Mr Wolf

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  1. Mr Wolf

    Labour costs to change cam belt

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  2. Mr Wolf

    Computer lies a lot about fuel

    The litres per 100km figure displayed in your car is a rolling average. As you didn't reset It before you started your journey it used the then existing average and adjusted this by using the litres per 100km achieved over your 181km journey. This means that the 6.2 litres per 100km reading was not what you achieved over the journey, it was what you have achieved since you last reset the display. If you reset and then do a brim to brim calculation you will be able to make a true comparison between display and actual. I find that when I do this in my car the display usually exceeds the actual by about 1 mile per gallon.
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    Fuel tank recall. campaign:LGG84

    Thanks Konrad. You mentioned that the part in question is accessed under the rear seat cover plate. I presume that might involve moving/removing rear seat/s? As I have a dog guard fixed to the back of the rear seats then looks like I should remove the dog guard before I take it to the dealer? My car was first registered March 2015 and the current version was introduced from April 2015. When I'm asked by suppliers what year Avensis I own I have to make it clear that mine is not the later 2015 version because there are of course differences between the two. I recently completed a Which survey on my experience with my car and found no difficulty at all in answering a question about what I liked about my car. When I came to answer the following question about what I disliked about my car I found it very difficult to come up with anything. In the end I mentioned that the rear of the car gets very dirty on wet roads! Small price to pay for what I think is an excellent car!
  4. Mr Wolf

    Fuel tank recall. campaign:LGG84

    Hi Konrad. I received my LGG84 recall letter from DVSA today. My car was already booked in for 4 year annual service and MOT, and the dealer agreed to deal with the recall issue on the same day, thereby saving me another visit. Seems they can easily carry out all the work within a day. I see that our cars were first registered 5 years apart. I wonder if earlier versions than your 2009 model have received the same recall? I would have thought the older the car the more likely it will show signs of the resin crack but then what do I know!
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    High fuel consumption

    This morning I returned from a trip to Warwick travelling on the M40, M25 and A roads. The outward journey was last Friday morning and total miles travelled to and back was 284 miles. The outward journey took just over 3 hours and coming back was 2 hours 35 minutes. I never knowingly exceeded the speed limit but as the traffic was light I kept to about 70 mph most of the journey, particularly on today's return journey. The mpg was shown as 50.2 for the combined journeys. I always use Shell Super Power which is supposed to give better MPG and probably does by about 3 or 4 MPG. In recent times, after filling up range shows 461 miles.
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    Slippy clutch

    Hi Thom. I Googled clutch replacement cost for Avensis and it came up with an example of 2010 1.8 Petrol: Independent Garage: £600 - £666: 6/7 hours labour. I assume it's possible to pay less but at least it's a ball park figure for you to budget. Hope this helps and good luck
  7. 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
  8. Mr Wolf

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. Mr Wolf

    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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. Mr Wolf

    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!).
  14. 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!
  15. 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.