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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Wanting to buy an Aristo ?... All the info you need Reply with quote

ok, this thread is for all the Newbie people joining the forum who are either looking to buy or new owners who are looking to find out a little more about their ride

Models - JZS147 Toyota Aristo's - Built from 1991 to August 1997

There were 3 models available, all denoting different engine types but all being AUTO, no manual available. There was no special version available, basically you could choose what engine and what specs you wanted. Some of which include, sunroof, floor mats, LSD, TV player, subwoofer, Air purifier, CD stacker, Leather, windsheild protectors etc. There were several colours available, black, silver, dark blue, two tone white over silver, and white. Black is the most favourite and most common

There is 2 shapes to the 147 range, series 1 and series 2 with the change happening around mid 95 (?? unsure). There wasnt a whole lot that changed but the way to tell is by the rear bumper and light set up, with series 2 being a little bigger bulge in the rear.

Series 1



Series 2




3.0V - 3.0lt Inline 6 cyl Sequential twin turbo 2JZGTE engine.

This is the most common model available found in the aristo, it is also the fastest with a stock 3.0V pulling mid to high 14 sec 1/4mile times. This engine was first debut in the aristo before being put into the JZA80 Supra. These engines can handle around 500-800hp on a stock bottom end. They are very strong and take well to mods. Check out www.supraforums.com to see some big HP 2jz engines.

Engine Specs - http://www.turbosupras.com/pages/en/pages/specifications/JZA80/jza80.htm

3.0Q - 3.0lt non turbo inline 6cyl 2JZGE engine. This is a good motor, albeit the least powerful it still has good pickup and drive. People have put turbos on these engines with some success. see www.supraforums.com.au for some 400hp+ NA-T Supra's running same engine

i-Four
- 4.0lt Quad Cam V8 1UZFE engine. This is the rarest of all Aristo's. The V8 came out in various other models but in the Aristo is put with the i-FOUR 4WD system. Not very much is known about the 4wd but www.toymods.net would be a good place to look. The 4wd system does help with off the line take off but not having the outright power as the 3.0V has, it isnt as fast down the strip.

The below link is to a Members FOR Sale thread for his i-Four V8

http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1973


Iam looking to buy?.... what do i need to look out for ?

Generally speaking they are a pretty good car for reliability. The Engine and gearbox are very strong. General maintenance is key like every car, if its been serviced regularly and looked after then it should be fine. Get an inspection to find any niggling problems

- Ball Joints - most common problem, if car is lowered and an early model then its most likely they will be rooted. There was a factory recall for early models around 94-95 to rectify the problem and cars with this are denoted by a yellow dot on the strut tower... See this thread. http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=307

- Window Regulators - Also with older models they will go, the whole assembly will need to be replaced which are usually a few hunded $$

Should i import one or buy one locally ?

This is entirely personal preference. There are good and bad points to both.

- Importing - Generally alot cheaper to buy, you can pick one up for $10k + compliance and on roads. Compliance will usually go for around $2500 to $4000 depending on if anything needs to be fixed, but has been known to go above $5000. With this you can get an aristo very cheap, but be prepared to wait for it !! as importing is a slow process and you could have to wait 4 months + from initial payment for your ride.

- Local Cars - You have the chance to look over the car in person, even take it for a drive, however they are alot more expensive, running from $16k to $24k depending on condition, age and specs.

What do i do for Insurance ?

- http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93

Generally speaking if you are between the ages of 18-25 you are going to get reamed hard for more than $1000 a year. See the link for some insurance companies available.

Servicing Parts

- see this thread for 100,000km parts http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1324

If there is anything else, please add to this, i no doubt have forgotten something Smile

Also, please use the search function, there is heaps of info going around here Smile[/b]
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are some pics of aristo's











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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome work Rob Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great write up!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers, took a while to write :p

figured we didn't have a thread for new people with most info they ask when they join up Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you guys recommend an import broker to import an Aristo for myself?
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have just signed up to the forums and this has been really helpful already Smile Am looking to buy an Aristo in the near future.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dim51m wrote:
Can you guys recommend an import broker to import an Aristo for myself?


there are a few... Aaron from www.rampant.net.au can import one for you, i know he imported Mal's 97 and he is happy with that, and ive delt with him and had no probs Smile

- http://ironchefimports.com/site/ - Iron Chef Imports.....few guys have had good deals with them on toymods

- http://www.j-spec.com.au/ - J-Spec..... Some people have had good deals with them........but have a wide selection to browse through

- http://imports101.com.au/index.php - Imports101.....located in WA...

there are more, but i cant recall em right now....someone will no doubt post em up....

Just beware that importing can be risky.....so take your time to find the right one Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some documentation which may be useful to potential owners:

http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=247
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: Wanting to buy an Aristo ?... All the info you need Reply with quote

Generally speaking they are a pretty good car for reliability. The Engine and gearbox are very strong. General maintenance is key like every car, if its been serviced regularly and looked after then it should be fine. Get an inspection to find any niggling problems

- Ball Joints - most common problem, if car is lowered and an early model then its most likely they will be rooted. There was a factory recall for early models around 94-95 to rectify the problem and cars with this are denoted by a yellow dot on the strut tower... See this thread. http://www.jzs147.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?t=307

- Window Regulators - Also with older models they will go, the whole assembly will need to be replaced which are usually a few hunded $$
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There are a few other common problems to be noted:

Radiator tank is prone to cracking - which could also lead to a cracked head so something to look out for when buying.

Brake booster nitrogen accumulator tends to need to be recharged - so if buying a car with a warranty if booster pump cuts in and out on every brake application take it back

Harmonic balancers are prone to coming apart.

I'm sure there are a few more - if anyone has anything to add it all will help!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enyala wrote:
Have just signed up to the forums and this has been really helpful already Smile Am looking to buy an Aristo in the near future.

Laynie

Yeah me too. Thanks for the info. This forum is really well set up. Very Happy
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