perdaniel

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    Per Daniel
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    Avensis Sol D4 Sedan
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    2001
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  1. According to https://www.swanseatyres.co.uk/tyre-size-calculator/ the oem size tyres on your car are 205/55-16. According to https://tiresize.com/comparison/ the difference between 205/55-16 and 215/55-17 is 5.6%. I don't know what the UK authorities opinions on the matter are, but here in Norway it is not allowed to have tyres more than 5% different from the oem size.
  2. I am looking into what I should get after my 2001 Avensis. I would like to get a Toyota, but I found out that the 2003+ Avensis only has one reverse light. This is a problem for me, because I live on a road with no street lights, and I have to reverse to get in or out of my parking space. I have tried doing it in the dark with my mothers 1999 Corolla (which only has one reverse light) and that was difficult. Are there any Toyota models newer than the first generation that has dual reverse lights?
  3. I think that the 1.2 turbo is a good way forward for Toyota, as long as it doesn't develop any reliability issues. The torque curve is impressive. It has maximum torque (185 Nm/136 lbft) from 1500 to 4000 rpm. I have for a long time been of the opinion that the lack of low end torque in Toyota petrol engines doesn't suit the other characteristics of the cars. An added (possible) benefit of a turbo engine is that they are more easily tuned than normally aspirated engine. It is not the first direct injection petrol engine from Toyota. My 2001 Avensis D4 has a direct injection petrol engine, 1AZ-FSE.
  4. My '01 Avensis which I've owned for 5 years (I think) have occasionally had the VSC/VSC Off lights come on. A couple of times the lights came on when I tried to start the car, but it wouldn't start on the first try. I have tried using an OBD2 reader, but no error codes that seemed to be related to that came up. I have just disconnected the battery, waited 5 minutes and then reconnected it again. My car is the same year and has the same engine as yours, but has manual transmission and Sol equipment level.
  5. I must have some issues with expressing my views in English. Everybody seems to think that I compared the hatchback only to the saloon. I was comparing it to both the saloon and the estate. If both an Avensis estate and a saloon is available, why buy a hatchback?
  6. I can see that the hatchback is more practical than the saloon. I have a '01 saloon myself, and I have often uttered words best not repeated in civilised company over the minuscule opening between the boot and the cabin. What I don't understand is why some would prefer a long hatchback over an estate on a car the size of an Avensis. I can understand the preference for a short hatchback, especially on a Corolla/Golf sized car, as you get a large hatch with a car that is much shorter than an estate (in some cases).
  7. What is it that you find attractive about the hatchback?
  8. That's an expensive option.
  9. Are the insurance company charging you £25 more (per year?) for running smaller rims? That's sounds insane. As to getting 16" wheels, you could also buy a second hand set and then sell your 17" wheels. If you don't need original Toyota alloys there should be more wheels to chose from. As long as they are the correct BCD/PCD, the center hole isn't too small and the ET is close to the original you should be ok. It is recommended to use hub centric rings if the center hole of the rims are larger than required, but I drove for years lacking one of them on my previous car without noticing any difference. I should note that it was a Golf and that it had conical wheel bolts on the after market alloys. My Avensis has original alloys without conical wheel nuts, but they have the correct center hole. It might be a bad idea to have the wrong center hole, no hub centric ring and non-conical nuts/bolts. Edit: I was able to go from 195/60-15 to 195/65-15, thereby getting comfier tyres, saving money and getting a more accurate speedometer. If your new car has 205/60-16 you might not be so lucky: It looks like 205/65-16 is mainly a van size (at least at my tyre shops website). The tyres were more expensive and many of them were 8 ply rating, so they are probably heavy as well.
  10. This is important. In the case of an accident or even a sudden stop a weight of 195 kg is very dangerous to have in your car.
  11. I understand that you have some sort of problem with the wheel sizes, but I don't understand what it is. Do you want a car with more equipment but smaller wheels or a car with less equipment but larger wheels? There might be some issues with smaller wheels and powerful/heavy engines as some of these cars use pretty large front disc brakes which might not fit under the smallest wheels.
  12. I'm not a professional mechanic, but it looks like the hatch is the same on the 5-door and 3-door E12. If you look at a 3-door 2005 models back door panel and glass: http://japan-parts.eu/toyota/eu/2005/corolla-hb-ukp/zze120l-dgmdkw/3_153550_011_/body/6708_back-door-panel-glass/2 you will see that the part number is 67005-02060. If you look up that number on http://www.toyodiy.com/parts/xref?s=67005-02060&mE=on you will see that there are both 3-door and 5-door cars in the list of cars that use that part. If you want to make sure, you can enter the VIN for both cars in http://www.toyodiy.com/parts/q.html and then navigate to Body > Back Door Panel & Glass to check that the part number is the same for both cars.
  13. Does anyone here have the factory repair manual for the E11? I have some issues with the ABS, heater control lights and rear wiper. The cost of getting it fixed here in Norway would be more than the value of the car, so I thought I would try to fix it myself. Unfortunately the Haynes manual is almost worthless when it comes to diagnosing problems.
  14. I spoke with my brother (who was a Toyota mechanic) yesterday, he said that steel wheels might fit even if alloy wheels of the same size didn't fit.
  15. This may be obvious to most readers, but make sure the rims fit over your brakes before you pay for them. Even on my old '01 Avensis D4 there is barely any room between the front calipers and the original 15" rims, and some of the most recent Avensis models have brakes that are around 2" larger than the ones on my car. 16" inch wheels may be too small to fit over the brakes of the most powerful recent Avensis models.