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  1. Good morning all. I'm new-ish to this forum but am on my second Avensis. I've had a 2014 Avensis Business Edition diesel and now have a 2017 Avensis Design auto petrol. In the years I've owned these I have had one puncture in each car and have been dismayed how quick the tyres wear out (<20,000 miles). I have my home near Portsmouth in the UK but currently live and work in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My wife (in the UK) seems to prefer driving the Avensis to her BMW 2-series convertible. I guess that says something for how enjoyable the car is to drive, although there certainly isn't any spare power in the 1.8 petrol engine. I'm considering getting a Camry when I get back from Saudi in late 2020. Nice cars but like the Avensis, a bit short on headroom if you're 6'2" like me. Maybe I really need a Land Cruiser 🙂
  2. I've gone from a 2014 Avensis Business Edition to a 2017 Avensis Design. Not noticed any difference in lack of sensivity though. There's a corner near my road on which my old Avensis always momentarily lost the signal for 'Absolute 80's'. The newer Avensis does just the same. Are you losing the signal on your new car that was satisfactory on your old car or is it just being a pain?
  3. Different garages and people will use different perceptions to describe 'worn'. Remember that the MOT test minimum is 1.5mm. Even once the friction material is completely worn off the pad backplate your car will still brake, albeit with a nasty grinding noise and feel. Although my last 2 Avensises (Avensi?) haven't needed replacement pads in my ownership my previous cars have gone over 40,000 miles for front pads (50,000 miles rear) before I've needed to replace them. I've never had any noticeable difference in brake pad service life between genuine and pattern parts in the past. There shouldn't be much of a difference either although if it really has worn out after 4,000 miles there really must be a problem with the brake pistons not returning into the calipers and the pads dragging on the discs. Tread carefully, and verify what your service garage is saying to you. (and I drive an automatic too)
  4. There were companies here in the UK that offered this service (removing the contents of the DPF and re welding) and yes, they also say that they remapped the car afterwards. Usually this realised a small power increase but the DPF is now ineffective in removing the particulates from the exhaust gas. A couple of years ago our UK government changed the regulations regarding the removal of the DPF so that if a vehicle has ever had a DPF fitted, it is required to keep it fitted and it is inspected annually for presence and effectiveness at the vehicle's annual inspection ('MOT'). Most of the companies that did the DPF modifications have now had to find work doing something else...
  5. Just above the AltGr key of your keyboard is the full stop key. Please use it in conjunction with the space bar to turn your statement into a question and I'll do my best to assist you. Kindest regards
  6. Interesting that I was on the email list of the 'Talk to Toyota' activity until recently. All seems to have ceased. maybe they read some of my responses and it didn't fit with their ambitions for technological advancement and use of IT solutions for every possible activity. Where I'm going is that I (I'm sure there are others too) welcome the use of technology to make my complete motoring experience better. However, I'm not desperate to adopt IT at almost any price. When I'm serious about buying a car I might choose to order online (done once, low satisfaction) or actually visit a Toyota centre, sit in the car and talk to a salesman (high satisfaction). Why the difference? Simple, my rear end still doesn't fit the seat in my second Avensis, Likewise my head brushes against the roof. Neither of these problems I did I have with my first Avensis. IT solutions simply don't offer the user experience. Amusingly sitting in the new Camry I'm still brushing my head against the roof. So please Toyota, if you're listening, don't hamper us all with IT solutions. They may be efficient and enjoyable to play with after the local Toyota centre has closed for the day but IT really isn't the real thing.
  7. Then Snows Toyota have a surprise lined up 🙂 My car was built May 2017.
  8. Fingers crossed they will cough up for the fix for my 2017 Avensis 1.8 Design. I've had it serviced independently albeit using OEM parts and materials. I'm pursuing Snows Toyota in Waterlooville (Hampshire) to have it fixed. I'll keep you all posted as to how easy it is/was.
  9. As an Avensis owner I've considered a move to the new Camry, only to find that my hair is still brushing the roof in the Design model I sat in a few weeks ago. It certainly liiks like a nice car. I haven't yet driven one but have sat in the front of both models and they seem comfy and properly put together. I also lay claim to having been in one that is a taxi (Saudi Arabia). Nice car and has more poke than my 2017 Avensis auto. My local Toyota dealer shares premises with the local Lexus dealer. The top spec of the ES (Takumi) is over GBP12,000 more expensive than the Camry. They are supposedly based on the same floor pan but the similarity ends there. If you love soft leather and loads of toys then the Lexus is for you but boy are you going to pay for it. Me? I got a very good offer from Carwow for an E Class Merc so will be getting a new E200 (petrol) in December 2020 when I get home from Saudi assuming that a similar deal is still available. Meantime I'm sticking with the 2017 Avensis Design auto that my wife actually prefers to her BMW 2 series cabriolet...