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2003 2ltr petrol spirit 15000 miles

There is a delay between blipping the throttle and the engine responding, its as if the throttle pedal is connected by elastic, it also seems slow to respond when accelarating I have to work the engine hard for good acceleration. It does not feel like 145Hp.

My previous car was a ford focus diesel with the old TDDi engine that was used in the escort 90Hp. but it leaves this car for dead.

Do I have a problem or is it normal throttle behaviour ?

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Sounds like a normal VVTi engine to me, that's why I prefer the old non-VVTi engines, less power on paper but much more relaxed and easier to get the power, the delay is probably due to 'fly-by-wire' throttle where its computer controlled so there is a slight delay between pressing the throttle and the engine doing something, I could be wrong but it's quite a common set-up on modern engines.

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2003 2ltr petrol  spirit 15000 miles

  There is a delay between blipping the throttle and the engine responding, its as if  the throttle pedal is connected by elastic, it also seems slow to respond when accelarating I have to work the engine hard for good acceleration. It does not feel like 145Hp.

My previous car was a ford focus diesel with the old TDDi engine that was used in the escort 90Hp. but it leaves this car for dead.

Do I have a problem or is it normal throttle behaviour ?

I also have a T-Spirit with the 2.0 Litre petrol engine and it has only done 1,700 miles so far.

One thing I have noticed is that the throttle pedal is very "heavy" to operate and so can give the impression that it takes a lot of effort to get any performance out of the car.

I have not noticed any undue lag in throttle response, and I think that in reality, the Avensis in 2.0 Litre petrol guise seems to have a reasonable, but not outstanding, performance.

The VVT-i engine gives a steady torque at most engine revs, but does not have the mid range surge that you get with the similar sized Turbo engines fitted to cars such as the Vectra, the Mondeo or the Saab 9-3 (my sons car).

Basically, the Avensis petrol engines all rely on revs for achieving any sort of performance, unlike the above cars. (Note that the Rev Counter is as large as the Speedo, and almost dominates the dashboard!)

My previous car, incidently, was a 2.5Lt V6 Vectra that did not not have the handling or quality of the Avensis, but had phenomenal performance.

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