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By Shane D
I have a 2004 V6 front wheel drive Estima and whoever owned it in Japan lowered it and put coil over (?) suspension on. OK for very smooth freeways but I live in northern NSW where the roads are rubbish and the suspension is totally inappropriate. I want to purchase and fit standard suspension but can't seem to find anyone who can give me spring sizes, part numbers or information that may help me locate a set here in Australia. A spring manufacturer up the coast said they could manufacture new ones but would need the car for a week and charge a small fortune to replace. Can anyone tell me if Tarago springs are the same? Failing that does anyone have any suggestions on where to get advice or where I may get a set.
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?
Well, number 3 arrived so a "normal" car won't do anymore. Picked up this very tidy Estima S Package van recently.. We decided to go for the pilot seat middle row so the kids could get through to the back set without having to worry about flipping the seat forward. Also gives us the ability to fold away the 3rd row and use the middle as recliners on long trips without the kids (unlikely to happen! :) )
Twin electric doors Auto park feature AFS lights (change direction with steering?) Panoramic Sound System (with rear monitor) Factory 18" wheels Just picked up a full english manual for it from the JPNZ site, $50 well spent.
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