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Paulscarbs last won the day on March 25 2019

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  1. There are many alarms that offer this feature. Search alarm with CAN or CANBUS.
  2. Hello Neil, Another year, another service! Well done on keeping your Estima in tip top condition. Unfortunately, I had to get rid of mine last as the family continued to grow which meant camping trips and family visits were a very tight squeeze with luggage included - despite the Estima’s cavernous boot! I still hang in here and on other forums though (trolling mostly!) I see this as a positive thing. I’ve been able to help other owners out like I too was helped many years ago when I owned a Mk1.
  3. Toyota engines are superb. They last a very long time if looked after. I’d stick with synthetic oil.
  4. Purchased the Estima, wanted the Alphard, because my wife wouldn’t drive the Alphard.
  5. Hi Neil, You beat me to it. Nothing new there then!
  6. If you know the part number a quick search should locate the part and models that had it fitted.
  7. Ha ha ha, yes, thanks. Still pleased I spent as little as possible getting it all sorted. Hope it lasts us now - off to Spain in the summer!
  8. Hmmm, ended up using a paperclip in the end!
  9. No! Can't let all that knowledge go into oblivion! Any techies who know how to download all the data!
  10. I have recorded the steps I used to drain and replace the oil in my noisy CVT transmission. Hope it helps others. oil change.pdf
  11. Well, no more noise. I drained old oil and replaced. Lovely once again. i have posted the procedure on a separate thread.
  12. Oooh, Tony, I didn't think of selecting a different country. Perhaps that's why Techstream crashed. Going to have a play in a moment! Regarding the new scanner, does it happen to have any transmission information - oil temp and level? The saga indeed continues and I haven't quite got it sorted yet Neil... not giving up yet though.
  13. Techstream update. Seems like useful software. It was a tricky job getting it to run on Windows 10 64 bit though. Don't follow the installer's instructions to the letter and neither should anyone follow the online videos or threads - none of them work! I eventually got it working through trial and error and a little computer knowledge. The software kept crashing when accessing the vehicle ECU though so onto plan C. Plan C - and one I would recommend purchasers do - fit a separate drive and install Windows XP. Now anyone can follow the instructions and it should run. I got it working quickly but still had difficulty accessing the ECU. I figured that it was the software version (13) so opted for an earlier one instead. I fitted version 8, since this was easily located on the web, but this was too early and my vehicle wasn't listed! I'm now looking for versions 11 and 12. Will keep you all informed.
  14. Oh dear. If it doesn't do as it says then you have a legal right to return it. The Techstream gizmo arrived yesterday so I attempted to install it on a Windows 10 64bit laptop. This was a pain and still isn't fully installed. Apparently the driver is designed for a 32bit machine. Haven't given up though and hope to connect it to my Estima today. My advice, if you don't fancy a lot of hassle, buy a cheap 32bit laptop possibly running XP. Actually, I wonder if an alternative harddrive could be installed? Now there's an idea.
  15. Hi Neil and Tony, I received the final response from iCarsoft today... "please read the description..." Well, my response was polite but blunt! Their website states "excellent customer service' Not from my experience it hasn't been. Sorry to hear about the technical issues Tony. Will keep you informed about the cheap Techstream gizmo.