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Old 08-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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New Toyota Platform?

I didn't know these existed, might be an interesting platform for a camper conversion. And slightly more pleasing on the eyes than the Nissan NV.


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Old 08-06-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: New Toyota Platform?

Bulletproof as a Toyota is, I don't think it looks as good as a Sprinter, but that's just my opinion.
The big question is, What is it? as in, What is it called?


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Old 08-06-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Re: New Toyota Platform?

The one I saw a few months ago had Mexico plates on it.

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Old 08-06-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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Re: New Toyota Platform?

It is clear to me now that the new generation of automotive design people took all of their influence from cartoons... SpongeBob SquarePants or whatever have ya'. That thing is just as ugly as a Nissan and uglier than anything put out by Chrysler or AMC in the mid seventies. Why do these new "vans" have to have these ridiculous swollen foreheads on them. My dang eyes are bleeding
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Re: New Toyota Platform?

lol that is up there with the ugliest vans ive seen but as it is toyota its going to run forever i just sold my 96 tacoma that had 375,000 miles with no work done just maintance. oil, air filter, ect...
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:00 PM   #6
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Re: New Toyota Platform?

It's a hi-ace. For non-US/Canada markets only.

They are fuel efficient, but slow and don't handle great. Worse part is the ride. I get car-sick in the driver's seat.

The new Hi-Ace's are pretty nice are far as interior go. But there's only so much you can do for the ride when you sit in front of the axle. (I can't stand driving cabover trucks for the same reason).

I used to have an old Hi-Ace. It got great gas mileage, and it fit in the back of my Weekend Warrior trailer with room to spare. But it did not have enough traction in the rain to get up the ramp, so it would require about a 50' running start, and hitting the brakes before landing, to avoid crashing into the kitchen.

I called it the "Afgani-van"

PS: 0-60 happened in minutes, and that was only on flat ground or downhill. Top speed was about 68 on flat ground, pedal to the floor (which is where it spent most of my commute).

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