Freight and passenger cars, station wagons we have called the "vegetable carriers" and "wood", but the workers of their sales in the automotive market is very high, and the supply is plentiful. Until recently bestsellers were utilitarian wagons with springs Toyota Corolla Van and Toyota Caldina Van, who with limited comfort gained recognition for its exceptional reliability, ease of construction and maintainability. But today they were replaced by two new models - Toyota Probox and Toyota Succeed.
Both are "relative" appeared on the Japanese market in autumn 2002, replacing already removed from production and Corolla Van Caldina Van. As the basis for new cargo and passenger wagons lay NCP platform 60, on which three years earlier had created hatchbacks and sedans Vitz and Platz, then as such "pedigree" in Probox and Succeed no. However, both machines have already noted a good variety of modification: for example, they are available in two basic versions - Cargo Van and more comfortable Wagon. More democratic Probox manufactured with four different motors (two gasoline, a diesel and a gas), whereas Succeed, one being more prestigious cars, equipped with only the most powerful in the range of 1.5-liter gasoline engine.
There is a choice on the type of gearbox and drive: Most Probox and Succeed can be purchased both in front- and all-wheel drive version, and Probox, in addition, you can order a manual transmission, which is the base for the most weak 1.3-liter versions.
Finally, each of the models proposed in several trim - for Succeed by Van a basic U and more advanced UL and UL «X package», and for Probox Van - DX, DX - J, DX «Comfort package» and «GL» . Full compatibility between the versions do not have, as the most advanced version of the GL in Probox Van roughly corresponds to "medium" version of the UL have Succeed Van. And, again, the easiest option Probox Van DX demonstrates just for ultimate simplicity, the differences are minimal equipment (a complete lack of electric drives), and having a very uncomfortable drop-bed bench for the rear passengers. However, air conditioning, multiple cup holders, a retractable table and two airbags and ABS + EBD are present in any case. As for the performances Wagon, here for each of the models offered at two versions: F / F «Extra package» have Probox and TX / TX «G package» have Succeed.
During all the time of manufacture wagons Probox / Succeed completed with four different motors: two petrol (volume of 1.3 and 1.5 liters), one diesel (1.4 liters) and one engine running on natural gas (1.5 liters). The last option (the index 1NZ-FNE), we exclude from our review because of the impossibility of its operation in the Russian propane-butane mixture (in Japan used natural gas CNG, with 98% consisting of methane).
Nothing concrete will not be said of a single diesel engine 1ND-TV: the machines have come in single copies, and mechanic-technician with them has not yet been met. However, the fact of the power of this motor Common Rail system assumes the special demands on the quality and cleanliness of diesel fuel, as well as high costs for repairs.
The most common engine for the Probox / Succeed - 1,5-liter 1NZ-FE. This engine is found on more than a dozen different Toyota models, the compact sedans Vitz to D-class Premio / Allion and kompaktven Sienta and Spacio, and is one of the rims concepts of simplicity and adaptability Toyota automobiles. However, this simplicity is reflected in the fact that toyotovskie NZ series engines have become unsuitable for major repairs: their aluminum engine block does not provide for the cylinder bore in principle. The only thing that can be done with increasing oil consumption due to normal wear or occurrence of piston ring - replacement of most of these rings. But if the occurrence is quite effective measure, here in the natural wear and tear, at best, will give the owner a little leeway before the motor replacement - no other way in case of serious wear and tear. However, on its own resource at 1NZ-FE is big enough - already there were cases when these motors quietly nursed a couple of hundred thousand kilometers, and continue to do their job. As for the 1.3-liter 2NZ-FE, its way of life by virtue of the higher loads (due to the smaller volume and capacity) is shorter. However, the main weakness similar to those of the 1.5-liter engine.
First, we should note the gas distribution mechanism motors NZ series. Here, for the sake of noise reduction applied with reduced chain links which during wear or loss of tension easily jumps from tooth to tooth, which is fraught with rapid and premature death due to motor meeting valves and pistons. Therefore, as soon as there was a suspicion that the noise was the timing mechanism, contact the service station or independently to take measures to eliminate the problem (check the chain tensioner or replace the chain itself).
It should be remembered that there on the petrol engines Probox / Succeed system VVT variable valve timing - i. In itself it is quite reliable and trouble-free, but requires the use of high-quality motor oil and timely replacement.
Another feature of engines NZ Series - drive all attachments one strap, which is why, firstly, increases the load on the belt itself, and secondly, the problem with any of the ancillary (water pump, power steering, air conditioning compressor and generator) can lead to breakage of the belt and the vehicle immobilization.
Among the problems with the electronics periodic failures observed mass air flow sensor (DMRV) and a temperature sensor. And often it is not, as such, faults and elementary distortion performance of the accumulated dirt. In this case, the sensor just gently cleaned / washed. This fact requires regular replacement of the air filter, which in our case is clogged after a 5000 km (with factory recommendations 30-40 thousand. Km).
A feature of the ignition system engines series NZ is the presence of individual coils which are arranged in the spark plug wells. Due to this ignition is more stable and generally more reliable (no distributor and high-voltage wires). However, heating of the coil exposed, whereby they become sensitive to the state of the spark plugs, and if the latter have too large a gap between the electrodes, the coil may be prematurely damaged.
And on Probox / Succeed should be particularly careful to monitor the cleanliness of the engine cooling radiator, and the cleanliness of the outside. The fact that the radiator cell easily clogged with fuzz and insects, and the time to notice the motor temperature rise can not be: the replacement of the temperature sensor control lamps allows only state facts of the case have already overheating. However, you can get rid of just replacing the valve cover ... or, if you're not lucky, block head, that you will agree, is much cheaper than the cost of replacing the engine.
Engine specifications Probox / Succeed
Power, hp / rpm
Torque, N * m * / rpm
143.2 / 4200
122.6 / 4400
Number of cylinders
4 in a row
AI 92 petrol
Bore / stroke, mm
75 / 84.7
75 / 73.5
75 / 84.7
Fuel consumption in l / 100 km (the new machine)
Transmission and undercarriage
On Probox / Succeed installed both mechanical and automatic transmissions - all Aisin production. With regard to the first we can not say anything bad at all - even the clutch is usually nursed more than one hundred thousand kilometers. ACTs are at least 150 thousand kilometers, and with timely replacement ATF (Toyota Type T - IV). Their resource exceeds 200 thousand. Km. But even the repair or replacement of the AKP Probox serious problems does not deliver - is that the purse will facilitate thousands to 10 or a little more.
By the way, Probox / Succeed machines belong to the modern type of boxes «Super ECT», which differ smoother gear changes, as well as some "adaptive" to the style of driving. In particular, with little traffic, these machines later switched down on the climbs, but earlier on the slopes, which saves fuel, and it is possible to some extent to use engine braking.
All versions with 1.3-liter petrol and 1.4-liter diesel engines have a drive only the front wheels. But with 1.5-liter engine can be obtained, and four-wheel drive. This system is implemented by Scheme V - Flex and includes a bevel gear instead of the transfer case and viscous coupling of the rear axle connection. Accordingly, in normal modes of motion such machines remain monoprivodnom and the rear axle is connected at a slipping front wheel. Claims to the system resource to present difficult: it requires infrequent (40-50 thousand km.) Replacing the working fluid in a viscous coupling (800 mL).
Probox / Succeed suspension made according to the classic machines for the classes B and C circuit: Front McPherson with stabilizer bar (except the 1.3-liter versions), back - piece beam, suspended on the trailing arm and with separate springs and dampers. Thus, the number of elements that are prone to wear, is reduced to a minimum, and the cost is low. However, silent blocks, links and steering tips still need to be checked not less than once every 10,000 km, and their "divergence" in addition to driving style affects the degree of loading of the car: the manufacturer does not recommend to carry cargo weighing more than 400 kg.
Steering rack type with hydraulic booster, as well as the hydraulic brakes (front disc, rear drum) at the Probox / Succeed on their reliability does not stand out among other models of Toyota.
The regular size for wheels Probox and Succeed - R 13 165 LT -6 PR. In this case, the assembly line all the cars go only with stamped wheels, as an option to which you can order a decorative caps.