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entwistlea
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Model and year : 1996 Super Custom Ltd. 3.0 TDI EFI
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PostSubject: Buyers Guide   Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:41 pm

Admin et all....

Is it worth us combining our joint experiance and knowledge of our wonderful Aces into a buyers guide post to help potential buyers. Try to collate some of the more common issues we all know off?

What do y'all think ?
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AussieQ
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:37 am

Damn fine idea
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:26 pm

What a good idea...I'll make a sticky where thinks to look out for can be posted.
Please hold caller !

Phew. i'm back...You have now been made imortal and will stay here at the top (unitl a better idea comes along Smile

Please everyone reading this add in any worthwhile advice for a new person buying an ace. cheers
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entwistlea
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Model and year : 1996 Super Custom Ltd. 3.0 TDI EFI
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:24 pm

OK, and feel free to ammend this guys, but from reading through i think these are some of the things to look for

Engine - Pourous heads on the 2.8 and 2.5 and head gasket failure. the 3.0l isn't prone to this. Don't think its massively common and most problems would be sorted, but worth checking compression and the oil for any water ingress.

By now, most are old enough to need new shocks and the TEMS shocks are pretty pricey, however the standard shocks fit and are probably as good as a set of tems....

Heard problems with the mechanism inside the rear tailgate breaking, its a small plastic part, not expensive, but its a pain to get entry to release the tailgate to sort it, so worth making sure it works ok.

Heater control valve in the rear cab is prone to sticking, this is due to lack of use. Often what people think is faulty A/C at the back is just this. Possible to free up, but need to drain cooling system.When filling cooling system, make sure rear valves are open, otherwise good chance of air block in system.

Digital fuel gauge, will fool you into thinking you can do a million miles on a tank, hardly moves for first 2 bars, then dissapears quicker than Paul Daniels Rabbit... they all do it, its normal !!!

Trim is hard to come by ( in the UK at least), so if its important make sure its all there, but most parts are a lot easier to find than people think. A lot of the mechanical is shared with the Surf or the standard van and UK dealers can still source parts, and a lot cheaper than expected, in fact its worth checking with toyota before a specialist.

MPG depends on the foot ( obviously), 30 - 32 is attainable, but a heavy foot or travelling over 70mph will drop this down....

Not aware of any common electrical faults, but if the A/C isn't charged then the fridge / cooling box won't cool.

Oil change every 5000 miles reccomended


I'm sure there must be more, i'll add it if i think of it, there's plenty more knowledge within these here walls..... Feel free to correct me if i've got anything wrong....



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chrisandhiace
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Model and year : LH 107 4wd 1992
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:02 am

+ check the inner bottom of the tailgate for rust/rot.
Also due to age check all rubber hoses and bushes...cost of replacing can mount up.
Look for evidence of coolant/ head problems....has it been chucking coolant out the expansion tank?...a flat out 1/2 hour motorway run will help put mind at ease
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Model and year : LH100G 1992 2.4 EFi turbo
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:12 am

chrisandhiace wrote:
+ check the inner bottom of the tailgate for rust/rot.
Also due to age check all rubber hoses and bushes...cost of replacing can mount up.
Look for evidence of coolant/ head problems....has it been chucking coolant out the expansion tank?...a flat out 1/2 hour motorway run will help put mind at ease

Water coming out of expansion tank eh? Well thats exactly what happened to mine in Frankfurt. Please tell me more... Gasket blew in the end, its on a transporter now coming home.

Admin sorry its of topic for this thread. Please move it if need be.
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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:10 am

Yes, you need a sustained fast run for it to show well.....tootling aroung with alternating revs helps some of the air/gas pressure purge out (alternating pressure)...hiding the problem.....sustained high revs just allows the air/gas to continue building and building until affraid cherry Thats when you get towed home Sad
A slight leak at the head can still be useable locally for short trips...but it only gets worse and becomes apparent on long/holiday runs...


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PostSubject: Re: Buyers Guide   Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:11 am

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