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  1. Welcome Daniel.
  2. Hi

    Alphards especially the V6 engine which is the 1MZ-FE engine which is also used in the Camry. A well proven engine. I used to have one in a Lexus from many moons ago and it was the smoothest engines i have owned. They are not too bad on fuel, you'll get around 26 combined. more on the motorway. Maybe spend the extra £1500 on getting LPG installed as well. The Elgrand is too pricey in comparison, the fuel costs are terrible, around 16 MPG. Also the Alphard comes with ISOFIX which for a car of it's day was a manufacturers option with other brands. Also, look about, go a little further to get the right one. Toyota very well known for reliability as well. Other brands are simply dull or unreliable.
  3. Hi

    try Toyota Alphard if you want all the goodies then try Alphard MZ-G model.. they go for a little more but have everything from lane assist to all eletric doors, heated seats etc. Also, for under £10k Other models start from £5k
  4. If you have a favourite brand, vote for it in our poll.
  5. Diesels have had their day, i'll give it 10 years manufacturers have plans to fizzle the production out. I think a couple already have.
  6. I use £ UK Pounds.. where are you from?
  7. first you need to get it looked at to confirm. It will need a new engine, maybe a used or refurb. What is the car worth?
  8. Definatly sounds like engine siezed
  9. Go to Extreme Body Repairs Speak to Gary, Say Steve recommended you. He is an old school friend, has done work for me in the past and is spot on. If its small then also recommend Dent Devils. hey are mobile...Say your from the club, may get discount. Maybe.
  10. Sorry ben, i meant to say Nick, the post originator :) been a long day ST is nice.. driven the latest one, pretty cool.
  11. the only other power source required at the back would be tow bar. I think Toyota sell tow bar kits, maybe look up for the genuine part and wiring kit to see if that plug connector comes with it.
  12. Did you mention budget Ben? what is that??
  13. Given the fact there have been a couple of threads in recent months about handbrakes 'failing', thought it would be useful to include text of a recent Which? conversation: - "Our recent survey discovered that 25% of Which? members never leave their car in gear, even when it’s parked on a hill. Conversely, 35% will always leave it in gear, with the practice more prevalent amongst drivers over the age of 65. This sensible precaution is likely to become more widely practiced soon. That’s because new changes to the driving test in April 2014 now sees learners taught to leave a car in gear and apply the parking brake no matter where it’s parked. So what should you actually be doing? Leaving your car in gear Well we spoke to Mark Lewis, director of standards for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), to help clear things up. Mark told us: ‘There is little need to leave a manual vehicle in gear when parked and unattended if the parking brake is working effectively. Vehicles fitted with automatic gearboxes get locked into park even though they have a parking brake.’ However, when parking on a hill it can be prudent to leave a car in gear in case the handbrake fails. As Mark pointed out: ‘On an uphill incline turn the wheels away from the kerb and leave the vehicle in first gear. Similarly when facing downhill, the vehicle may be left in reverse and the wheels turned towards the kerb.’ He also told us that drivers should de-clutch before starting the car – a requirement on more modern vehicles – to prevent it jerking forwards unexpectedly. Depressing the clutch also reduces wear on the starter motor. Applying the handbrake With the advent of the electronic parking brake, operated via a switch or button rather than a lever, there is less chance of the handbrake cable working loose over time, and eventually failing to hold the car properly. But in my experience these electronic parking brakes are hit or miss as to whether pressing the button actually activates them. Although you’re soon reminded as your car gently rolls away as you try and get out."