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  1. In a previous time warp, when cars didn't have computers, you would have just had the oil change done when back in London. For peace of mind, assuming you have a dipstick, just make sure the oil level's OK, and get it done when you get back to base. Nothing to worry about. Enjoy Scotland PS. I'm saying this without knowing anything about Verso Icon
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  2. Surely getting all your money back is the best outcome? Plus the car will now be sold at a low price at auction where someone can decide whether to take a punt on it or not. Personally, I wouldn't be happy selling a car with a known knackered engine privately, I'd feel like I was ripping the buyer off. The 1.8vvti petrol engine in the T25 Avensis is pretty bulletproof, but make sure you buy one after 06 plate (after the mild facelift) cos the engine problem was cured by then.
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  3. which exact engine? Re. the head/head gasket issue with AD series engines see http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=10987 There are also many threads on here, the RAV & Auris forums. http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/the-second-hand--car-i-bought-has-a-problem-what-are-my-rights The extended warranty will not cover it as it is a pre-existing condition. If the dealer sold you the warranty knowing that there was a problem that is insurance fraud.
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  4. There is an inherent fault in a small percentage of the earlier ad engines that causes oil burning, that is oil leaks past the pistons. Clearly replacing the head gasket will be a temporary solution because the engine will continue to burn oil and will build up carbon again causing a repeat failure after some period of time. Also, one of the byproducts is that the block and head will be "stamped" and no longer flat. Yrs the dealer is attempting to take advantage of you, but depending on how much you like a fight, you have rights. I think one of which is that within a certain number of days of purchase you can demand a refund, I don't know how many though.
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  5. Welcome to the forum, in this case is very likely to be head gasket failure ad it's a well known issue with ad engines although only a small percentage of units were affected. Luckily you bought from a dealer so you have recourse. This problem if it exists is cured only by a new short motor as it's caused by carbon deposits due to oil burning resulting in hammering of the piston against the head. Make sure the dealer doesn't fob you off with a head gasket replacement or walk away with a refund.
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  6. Thanks for the mention and kind words. Realistically, you can get away with a lot of different oils in there - my mother in law's 107 was using a 10w-40 as it was knackered burning loads of oil, if she used a 0w-20, it would have used as much oil as fuel. My data lists the Aygo as using a 5w-30 up until 2014, then 0w-20 for the 2014 onwards models, but also lists a 5w-30 as an alternative recommendation for them. Bob, I would stick with a 5w-30. It's the standard grade, it's well proven in that engine, it's easily available and relatively cheap (depending on what you go for). 0w-20 is designed to give a potential fuel economy increase, but the increase in fuel economy by reducing viscosity is generally pretty small. It's also quite a thin oil, so there is the potential that it will burn off relatively quickly and as 0w-20s are often quite expensive and can be a pain to get hold of, it's not that convenient. Cheers Tim
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  7. Opie oils are one of the club's sponsors - http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/forum/118-opie-oils/
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  8. I don't think either makes much of a difference. My Peugeot 107 has the same engine as the Aygo ("1.0" Petrol), and in the guidebook for mine is states 5W-30. My car is 2010. However, I have had people recommend using 5W-30 for my 1998 Corolla - especially when I went to the Toyota dealership and got given it as part of the service pack. The Corolla has a sticker on the engine saying it should use 10W-40 and that's backed up by what's in the book. In my opinion manufacturers will change their recommendations of their oil as the years go by, but this is more for the new cars they're selling rather than a retrospective recommendation. So, really, if your car rolled out of the factory with 5W-30 and it says 5W-30 in the handbook, use 5W-30.
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  9. That's because no one who has viewed this thread can help you. Hopefully advice will come in time.
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  10. What the computer is telling you is that your car is due for a service, which it knows by having the recommended interval programmed in to it and then counting down the miles. I had a Peugeot that did the same thing, would flash a spanner icon with 1,000 miles left on it. I drove it for another 12,000 miles before I got it serviced - I wouldn't recommend that, but the car was a pile of tosh and broken anyway before I drove it for that long past its servicing. As Notoyboy said, if you have a dipstick you should check it. It'll be in the owners manual on how to do it and where to locate it. If you have an oil level thats half way, top it up with some oil and drive home. If it's dry (which it won't be), then you fill that up pronto. If it's near the top, enjoy the M6 back to London and book the car in for a service.
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  11. Cheers Gaz. I'll risk it and travel. I've done abit of research and already ordered the shorter 5pk1110 belt. Many thanks again.
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  12. I suggest he changes his profession..................
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  13. I can never understand the fascination of "Range" Why on earth would you panic over the range, and worry about what "might" be left in the tank when the light comes on? When the gauge gets low, just put some bally fuel in the thing!!
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  14. just to give a heads up to all those that replied,it turned out to be the starter motor,the wife didnt want to tell me that she had stalled the car,!Removed! women eh, so all sorted now and looking for a new wife. cheers
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  15. I think one of the ways is to go to the showroom, find a brand new Aygo and try to feel the floor and see if it feels the same.
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  16. Italian tune ups do work! My sister drivers her Ford Fiesta like a diesel.. changes gear at like 1800rpm in a 1.25 petrol and she's constantly lugging the engine.. She's selling it now but the engine ran like apsolute crap. Misfires on idle and if you went past 50% throttle the car would start to die and missed a lot. You'd start to slowdown xD I got hold if it and redlind it everywhere (once it got to redline at 40% throttle or so :P ) for a good 15-20 minutes once it got to temperature. Car was apsolute fine after that!
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  17. Thank you. Now I managed to remove it. I tried from the wrong side first (near the switch) and nearly broke the cover. Then, done from opposite side and it worked. Thanks.
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  18. I can't explain the graph, but I have had EXCELLENT on a trip of less than 0.5 miles. Where most of the drive was just electric, part was both petrol and electric. There is an android app called hybrid assistant, that will record your journey and will show you the distance covered in EV, amount of regen braking gained. An additional app will generate a web page to view graphs after your journey is finished, it also gives a fuel consumed for the journey. My typical journey to work is about 5Km and i use about 0.340L. Still working on trying to do better than 4.7/100km
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  19. For what is worth, I own a 2009 1.33 Auris (which has less power and torque than yours) and when I drive it in a high gear at very low speed and low rpm's, the car is completely smooth. Obviously, not being a turbo diesel, if you floor it without downshifting is gonna take a lifetime to accelerate. But if you are just cruising like that it should be perfectly fine and not jerky by any means. So yeah, I would get that checked!
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  20. quick question why lock passangers in the car, if they are children they should never be locked in the car, if adults why lock the doors?
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  21. A couple of weeks ago I noticed my horn was only working intermittently, then it stopped working altogether. Now as some of you know I have a Stebel Nautilus air horn fitted, wired in through a separate relay. The first thing I did was change my relay, but that didn't make any difference, I knew it wasn't the actual horn as when pressing the steering pad my relay could be heard clicking intermittently. I thought it could be the original relay, but it is hard to get to to test. So the next easy thing to check was the steering pad, I was a bit wary about removing this due to the airbag. After disconnecting the battery -ve and waiting a few minutes (manual says 90 seconds), with the pad unclipped their is only two wire connections Horn and Airbag. Now the horn connector practically fell off when I touched it, it is just a female spade connector. After a little squeeze with some pliers to make it tight again all is good as new and working perfectly. So if any one has trouble with an intermittent horn, I suggest to try this first. The single black wire is the horn connector (Airbag connector removed from center orange socket)
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  22. Ur motor looks great mate. Lovely colour, and looks like a well done paint job. Very nice.
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  23. New TTE front fitted and rear bumper repaired so my Yaris is almost ready for its second season in the Toyota Sprint Series, just the gearbox to fix next.
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  24. Port and polish ... That's about it ... And a damn good clean
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  25. Buy the Toyota techstream diagnostic tool cheap on ebay loads onto a windows laptop and you can see the values of the injectors also you can stop each injector.try a bottle of liqui moly diesel purge I got a litre of it for £10 and just disconnected the fuel filter pipes and put extra hoses onto them and poured 500ml into a clear plastic bottle and put the fuel feed and return hoses into it and ran it at various rpms until it was nearly out of purge then connect it all back up again and dump the rest and the other 500ml into the tank take it a drive.also get a mini fuel filter and put in onto the return hose to collect any crap that might come out. It's a cheap option to try?
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  26. I would say yes, but it depends on how old the is the belt and does the tension need adjusting? What engine is in your car? The 1.6 and 1.8 engines use 3 belts which can be changed individually (well almost)! The alternator/water pump belt can be changed on it's own. The power steering belt is driven off the water pump pulley. The air-con belt can only be changed once the alternator/water pump belt has been removed. The 2 litre engine has only two belts which is far easier. The diesel has a separate belts too, with the alternator on it's own belt. Having owned the 1.8 and changed the belts, there are three adjustment to be made. Also check the crank (harmonic balance) pulley. Mine failed a few years back, shredding two belts. It should not have any movement, because if it does show signs of movement, replace it before the rubber laminate completely separates. Take this as an early warning! Look at my reply to the following post:-
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  27. We had the same problem with the 2007 IS220d, the coolant would leak on the go but was ok at idle. Replacing the the radiator cap did not solve the problem. We realised it was the head gasket and from the forums learned that there was design fault with the piston crown. The manufacturer replaced the engine with a remanufactured unit (short block) under their 7 year scheme. The car had FSH, but not all with Lexus. DuggerZ is correct,
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  28. If you have Easter in the oil, you will have a brownish white deposit under the filler cap, if so then head gasket failure is likely. As Frankie says there are other possibilities that should be examined.
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  29. Hi I would recommend you booking your car in at a Toyota dealer and ask for them to do a full inspection and check all issues on the pdi form . Then if the car is faulty you have had it inspected by a Toyota expert and this will assist you in any problems if you need to take the garage to court to retrieve your money .i think you have about 30 days under the sales of goods act to demand your money back . The thing is not to be fobbed of by the garage keep all communications and follow up all conservations with can you put that in writing to me for future reference . But before you scream I've bought a knackered car .You could have a leak from from rad cap or a pipe or from the water pump / radiator etc it could also be a head gasket . Which should be found with the correct cooling system test kit which includes testing for exhaust gases in the coolant mixture. Good luck with your out come .
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  30. Hi Alex, this is a problem that occurs on any hinge in time.There are repair kits available that can effect a fix to that. Enter something like car door hinge repair into a search engine as there is a lot of info re this.It may just a case of knocking out the old pin and replacing that only Del
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  31. Not so far and I've been up to motorway speed. Some may think that's 80MPH, but I'm admitting nothing!
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  32. See - http://blog.toyota.co.uk/2017-yaris-geneva-motor-show http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows-geneva-motor-show/2017-toyota-yaris-unveiled
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  33. Hi I have the 18" alloys on mine it gives the car a nice look , they do give a harsher ride but they do handle well with the right tyres as mentioned above its all about personal choice . Comfy chair of sporty ride . if I had the choice now I would properly go for the 17" wheels .
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  34. Our mk1 Avensis has been in the family for around 16 years. We all love it, looks great 3 box design, ours is the saloon version. I don`t think that we will ever part with it. My wife has an Auris. We have defected to Toyota. I usually ran a classic Audi, VW or 190E, and my wife drove the Avensis but now rather than sell the Avensis I hace decided to make it my daily driver. Just had the exhaust changed, thanks to Konrad`s extensive research on the subject I decided to go for a Euroflo one, looks and sounds good I hope it lasts at least 2 years. A few other niggles to sort out but nothing major,the Avensis is superior to my old (same age) Audi coupe which was plagued with problems, whereas the Avensis has never missed a beat, it has never left us stranded. I really don`t want to jinx it and tempt fate but it has to be the best car we`ve ever owned. I plan on keeping it forever.
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  35. Have my T25 (mk2) from 2009 WAS selling it when buying a vauxhall insignia (embarrassing I know) which lasted 1 week!! so glad the old girl didn't get sold.will probably keep it until it falls apart which probably never will!😉😉👍
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  36. Thank you gentlemen for your kind replies. The red light flashes all the time,even when driving. Konrad, I tried the method you highlighted about syncing the fob, but it did not work I`m afraid. So as it is, red light constantly flashing, fob does not work and key only operates drivers door. Apart from that it`s a great car, smooth, quiet, refined, spacious got to love it :)
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  37. Hi Alex, Does it stop flashing just when you start the car? It just sounds like the immobilizer to me, starts flashing once you remove the key.
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  38. Most policies cover windscreens and glass, and may cover any resulting scratching of the bodywork. Again most glass claims won't affect one's no claims discount, but, increasingly nowadays, a glass claim may affect one's premium (ie. an increase). Depends on your policy.
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  39. Toyota Yaris 53 plate, brought from new in Feb 2004. Model - T3 1.3 VVTi, black 5 door, french built model Current mileage 270,884 miles - only changed clutch, radiator, front frame around radiator and exhaust changed due to rust. Passed its MOT at the end of January 2017. Still runs really well
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  40. Pics of the boot with space saver. The protection liner is not the same (they initially shipped the wrong one). The trunk cover is not as good as the one on the Auris TS (it hangs and rattles). The cutouts can take a warning triangle and I carry a long wheels brace. The white boxes are first aid kit and folding wheel chocks silver liner an attempt at sound proofing. I have not yet found how to get the side moldings out. The studs at the back come away but the inside ones are buried deep and I do nor want to break anything. The biggest waste of space is the center molding as you can see when upside down. That will get modified as I carry a mini compressor pump (currently under the front seat) and will fit it inside the spare. You would think Japanese ingenuity would allow for storage of things that are a requirement in some countries Yellow vest,fire extinguisher, warning triangle, first aid kit. Before anyone asks why I think a spare is essential or a long brace. I have had to use a spare, in bad weather, miles from anywhere. The supplied brace was too short but luckily a bit of pipe came to the rescue. If I could I would take a blow up jack as well. The last is the latest pic of the car on 15" wheels. To me it looks right, but I think skinny wheels look daft. The bonnet badge was the only way I could hide a bad chip on the bonnet. No SMART repairs will not do a bonnet the fog light chrome were off Ebay £18. and the number plate surround the same. Once again I am a critical user as I have have many cars but would forgive this just about any shortcomings (even the white bits) as it is just brilliant from behind the wheel and a joy to drive. I think it looks good and I am surprised how many Gen 2&3 owner ask for a look inside. It could do with the hidden cubby holes of other Toyotas, but when the weather improves I will find space somewhere.
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  42. Hi everyone sold my 2012 avensis t spirit and now upgraded to this last week. 2.0 Excel with the BMW unit, wow what a difference this car is compared to the other 2 avensis I've had.
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  43. Just to update on this one, I got no joy from the dealer regarding the wheel arch liner and air box vibrating through the car body and nothing from Toyota either, so I decided it needed to take action. Looking at the wheel arch liner showed it was a loose fit on the push through clips which hold it in place and both front liners were hanging down around 3/4 mm I removed the upper clips two at each side fitted a 4mm rubber washer over them and replaced them, all the liners were then held tight to the body and all vibration stopped, on the airbox extension tube where the foam tape is around it to stop the vibration there are some raised guides molded in the plastic and I trimmed these off with a sharp knife. I informed the service manager at the selling dealer what I had done, he then asked for photos to show his "technicians" so they knew what to do and also to forward to Toyota technical. All repairs are now complete the car is a pleasure to drive but the BMW engine is definitely not as smooth as the previous Toyota engines at and around idle but smooths out nicely when on the move, All in all I am now very happy with the car.
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  44. Dash light now sorted and working fine. As the BBA REMAN wanted the car left with them for a week ( £178 ) which I was not going to do and Autotronics seemed a bit a bit vague on when they could do it ( £153 ) I did a search on Google for dash light repairs and found Scorpio Electronics in Kings Lynn Norfolk that's about 50 miles from me, gave them a ring and arranged to take the car in yesterday morning, when I arrived I expected a business premises but the address was a private house. No worries as the owner, Mark removed the dash which I had left the cowel off and only one screw holding the dash in place and he tested the wiring to the dash and confirmed the problem was the LED he then took me with him indoors and allowed to watch him fix the problem. As he had not got the same Green LED as needed he took one from one of the load of printed circuits he has. The new LED is slightly darker shade of green than the original but the difference is only noticeable when using the hazards when you can compare. but as Toyota don't supply spare LEDS it means wherever you get a new LED from there is no guarantee it will the right shade of green. I am very pleased with how the job was handled by Scorpio electronics and it was fixed within an hour. Mark has a fully equipped repair shop for all things electronic and fully recommend the company. The cost was £60 which is a lot cheaper than the other quotes. As TAVY says, once you know how, its quiet simple. all I would need for soldering is a smaller soldering iron, Mark used a adjustable temperature soldering set up and looked an expensive piece of kit as did his other equipment.
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  45. I am convinced that the low-lifes who offer car insurance policies operate as a cartel, fixing prices and generally holding the majority of car drivers over a barrel because of the legal requirement to hold car insurance. My car is worth £50 to £100. Options to have TP or TPFT are governed by the premise that because you are seeking a lower cost insurance then you must be a speeding, drunked up druggie youth, with multiple claims! Instead this tee-total, drug free 64 year old with no claims for 20+ years is charged the earth! I really believe the government should take a look at how car insurance companies operate with a view to tightening up regulation on extravagant price hikes!
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  46. My Tuscan Red looks great in the sunshine but in the depths of a dark, overcast day looks very dull & boring. Guess which we get more of in Scotland ....
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  47. I was in a similar position as yourself, with a similar budget. Looked at prius and what was available for what money. Then I started looking at Auris hsd instead, and found they are 2/3 to 3/4 the price of a prius but uses a fraction more fuel, so there is potential to save thousands of pounds. They are mechanically very alike, a little shorter in hatch back form, and the estate has a good size boot. The auris dash layout is much more normal and has its hand brake in the correct place. So for me it was a easy choice, I bought a used Auris and saved myself £3000+
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  48. First, pull out the center piece by grabbing the edges and pulling towards you... Disconnect the two wire connections and set this piece aside... Remove the head unit housing by pulling from the back, it will pop off with a small amount of force... There are four 10mm bolts holding the head unit in place, remove all four bolts... Then simply remove the head unit. Installation is the opposite of removal.
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  49. Hi you can adjust the striker pin were the door latch meets the body this will be a temp repair until you work out which hinge is sagging but should allow your door to shut easier .
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  50. Hello Paul - welcome to Toyota Owners Club
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