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  1. Happy Birthday Bosnjo!

  2. Thanks to all for such a kind posts. Just for the record, I'll try here to compare two dealers: Toyota and VW (VW, Audi, Skoda) as I already owned 7 VW's and one Toyota. My new Octavia will be serviced at the same VW dealer as my other Golfs were: TOYOTA: When you come to reception you'll find little room, like 3x5m where they receive clients. It has two tables with receptionsts behind. If there were more then 10 clients waiting, nobody can tell who's next. As they finish with one, they just say "Next!". Try to imagine how many times I had to discuss who's next, me or him... If you come for waranty claim, first answer you get is: "It's normal...". Then if you show some skills in mechanics, they try to listen to you and convince you from technical point of view that it's still normal. I'll give here two examples: 1st, it was handbrake question. It would lock on 13th click. Answer: "It's normal", then a bit of discussion, then service book where it was written: "The best arround 7th click but it can still go until 9th". Me: "You see...?", them: "it's still OK, no need to adjust, and even if we do you have to pay because non of adjustments are covered by waranty." Went back home and done adjustment by myself. 2nd, it was tyres question as all four got oval after car was 2 month old and had something like 5.000 kms. They said it was my fault because I've probably done some hard long braking and as wheels blocked tyres got oval. Me: "...wheels blocked????? What about ABS? Are you kidding me?" Them: "well... (long silence), ABS don't work if you go for example 10 mph on dirt road and brake instantly...", Me: "I still think you're kidding me, 10mph on dirt road if I fully brake, car will stop in 2 meters"... They took the car to Bridgestone Dealer and they cahged all 5 tyres, saying they had a knowledge about problem on other cars too. I've never solved the clicking steering wheel (it's normal, they said), noisy brake pads on irregular roads without braking - had to go to the dealer each 2-3 months for them to lubrificate something to stop the noise, noisy dashboard, behing the radio, whistelling wing mirrors above 140 km/h (had to close them on that speed, it was driving me crazy), and so on, and so on... VW When you come to reception you'll find huge room, like 30x50m where they receive clients. At one end of that room, there is beggining of the showroom, so if want you can go see new cars while you wait. There are a lot of confortable sofas arround with newspapers from the day and free cofee machine. 4 tables with receptionists and above their heads huge plasma screen with names of the clients, the time to be received, name of the receptionist, licence plate number. This is for apointments made by phone. If you come without apointment, there is one side-reception where very kind lady take your name and you go on the list on that big screen. If you come for waranty claim, no need to make the apointment. You just go, talk to the lady and your turn will be in 5-10 min. One receptionist gets up behind the table and go to your car with you. Once I had on my Golf wing turning sign full of water after washing (car was one month old). Receptionist went to call mechanic and there he was after one minute comming with new turning sign in his hand. Replaced it less then a minute and I was ready to go. They have never asked what hapened and why it got the water in. And yeah, there is a service (I don't know if it is only in Portugal) called "Mobility 24" which means if you have your car serviced regulary at VW dealer, you have the right, if your car breakes anywhere on the road, for towing truck, hotel, taxi, and then replacement car if you need, all free of charge. Thanks for all best wishes you gave me. Bosnjo
  3. None of Avensis models (pre-2003 or post-2003) can do that. I used to own VW's and they all do it (Audi, Skoda, Seat...), but Toyotas just don't have that option.
  4. I'm surprised at the problems, but problems are problems. Skoda in the surveys I've seen do very well. Though VW cars which share a lot of the engine components do not and have a lot of ECU issues. So I'm a bit confused, must be the chekz assemble the cars better than the Germans?? Every people in the world is known by something. If you take japanese as known for electronics, franch for wine... then czechs are known as auotomotive engineers. Sounds funny, doesn't it? But it's true. They were stranguled over decades in socializm and just couldn't make it through. Now they have the freedom and they make what they want. If they just weren't under VW they could even do better. VW doesn't let them develop enough as they have already many inventions tested, fearing to loose customers for VW cars. Anyway, arround 40% of Skoda customers are ex-VW owners. That says enough, I guess. Cheers
  5. When I got the car it was my first Toyota, but sadly I hope it was the last one I owned. 1.8 VVTi Saloon with extras, January 2005, 20.000 km on the clock yesterday. I wrote so many posts here about problems car had. So many visits to dealer and I just got tired... Sold it yesterday, lost a lot of money because of that, but I just couldn't take it anymore... Ordered Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Sport. Thanks to all of you guys for help and support during almost two years I owned the car. I also hope I helped some of you with things I could. It was nice to share experience at this great forum. I'm gonna miss it. I just hope nobody gets the new car with so many problems the way I did. So long Bosnjo
  6. I just don't believe Toyota paint anymore. It doesn't have to be 3M shop. As long as it's shop that does computerised mixture of paints matching code you give them, you should go for it. But, just a little advice: Before you use it give just a little touch somewhere over original paint, on the place that's hidden, like by spare tyre or under the hood, bellow some carpet etc. Let it dry and see if it's ok.
  7. When I bought mine (2005) I looked at the colour code (Silver) and it said 1C0. Went to the dealer and got 1C0 touch-paint so I could cover those little holes made by stones. When hapened the first one I've cleaned it out and gave just a touch (touch-paint, is't it?). It was so different that I couldn't believe my eyes. I thought it needed some time. One year later it was stil much lighter than the rest. In all my previous cars (mostly VW) I would go to the 3M shop as they make car paints by code you give them. Never had any problems and the most of my cars were silver (light grey metalic). So, I gave the code 1C0 at 3M shop and they made me 0,25L bottle. I gave the touch on the spot that I've ruined with Toyota 1C0 touch-paint, and booom... got it perfect. Thrown Toyota Touch-paint to the garbage straight on... By the way, there is a little plate with engine and paint code. Just look for it. In new Avensis it's on the pillar between driver's door and door behind. Maybe it's on the same place on yours.
  8. Mine is 2005 1.8 VVTi Saloon It's not whole the rack, it's one shaft on the bottom that Toyota says may loose tightness or even fall apart and cause loosing of the control over the vehicle (according to the Recall Letter). That's why I got worried and drive carefully waiting for the part replacement, as they already checked mine out and said it's damaged and not tight anymore.
  9. Do you have it booked for part inspection or to change the part already? Mine has been inspected two weeks ago but part takes long time to come because there are too many orders (they said). My concern was what if they said the part was ok and then it fails few months later. But the part was damaged so they'll change it. I wasn't able to feel any problem on the steering. Now I drive it carefully because I fear it may fall apart. I have to wait until 12th of October. Cheers
  10. Thay've just called me and marked for 12th of October as just then they're gonna have the parts. I hope the steering will not fall all apart till then.
  11. No, that's not the point. They will take care of everything as Recall. They don't blame me at all, but the letter said that damage can happen only if hitting sidewalk few times or heavy duty driving. Even then, they'll take care of it free of charge. The point is that it happened anyway, even I haven't done anything described in "Recall Letter". When I got the car as new, I was so hapy and felt that I have strong, reliable and long lasting car. Now I feel very bad about it and going to sell it at beginning of 2007. I don't even enjoy driving it anymore. It gave me so many problems and I'm just fed up.
  12. As I've posted earlier, I've got Recall Letter for possible steering failure. It's been marked for today. I've picked the car up in the afternoon and they said they'll phone me as the part to be changed has just been ordered (see my previous post about Recall Letter). They said steering system is damaged. Sad, isn't it? My Avensis is from January 2005, 1.8 VVTi Saloon, AND WITH ONLY 17.500 KM ON THE CLOCK. I've never hit the sidewalk, any big hole, no hard steering driving. I've been so carefull with the car.
  13. Thanks, good point of view. I'm happy to see that people think it doesn't apply to Avensis.
  14. I've just found this link: Toyota gets 40 lashes with a wet noodle from Japanese government over recalls :o Don't know if it's true.
  15. As all toyota steering wheels hold air-bag that is connected to the system by spiral coil cable it would give you big headache to do it. On the other hand, you will invalidate your warranty unless you get the letter of approval by Toyota dealer. Note that many of Avensis cars have problems with steering wheel (including mine) so it would be good excuse for dealer, if by time something goes wrong with steering wheel/rack, to blame you. The best option would be to talk with dealer's cheef engineer (not cheef mechanic), through Customer's relations. Hope this helpes.
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