Sunday, July 3, 2011

Guest Post From A Reader

This is the first guest post from a reader. He shared with me his joy of how he managed to use the information I posted in this blog to help him to find his giant. I have edited some contents to protect the identity of the reader.

Dear Nighto Chan

Hi there! I’m Azlan from Tronoh, Perak!

My family and I would like to record my utmost appreciation to you as you’re my numero uno source of information when we decided to purchase the Giant!

We’ve take possession of the Giant recently on 28 June 2011. As you can see from the smiling face of my wife lovely wife, we’re definitely going to enjoy the Giant.

Over here is a picture of me together with the owner of the shop and my second youngest children.

I bought the Giant from Ah Bee from K. S. Used Car at Jalan Pasir Puteh, Ipoh.

My son and I posing beside the Giant in front of the shop before driving off to our home in Tronoh.

The Giant is a 2006 2.4L NFL Alphard V, first registered at Nagoya with a registration number “NAGOYA 399 ME 3019” in June 2006 with a serial number of ANH10-xxxxxxxx.

It is a DBA-ANH10W Model with a 2AZ engine with 8 seats. According to the Export Certificate issued by the Japanese Authority, it has clocked 98,100 km as at 21 June 2009 The funny thing is that the current trip meter clocked about 35,484 km, as at 14 June 2011.

The Giant reached in January 2011 with an AP from Sarawak.

Before confirming the purchase of the Giant, it was inspected by my respected and trusted mechanic Ah Foh at Tronoh.

The following pictures are taken during the inspection of the Giant by my mechanic. After checking Ah Foh recommended that the Giant to be fitted with a set of new tires for all four of them.

The right hand side of the Giant.

The left-hand side of the Giant.

The HU is not original and the Giant is not fitted with sonar sensor.

The Giant has only “Power Door Off” switch, though it has multi function steering.

The Giant has only “Left Power Door” switch.

My Giant Dash Board.
The rear end of my Giant.

That’s all from us at Tronoh.
Please feel free to share any tips and advice to us from time to time.

Nevertheless up till today, I’m not quite sure what is the exact model of my Giant either AXS or AXL. (Edit. I think this is an AX model based on the spec listed)

Another thing is that could you please direct me on how to change the middle seat so that they can face the third row seat.

Thank you once again for keeping the blog alive.

Best regards

Tronoh, Perak


  1. hi bro nighto chan..nice 2 hv u back with happy story like our bro azlan fm Tapah n congrats 2 him oso...btw myb u might recommend him 2 join us at AOC...d more d merrier..probably will be 1st member fm Tapah to join the Northern chapter..he3...'nway back 2 his giant features...doesn't reverse sensor/sonar come standard in our giant even for a basic AX/AXL specs??..cos v hd a newbie in AOC forum recently who claimed hvin bought a 2006 NFL but oso din hv reverse sensor/sonar...tq - afo

  2. hi bro chan nice 2 c ur blog come online again, keep it up..n bro azlan congrats on gettin a nice giant..come join us in AOC 2 share more..'nyway bro chan doesn't reverse sensor comes as stndard even in a basic AX model?..tq - afo

  3. congrats with your new ride bro.... nice and clean AX alphard u have there...btw i just want to know how much is your alphard? tanx

  4. Hi, would just like to know what is the average fuel consumption for the 2.4 model from all alphard owners. Pls state it in km/l.


    1. I was doing about 9km/l to 10km/l depending how heavy is my foot. Given that the 2.4L engine is slightly under-power for a car of the size of Alphard, it is not expected to have very economical fuel consumption

  5. Hello,
    i been reading ur blog awhile... u stated that u could go up genting with 2.4L.... but u never stated the load condition... Can an Alphard with 7 adult go up genting easily on a 2.4L model?

    Hope to hear from u.
    Kent Wong.

    1. The first time I went up was with 3 adults. The second time was with 5 adults and 2 kids. I have not tried with 7 adults. Please update here if you did.


  6. hi there nighto chan,
    can i have your advice on alphard that i'm about to buy?? i tried searching your email in your blog but couldn't find it. Really appreciate your advice on this. You can email me at


    1. Hi Soffuan,

      Sorry for the late response. I hope you have found your giant.

      My contact is


  7. Very Informative blog u have there!
    It do help me a lot in choosing and differentiating Toyota Alphard, since my dad is looking for 1 recently.

    Thanks. =)
    Do visit my blog, its about car too.

    1. I have make several posts on the different between various Alphard model in this blog. Hope you find them useful.

      I love to visit your blog if you leave a URL here!

  8. Im so hapy knowing someone that gain the info from your blog and at the end buying d giant. How helpfull your blog Chan, helping others. Hopefully can hear more post from u, since quite a while i didnt read new posting. :)

    1. I am glad to hear that you found what you are looking for. That's the objective of me starting the blog and I hope it serve it purpose.

      I have moved on in life so I don't blog that often now.


  9. Hi,

    In Japan, many interior features are not standard on basic AX/AXL spec. It is up to the original owner to choose which features to be fitted into his car when he make the order.

    I have seen many AX/AXL comes without the reverse sensor/sonar sensor. That's why I recommend in my post that potential buyer should choose one that comes with this basic feature when they buy their giant. However to some owner, this feature may not be important for them so they forgo the feature.

    It also created a niche for many workshop here as they can sell various after market optin to cater for these owner needs.