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  1. It's interesting how this is affecting some people/cars. We ended up getting our money back on the car, but I do miss it. It'd be more than mildly irritating if it turned out to be a bit of non-issue.
  2. The videos don't show it up too well at all, but the smoke absolutely had a strong blue colour to it. Thanks for the details of the TSB... very interesting reading! Gug - I'd be interested to know if the warmer weather that's now fast approaching (it's been lovely here (West Yorkshire) over the past day or two) improves things at all for you. Seggy - I feel your pain... As I mentioned earlier, we got our money back and have since bought a different car (Volvo XC90 - Seven seats a must!), but we're really missing the Corolla Verso, it's a much better car for us but 12 weeks of extreme inconvenience put us off buying another of the same age etc... waiting until we've got a more substantial budget for a car and then maybe we'll look at a much newer one.
  3. Seggy, thanks for your input - it's somewhat comforting to know that we're not alone and that it does at least seem to be recognised as a genuine issue - the dealer tried to explain it away as just a "normal" amount of smoke expelled when you accelerate driving a diesel... of course when he'd eventually witnessed the smoke for himself it wasn't anywhere near as bad as it sometimes was, but even with the amount of smoke he saw it definitely wasn't normal! Alas, they did agree to give us a full refund, so we took that option gave the car back and are now seeking a replacement. I wish you the best of luck in getting the issues with your car resolved.
  4. Hey people, I really need some help. 12 weeks ago, almost to the day, we bought a 2007 Corolla Verso 2.2 D4-D T180 with circa 95,000 miles on the clock. A few days later, whilst sat in traffic I noticed it was kicking out a small amount of slightly blue smoke... over the days that followed and although intermittent the smoke appeared more frequently. The final straw was when travelling up a slight incline in 3rd gear approaching 30mph, the cars behind were almost completely obscured by the amount of smoke. The dealer (not a main dealer) took the car back off us. They allegedly took it to a main Toyota dealer who suggested it may have been a problem with the Turbo, but would require further diagnostics. The dealer we bought the car from disagreed that it was the turbo (there's no loss of power whatsoever - in fact the only sign that something is wrong is the smoke). So they allegedly then took the car to a diesel engine "specialist" instead - whatever that is (seriously, who's going to know a Toyota engine better... Toyota or erm...), anyway, the "specialist" said that the fault was with the EGR valve and so replaced it. 2 weeks after we left it with them, we got the car back and within days it was doing the same thing. We dropped the car off with them again 4 weeks ago. They've since claimed that the "new" EGR valve they put in first time, was actually a refurbished one and so this time they claim to have ordered a brand new one for it. Earlier today we picked the car up, drove about 3 miles down the road from the dealer, only to find nothing's changed and it's still kicking out smoke. It's not constant, far from it, there's no discernible pattern to it, but I have noticed it's more prone to doing it in 2nd & 3rd gear and particularly if we're travelling up even just the slightest of hills. That being said, it's done it twice today with the car sat still and the engine idling. All together the dealer has had the car back with them for 6 of the 12 weeks that we've owned it and we're beginning to get a little frustrated. Whilst the car otherwise drives perfectly, it's not as much fun as you might imagine, occassionally looking like we're a ground-based member of the Red Arrows! The dealer have asked if we'd be willing to take it to our own local Toyota franchise and have them diagnose and repair it (our supplying dealer have stated they'll cover the cost) but my wife is virtually of the opinion that we should reject the car and request a refund (our supplying dealer has agreed that they will give us a refund if we wish). Our dealer (I feel) isn't being unreasonable in this regard, but I'm slightly loathed to have to wait any longer for the car to be repaired when it's not been repaired already despite them having had 6 weeks to go at it. I've managed to catch the smoke on video only twice and both times it was far from as bad as it can be (sometimes there's very little). Video 1: Video 2: If it helps at all, sometimes when following my wife on the motorway, I can see the smoke being expelled getting gradually heavier over a period of around say 6-10 minutes and then it's almost like it drops a mini smoke bomb, then does nothing for 10 minutes or so before starting to build up again. Yet at other times (today for example) we travelled around 35 miles on the motorway without noticing any smoke whatsoever... yet within 15 minutes or so of being back on the A-Roads the smoke is back for a short period. As it stands right now, it may be that we're taking the car back for a refund tomorrow, but actually we really love the car and there isn't currently any alternative T180 Verso's within budget, colour and reasonable travelling distance that we can buy instead (at least not that we can find on the likes of AutoTrader etc). Can anybody whatsoever offer ANY advice and/or suggestions as to what might be going wrong with the car and whether it should be a quick/easy fix or not. Thank you very much in advance.
  5. Hey guys... looking for an update to this thread in terms of how everyone went on and whether a confirmed cause was established and (perhaps more importantly) a solution. I've just recently (beginning of this month) bought a 2007 Corolla Verso T180 with around 95k miles on the clock. It intermittently spews out a fair bit of smoke (the wife and I disagree as to whether it's white or blue) - there's no regularity to it... the engine can be hot or cold, travelling along the motorway or sat in traffic. Sometime it does it. Sometimes it doesn't. But on my 1.5 to 2hr journey to the office it will do it at least twice. Had it back to the dealer I bought it from (came with just a 28 Day Warranty). They claim to have had it in to their local Toyota dealership and that Toyota have told them they cannot find anything wrong with it, but suspect it may be oil in the turbo, but further diagnostics are required. They (the dealer I bought it from) dispute that it's the turbo claiming (and I can verify) that the car otherwise drives perfectly with no other detrimental symptoms so they now claim that they've sent my car to a Toyota "specialist" (this confuses me a little.... who's likely to be more specialist. A Toyota service centre or a Toyota "specialist" - is it wrong that I'm concerned they may be trying to pull the wool over my eyes?). Your thoughts, comments etc would be very much appreciated.
  6. Hey all. I've just bought a 2007 Corolla Verso T180. I'd like to get the Sat Nav system for the dash (yes, I know I can have a Tom Tom or phone based system, but I want a system in the dash). I assume I need to stick with an official Toyota one in order to have the best fit etc. Naturally though, I expect that going via Toyota would be stupidly expensive. I can see that some units are available via eBay etc, but how can I check what model system would be compatible? Would any of the TNS510, TNS600 or TNS700 work? Is this something that I could fit myself or is something best left to a professional to do? I've seen the installation instructions on Toyota-tech.eu but it seems I need to know what generation my vehicle is... Mine would appear to be either an FMC Gen 2 or an MMC Gen 2 but how can I tell for sure? I'm sorry for so many questions and hope one of you is able to help.
  7. Hello all. I've just arrived back in the UK after 3.5 years living in New Zealand. 2 days ago I bought a 2007 Corolla Verso 2.2 D-Cat T180 in black. Prior to leaving the UK I had a 2005 Corolla Verso 2.2 D-4D T3. Really enjoying the new one, it's a big improvement over the previous one and of course the kids (7, 5 and 18mths) are enjoying the screens in the back! Well, that's me for now! D
  8. Steve

    Welcome to the Toyota forums DTBK :)