Mr Wolf

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  1. Hi Gary. Not sure whether your rumbling is the same as I had but the subject was covered previously in this forum under subject heading "Avensis suspension rumble - what options do I have?"
  2. Despite my 2015 Kia Ceed Sportswagon diesel being newer, I traded it in January 2017 and replaced it with my current 1.8 Avensis petrol. My reasoning then was mainly economic in that I do mainly short journeys and I didn't want the problems associated with DPFs etc. As I have posted elsewhere, the current PX value of the Kia has fallen dramatically compared to my current Avensis. I expect my next move will be to a hybrid or PHEV.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. If the Honest John website entry is wrong, then so is the Parkers website which is the same!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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?
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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/
  17. You could try this: https://www.clickmechanic.com/price-estimates/toyota/rav4/timing-belt-or-chain-replacement
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.