Mr Wolf

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    1.8 Valvematic Icon Business Edition Avensis Tourer
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  1. The cheaper car has averaged a little over 9000 miles per annum which is by no means excessive. But the more expensive one has only done just over 6,000 miles per year, a third less and potentially less wear and tear on all its components. If all things were equal (and they're not!) then the more expensive car is likely to last longer, given it has fewer miles on the clock. As time goes by each car will move towards the "end of it's life" and its more likely the higher mileage car will reach that point sooner than the other one, perhaps by as much as 3 years? Without having detailed knowledge of both cars I'd bet the more expensive car turns out to be a better bet. But it is also of course £1500 more to buy! Good luck
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    tyre preference

    I bought the Goodyear Efficient Grip tyres 6 months ago though I was tempted to get Michelin Cross Climates. According to the EU ratings/label they perform similarly but the Goodyears were £40 per tyre cheaper! However, must admit they make more noise than the Michelin Primacy they replaced but otherwise happy with them.
  3. Great news David and many thanks. Fortunately I have an alternative main dealer to go to so will get in done asap. Sounds like it won't take long to fix. Thanks also to Alan333 for suggesting the fix. This all goes to show why the forum can be so much benefit to members.
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    Shush.....Can't Hear The Engine!

    The Avensis has had its soundproofing uprated over the years which has helped make engine noise level at tickover barely perceptible. (At least that is the case with my petrol version). It's also quiet in normal use but decibels increase under loading.
  5. My son and his wife joined us on holiday near York and we used my car to go on a visit to Sutton Bank. During the journey we stopped at traffic lights and my son commented that he didn't realise I had the stop/start system in my car. When I told him I didn't he was astonished as he couldn't hear the engine ticking over! It just goes to show how quiet the valvematic engine can be. My son who drives a BMW diesel could not have been more impressed. Are there other cars out there that are equally quiet, or even quieter?
  6. Hi David. I have the same rumble as you on uneven roads at slower speeds. I was a little concerned about this and asked for it to be looked at at my recent annual service. Like your dealer, mine couldn't find a problem and also said that it is a characteristic of the model. I have since got used to the noise and otherwise I'm very pleased with my car in every respect. I see that your car is, like mine, a tourer and of similar age. I'd be very interested to know how you get on if you do decide to attend to the caliper slider pins issue. Good luck
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    Cruise control efficiency comparison.

    The disadvantage of using cruise control is that going up any inclines it will ensure that the set speed is maintained thereby using more fuel than if speed was manually allowed to reduce. I suppose it would also be a disadvantage to use CC on downhill stretches as it would limit the speed and not allow momentum to increase the distance travelled. So on the face of it it seems that CC would be less efficient fuel wise. Another factor would be how journey times might be affected. Who knows whether manual reductions in uphill speeds would be compensated by increased momentum/speeds going downhill and whether it would be favourable compared to CC. To be honest I'm not bothered. I use CC because I find it more relaxing and comfortable for longer journeys and am not concerned that arguably it might be a little less fuel efficient (or not, if that's the case!).
  8. Some years back I had the same problem with the cruise control on my 2010 Avensis and the Toyota dealer said that the bulkhead drain plugs had been blocked by leaves and this had caused the ECU to be compromised when it rained. They cleared the blockages but were not confident that this would do the trick and said I'd probably need a new ECU at £600. After a few days I tried the cruise control again and it worked fine and the problem never occurred again. Whether this was the correct diagnosis I'll never know but it seemed to work!
  9. I part exchanged my 2015 Kia Ceed Sportwagon 1.6 CRDi just over 13 months ago for my current petrol Avensis Tourer. Trade-in allowance was £10,200 for the Kia and I paid £10,900 for my Avensis. The Kia subsequently went on sale at the dealership for £11,600. According to AutoTrader today, the part-exchange value of my Avensis would now be £9,400 and the p/e value of the Kia £7,300. Although this is just one instance, it suggests that my diesel Kia has depreciated far more than my Toyota petrol, and in my case at least supports my original decision to change from a diesel to petrol vehicle.
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    What Tyres are people running?

    I am not far from the point when I shall need to replace all 4 tyres on my Avensis (currently 27,000 miles old). One can take the recommendation of other car owners but I've found that, perhaps not surprisingly, most owners seem to recommend the make of tyres on their own car! I have been looking at the 3 Category EU Tyre Label System which provides tyre ratings based on 1) fuel efficiency (rolling resistance), 2) wet grip performance (stopping distance) and, 3) noise level (in decibels). The much vaunted Michelin Cross Climate tyres get a C rating for fuel efficiency, B rating for wet grip performance and 69 decibels for noise level. This seems good but not as good as the Goodyear Efficiency Grip tyres that get B, A and 69 respectively suggesting these are better than the Michelins on fuel efficiency and wet grip performance and equal on noise level. If one is not needing tyres for snow like conditions, then given the EU ratings, the Goodyear tyre seems best; and each tyre costs £42 less (for my car) than the Michelin Cross Climates!
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    2019 Toyota Avensis Hybrid

    It seems the Avensis will continue to be produced in a hybrid version. See this link
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    2012 avensis tourer upgrade ?

    It seems that most of us are happy with our Avensis Tourers, more so if they are the petrol version. In buying them we obviously ignored the negative views of the motoring journalists. Most of them describe the Avensis as a dull drive, with forgettable styling, a dreary interior and rarely award more than 3 points out of 5. We know better. They don't realise that some people put more importance into the practicality and reliability of their vehicles and that their priorities in buying are value for money, spaciousness and refinement.
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    Review Your Toyota website is now open to see the car reviews from Toyota Owners Club owners and others. I must say that I am unimpressed with their efforts so far. For example if you use the search facility to look up a car you will be presented with nothing other than photos of a number of models. If you can't recognise the car and its year from the photos then you have to try each photo till you find it as there is no description under each photo. There is also a League Table section but no description of how it works or its purpose. Very poor so far, in my opinion. Have a look yourself.
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    Map Update 6.10.0H now available

    I installed the free Autumn 2017 Update today. The instructions in MyToyota are pretty good and easy to follow. It took about 20 minutes to download the file (8.1gig) from MyToyota to my PC then another 5 minutes to extract the files and transfer to the USB stick. You can obtain guidance on how to extract if you Google it. I used my mobile phone to provide the link between MyToyota and my car infotainment system. You need to set phone to Bluetooth tethering to provide the link. It then took all of 40 minutes to transfer the data from the USB stick to the car infotainment and you must keep your engine running throughout. Having done the Spring 2017 Update earlier this year I didn't find this update difficult to carry out. If you let a dealer do it then you might be looking at least 2 hours labour. Must say that so far I haven't noticed any improvements/differences but as the update was 4.1 gigabytes it must have included a lot of changes!
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    What Price A Diesel?

    Prior to buying my current Avensis towards the end of January this year I used the Auto Trader on-line valuation tool to obtain an idea of what I might get in part exchange value for my Kia Ceed diesel Sportswagon. I realised that any valuation provided was only a rough guide. As it turned out the Auto Trader part exchange value was not far away from the figure I was offered. Over recent months, and before there have been plenty of reports in the motoring press etc etc that smaller diesel cars in particular are becoming less popular with buyers, and that more and more people are seeking petrol, hybrid or electric vehicles. Apparently, this has led to a surfeit of diesels on the used car market and has led to corresponding reduction in their values. (This was mentioned again in yesterday's Honest John Agony Column). I wondered what depreciation my Kia had suffered, so with this in mind, I today repeated the Auto Trader on-line valuation and was astonished that today's part exchange value had dropped by a little over £2,500 in less than the 9 months since I sold it! No doubt there are lots of factors that might contribute to this scale of depreciation but it might also point to the fact that diesel car values are indeed really suffering. Whatever, I'm glad I changed to petrol when I did!