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Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Post Abuja Jobs Here by bravolad(m): 2:33pm On Jul 22
Job Title: Human Resources Officer

Locations: Lagos & Awka
One for each location

Job Summary
The HR Officer will develop, advice and implement policies relating to the effective use of staff in the company. He/she will work closely with the HR & Admin Manager in managing all aspects of the HR function.

Responsibilities
• In conjunction with HR Manager, Develop HR planning strategies which considers immediate and long-term staff requirements
• Constantly update attendance on the HRIS system
• Recruit staff – this includes developing job descriptions and person specifications, preparing job adverts, checking application forms, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates
• Manage leave calendars (sick, compassionate & annual leave) by ensuring data is appropriately captured on the ERP
• Support the development & implementation of HR initiatives & systems including HMO relationships, pensions and benefits administration
• Maintain employee records (attendance, Equal Employment Opportunity EEO data etc.) according to Company policy and legal requirements
• Ensure recruitment and on-boarding are in line with the company policies, global best practice and regulatory requirements
• Facilitate an effective internal communication between management and all staff
• Provide counseling on policies and procedures to all staff
• Drive manpower planning and resourcing in line the company’s strategic objectives
• Liaise with HR Manager to ensure the implementation of an effective performance management system and career development
• Develop and implement policies on issues such as working conditions, performance management, disciplinary procedures and absence management
• Ensure that staff get paid correctly and on a timely basis by making sure that attendance is promptly updated on the ERP system
• Assist line managers to understand & implement policies and procedures and ensuring timely resolution of disputes & grievances among employees in line with the company’s policies
• Planning, and sometimes delivering, training, including inductions for new staff
• Analyze training needs in conjunction with line managers.

Minimum Educational Qualification
First degree in Human Resources Management, Social Sciences, Arts or any related field
Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM) is an advantage
2-3 Years Human Resources Experience

Skills required
• Well-developed critical and analytical thinking
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Good understanding of HR processes
• Business awareness and management skills
• Effective listening
• Calm and strong orientation towards employee& customer support and responsiveness
• Effective team player
• IT and numeracy skills, with strong IT skills required for managing computerized payroll and benefits systems
• Ability to analyze, interpret and explain employment law

Application Closing Date Wednesday July 28th 2021
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter as follows:
Lagos: jobs@wincofoam.com
Phone number: 07058354529

Awka: career@wincofoam.com & Copy winco.awka@yahoo.com using the job title & location as subject of the email.
Phone number: 08068970870
Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Jobs/Vacancies / HR Officer - Awka & Lagos by bravolad(m): 10:33am On Jul 15
Job Title: HR Officer

Location: Lagos & Awka

Job Summary
The HR Officer will develop, advice and implement policies relating to the effective use of staff in the company. He/she will work closely with the HR & Admin Manager in managing all aspect of the HR function.

Responsibilities
• In conjunction with HR Manager, Develop HR planning strategies which considers immediate and long-term staff requirements
• Constantly update attendance on the HRIS system
• Recruit staff – this includes developing job descriptions and person specifications, preparing job adverts, checking application forms, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates
• Manage leave calendars (sick, compassionate & annual leave) by ensuring data is appropriately captured on the ERP
• Support the development & implementation of HR initiatives & systems including HMO relationships, pensions and benefits administration
• Maintain employee records (attendance, Equal Employment Opportunity EEO data etc.) according to Company policy and legal requirements
• Ensure recruitment and on-boarding are in line with the company policies, global best practice and regulatory requirements
• Facilitate an effective internal communication between management and all staff
• Provide counseling on policies and procedures to all staff
• Drive manpower planning and resourcing in line the company’s strategic objectives
• Liaise with HR Manager to ensure the implementation of an effective performance management system and career development
• Develop and implement policies on issues such as working conditions, performance management, disciplinary procedures and absence management
• Ensure that staff get paid correctly and on a timely basis by making sure that attendance is promptly updated on the ERP system
• Assist line managers to understand & implement policies and procedures and ensuring timely resolution of disputes & grievances among employees in line with the company’s policies
• Planning, and sometimes delivering, training, including inductions for new staff
• Analyze training needs in conjunction with line managers.

Minimum Educational Qualification
First degree in Human Resources Management, Social Sciences, Arts or any related field
Skills required
• Well-developed critical and analytical thinking
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Good understanding of HR processes
• Business awareness and management skills
• Effective listening
• Calm and strong orientation towards employee& customer support and responsiveness
• Effective team player
• IT and numeracy skills, with strong IT skills required for managing computerized payroll and benefits systems
• Ability to analyze, interpret and explain employment law

Application Closing Date
Wednesday July 28th 2021

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter as follows:
Lagos: jobs@wincofoam.com
Phone number: 07058354529

Awka: career@wincofoam.com & Copy winco.awka@yahoo.com using the job title & location as subject of the email.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Jobs/Vacancies / Operations Manager - Manufacturing Industry by bravolad(m): 10:05am On Jul 15
Job Title: Operations Manager
Location: Lagos
Job Summary The Operations Manager reports to the MD and he/she is responsible for people, operations, budget, delivery and strategy.
Responsibilities
The roles and responsibility of this include but not limited to:
• Coordinate factory operations and ensure adherence to operational guidelines.
• Review and implement production work plan.
• Monitor and reports weekly production variances.
• Encourage and maintain a positive and conducive work environment.
• Minimize operational cost with increase in productivity.
• Promote adherence to operational HSE requirements.
• Address operational, environmental and social issues that arise from day-to-day operations.
• Drive, implement and sustain total productive maintenance (TPM) of equipment and machines for optimum operations.
• Conduct meetings with subordinate employees.
• Promote total quality management operations (Production/packaging to finished goods) to enhance customer satisfaction
• In conjunction with the HRM, identify and implement sustainable training trends for company personnel for improved performance
• Manage operational plans and ensuring department operates within budgetary provisions
• Manage staff level in conjunction with the HRM and ensure adequate manning strength for production
• Ensure adherence to all departmental and company guidelines, policies and SOPs.
• Leverage ideas and best practice processes to ensure results are achieved.
• Develop, implement, review, audit policies, procedures, SOPs, programme for effectiveness and continuing suitability.
• Develop and enforce application of pre-dispatch inspection checklist.
• Actively engage relevant heads of department in research and development for process improvement.
• Liaise with relevant government agencies such as SON etc. with respect to certifications and compliance.
• Establish, implement and sustain processes for incoming raw material/production/packaging and analysis.
• Perform other duties as directed by the MD.

Educational Qualification and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Business Administration or related field
• Must have worked as an Operations Manager in a manufacturing industry with a minimum of 5 years experience
• Must have NYSC Discharge certificate
• An MBA is an advantage
Required Skills:
• Ability to build consensus and relationships among managers, partners, and employees
• Understanding of policy, planning, strategy and Leadership
• Ability to develop, implement, and review policies and procedures
• Understanding of necessary legal and regulatory documents
• Excellent Communication skill
• Solid understanding of financial management
• Strong attention to detail
• Good organization and planning skills
• Commercial awareness

Application Closing Date Tuesday July 28th 2021

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter to jobs@wincofoam.com using the job title as subject of the email.
Phone number: 07058354529
Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Production Assistant Position by bravolad(m): 11:03am On Jul 07
bravolad:
SUMMARY
Production Assistant Position

Location: Abuja

Under the Direct supervision of the Operations Manager as part of the Production team

RESPONSIBILITIES
 Observing production processes, conducting research, and finding ways to increase efficiency and quality.
 Research and make out different ways to optimize the quality of an existing chemical product
 Preparing test solutions, chemical compounds and performing various laboratory tests
 Analyze and study effects of various processes on composition of a chemical substance
 Utilize computer software for processing obtained data into information
 Carryout various analysis test and finding out the physical and chemical properties of various chemical compounds
 Prepare test reports, technical papers and standard specifications for the chemical product
 Establishing safety and waste management procedures.
 Perform other duties so assigned.
 Review production schedules and process flows in order to objectively evaluate obstacles preventing product delivery including monitoring internal lead times
 Organizes, cleans and maintains workstations as assigned
 Other duties may be assigned as necessary


SKILLS KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
 Must be detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
 Must have good computer skills, software and database entry desired
 Effective oral communication skills and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and co-workers required.
 The Production Assistant works under the supervision of the Operations Manager
 Must be able to stand for long hours
 Excellent numeric Ability
 Ability to maintain job order due dates effectively while accurately prioritizing them at the same time.
 Must have completed NYSC.
 Ability to read English and interpret Work Orders required
 Ability to accurately document completion of each process in a legible format with minimal errors

QUALIFICATIONS (Education and experience)
Bachelor Degree in any of the following areas Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Textile Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or HND in Chemical Technology
Experience: NYSC

Application Closing Date Friday July 2nd 2021

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter to using the job title as subject of the email. Only those that reside in Abuja need apply. Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



Position has been filled & no longer available
Jobs/Vacancies / Production Assistant Position by bravolad(m): 10:20am On Jun 23
SUMMARY
Production Assistant Position

Location: Abuja

Under the Direct supervision of the Operations Manager as part of the Production team

RESPONSIBILITIES
 Observing production processes, conducting research, and finding ways to increase efficiency and quality.
 Research and make out different ways to optimize the quality of an existing chemical product
 Preparing test solutions, chemical compounds and performing various laboratory tests
 Analyze and study effects of various processes on composition of a chemical substance
 Utilize computer software for processing obtained data into information
 Carryout various analysis test and finding out the physical and chemical properties of various chemical compounds
 Prepare test reports, technical papers and standard specifications for the chemical product
 Establishing safety and waste management procedures.
 Perform other duties so assigned.
 Review production schedules and process flows in order to objectively evaluate obstacles preventing product delivery including monitoring internal lead times
 Organizes, cleans and maintains workstations as assigned
 Other duties may be assigned as necessary


SKILLS KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
 Must be detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
 Must have good computer skills, software and database entry desired
 Effective oral communication skills and the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and co-workers required.
 The Production Assistant works under the supervision of the Operations Manager
 Must be able to stand for long hours
 Excellent numeric Ability
 Ability to maintain job order due dates effectively while accurately prioritizing them at the same time.
 Must have completed NYSC.
 Ability to read English and interpret Work Orders required
 Ability to accurately document completion of each process in a legible format with minimal errors

QUALIFICATIONS (Education and experience)
Bachelor Degree in any of the following areas Chemical Engineering, Polymer & Textile Engineering, Industrial Chemistry or HND in Chemical Technology
Experience: NYSC

Application Closing Date Friday July 2nd 2021

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter to career@wincofoam.com using the job title as subject of the email. Only those that reside in Abuja need apply. Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Post Abuja Jobs Here by bravolad(m): 2:37pm On Jun 21
Job Title: Sales and Marketing Personnel
Job Code: WJ01-84 Location: Utako, Abuja - FCT
Job Summary Markets products by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns; generate sales lead, tracking sales data; maintaining promotional materials inventory and writing report.
Responsibilities
• Preparing marketing and advertising strategies, plans, and objectives; planning and organizing promotional presentations; updating calendars.
• Conducting research and analyzing data to identify and define audiences
• Tracks product line sales and costs by analyzing and entering sales, expense, and new business data.
• Prepares marketing reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing sales data.
• Keeps promotional materials ready by coordinating requirements with graphics department; inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.
• Supports sales staff by providing sales data, market trends, forecasts, account analyses, new product information; relaying customer services requests.
• Researches competitive products by identifying and evaluating product characteristics, market share, pricing, and advertising; maintaining research databases.
• Plans meetings; identifying, assembling, and coordinating requirements; establishing contacts; developing schedules and assignments.
• Devising and presenting ideas and strategies.
Requirements and Experience
• B.Sc in Marketing or any related discipline.
• Minimum of 2 years work experience in relevant field
Required Skills:
• Good teamwork skills
• Communication skills and networking ability
• Adaptability
• Strong attention to detail
• Good organization and planning skills
• Commercial awareness
Application Closing Date Thursday 24nd June 2021

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and Cover Letter to career@wincofoam.com using the job title as subject of the email. Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Jobs/Vacancies / Sales And Marketing Personnel by bravolad(m): 11:20am On Jun 21
Job Summary Markets products by developing and implementing marketing and advertising campaigns; generate sales lead, tracking sales data; maintaining promotional materials inventory and writing report.

Responsibilities
• Preparing marketing and advertising strategies, plans, and objectives; planning and organizing promotional presentations; updating calendars.
• Conducting research and analyzing data to identify and define audiences
• Tracks product line sales and costs by analyzing and entering sales, expense, and new business data.
• Prepares marketing reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing sales data.
• Keeps promotional materials ready by coordinating requirements with graphics department; inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.
• Supports sales staff by providing sales data, market trends, forecasts, account analyses, new product information; relaying customer services requests.
• Researches competitive products by identifying and evaluating product characteristics, market share, pricing, and advertising; maintaining research databases.
• Plans meetings; identifying, assembling, and coordinating requirements; establishing contacts; developing schedules and assignments.
• Devising and presenting ideas and strategies.

Car Talk / Re: Rebuilding A 4runner 2005 1gr-fe Engine by bravolad(m): 11:13am On Aug 27, 2019
Great job @valarinz for reposting this topic. It shows we still have a few good men on this forum. I salute u.

@Trygo, this a great adventure. It will challenge those who think its impossible to rebuild engines & encourage them to take a leap towards this route. Your one year warranty on such rebuilds will further allay fears & take care of after sales support.

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Car Talk / Re: . by bravolad(m): 7:03am On Jul 27, 2019
I believe the shipping companies can nip this in the bud if they are truly committed to it considering the numerous complaints & claims from importers.

I still wonder why foreign companies have different modus operandi in Nigeria. Just one complaint from a customer in their home country is enough to elicit investigations with the aim of arresting the culprits & of course end it but unfortunately, the same system can’t be implemented in Nigeria.

Also, if the shipping lines force the drivers to pay these claims or distribute the among them or suspend those who work on specific days during which items were missing, this nonsense will stop.

But sincerely, morals & values have since eluded this country as people can do whatever gives them money regardless of amount of money involved.

Sad.

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Autos / Re: �Happy Eid Celebrations(40 Free Carfax Premium Vin Reports)Sponsored by bravolad(m): 9:24am On Jun 06, 2019
bravolad:
166680.

Thank you.

Vin report received.

Thank you so very immensely.

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Autos / Re: �Happy Eid Celebrations(40 Free Carfax Premium Vin Reports)Sponsored by bravolad(m): 7:49am On Jun 06, 2019
166680.

Thank you.
Car Talk / Re: Why Naija Used Cars are not always Safe To Buy by bravolad(m): 7:26pm On May 28, 2019
autoxpatpro:
Hi every one, am Mr. Bayo. i started driven car with used naija vehicle,e.o.d( Honda) i ended up spending almost have value of the car.
it was poorly maintained, the engine glass was replaced with a long stick. suspensions alone took about #100k, AC is another problem.
since then, i like going along with an engineer, a trust worthy one. please car enthusiast, always consult... this is
my car experience...kindly share yours in other for others to learn.

Learn more on autoxpatpro.com or visit our youtube channel:autoxpattv


You apparently bought an abused & kazeemised unit & because it was cheap, you jumped at it & paid the ultimate price. There’s a reason a car is cheap regardless of the status “Nigerian used or Toks”.
Car Talk / Re: Mileage Of 180k??? by bravolad(m): 9:57am On May 20, 2019
Lexusgs430:



My personal opinion, for that much mileage. That vehicle is overpriced........

I think 1.6 area seems a fairer deal..... By the time you put 20K mileage on it, the car would be worthless (considering the 9ja factor)...

Major parts replacement would also become due much sooner than later......

This is also not correct. When a car is well maintained, resale value is retained regardless of mileage. When I sell my personally used cars, they don’t come cheap. I sold my 2004 sienna of over 200,000 miles 1.5 after 5 years of use. They buyer practically begged me at that price. It was much better than most of the Toks being sold in the market.

For ur information, I use OEM parts & never replaced parts twice. So when selling, I factor in the state of the car.
Car Talk / Re: Mileage Of 180k??? by bravolad(m): 9:47am On May 20, 2019
Lexusgs430:



My personal opinion, for that much mileage. That vehicle is overpriced........

I think 1.6 area seems a fairer deal..... By the time you put 20K mileage on it, the car would be worthless (considering the 9ja factor)...

Major parts replacement would also become due much sooner than later......

I completely disagree with u on the mileage & price valuation of the car.

Maintenance is more important than the mileage. If the car is properly maintained & at that mileage, it’s a good buy rather than buy a severely damaged car with low mileage. Maintenance is key & I have owned cars that clocked 300,000 miles before I sold them & the owners are still enjoying them.

At 1.6M for 2008/2009 Camry, the dealer must have stolen the car & probably didn’t pay duty. It appears dealers just pick these cars in the USA for free in other to sell at your quoted price.

Let’s be fair, realistic & objective in our analyses so that people are fed with the right information.

How many Nigerians can afford a clean tittle car of less than 100,000 miles? I will advice op to run a vin check & if car had a decent maintenance record, pls by all means, go ahead & pay.

This is why some unscrupulous dealers will alter the mileage & sell to unsuspecting buyers at outrageous prices.
Car Talk / Re: Two Seconds Rattling Sound Coming From Engine On Cold Start .... by bravolad(m): 8:17am On Jan 07, 2019
jarkbauer:


I think it depends on the car.

We are strictly talking about the 2010-2011 Toyota Camry with the 2.5l 2AR-FE engine.

Or did @OP mention any other car?
Car Talk / Re: Two Seconds Rattling Sound Coming From Engine On Cold Start .... by bravolad(m): 8:03am On Jan 07, 2019
jarkbauer:


there are 2 oil types you can use for 2ar 0w-20 or 5w-20.

Read your manual properly. The 5w20 is a temporal oil where 0w20 is unavailable at due OCI but must be replaced with 0w20 at the next OCI.

So, it’s only a temporal measure but again, it’s your car & engine; do unto it what you like.
Car Talk / Re: Two Seconds Rattling Sound Coming From Engine On Cold Start .... by bravolad(m): 8:23pm On Jan 06, 2019
Rayd502:


It is quite conflicting you know, 0w-20 is written on the engine cap,while on the manual that came with the car 5w-30 was stated as the appropriate oil for this particular engine.

I was using 0w-40 initially because I couldn't lay my hands on 0w-20.


There’s no conflict. You obviously have the wrong manual. Apparently, the oil filler cap on ur engine is been changed.

Even the predecessor engine 2az uses 5w20. So search for 0w20. It’s available
Car Talk / Re: Two Seconds Rattling Sound Coming From Engine On Cold Start .... by bravolad(m): 7:33pm On Jan 06, 2019
Rayd502:


Engine type is 2.5L 4-cylinder 2AR-FE engine...I actually switched from the 0w-40 to the recommended 5w-30 oil type.

But the main culprit like I said earlier and upon inspection was using a wrong oil filter which was found to be disintegrated thereby causing a blockage leading to loss of oil pressure.

Thanks for your input.
[quote author=Rayd502 post=74502133]

You are still using the wrong engine oil. The recommended engine oil for the 2.5l 2AR-FE engine is 0w20.
Car Talk / Re: Help Please!!!!! Toyota Camry Short Oil. by bravolad(m): 3:23pm On Dec 29, 2018
Grilovictor5:
Please house, my mother's Toyota Camry do short oil without smoking please advice on what to do.

Incomplete question. What model of camry? It's difficult for anyone to assist here except a magician & I'm not sure we have got any here.
Car Talk / Re: Toyota Corolla Vs Toyota Camry by bravolad(m): 3:20pm On Dec 29, 2018
Successbay:
Please,I want to buy A toyota Product but Very Confused as which to go for between a Corolla(Sport) or a Camry...and please is there any much difference btw the 2006 and 2008 model of Corolla?..It should be noted that this is My First Time Please..Thanks in anticipation of Ur Responses.

More like an apple to orange comparison as they are not in the same league. U could google camry vs corolla.
Car Talk / Re: I Need Your Sincere Advice Here Pls!!!! by bravolad(m): 12:00pm On Dec 16, 2018
Samad805:
A client of mine said he just finish from driving school and he wanna settle for a car buh he his confused on which to go for....

So pls house shld he stick to d manual he used in learning how to drive in d driving school or he shld move to an automatic transmission?

Your suggestions is highly welcomed tanks

I doubt he's ready to buy a car yet. Any advise will be dependent on what he wants. You need to ask him what kind of car he wants & would be comfortable to drive in the long run.

I think he should sit & figure out what kind of car he desires. Research is very important in this regard. No amount of advice will be sufficient for him at the moment until he knows the difference between a manual & automatic car & their functionalities thereof.

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Car Talk / Re: The Preferred Engine Oil For Your Car Service - Duramax Motor Oil by bravolad(m): 11:21am On Dec 13, 2018
sooperrescue:


It will be a good idea too but let him show us proof that there has been an improvement in the product and not the management when all that they do is to distribute. That said, the 0w20 that worked for your car, can it work for a Range Rover or a BMW? I once challenged Eterna oil on their 5w20 castrol professionel. That oil is an api sl and anyone looking for castrol will think that it was the current oil. There's a Mobil 1 that is in the market and they wrote suitable for hondas, Toyota. There's Glife in the market and the oil says that it is suitable for compact cars and I see people buying it for their v8 Lexus. Is a v8 engine a compact car? He also claimed that apqi logo is on their oil can but I can't find it on the can. Let him show us reviews from the Americans and we will then believe him. That many garages uses the product does not mean that it is suitable for use. Did we not buy rymco oil before? Oil that dries up, is that one oyel?

Statistically, it's not proper to just condemn an oil by hearsay and some online review which may be sponsored by rival companies in the industry. In saner climes, oil analyses would be used to determine the quality of the product & it's overall suitability.

Unfortunately, in Nigeria quality control & assurance do not exist and the agencies of government charged with these responsibilities are filled with incompetent & nepotic individuals who barely know what the job entails.

The application of use in Range Rover, BMW and/or any of the V8 engines will be a determinat of the manufacturer's decision based on a combination of factors including design type & specifications. Therefore, if a manufacturer recommends 5w30 as the oil spec, the onus lies on the users to determine the quality of 5w30 oil to use within the confines of the apqi specifications.

Having said the above, there's an obligation on the part of the seller to convince the buying public on the quality of its products.

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Car Talk / Re: The Preferred Engine Oil For Your Car Service - Duramax Motor Oil by bravolad(m): 5:55pm On Dec 12, 2018
[quote author=sooperrescue post=73785268][/quote]

Interesting discussions. Can we expand the discussion to include the Duramax 0w20?

Indeed, I used this spec of engine oil for the last service of my car & sincerely, my engine runs smooth, quiet & I have got better mpg so far compared with what I got in the past.

Can we have the data sheet? I have read good USA reviews of this particular spec. There are also established workshops in Nigeria who have used Duramax for years & have attested to it's quality provided the source is genuine.

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Car Talk / Re: How Much Is Toyota Sienna 2004 Model Right Now by bravolad(m): 7:06pm On Oct 16, 2018
Twonaira1:
Hello bosses in the house, I want a decent fairly used (tok) Toyota sienna 2004 model for my dad.
Please what is the current price of the Sienna and which version is more preferred comparing LE, XLE, and XLE limited.

Also what do you think about the vehicle? I believe is better than the 2003 version which is also my alternative option.

RollingFellas, paulRegina1, bravolad, MPVGoddess, Nurey come o abeg.

The 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited is a good option with leather seat, 6 loader CD player, rear DVD infotainment etc. You may not bother with the one that has reverse camera as your dad might have no need for it.

The AWD version offers better traction on wet roads & difficult terrains but with reduced mpg. While the FWD offers a slightly better mpg and has a poor handling especially when taking corners.

With a budget of 2.5 to 3M Naira, you should get a decent salvage with little of no damage.

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Car Talk / Re: Camry Air Conditioner Automatic Compressor Conversion By Technicians by bravolad(m): 7:05am On Oct 06, 2018
lillyontop:
A friend of mine sold a 2012 Corolla south Africa spec which was brought from Germaine motor which the compressor has been converted to manual compressor and seriously the ac cools like winter even when it's sunny I don't turn it on max 2 most times 1 the only difference I see is that the sound of the engine is not a quiet as the other Corolla with the original compressor....... and his there any effect it can cause on my engine but the car sounds fine and moves great @gazzuz

My fear is a weakened engine over time with an increased fuel consumption.
Car Talk / Re: From Port Harcourt To Lagos And Back by bravolad(m): 6:29pm On Sep 27, 2018
oride:


One time those guys took 40k from me after plenty abeg and I was with them for 5 hours. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Sad.
Car Talk / Re: From Port Harcourt To Lagos And Back by bravolad(m): 6:24pm On Sep 27, 2018
Following with keen interest. Pls drive safely & be careful with rogue Council Officials.
Car Talk / Re: Sincere Advice Needed Asap by bravolad(m): 7:30pm On Aug 29, 2018
youngchopper:
fam I drive a 1999 Toyota siena, car has been so great. but am tempted to upgrade to 2006 model of same car tho (naija used ). what are the prone on Con's of these model. asap advice needed

Get the 2006 model. It's an upgrade of the earlier model & offers better handling, improved mpg, smooth acceleration & driving dynamics.

It also offers bigger luggage compartment better ground clearance & rear window that can be wound down if your aircon is faulty.

It's advisable to get the AWD for better traction & acceleration especially when you are ferrying goods but with a slightly reduced mpg. One major negative is the melting dash fascia.
Car Talk / Re: Is Toyota As Reliable As Nigerians Make It Seem. by bravolad(m): 6:46am On Jul 22, 2018
FestacGirl:
Is Toyota as Reliable as we try to make it seem in this country ?.

I've come to realise it's very easy to diagnose and the China inferior parts are everywhere Hence the reason why people think the parts are cheap.

I've used quite a few toyota's and I can say they are not very solid as people try to make it seem.

I had a 2007 camry bought from the states . Started shorting oil after 9 months. This is a very common problem with this model but people never mention it.
Ps I used the recommenfed oil, Mobil 1 from USA 5w-30

The almighty corolla we love so much is quite durable. But the suspension components are garbage and within a while the suspension noise will start.
The original parts are not even cheap.
But if you patronize the cheap Chinese you might get them cheap but they give away so fast.

I'm currently using a 2008 Highlander V6 2gr (picked it over the rav4 and rx330 ) Bought it 2 months ago.

This vehicle has only 120k original miles. The movement is very quick I must say .
On the glass it states the former owner has been servicing with 5w-20 Castrol and I was lucky to find couple of service history receipts in the glove compartment.
The car has been taken cared of well. But I noticed quite a few perks in a car of such miles. It makes the dreaded grinding noise at start up. I already changed the oil with 5w-20 Mobil but still same.

Why would a car of this mile be having vvti issues then I searched Internet . This is a common issues with this vehicle, The rav4 v6 , highlander v6 , auRion and Co .
From 2006 -2010 .
Toyota didn't issue any recall infact I found out it was a night mere for most users as they sold theirs when he noise started.

I also have foul smell from the exhaust when I accelerate . My catalytic converter is in good condition. No Cel . Most people also complain of this issue on the rav4 and highlander from as low as 30k miles.

This smell is scary because even with the windows up I smell it in the interior.


Their are loads of shitty issue I've noticed on toyota but people will ignore because of the hype.

The 2gr I heard is over 500k.

The camry 4plug engine is over 250k and it's not very durable.
** Start up sounds even from using the right oil
** Burning oil .
** The engine is also quite lazy.


I feel this brand is over hyped.
And people spend hundreds repairing this cars but they don't find anything wrong in doing that.
But if it was a Honda with such problems they would give it names.



If it was a Honda or Nissan it would have been crucified.





It’s not debatable whether Toyota is a reliable brand. It’s one of the highest selling brands in the world with high reliability, durability & trust.

Worthy of note is that each brand has some various degrees of problems associated with it. Some of them offer recalls in order to solve the problem.

With specific reference to the 2GR-FE engine used across many models such as the Avalon, Sienna, RX350, Aurion, ES, Camry etc. this problem seems to be a factory one and occurs at certain mileage of over a 100k. It happens across multiple 2GR with the idler pulley. When the pulley goes bad, it can cause belt squeak or load rattling noise.

I’m not sure Toyota offered an recalls for this or warranty. Toyota can last many years with the right maintenance using OEM or quality aftermarket parts but what we have in Nigeria that car owners use substandard & fake parts & blame it on the car manufacturers. Why is that these cars come into Nigeria in pristine conditions & suddenly degrade over a short period of use? Your guess is as good as mine.

For the 2AZ engine, that is notorious for excessive engine oil consumption owing to factory piston error, some users have got hundreds of thousands of mileage albeit topping off engine oil at intervals.

It will be an overkill to conclude that a particular brand is unreliable due to a problem like this. It can be fixed & some users have successfully fixed theirs.

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Car Talk / Re: For Drivers Only: Who's At Fault Here? Pictures by bravolad(m): 6:46am On Jul 19, 2018
It's difficult to judge without a clear picture of the road & markings therein. However, from the vague picture, the VW is at fault as he fails to maintain his lane. The silver vehicle kept to his lane.
Car Talk / Re: Whats Wrong With These Tyres? by bravolad(m): 7:51pm On Jul 18, 2018
GAZZUZZ:
what are your thoughts?

The tyres were re-threaded and marked as new ones.

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