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Hi, 

 

I'm new to the forum and would like to know which Alphard variant I should be trying to find. 

 

Which is the most reliable and best fuel consumption. There is the 2.4, 3.0 and which generation before 2009 or after 2009? 90% of the time this will be used as a family car doing short runs.

 

My budget is max £10k. I am looking for a comfy 7 seater Toyota.

 

 

 

Also I previously owned a Hilux 3.0d4d auto. Does an Alphard have similar reliability?

 

 

thank you

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4 hours ago, justin_n said:

Hi, 

 

I'm new to the forum and would like to know which Alphard variant I should be trying to find. 

 

Which is the most reliable and best fuel consumption. There is the 2.4, 3.0 and which generation before 2009 or after 2009? 90% of the time this will be used as a family car doing short runs.

 

My budget is max £10k. I am looking for a comfy 7 seater Toyota.

 

 

 

Also I previously owned a Hilux 3.0d4d auto. Does an Alphard have similar reliability?

 

 

thank you

 

Hi Justin,

 

Welcome to the Forum.

 

What is known as the Gen 1 ran from 2003 to July 2008, with a facelifted upgrade in 2005.

Several cosmetic changes were implemented. The gearbox of the 3 litre was increased from 4 to 5 speeds.

I think the 2.4 remained 4 speed.

 

Gen 2 from 2008 to 2015 is a very similar vehicle but with different body panels, seats and larger engines.

I believe there was a facelift in 2011.

 

Seven seaters are available in both models.

 

There are not many Gen 3 vehicles around yet, so my comments do not refer to that model.

 

Being a Toyota, all Alphards and Vellfires, imho, are equally reliable. Whether that is better, or worst, than a Hilux I have no idea !

 

At your budget you should have a large choice of Gen 1 vans, and some early Gen 2 ones too (just).

There are all petrol, no diesels. Quiet and vibration free (almost).

 

I feel sure you'll receive many other opinions from experienced users.

 

Good Luck.

 

 

The only concern some owners have about the 3 litre V6 is the cams are belt driven. The other engines are chain driven

 

 

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As Rojie has stated above, although the 3.0L has a cam belt the engine is a non interference so if the belt should go west there will be no damage to valves/piston heads. Fuel consumption depends on your driving style and there is very little difference between the 2.4 or 3.0 but as a family car doing short runs the 2.4L would better suited

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