TOYOTA PREMIO AND TOYOTA ALLION

The Kenya Toyota club sees the Toyota Premio as an office car. It is a compact sedan that is spacious on the interior and it could be a perfect office for a businessman who is starting out small and does not have office finance. You know how we do it in Kenya.

The Toyota Premio is the improvement of Toyota Corona. It was developed by the Toyota Motor Corporation in 2001. Like the saying goes, the Toyota Co. has never looked back on it's idea to develop this car.


The Toyota Premio was released in Generations.

Toyota Premio Old Model

The First generation reigned between December 2001 to December 2006. It has engines of 1.5ltrs, 1.8ltrs and 2.0ltrs. These were the engines that were referred to as D4. The D4 engine was said to have a problem and most people in Kenya avoided the car. However, the car is still a fovorite of many and it has sold over 100,000 units in Kenya.

Toyota Premio Old Model

Fact(Toyota Premio D4 Engine Problems)

The D4 engine is a fuel efficient engine that is designed for more power. The consumption of a 2.0ltr D4 engine is the same as the consumption of a 1.5ltr EFI engine. However, it has an erratic speed issue that is likely to give an unexpected surge. This was giving the Toyota Motor Co. a headache with the Toyota Premio old model sales. The problem is mainly as a result of accumulation of carbon deposits in the engine. For optimum performance of the D4 engine, you will need high octane fuel with low Sulphur content.
The D4 engines
The D4 engine injects gasoline directly into the combustion chamber. This is accompanied by a series of air compression. With the direct injection, the fuel mixes with the air and this is meant to emit a lighter exhaust gas while exuding more power and using less fuel. Mitsubishi uses the same engine for their Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) mainly used by the Pajero io and the Galant.
The Direct Fuel Injector

The D4 engines that use diesel are mainly used on the Toyota Hilux. These are called D4-D.
The D4-D Engine mounted on a Toyota Hilux

The D4 engine was also know to have engine stutters and a rough idling session. Many mechanics fear the engine but the secret lies in servicing your car on time and getting reliable fuel from a trusted dealer.
A dismounted D4 engine

Toyota Premio New Model
The Toyota Premio new model a.k.a generation 2 was released in 2006. It is differentiated by a sleeker shape, sharper brake lights and a more expensive look.
The Toyota Premio New Model
This new model has designed a 4 wheel drive model for the 1.8ltr. However, the 1.5ltr and the 2.0ltr are 2WD. The car uses a ventilated disc braking system and its suspension is coil spring supported.

What is the difference between Toyota Premio and Toyota Allion?
Mechanically, the Toyota Premio and the Toyota Allion are the same. They have similar engines. The only different thing between the 2 cars is the badges and the outer shape.
The Toyota Allion
The Toyota Motor Co. designed the Toyota Premio to replace the Toyota Corona while the Toyota Allion was designed to replace the Toyota Carina.
The Front View of the Toyota Premio
The rear view of the Premio
The Toyota Premio gives the owner a status and prestige while the Toyota Allion gives the owner a sporty feel. The performance of both cars is the same and so are the dimensions and the torque.

Both cars come equipped with a 5.8" monitor that gives the driver a multi-information display, a reclining seat and wooden grain finish on the dashboard. The cars have optional meters that are a choice of optitron and analogue. The navigation system is optional and so is the audio system.
The design of the Toyota Allion was inspired by the new generation Mark X.
The Front seat view
The entire sitting arrangement

51 comments:

  1. I have an allion 2005 and i love it!!!

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  2. I have a 1998 premio with a D4 engine.
    My mechanic says it is not a good car because its economy is not nice...i just bought it so i am not so sure about it.
    What are the problems with a D4 engine?

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  3. Hello Anonymous,

    The D4 engine is works by direct injection. This is a simplified system but it will always experience surges since the fuel injection cannot be regulated in the efi engine. To regulate the injection will only reduce the power of the car. This is the reason why this car consumes too much fuel.

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  4. The consumption of a 2.0ltr D4 engine is the same as the consumption of a 1.5ltr EFI engine.Its for this reason that i intend to purchase a 1998 Premio with D4 engine but this forum does not provide clarification enough on D4 consumption.

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  5. Do all Toyota Premio have a D4 engine. Especially the first new model which replaced the old one?

    Kev

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  6. I am planning to buy my first ever car in two months time. I an really fascinated by the toyota premio and because i cannot afford the new model i want to buy the old model used car. i need advice on what to look for so as to get value for my money. I need fuel efficiency and comfort for my small family. Any one selling a premio can contact me.
    walmon2001@yahoo.com

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  7. This is great idea to come up with such an informative forum. we look forward to greater well researched info.

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  8. Hi guys.

    Owned a D4 YOM for four years straight with nothing much to write home. Only engine parts replaced are injectors and the oxygen sensor. So I suppose I am one of the happy D4 owners. Like the reasonable power+torque too :)

    Fuel:
    I don't use V Power as most of the specs I have seen online indicate it can use ordinary fuel. Just very strict about where the car gets fuel from + Regular service + proper plugs (platinum plugs)

    Economy:
    In heavy traffic, it will be a bit heavy on fuel say 9.5-10.5km/l depending on driving style etc. However best economy is achieved on the highway. I have experienced > 15 km/l (factory rated at up to 17.2 km/l). The CVT in the newer Premio D4 (2002+) allows it to achieve better economy in town I believe.

    Premio Options:
    I would probably buy the same car again as for a 2L it packs a punch, with comparatively good economy.
    The other options for the 'old model premio' are the 1.6L and the 1.8L. There's also a diesel option but I haven't seen too many around.
    For the new premio/allion, I would probably get the 2L (Grade G or A20) D4 because of the CVT (transmission) - theoretically gives you better consumption than a manual

    Carfolio.com & cars-directory-net are pretty useful especially when learning about engines and specs if one is so inclined.

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  9. This is a good forum. I intend to purchase a 1.8L 2005 Premio in a short while. I'm not sure whether the dreaded D4 engines are still mounted on the new (2002+) models. Anyone with info please share.

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  10. I need to buy an NZE G series or premio (new or old shape). The budget is not that high from 450K. So i can do with a well kept used car. Contact patrimaga@yahoo.com

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  11. I have a D4 engine 2.0 that ismounted on the 1999 vista and it has been giving me hell. I really love the car for its space, comfort, and style.can I replace that engine with a better and modern vvti engine. I am told that it fits the rav4 should I go for this idea?

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  12. I would really like to buy a premio 2006, but
    till now i came across only de vvti D4 2.0l engine models.
    Can anyone please tell me if there are engine models of the vvti only(i mean without D4) for the 2006 model.
    And does the vvti D4 engine has the same problems as the D4 engine?

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  13. I must admit you share a tremendous amount of information regarding that center. Personally i will take care of every single word that you had mention over here.

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  14. i have a toyota wish D4 engine,is it the same as premio D4? and how is it mechanically?
    to me i enjoy it ,excellent performance!

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  15. Warm Greetings!




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    coil spring

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  16. I am considering importing a car and I am torn between these options:-Camry, Avensis, Allion and Mark X. Kindly advise based on performance and cost.I am also interested in knowing clearance(between the ground and body of the car)if these models differ.

    janet

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  17. I Just imported Toyota Premio 2006 Model, but my Navigation/ Music system is not operational, Error message is "Please insert correct MAP CD" can any one help me to get this navigation CD

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    1. asalam-o-allykum salman bh can u tell the fuel concumption of premio plz

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  18. I have a similar problem to Salmaan except mine is on a Toyota Allion 2004. This happened after I disconnected the battery. The electric windows stopped working but resumed after a while. I have the software CD but it now does not work anymore. Someone please assist. How can we disconnect the NAVIGATION and only use the A/V?

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  19. I own Toyota Allion 2004 with D4 engine. The car vibrates very much when on drive or reverse mode. What could be the possible causes of this problem? Any one with an idea please!

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    1. I also have this problem. Did you find out what the problem was?

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    2. sounds like problem with worn out spark plugs or a bad distributor system.. please let me know if you have found out what the problem was.

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  20. I prefer to buy Toyota Premio, It took me 2 months of daily auction site checking to search a blue late model Toyota Premio in good condition, persistance is key but time is of the essence.

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  21. Hi there
    I have a 2002 Toyota Allion (D4VVTI engine, CVT) and am wanting to replace the trans fluid. Would I do this in a fashion like that of engine oil-- take out the drain plug to drain the fluid, and then replace the fluid (using the dipstick hole)? Or is this incorrect?
    Thank you very much for reading

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  22. Toyota Premio seems to have a great performance although its styling is just simple like the Civic. Toyota never fails to provide a great engine.

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  23. I OWN A TOYOTA ALLION 2004 D 4 ENGINE IT JERKS WHEN I DRIVE UNDER 30 KMH I HAVE REPLACED THE FUEL FILTER IN THE TANK WITH A NEW ONE, IT DROVE WELL FOR A FEW DAYS AND ITS BACK TO JERKING AGAIN,HOW DO I FIX THIS PROBLEM?

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    1. You should probably check for clogging in the fuel injector. This problem can be easily eliminated by cleaning it. Also replacing a fuel filter not in the tank but between the tank and fuel injector after 10,000 kn may help to reduce problems associated with clogging in either the filter or the fuel injector.

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  24. I intend to buy my first car, I prefer Allion, Qs though it seems VVTI (1500 and 1800cc) are more expensive, is it because D4-VVTI (2000cc), D4 engine is dreaded, my fear is to buy D4 land myself into problems....

    can some one advice on this

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  25. for over one year now, I have used a D4 vvti 2000cc, premio 2002 G grade, without any problems. The D4 is indeed very economical, fuel consumption is like a 1500cc, but D4 has more power, the CVT is just fine, greatly optimizes transmission and hence the fuel consumption. The D4 has to be well and regularly serviced, every 4 or 5 thousand km, i have changed engine oil, only fully synthetic engine oil used, make sure air filter is clean, use proper spark plugs, i use the three tip irridium ones. Concluding remark: treat the D4 well and it will serve you well.

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  26. For 3 years I have used a 2005 G grade premio D4 vvti 2000cc. Excellent vehicle, do proper service with original parts and synthetic oil and you will enjoy the highway experience. I intend to sell at the end of this year, but going for a 2007 or 2008 Avensis station wagon 2.4L D4

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  27. Toyota premio is just the ultimate car.. Ive bought one a month ago and i cant complain abt anything.. Next year upgrading to Harrier.. c ya.

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  28. i have premio old model for the last 4 years and it has never let me down. My mechanic has advised against selling it, he says its one of the best and I agree with him

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  29. Toyota premio the best car i like Toyota premio 1999 (( 1.8cc )) the best car

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  30. Toyota Premio has been iconic since its automaker keeps on making upgrade on this model. It’s great to see on how this car improved over the past few years. I will be shocked if they made a electric version of this car.lol

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  31. I own old shape premio and i am happy for the last 5 years why change a winning team.Me alwalys toyota

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  32. Im currently driving a Toyota premio old shape with a D4 engine. it runs quite okay except that the engine rattles like a diesel engine. Im told it was imported in that state. is this normal with all D4 engines or do i need to do something about it?

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  33. Am driving a Toyota Premio D4 engine and recently had a gasket problem after the hose pipe pulled off,what could be the problem since av bought a new head gasket n hose pipe but the car cannot restart on numerous trials

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  34. I Just purchased Toyota Premio 2006 Model, but the language of Navigation/ Music system is in japanees. can any one help me to change that language fron japanees to english. also if any one have toyota premio manual in english. plz mail me at alikamran75@yahoo.co.uk

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  35. I own a Toyota Allion 2004, when I cruise at 100 kph and tries to hold onto acceleration pedal, the gears jump, what could be the problem, I just changed the gearbox oil this month type IV

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  36. i have just ordered for a premio 2008 1.8l
    i hop this shall work for me nicely but i still need ur expert opinion

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  37. I own a Toyota Allion 2004, when I cruise at 100 kph and tries to hold onto acceleration pedal, the gears jump, what could be the problem, I just changed the gearbox oil this month type IV
    Also some funny noise vibrates back inside the car when at any speed, Please advise on the probable. Thank you for a good job

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  38. I have premio old model yom 200, 1769cc (1.8l) it has a 7A engine. I was told that is the best engine for this model than D4. are these engines change by manufuctures< I have realized that most engines for old model petrol is D4

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  39. I need fog lights/spot lights for a toyota premio 2007 and mud guards, any help? Email jmakite@gmail.com

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    1. Would you happen to have the english manuals for this make? I am willing to buy a copy.

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  40. Guys some people always mislead others it is better to speak the truth.I have Toyota premio 2001 old model D4 1.6cc and even if today u give me 800k I can not accept.This car is like a motor bycle on consumption.Speed on highway even mark x can not compete with me.This old model premios are stronger by far than premio 2006\2007 and very simple to maintain.You are only required to service it reguraly and have genuine parts of it.

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  41. Hi do all Toyota Allions of 2006/7 model come with digital accelarators.......am told they have problems advice...

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  42. Hi. Which is the better car between a Toyota Premio 2006/2007 and a Toyota Allion of the same year. So many forums keep saying the two are similar but the prices seem to say otherwise. Also where does one get genuine service for Toyota cars in Kenya.
    Lastly, the Km/L for the Premio 2006 seem to be too low (9 to 12 Km/l). A Land cruiser pick up (4000 cc) does a fair 10 Km/l so the estimates for Premio are questionable I am interested in hearing on the experiences Premio owners have with fuel consumption.

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  43. Hi. Where can one get an english version manual for a Toyota Premio 2007?

    Kindly assist urgently.

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  44. Hola, Tengo un corona premio d-4 99 y el motor falla y mi mecanico no sabe que es. ahora cambiamos las bujias y limpiamos a donde dice d-4 y estaba tapado de carbonilla, pero sigue fallando. cuando acelero y no permito que caigan las revoluciones y vuelvo a acelerar ahi se produce el fallo. Que consejo me pueden dar?

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  45. I need to buy a Toyota premio (new or old shape) or Toyota belta(used car). The budget is not that high from 450K - 600k. So i can do with a well kept used car. contact wambuigathige@yahoo.com

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  46. Hi Desperately in need of an english manual for Premio 2007 model. Anybody out there with one? Please contact me on hagsgeorge@gmail.com

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