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    #51
    hehehe otep is right ;) until there is data(from a credible source) to help support the claim, its as good as everyone else's opinion.

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    #52
    Hope to read ur expert opinion and expertise, which is best APV vs Avanza in respect to their FC?

    Quote Originally Posted by OTEP View Post
    I'll just say it again. The COG of the APV is not that high off the ground as all the heavy bits are underneath the vehicle. Considering the hood is almost to my chest already, there's virtually nothing in the 'engine compartment'. The engine is set low (and a bit on its side making it even lower) at knee level. Just as high as you'd find in your average sedan. Heavy bits like the frame, suspension, tranny, etc. are all set low (lower than say your average 4x2 pick up). About the only thing mounted high is the greenhouse.

    And since the vehicle was never tested by the NHTSA, no one will really know if it will pass their crash standards. However, from an equipment standpoint, it will not comply (just like most local vehicles). The absence of side marker lamps alone is in violation of Federal standards. Just the same, the Avanza is also not NHTSA-approved and is also a rolling list of Fedral violations. So I guess its even-steven. It would not be proper to simply judge a vehicle as unsafe just because it is not sold in the USDM. Toyota Fortuners, Toyota Innovas, Nissan Patrols, Nissan Mistrals, etc. are also not sold in the USDM and are pretty much in non-compliance with FMVSS.

    The Nissan Vanette, Mitsubishi L300 [star wagon body], along with other forward control vans did pass Federal standards at the time of their sale in the USDM. However, I still don't regard them as being 'safer' than other vehicles on the road.

    The Samurai complied with all pertinent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in enforcement during the time of its sale. It was Consumer Reports Magazine who kept declaring it 'Unacceptable' along with the Isuzu Trooper/Acura SLX and the Mitsubishi Montero. Slow sales and newer regulations were what took it off the market. It would have been too expensive to reengineer the Samurai considering the relatively low volumes it has always sold (it was a niche market vehicle) in the U.S.

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    #53
    These two vehicles have their respective threads where owners have posted their FC computations. You can use the search function to look for the APV and Avanza threads. AFAIK, they are both in the Diesel Forum. The Avanza should eek out more kms/L. But then again, it is a smaller vehicle with less passenger capacity and payload than the bigger APV. Better to choose one that will fit your usage the best.

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    #54
    gd morning po sa lahat....tanong lang po sa mga naka-avanza na naka-byahe na sa NLEX at SLEX; hindi po ba mahirap i-control yung sasakyan pag pinipinahan ng bus o malalaking sasakyan??? ito po ang common sa mga maliliit na sasakyan at mga van type vehicle d po ba??? minus point po ba ito sa avanza???

    salanmat po at more power po ulit sa tsikoteers...

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    gd morning po sa lahat....tanong lang po sa mga naka-avanza na naka-byahe na sa NLEX at SLEX; hindi po ba mahirap i-control yung sasakyan pag pinipinahan ng bus o malalaking sasakyan??? ito po ang common sa mga maliliit na sasakyan at mga van type vehicle d po ba??? minus point po ba ito sa avanza???

    salanmat po at more power po ulit sa tsikoteers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisplegaspi View Post
    gd morning po sa lahat....tanong lang po sa mga naka-avanza na naka-byahe na sa NLEX at SLEX; hindi po ba mahirap i-control yung sasakyan pag pinipinahan ng bus o malalaking sasakyan??? ito po ang common sa mga maliliit na sasakyan at mga van type vehicle d po ba??? minus point po ba ito sa avanza???

    salanmat po at more power po ulit sa tsikoteers...
    Ako ay naka J na Avanza. 1.3 ang engine. DOHC and VVTi ito kay may kalakasan pero matipid.

    SLEX ako lagi (almost every day) ang so far 2x na round trip sa NLEX. Sa SLEX 2 or 3 lang kami ang sakay. Wala naman problem sa mga bus or truck sa mabibilis (dahil kasi na mabilis din ako?). Wala akong problem sa control.

    Tulad sa mga car, pag super bagal ka or nakahinto, mararamdaman mo ang hangin pag dumaan sila ng mabilis. Pero pag tumatakbo. OK naman. For me hindi sila minus point.

    Ang napakalaking advantage ng maliit na sasakya ay sa traffic. Madaling makaliko and madaling isingit.

    I may be wrong, I think the APV is heavier than the Avanza. So mas stable ito dahil sa bigat nya.
    Last edited by meledson; October 10th, 2007 at 11:28 AM.

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    #57
    I own an APV M/T before, then sold it to buy an Avanza 1.3. Both cars have their pluses and minuses. I'm more satisfied with my Avanza in terms of dual aircon blower, fuel consumption and driving with ease. APV is more spacious and better interior. Avanza w/ a 1.3L engine seems more powerful than the 1.6L of APV, maybe because of the body weight. But both are bumpy.

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    #58
    Pag medyo malalaki kayong pamilya (mabigat, matatangkad at more than 5), the APV would be better than the Avanza. Dyahe lang yung walang rear aircon yung APV sa mga GA at GL model ng APV. I think fuel consumption will drive some people off from choosing an APV (hell, I almost looked away); but in the end, I chose comfort for my family kaya APV pinili ko.

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    #59
    I was able to seat 8 adult people comfortably sa Avanza J ko. 2 sa harap, 3 sa middle and 3 sa 3rd row seat. No problem for the engine, pero ramdam mo na loaded ka. Di naman sumayad ang suspension.

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    #60
    Kami naman, we tested out a friend's Avanza on a long road trip. It wasn't comfortable kasi medyo masikip for us, pero manageable. If you have kids, alam mo na madami kayong gamit (lalo na pag may baby) ranging from clothes, toys (bisikleta ba naman ipapadala) and even your own bags. Kaya mabuti at dala ko pamilya ng tumitingin sa showroom ng Suzuki at Toyota. Nothing beats filling that showroom model with those gonna use it and getting info from them pagdating sa space. Pakabit lang rear aircon sa APV na manual transmission, OK na sa kanila.

    Isa pang dyahe naman sa APV yung medyo uncomfortable na flooring ng driver's side coz the wheel well mostly eats up the space where the foot pedals are located. Wearing a "bulky" shoe is not adviseable.

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