Mr Wolf

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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. You could try this:
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. 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!).
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. It seems the Avensis will continue to be produced in a hybrid version. See this link
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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!