Re: Toyota Previa - Supercharged, RWD or AWD, with 5-speed (turbo_nine)
quote:[HR][/HR]I think it looks like an egg. It's a really dorky minivan, nobody would expect it to be fast. Of course, to make that happen one should probably trim some of the 3500lbs it carries...[HR][/HR]
Hey Turbo nine, as a fellow Saaber you should know about cars that don't fit the "mainstream", dorky minivans or otherwise?
We call ours the Golden Eggplant.
These vans ARE heavy, because unlike the Siennas they're built on a Toyota
truck chassis. So don't expect miracles in the handling department, though ours seems to do well enough when drifting through the apexes at 30 mph....but in terms of space efficiency, the layout couldn't be beat. They seemed more like a spiritual successor to the Microbus.
They were definitely expensive compared to the domestic competition, at least
on the sticker. If you got a basic one like ours, and were willing to bargain, then they weren't too bad. Plus, there's still quite a few running that are 10 years old or more. Considering how the Caravans/Windstars from that era have held up, at least the Previas are still around! Plus, unlike the gradual minivan "bloat" with each new generation, we could put ours in the garage and still have some space left over.....
But to answer other questions--yeah, the 5 speeds were not all that common in
the US, but they do exist--some folks on the Yahoo Previa List still have them.
They did help those non SC vans get a little better use of their anemic engines
The autotranny isn't bad, but not nearly as much fun. I would love to swap it out for the 5 speed, if it were feasible.