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'56 Plate Avensis Cam Belt/chain Etc

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Hi There,

Im new to both this forum and Toyota ownership. I was hoping to get seasoned Avensis owners opinions on what I should do with my car. I got (hopefully) a good price on a '56 plate Avensis t3x 1.8L. I guess I was hoping for some general advice. I've checked toyotas website to ensure that no recalls are outstanding and all seams rosey on that front.

Im a little bit nervous about the cam belt (or chain?) on this car though and the head gasket. Does the Avensis need a belt (chain?) change at 70k or will it plough on for longer? Are there head gasket issues with this car?

Thanks in advance,


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It has a chain which I believe is supposed to last the life of the engine.

There were quite a few reports of head gasket troubles with the 1.8vvti, however the engine internals were redesigned around mid 2005, so yours should be the problem-free version.

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