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Old 17 September 2007, 17:23   #1
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Hi guys

I'm thinking of getting a Toyota amazon.

Has anyone any experience of one?

any downside?

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any downside?
Yeh, if your a dealer you don't get to sell many spares.
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Had 2, good tanks, had 1 manual and 1 auto both diesel. They do what they say on the box. My advice is the auto though.
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Had 2, good tanks, had 1 manual and 1 auto both diesel. They do what they say on the box. My advice is the auto though.
Yep agree, I had the Petrol V8 and one hell of an awesome vehicle, massive too!!
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Yep agree, I had the Petrol V8 and one hell of an awesome vehicle, massive too!!
It was the massive bit thats the pain over here with our tiny green lanes with 15mph limits, so hence the smaller 3 series bm for me. get out the way quicker too.
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Hi Ezgoing

I have driven Amazons for the last 10 years and they have proven to be a fantastic tow vehicle ( 6.5 Redbay), reliable (155k miles on current Toyota), relatively economical (23 miles /gallon) and very comfortable.
The downside as you probably know, in Ireland, the price is €125k + , the road tax is €1343.00 unless you go to a commercial type. Servicing can be expensive ( 5000 miles).

To tow your Redbay and use as everyday transport I would recommend a 2/3 year old Amazon. Toyota are introducing a new Amazon early next year.

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I was only days away from putting a deposit on a six month old one when I was made redundant two years ago.

I did a lot of research and discovered that a post Nov 04 spec diesel gives better fuel economy etc following some minor changes to the fueling system and ECU.

I'm currently trying to find a way to come up with the cash to try again.

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I've got one. Had it since new 3 years ago. Super car. Great for towing. Raise the suspension for launching. TV camera for connecting. Great for long journeys.

Only downside is parking because it is so huge.
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Had 3 4.2 TD Auto Amazons over the last 4 years (had the smaller Landcruiser LC5 for the last year). Before that I had a Range Rovers. The main difference is you can walk towards an Amazon knowing it will a) It will start b) It will get to the destination without anything breaking down or off !

Having said that there was a run of Amazons I think in 2004/5 that had issues with the active suspension developing a mind of its own - I had it happen twice and they had to change out all the sensors (they tried to get away with just changing one to begin with) but when it happened again I referred them to the Toyota Tech Bulletin which advised dealers to replace all of them. Watch out for this as it was around £1000 if outside of warranty ! Wasn't much fun kangarooing down the M3 towing a trailer !

I think the 2004 later model introduced the rear view camera system which made hitching up a dream ! Towed my 2 ton rig a dream.

I miss the larger 4.2 engine compared to the 3.0 diesel in my LC5 although the replacement LC5 I get on Monday has an uprated version of the 3.0 so I'll see what difference it makes. Not much difference in fuel economy between the 4.2 and 3.0 but I drive with a very heavy right foot which won't help !

The wife prefers the opening door at the rear of the LC5 as it makes it easier to reach further in to the load space (but more of a pain for the door to clear the bow of the boat)

I believe the replacement for the Amazon will actually be a Lexus and not available through Toyota Dealers.

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