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JadedJane

Estima 4wd - should I buy

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Good morning and thank you for the ad to this forum.

I am looking to buy a second hand Estima - quite a few for sale with km's around the 80,000km - I figured that is a good time to ship them from Japan. I am looking at this car as I want a people mover that can also work(I do a renovation a year)  and tow my old lady (vintage caravan) with ease. 

I figured the 4wd would be stronger and less likely to struggle when fully loaded and have to tow.  I have never owned a Toyota before but everyone goes on about it being the most reliable vehicle around.

My questions are:

1. 4WD - is this a good choice?

> any known issues?

> anything I should check before going ahead?

2. Is this a good towing vehicle?

3. Cost of service?

> anything I should expect to have to replace in the next 10,000km?

4. The car I'm looking at has 74,000km and is a 2004 Estima Aeras Auto 4WD

> anything particular I should know about this type of car?

> any particular test/check I should do before buying?

> what kind of live span should I expect to get out of this car?

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