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    These Alphards are a nice VIP ride when done right IMHO based on many an airport and cross border trip. They are roomy, comfortable and can take 12 pieces of luggage and 7 passengers.

    The specs are a 3liter 220HP 1MZ engine or a smaller 2.4liter160HP 2AZ (do not bother is my impression). I just wish they had 280BHP and wonder if there is a 1MZ super or turbo kit.

    They are heavy at like 1990kg with 4WD but less than the Nissan Elgrand. I would say a drop on springs or coils is a must for decent handling.

    Any thoughts guys?



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    Looks like someone shrunk a tour bus and put the grill of a cadillac on it, and it looks to me like it's not going any lower than what it is, unless you want to start tucking tires. I do have to agree that it's a little under powered. If I had to pick only one way of tuning I would go with a super over a turbo. Hauling that much weight around would need the low end that a turbo just wouldn't be able to do.

    Because it's just not an STI without a slightly ridiculous wing on the back

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    That is one of the funniest descriptions I have heard friend and yet it is both funny and accurate lol. These vehicles have more appeal in person and it's not only that but they are just so practical. My wife hates the headlights in these types of vans though lol.

    The example I posted is already lowered plus it has larger rims and a bodykit and it would be low enough for me but I'd want stiffer suspension for sure.

    I was reading and the 2AZ engine is used in the Camry and Scion and they do have turbo kits for them but that could be expensive and painful. How much boost would it take to get from 160HP to 280+ and can the engine take it on stock internals? Some have turbo'd their 1MZ engines but there are no plug and play systems at all for the 1MZ I could find. And have never read about a supercharger unfortunately and I agree it would be ideal.



    Does anyone have any other ideas for similar vans with more power?
    The Elgrand weights more but I believe has 260HP but for so much weight I'd really like at least 280BHP in a van like this.
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    I've just bought an 05 Alphard, with the 3L 1MZ, 129k km, dual power sliders, dual sunroof, 7 seater, power curtains, DVD, ect.
    Looking at them, they will be an awesome family mover, just gotta wait for it to arrive, they're still in process of booking it, bought it through BeForward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukes25 View Post
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    I've just bought an 05 Alphard, with the 3L 1MZ, 129k km, dual power sliders, dual sunroof, 7 seater, power curtains, DVD, ect.
    Looking at them, they will be an awesome family mover, just gotta wait for it to arrive, they're still in process of booking it, bought it through BeForward
    Congrats Nukes, keep us updated. I have seen many Alphard's, Estima's and other VIP people movers around. They are a very practical vehicle and now with 2008 approaching we can have the more VIP and high powered models with the same 2GR-FE that the 2006+ Estima's have.

    Another option we have considered is the newer 2006+ Estima's as they have the 280BHP 3.5L (2GR-FE) and some have the separate seats in the middle which recline and can be moved all the way to the back of the vehicle if the third row seats are folded into the boot.

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    Thanks, yeah, can't wait for it to arrive, I looked them over at LinkRides in Surrey the week I ordered mine, should work perfectly as family mover.
    I was thinking of holding off till 08's are available, was going to go for a vellfire, but price is a fair bit higher on those units

    my van is booked now, leaving Japan this week, due in mid nov

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