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  1. Your Hiace (H100 series) in your model year were available in other engine formats. Provided it is a Jap import, alternative engine choices were: 1KZ-TE Diesel turbo 3 litre auto/manu gear 1RZ-E Petrol 2 litre auto/manu gear 2RZ-E Petrol 2.4 litre auto only Now, the 1KZ-TE units were available in the UK mostly seen on Land Cruiser Colorado range, however other two petrol ones are very rare, to my knowledge, the 2.4 litre was never imported. The so called 'Hiace Power van', the early ones in the UK also came with 2.7 litre petrol 3RZ-E unit. This maybe an option for you if you could find one. However, you will need to have the unit couple with the gearbox for ease of transfer and will also need to do your own research on whether it will fit size wise. Alternatively, you may be able to fit a slightly smaller engine of the same family as the one you have, the 2L-TE diesel 2.4 litre engine which was available on the Hilux range. Another option is to source a second hand engine from Japan from these people. https://kaihosangyo.jp/english/ They may not be the cheapest but you get what you pay for.
  2. The first gen Alphard's fuel tank capacity is 70 litres and Ist's is 45 litre. Hope this helps.
  3. A little trivia... This mandatory requirement for all vehicles in Japan goes back to the times when Japanese cars were primitive and highly unreliable. Cars often stalled at railway crossings and flares were initially introduced to prepare for such instances but later, used for general breakdowns and warning other road users of any hazards ahead as mentioned by FROSTYBALLS. It is an MOT equivalent requirement and without one the car will fail the inspection. In general, there are many railway crossings in Japan and to this very day, I think they are still traumatised by past incidents despite the fact that stalling at the railway crossing is extremely rare. Almost all user handbooks supplied with a new car has a section on procedures if the vehicle stalls in the middle of a railway crossing. At a time when manual gearbox cars were still common, it was often suggested to place the vehicle in highest gear and turn the starter motor without depressing the clutch which allowed the car to move out of the crossing. But obviously today, most cars are automatics over there, this method cannot be used and this fact is clearly stated in bold letters probably aimed at those old skool drivers. Those traditional flares have best before dates on them but like any other, things have moved on and some come with LED flares instead.
  4. Yes, CVT has come a long way since both in terms of durability and performance. I would also like to recommend the petrol version with LPG conversion. LPG is a very good alternative to diesels and can always switch back to petrol with a flick of a switch if you happened to be in the area where you can't fill up.
  5. Well done for locating the relay. Some have a clip like flap where you press to release whilst others you got to wiggle it up and down, right and left, to pull it out. They are generally firm as you can appreciated, it got to withstand the vibration. Good luck.
  6. You should find the engine and chassis number details on the passenger side bottom bit when you open the door. There it should tell you what engine it has. From year 2000 Aug, all UK Avensis petrol engine has switched to VVTi, which is either ZZ series or AZ series engine, both of which are chain driven. Whoops!! I just got your new posting. : ) If your engine number starts with 1ZZ then, it'll be 1ZZ-FE engine which is chain driven. This engine is known for oil consumption once it hits certain mileage so I'll change the oil regularly than specified.
  7. Yes, you're right, in some instance the relay can be repaired. The common one would be a crack in the soldering. Having said that, it might be just as easy to grab a working one from the breakers. In any case, good luck!
  8. Ken, I think your 1.8 Avensis is 1ZZ-FE engine, which would be chain driven.
  9. No, it's not in your face. It's tucked in so you might need to crawl and put your head underneath the dashboard. Having a torch might also help.
  10. Yes, it is kind of behind the fuse box area. You may need to remove the bottom cover of the dashboard, the one which the bonnet release lever is attached to. By the way, the vehicle is RHD right?
  11. I thought you already checked that location as you've mentioned previously... You've obviously checked where I've circled in red in the photo right? It is tucked in quite deep...
  12. Hi, Have you checked behind the glove box where the ECU is? Depending on the model year, some relays have migrated there. From the above you've obviously checked far driver's side next to the accelerator pedal on the wall so behind the glove box is the only place I can think of...
  13. It's a shame that this Avensis had to end this way... http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=139227
  14. Just saw this on auction site and had to come here to check out what happened, I did recognised it was Ken's motor. Like acstreet, it's been a while since I was on this site.
  15. Yes, this problem is a curse for the Avensis since it was first launched. I am pretty certain that the problem you have is due to warped discs. Warped discs can be cured by either replacing the discs or skimming the discs. However, replacing the discs with another genuine one will only cure the problem for a short while. The problem lies with the hardness of the pads and the quality of the steel. Unfortunately, the quality of steel is not what it used to... Once I was a high mileage driver and I had to go through couple of discs and pads to cure this annoying problem. Some of the discs including the genuine one had to be replaced within the course of 7000 miles. I will recommend replacing the pads and discs with the following; * Pads - Apec pads. * Discs - ADL blueprint discs. This combination seems to work wonders. Apec pads aren't too expensive but softer pads thus kind to the discs. The only drawback I found was it tends to dust a little more. Nonetheless they are good pads. The ADL blueprint discs are very well made with slightly different design to combat heat. So, to get to the bottom of this problem, insist on having the above combination. Hope it gets cured soon!
  16. The current model Avensis is not currently offered in Japan. The weird thing about the previous generation (T25 series) offered in Japan was that it had 4WD models which were not available in the UK! The reason for the Avensis to be offered in Japan was mainly due to marketing. As you may know, there are a lot more models offered there but not all models are sold at any one particular dealership network. For instance, Premio and Allion are both the same car with slightly different cosmetics but sold via different dealership network. This means, if one wanted a Premio, one has to go to a Toyota dealership of network A, whilst Allion is only sold at dealership network B. In case of Avensis, it was sold through a Toyota dealer network called 'Netz' which did not sell either Premio or Allion at the time. Moreover, the Avensis had estate models which both Premio and Allion didn't. Unfortunately, despite the intensive ad campaign, the Avensis was not successful in terms of sales figure. After all, the T25 series was designed and intended for European market. Plus minor quality problems such as warping discs didn't help either...
  17. http://www.webcg.net/WEBCG/news/000018718.html Sorry, the page in Japanese so perhaps you can use one of them translation site to get the detail of the contents. I felt it was only recently, we got the current Corolla but it has been as long as 6 years! Time flies huh?
  18. Clarkson has always been like that. Not only like the occasion you mentioned but there were many in the past. But he is entitled to his own opinion and prejudice and I respect that. So, what did I do? I cancelled the subscription to the magazines he was involved in. ;)
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    Black Knight, Faulty coil can lead to lean mixture. Becuase, initially when the uneven combustion occurs on the cylinder(s) with faulty coil, O2 sensor will detect as being too rich, so it then adjusts the mixture to go lean. Coils are a funny commodity. Resistance can be OK but it could be still faulty. In some cases, it also plays trick according to temperature - i.e. symptom apparant when the engine warms up not noticable when cold etc. As it appears that Paulas have tried everything, I thought it would be best to try the coils.
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    Paulas, Have you had your fuel pressure measured? If not get this done first. If you were to replace anything, I would try replacing the ignition coils before changing the ECU. I understand that the 1ZZ-FE has individual coils for each plugs so it is not possible to monitor the spark line to determine like you do with cars with HT leads but I am sure it works out cheaper than replacing the ECU. Faulty coils can lead to mixture being too lean as it doesn't burn properly and engine will lean it to compensate.
  21. TDS, To answer your questions; 1. It depends on the condition of the vehicle so I don't know. 2. 1CD-FTV engine, the so called D4-D was introduced from year 2000, and I will certainly go for this. 2C-T engine which was used prior to this was OK but it is a bit out dated. 3. No. I personally think it is expensive.
  22. No, they are different cars. Avalon is a lot bigger and has V6 engine. ;)
  23. Sorry, taking so much time to type. It was too late...
  24. Keep the Merc. Modern Merc is not what it used to be but the one you got is a 'proper' Merc so well worth keeping it. I am not into fashion so I can only talk about the engineering side. The Merc you got is the last generation of built to last kind hence the popularity.
  25. Hi Beardie, Thanks for your reply. My system is also using Leonardo + Romano vapouriser with Pitagola emulator and works great. So did my previous 7A-FE. As for your A6, if it is a Turbo then SGI is way to go. Let me know how you get on. ------- Radiodanno, sjrainsford 3S-FE is brilliant with LPG. I have been using LPG on my 3S-FE Avensis for a year now and covered just over 40,000 miles still going strong. People say all sorts of things. Even when I converted my previous car, people said either not suitable or valve problem candidate. I often confronted those morons and they usually unable to tell you which type vehicle or engine type which is likely to cause the problem they have described. Anyway, I drew my own conclusion and went ahead with the conversion and glad that I did. It appears that Vauxhalls, Volvo, Fords and Land Rovers are commonly converted to LPG but not so mush so on Toyotas thus people don't seem to know much about and make worrying comments. As for the grants, one time Avensis 1.8 7A-FE variant was listed but quickly withdrawn. Only Toyota that is applicable for the grant status is Prius. The grant for the Prius is for purchasing it, not for LPG conversion but if you managed to convert a Prius to run on LPG, that'll be an ultimate cheap to run vehicle of all!! I was fantasising how cool it will be to convert Lexus RX400h, the new hybrid SUV. Power and comfort of a luxury car and running cost of a diesel Yaris!!
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