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  1. I couldn't go to the viewing today but i spoke to a friend of mine who was in the trade and used to import the vehicle. He suggested that i get a copy of the Japanese auction report which he would be able to translate for me and it will tell the condition of the car. The seller who initially indicated that he imports these cars said he doesn't have the auction report because the car was taken as a part x. But your advice has put my mind at ease and i am more comfortable buying an imported estima either the one mentioned above or another one. Hopefully this thread will cone in handy for any hesitant buyers in the future. Thank you all.
  2. Cheers. Viewing booked for Saturday if its still available till then. I will update the thread.
  3. Thanks very much for your advice. It appears that pre 2006 model is more popular.is it because similar model was also launched in the UK therefore parts availability is better? I will certainly test drive it and will look carefully for any signs but just jot aware of any known faults. Thanks again.
  4. Hi everyone I am looking to buy a Toyota estima 2006 model. This is the first time i will be buying a japanese import. I do not have any knowledge of these cars and I would be grateful if I can have some advice please. I have previously owned automatic ford s-max which i had to sell as spares or repairs due to gearbox error that cane up at 32000 miles. List of my questions is as follows: 1. Should I buy 2006 or later model (new shape) or pre 2005 model? I personally like 2006 onwards shape? 2. Should I buy hybrid or non hybrid model? 3. Are there any known faults for 2006 onwards model including gearbox issues e.g. if gearbox oil and filter not changed regularly, gearbox will fail. 4. Whats the 2.4 litre mpg as compared to a hybrid model? 5. Should i look for any specific things when buying an estima? The car I am interested in is this https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F323838261736 Is it a good deal? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks