wheel arch after it was hit by a car in the Pipeline car park.
Wasn't my sister this time...
Happy memories :
- Suspension very stiff in the rear allowing us to get the van stranded several times when
doing a 3 point turn and putting one front wheel up on the gutter. The van could get stuck
as one front wheel was lifted much higher than the other front wheel. The van would then
balance like a see-saw on 2 diagonal wheels. One front and the diagonally opposite wheel
would lift off the ground and no LSD means no power could be put down on the rear wheel
with traction! Oops.
- Good motor. Lots of grunt in 3rd gear.
- The van could fit HEAPS of stock and even more when we hitched up a covered trailer.
- Fantastic for driving around town as you sit so high up. Could see over the traffic
- One day I took the van home instead of my green Commodore wagon. It was a cold night and
there was a heavy frost. I was sharing a house in Highton with my sister and we had a
sloping block that allowed the cars to be parked underneath the living room balcony. My
sister got up that morning and looked out the balcony and saw the roof of the (white) van.
The she exclaims "look at the frost, you car has gone white!". After much
laughter I explained it was not the wagon at all, but the van. Ha Ha.
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