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Hi everyone!

I'm looking at purchasing a new family bus soon, and the alphard is on the short list ๐Ÿ˜Šย 

I don't know a huge amount about them, so thought I'd join, and learn the ropes as it were.ย 

I've had an Elgrand in the past, and for the most part I really liked it.....kinda. It seemed a bit flimsy tho. And Nissan dealers don't want to know you if your driving a jap import it seems.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 

We like cars that are different, but need at least 6 seats. We've previously had a disco v8 (fuel economy was woeful tho, when it was over fuelling due to an electronic problem it got 100 miles to ยฃ100 of petrol! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ)ย the aforementioned Elgrand, and currently got a 1994 Isuzu bighorn jap import. And if Toyotas customer care is anything like Isuzus the I'll be happy. My local dealer can always get any bits I need to fix my truck, straight from Japan.ย 

Thanks for reading this boring essay, any advice, hints or tips or even just a wave is welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

Ian ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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We have a 3.0l v6 and get around 18 - 30 mpg fantastic vehicles.

We had an estima before and this blows it out of the water.ย 

Things to consider.ย 

Find a good dealer (or import yourself) then get the following works done.


Full service including (cam, water pump and filters)

optional (new head unit) though i've stuck the same one as i dont see a point changing it.


Otherwise they do not need much looking after and are fantastic vehicles. same engine as the RS300 lexus so mechanics can work on the them easily.

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