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  1. I’d also say at that age, condition and mileage would be more important. I had a choice of two very clean cars. One was a 2009 with leather seats, dvd screen in rear, big alloys, body kit, etc., and a plain, boring looking 2006 one on 17 inch tyres. However, that one had 30k miles and was an auction grade 5/a, so I chose that one. Quite a few threads on other sites about reliability of the 2gr fe 3.5 v6. Consensus seems to be they’ll do a couple hundred thousand miles no bother, as long as it is maintained. Many recommend changing the oil every 5-6 thousand miles to ensure longevity.
  2. Seems he’s the only one who can do this on Alphard, and he uses the video channel on the headunit. From what users on an Alphard forum are saying he charges about £350 and is in Birmingham. Everything else on the unit remains in Japanese tho
  3. I’m going to get the headunit replaced, most likely with a single DIN unit with floating 9 inch display. I just felt given the size of the Estima a double DIN would look a bit lost as they’re restricted to a 7 inch screen. I’m going to upgrade the front and rear cameras at the same time. The cost of the fascia, harness, DAB antennae, and anything else, plus fitting will cost £400 -£500 so bear that in mind, but if you get a professional to do it they’ll most likely know what they’re doing and be able to do it more neatly and more quickly.
  4. If it’s one of the dongles that give you wireless carplay then yes, you’d need to already have carplay on the headunit. And even then they’re laggy and prone to crashing. maybe it’s a different adapter, but I can’t see how you can get carplay on an old head unit…
  5. It’s right in the back by the third row seating on mine
  6. Mine looks different to that… still can’t find it 🤷🏼‍♂️
  7. Happy days then 👍
  8. That might be the problem with the DVLA, they might come back and say no as it’s not measured using NEDC or WLTP. might still be worth a shot asking, though…
  9. What cycle is that measured using tho? Is it NEDC?
  10. You sure about that…? My v5 doesn’t show any Euro data (as it was never homologated for Europe), and the type approval therefore says Exempt, thus it’s taxed as a PLG vehicle
  11. The Estima would also have only ever been tested using the Japanese test cycle, which would have been different for the test used in the EU at the time. So you won’t get accurate emissions data which the DVLA could use, as the Estima was never measured using the test cycles used to tax vehicles in the U.K., namely the current WLDP or the older NEDC tests. I wouldn’t worry about it too much to be honest…
  12. Yeah, you’re being charged £295 at a flat rate as a private light goods vehicle. Id’ be sure to check what the emissions are, as they might end up charging you more…
  13. If you have a smartphone get the Google translate app.
  14. Adrian Flux came back with the highest quote when I was shopping around… 😂
  15. Yep, have a look at as many as you can. I think overall condition and mileage is probably more important than year. I recently got a 3.5 V6, which is very smooth and refined. MOG is about 25/26 on a whole tank (mostly town driving) but on a run it will do mid to high 30s. There is a noticeable difference difference to ride quality depending what size wheels is has, so bear this in mind. Try admiral insurance….they came back a lot cheaper than anyone else when I insured mine.
  16. The sticker on the inside of the drivers door on mine says 2.4 bar for 17 inch tyres, which is just under 35psi. The person i bought it from, who has bought over a few Estimas, recommended running it a couple psi higher for better fuel economy and less tyre wear.
  17. I’ve recently bought a 2006 G spec and took it to a car audio specialist to enquire about replacing the headunit. When they came back in they said they’d found an aux in, in case I wanted to use my phone in the meantime…although I forgot to ask where it was and I can’t seem to find it myself…
  18. Tyre sizes: https://www.wheel-size.com/size/toyota/estima/2014/
  19. Cheers, I’ll check that out 👍
  20. I’ve had a look under the passenger seat but I can’t see one. Found a tv tuner though….
  21. Does anyone know where the amp is? It’s not under either front seat nor hidden in the rear three quarter panels…
  22. Cheers, thanks for that. Don’t suppose you’ve any idea what standard equipment differentiates all the various grades…?
  23. Hello, does anyone know,or tell me where I can define a comprehensive guide, of what the various Estima trim levels are? Model years 2007-2011. Thanks
  24. Yeah, I had a look on Google maps to see where the Saab garage was where I thought I remembered it being, and there’s an Aldi there now. I remember the Honda dealership on Gradton street being a thing of 70s/80s contemporary architecture, with brown tinted windows, and exposed brickwork inside. My dad got a car from there and they let me pick out what registration number I wanted from a list that they had. Strange how things like that when you’re a lad stay with you.
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