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NickE

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  1. Quotes so far: Kwik Fit £380 Tyres Northampton £350+ Central Auto £367 Sims Toyota £287.73 + £15 for gasket - and they are the official Toyota dealer! Dewsbury Autosalvage £97.75 secondhand with 90 day guarantee Universal Auto Salvage Ltd £65.55 secondhand with 30 day guarantee A1 Jap Spares £115 secondhand with 30 day guarantee. An alternative might be to weld it back up myself, or pay someone else to do that. So basically my decision rests on £300 for new backbox from official Toyota dealer, or £100 for secondhand of unknown quality Whatever way you look at it - the Previa might be a quality vehicle, but my god do you pay through the nose for even the most basic of spare parts.
  2. I need a new exhaust backbox on my 02 Previa. Kwikfit have quoted nearly £400 including sourcing and fitting with four days lead time reqd. Am yet to contact Toyota dealer for their quote but expect it to be even higher. Anyone know how/where to get one cheaper?
  3. I am looking for a roof box for my (2002) Previa. Probably a haf-width one as will be carrying surf boards too. Any info on good/bad makes, features to go for, can you fit a full width box AND surf boards etc would be appreciated. Nick
  4. If you're really serious about getting one then go to your local dealer and get a test drive. Or let us know where you are - there may be a TOC member who owns one that lives just down the road from you. I had my choice narrowed down to an Espace or a Previa. In the end the Previa won hands-down on quality. I find it is a superb car. There is a review here: Previa Review
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    Loads-a-room

    Funnily enough, I was thinking about you as I passed near you on the M4 at 11.00pm on Saturday (yes, the journey was that boring). I suppose that a suit and a suitcase are all that Toyota expect their Lexus owners to need to carry in their boots - presumably if you need anything else then you can afford to have it Fed-Exed ahead. :P Wait till you get a family the size of mine B) :) :group-cuddles: - then you'll really begin to appreciate the difference in load capacity between the different makes and models.
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    Loads-a-room

    Just got back from 2 very sunny weeks near Newquay - was concerned we wouldn't fit everything and everyone in the car (used to bigger vehicles) but we managed it ok, with room to spare, just. Me + wife + four kids + huge tent + windbreak + cooker + waterbottle + coolbox + clothes + deckchairs + table + body boards + surf board + wetsuits all into one Previa - no problem! Great car.
  7. A couple were invited to a s****y family masked fancy dress Halloween party. The wife got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He, being a devoted husband, protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed and there was no need for his good time to be spoiled by not going. So he took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, woke without pain and as it was still early, decided to go to the party. As her husband didn't know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him. So she joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice "chick" he could and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife went up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his new partner high and dry and devoted his time to her. She let him go as far as he wished, naturally, since he was her husband. After more drinks he finally he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had s*x in the back seat. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away and went home and put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make up for his outrageous behaviour. She was sitting up reading when he came in, so she asked what kind of time he had. "Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there." Then she asked "Did you dance much?" He replied, "I'll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys, so we went into the spare room and played poker all evening." "You must have looked really silly wearing that costume playing poker all night!" she said with unashamed sarcasm. To which the husband replied, "Actually, I gave my costume to your Dad. Apparently he had the time of his life."
  8. Just goes to show it still ain't quite right - this was originally posted as a response to Matt's 'comment' and now suddenly there's two more posts in between.
  9. Sounds cool. I knew there was some facility for traffic management because I've seen the messages within the software on the CD, such as 'accident ahead' 'lane closed' 'heavy winds', 'reduced visibility' etc. Just don't know how to activate it - or is it automatic? How do you get this feature to work?
  10. They keep showing this same short film on the telly, but with slightly different versions, featuring a Corolla. It tends to appear between the longer programs. Oh, yes, that's it. It's called an advert.
  11. Depends on what type of fixing it is - plastic kick-panel screws either pull out with a bit of force applied, or you turn them 90 degrees to release them.
  12. I'll bring my barbeque and some charcoal down and leave it for TOC/LOC use over the weekend. Someone will have to look after it (stop it wandering away during the night, never to be seen again) as I won't be staying overnight, but as long as I get it back on Sunday you're welcome to use it. Nick
  13. I saw that, but what is it? A website? What's the URL?
  14. Steve, where/how did you get the piccy?
  15. Hi. Welcome to TOC. Are you sure there is no manual?- mine was hidden away in the middle of the owners handbook. If it really is missing (why is it missing?) then try Toyota dealership - ask them nicely and you may get it for free. Meanwhile, if you have any questions regarding using the system, just post them on TOC. Nick
  16. TOC/LOC went down just now - I was afraid I was going to have to do some work :( . Thank god it came back quickly before I was able to get anything meaningful done .
  17. It's true about the Gatso cameras. Also watch out for those sets of two cameras a mile apart that average your speed between them - they look just like traffic control cameras! Unfortunately, Northampton seems to the testbed for any new speed restriction systems, and it can cost you a :censor: fortune if you drive in the county. Note that the locals tend not to get caught (much) anymore - it's mostly visitors accustomed to the more liberal interpretation of the traffic laws by the rest of GB rather than the literal interpretation invoked here.
  18. Sounds like you did the right thing with your satnav then. Seems like we're getting a bum deal in the UK. Are you going to JAE? I would like to see the TNS300 in action.
  19. As Billing Aquadrome is primarily a family campsite, I don't think they would approve of any tyre-smoking activities. A couple of years ago there was a 'meet' in Northampton and a young lad (spectator) got very seriously injured after some pillock went racing and lost control of his car. I don't think the local boys in blue would be too impressed, let alone the locals. Nick
  20. NickE

    Seat Belt Help

    All right then, you've woken me up from a state of apathy. The answer is...... I don't know. Sorry :(
  21. Tony, Did you get the TNS300 as an upgrade option? My Previa is newer than yours yet only has the TNS200. Unfortunately I can't enter co-ordinates. Nick
  22. NickE

    Tns 300

    Hello and welcome both of you. Please let us know what you drive (in your signature), and where you are (fill in the location in your details). It all helps. Torpet, you should be able to get an instruction book, for free if you ask nicely, from your local friendly Toyota dealership. Robert, I'm not sure exactly what information you are after regarding the '...built in description...' but again, your Toyota dealer should be able to tell you the latest version of the software. Nick
  23. Great response, Colin. And welcome to TOC. Is your garage a Toyota specialist, or do you just own a Toyota yourself? What have you got? Nick
  24. NickE

    Brake Wear

    Dealership has today skimmed front discs and fitted new brake pads, all under warranty. Washed the car as well - saved me a job there. I'm satisfied now. Nick
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