Mr Wolf

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    Mickey
  • Toyota Model
    1.8 Valvematic Icon Business Edition Avensis Tourer
  • Toyota Year
    2015
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    Suffolk

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  1. Back in January 2017 I part-exchanged my March 2015 Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi Sportswagon 2 for my current Avensis which was also registered in March 2015. The Kia had done 14K miles and Avensis 26K miles. The main reason for changing cars was I thought petrol was a better bet for me than diesel. Today I checked Auto Trader valuations to see how both cars had fared since January 2017. Must say I was very surprised to discover that my Avensis was quoted at just about the same price as I paid more for it some 2.5 years ago. At that time my Avensis was certainly not overpriced. The Kia had not fared as well. Its current retail price to buy is £1,800 less than the trade-in value I received 2.5 years ago. At that time I noticed the garage selling my Kia were offering it at £1,700 above the trade-in price I got. All this suggests the Kia has depreciated by more than £3,000, and hard to believe my Avensis by very little if anything. My experiences here prove nothing, but support my decision in changing from diesel to petrol from a depreciation view at least.
  2. I had my MiVue dashcam hard wired into my Avensis by Halfords. I sat in driver's seat and watched the technician do it. He made a 1st class job of it and the charge is £30. I didn't buy the dashcam from Halfords. Couldn't say whether MiVue dashcams are any better than other brands because I have not tried others. Mine works fine.
  3. Seems there are a number of inconsistencies between specs on the HJ and Parkers websites. I see that Parkers list your current Tourer 0-60 at 9.1 seconds and the Saloon at 9.1 too. That's got to be wrong given weight and aerodynamic differences - your Tourer will be slower at about 9.4?
  4. If the Honest John website entry is wrong, then so is the Parkers website which is the same!
  5. The 0 - 62 mph performance figures are from the Honest John website https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/avensis-2009/data/. See bottom of Saloon table. The 1.8 Petrol 9.4 seconds, 2.0 Diesel 9.7 seconds and Diesel 2.2 at 9.5 seconds are as I quoted for the Icon Business Edition, which is the version I own.
  6. My Avensis is the Icon Business Edition 1.8 petrol Tourer. Its saloon equivalent 0 to 62 mph official performance is 9.4 seconds. Not bad, even compared to more modern cars. Interestingly 0 - 62 mph for the same Avensis 2.0 diesel version is 9.7 seconds and for the 2.2 diesel it's 9.5 seconds, suggesting the petrol is quickest of the three! (Up to 62mph at least). In my experience the petrol engine version is quiet and refined but if you choose to drive it hard it will accelerate quickly enough; but then the engine sound becomes quite raucous. It's not a great performer going up hills unless you keep the revs up and use the gears. I expect the diesels will be better in this respect. However, it cruises effortlessly on the motorways and although not important to me, it's quick enough for my purposes.
  7. I checked my car's service history today in the 'My Toyota on-line portal'. Surprised to discover that all records relating to 2019 have disappeared! There should have been separate entries relating to this year's annual service, a LGG84 vehicle recall and a workshop repair. A full and complete service history is of course important when selling a car - so I wonder where mine's gone? Has anyone else 'lost' their records?
  8. If you Google you'll find there are a number of head gasket sealing products claiming they work. Some even promise to give you your money back if they don't. Some suggest you drain the system and then flush and refill with water before adding the sealant preparation. Bar Leaks state that if your engine takes more than 15 minutes before overheating then their product will seal any leak. Having not used any of these products I can't say they will work but if I was in your situation I'd give them a try. £30 could be a small price to pay. Good Luck.
  9. Agreed Ed. I even have trouble inserting the memory stick in the USB port! The first time I did an update I wrongly installed the Western Europe map which doesn't include the UK and takes even longer to install! I then had to uninstall it and then install Eastern Europe and sat in the car with engine running for nearly 2 and a half hours in all!
  10. Yet again I went through the tortuous exercise of updating my sat nav. First step was to download the update file from the My Toyota website to my pc. Despite the fact that my broadband wifi connection operates at average 70mps it took 40 minutes to download. Next step was to transfer the file contents from the pc to a memory stick. This took another 30 minutes. The final step involved starting the car up, inserting the memory stick in the USB port and following the on screen instructions. This final stage took another 50 minutes to complete and engine had to be running throughout. All in all the whole update process took over 2 hours. Surely, Toyota could use more modern technology and better customer friendly processes? I believe that some people get their local franchise dealer to do the updates for them but presumably this is not cheap?
  11. As you might know Will, my car is same as yours but about 2 years older. I'm not sure if or when my front or rear pads/discs were replaced. I bought my car in Jan 2017 and it now has 38,000 on the clock. During my ownership they have not been done and I've travelled more than 20,000 in the car. There was no mention of wear (or advisories) in my Jan 2019 service. It's my understanding that front brakes account for 90% of a cars' braking so it's perhaps surprising your rear brakes are so worn. This suggests something like the EPB is causing it. Like you, I only use the EPB auto release so the question arises why my rear brakes are not worn like yours? Also, like you, I drive prudently and try to avoid braking where possible. I did read somewhere, maybe on this forum, that binding brakes will certainly increase wear. Presumably, this is easily checked by jacking up the wheels and spinning them. The fact that you need to push the brake pedal hard is the exact opposite of mine. If anything mine tend to snatch a bit so I have to use minimum pressure to brake gently. Having to push hard on the brake pedal doesn't sound right to me - perhaps a problem with the servo?
  12. Spent the last week in Yorkshire and covered about 650 miles in total so it provided me with scope to check a few things out with my mpg. Overall the average mpg according to the settings display was 48.8 which seems good for a 1.8 petrol which was fully laden most of the time. I also did a brim to brim check which was almost the same as the display mpg. On the way home on the A1, not being in any hurry, I set the cruise control at 60mph and noticed that in 6th gear revs were exactly 2,000. I also noticed that the range reduced by 1 mile for exactly every 2 miles travelled. By the time I reached my destination in Essex my odometer showed 265 miles travelled, range was showing 277 and average mpg 48.8. If it had been possible to continue my journey until the range showed zero then potentially I could have driven another 554 miles (2 x 277) which means I could have travelled 819 miles on one tankful. Ludicrous I know, but when I fill up range usually shows 450 miles and my "experiment" suggests this could be extended to 900 miles if I set cruise control at 60mph and found a road that long without roundabouts or severe hills! It got me thinking what is the optimum speed to set cruise control to obtain maximum mpg? Obviously this will depend on characteristics of car among a lot of other things.
  13. I happened to check my service records on the My Toyota platform and found a number of erroneous entries: I had a service on 11 March 2019 (though I didn't, and it relates to a Corolla/Auris, not my Avensis) My car was washed on 4 March 2019 ( this is correct, and clicking on it also shows I had a 4 year service, also correct) The recorded mileage shown at the 4 year service is 32,470 when according to the service invoice it was 38,586 I presume that my main dealer will correct these errors?
  14. Glad your EPB seems to be ok now. In this week's Honest John agony column a respondent tells the story of the EPB on his Discovery jamming, and not for the first time. The AA were called out and seems they removed a fuse and used the jack handle to release it! What they hit, if they did, is not recorded but he still seems to use the same approach now whenever it jams! https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/honest-johns-motoring-agony-column/2019-03/honest-johns-motoring-agony-column-09-03-2019-part-1/
  15. You could try this: https://www.clickmechanic.com/price-estimates/toyota/rav4/timing-belt-or-chain-replacement