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  1. same with diesels even with fan on
  2. Hi and welcome to TOC Supporting what others have said here the review on the whole is very inaccurate and ambiguous. Also as a review limited lot more detail needed on say performance and why the turbodiesel is expensive as that story isn't so black and white [yes 2.2D4d have head gasket failure, but provided you can prove you have looked after the car Mr T extended the warranty and will replace it free of charge so really only costs you on time of being without a car] etc, it comes across as just info you have pulled from the net and not a car you have owned for some time. Sorry for downbeat message but please take it as constructive criticism.
  3. mpg sounds about right slightly of topic, but I agree with both Pete and Heidfirst, I've gone back to a petrol car [prefer the engine noise] but miss the torque, as my miles have dropped over the past year and also with a caution of the possibility of fear if you like, of the cost of replacement parts as they get older
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    My Avensis

    Always love coming across such topics. Great new buy and hopefully many years of good motoring to come Please update with pics where possible, it would be nice to see a transition :)
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    yep, mine too, due a change of fluid but similar difficulty getting into 1st when cold. Gearbox doesn't like to be hurried either. I have been told, by Ford mechanic, that sometimes the fault lies with the driver being to forceful, ie to get into first, pushing the lever as far to the left then pushing it forward rather than being a bit gentle, I am certainly guilty of that as I had difficulty getting the diesel Focus into 1st not matter how hot/cold the oil was,
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    sorry can't really be more precise help, have to spoken to Mr T over the phone as to what they can suggest? other than that, await other members to pitch in,
  7. OK haven't done this myself, but at the minute looking to retrofit heated rear seats on my volvo S70, and using google found that the wiring loom may exist (not sure where the plugs are on the Avensis, but would guess following the connections for the electric seat and seeing if there is an empty connector and also check your fuse box for the right fuse). Then to fit one, would involve having to take the seat apart. this means (the way I am looking to do it) finding a car seat in a scrapyard and just swapping it over, or by removing the leather seat cover and installing a heating matt and connecting it with the spare connector. There is something I have read about a thermostat setting so that the seat doesn't just just warmer and warmer, that I don't know about Hope this is a start, but would guess on an Avensis , since it wasn't a popular option for a 2004 car, then your options would be limited. Finally you could speak to someone who does upholstery and see what the professional has got to say Edit: Stand to be corrected
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    agree with Pete on this, changing the oil might help, but look at the cables also. I'm assuming the difficulty stays when the car has just been started (common) and after its warmed up (not common), could you clarify? Thanks
  9. I've heard of the road theory as to a car veering to the left, but other than wheel alignment can't add much else. Tank range, I've found the Avensis to be very generous on the reserve amount, but if your main driving is town only that that would sound reasonable. Mine was split 60:40 motorway:town, hence my average range was ~610 but at most I could only re-fill ~54litres The divider may be sourced from ebay (?) don't know how much Mr T would charge as an extra. Don't worry about the niggles and let it detract from the overall experience. Every car has its own niggles as such and I know its annoying but touchwood the car will be fine for the future
  10. glad to hear all is well now. silly question, i have a 2006 car, where is the obd II port? thanks
  11. Haven't driven a petrol version, but my diesel one is neither light nor heavy. Don't know if changing the fluid may help. Previously I have associated heavy clutches with a sign that the clutch is about to go, although I cannot confirm this time. This was back with a petrol Escort with a cable operated clutch
  12. Mine does that too, between 1st and 2nd. Haven't done it yet, but I believe changing the oil might help
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    Front Brakes

    I would support Pete on this one, each to their own though, I have always used a bit of copper grease on the back of pads during installation on cars and motorbikes, never had any issues as I believed it would eliminate any squeeky noise during use
  14. glad to hear all worked out well with you and you got the desired end result pain-free
  15. Oh and don't get too worried if the tickover is relatively high when you first start the car and for the warming up period. During this time, using the fan will also increase the tickover too
  16. agree with MIstermena, will look to change my oil soon too, with the cold weather, bit stiff to get 1st gear
  17. Most times I go for Morrisons, cheapest fuel locally, and never felt the car to be unresponsive or poor pick up at low revs. Then again, I haven't used premium fuel either, since for normal driving never thought it would make any meaningful difference
  18. Dear All, Many months ago, request was made for a Avensis to be used for a photoshoot, well forward till early september and mine had been chosen, it turned out be for a buyers guide article for Autoexpress. Its in this weeks Autoexpress and this forum has been mentioned. I have attached it too. I have to say, the details given concentrated on the pre-facelift (2006) model. Happy reading Usually people report here when problems arise, but I want to thank everyone here, whose writeups, esp EGR valve have helped immeasurably. Hence, these past two years have gone relatively smoothly and the car overall has been brilliant.
  19. I found that for me, when you open the tailgate, there are rubber stoppers, but over time and use I found that they didn't absorb the shocks too well. As a test all I have done at the mo is cover the rubbers with plastic and cellotape and so far so good. not a long term solution though
  20. on board computer is always optimistic, so brim to brim calculations would be my recommendation, W.R.T boot rattle, in most cars, you can adjust the rubbers, but not so in the Avensis, so what I have done is added a bit of extra rubber material on top of the existing rubber, about a few mm thick, essentially pushing the boot lid up hence no play for the boot lid to rattle. but what I have found is that the parcel shelf isn't the best either, so on big bumps that rattles a bit, but I can live with it since I try and avoid pot holes as much as I can, safely
  21. depending on your annual mileage, once a year should be fine, I do about 11k roughly, and just started getting into an annual habit, not the worst job.
  22. strange no paperwork given...I would suggest as above, go back to the dealer and insist on an invoice even if the work was done under warranty, it would be useful for your own reference and proof
  23. as far as I know, there is no such manual for the post 06 Avensis, if you mean Haynes type anyway