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  1. When I purchased my T27 Avensis, the driver's side wiper blade was smearing a bit on the return stroke. I just assumed the blades were worn, so I replaced them, but that didn't solve the problem. I've now tried three different brands of wiper blade and they all exhibit the same issue: they clear the windscreen perfectly on the upwards stroke, but on the return stroke there's one spot that smears, right near the centre of the driver's side blade in about the bottom third of the wiper's path. It's almost like there's not quite enough pressure being applied at that point. Does anyone else have this issue (I'm wondering if it's a design flaw)? My windscreen is in good condition and perfectly clean (I even used special glass polish on it to see if that would help). The wiper arm is in good condition and seems to be perfectly aligned. The brands of wiper blade I've tried are: Tridon (an Australian OEM parts supplier) - these were on the car when I bought it Some Chinese blades from aliexpress.com Genuine Toyota blades (on the car now) One I haven't tried is Bosch Aerotwin, but I'm doubting another brand will make any difference.
  2. LED DRL bulbs don't work in the Avensis. Many people have tried, including myself.
  3. Do you have trouble engaging any gears besides 5th gear? It sounds like you might need a new clutch slave cylinder.
  4. For the price of one clip from a Toyota dealer you can buy a bag of 20 clips from aliexpress.com.
  5. My 2013 Avensis windscreen has the same issue.
  6. As I said in a previous post, the Toyota dealer diagnosed a faulty Valvematic controller. It's a ridiculously expensive part and because they can't 100% guarantee that's what's causing the idle issue, the dealer I purchased the car from isn't prepared to authorise the repair unless the problem gets worse. I had wondered if it might be a fault with the electronic throttle body. Someone posted about the exact same issue on an Audi forum and how they fixed it: https://www.audiforums.com/forum/audi-a8-10/cold-start-idle-bounce-2-4-times-141756/ Basically, they removed the cover from the throttle body and cleaned the electrical contacts. As simple as that. The only problem for us is the cover on the Toyota throttle body is secured by rivets, so you can't remove it. If you want to take a chance on it, you can order a new throttle body from RockAuto in the USA for a really low price (their international shipping is quite cheap and really fast). The part is common with many Toyotas. Here's a link: https://www.rockauto.com/en/partsearch/?partnum=2203037050 It's super-easy to unbolt the throttle body and install a new one, except for the fact you have to drain the coolant, as there's a coolant line going through the throttle body.
  7. With lots of cars having automatic headlights these days, it's something you'd expect a franchise dealer to always check. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from the workshop foreman to say he agrees with my theory of what happened and has two brand new headlights on order. Part of me was expecting a legal battle on my hands.
  8. I did some research on the headlight damage, because the glue/solvent theory didn't make sense. What I suspect may have happened is the mechanic who was working on my car put a protective cover over the front of the car and while the engine was running the automatic headlights switched on. Toyota warns against covering the headlights for more than three minutes, because the head build-up will start melting the lens. The fact that the damaged areas are directly in front of both low beam bulbs aligns with this theory. I've emailed the dealer and expect I'll hear back from them on Monday.
  9. Toyota NZ recommends replacing automatic transmission or CVT fluid every 6 years or 90,000km.
  10. This is normal. You won't be able to drain all the fluid, which is why the factory fill is good for 10 years or 150,000km, but after the first replacement it's only good for 5 years or 75,000km (because the new coolant will be partially diluted by the old coolant that was remaining in the engine).
  11. What he said. I test drove my T27 Avensis 1.8 manual in a rural area (because that's where the selling dealer is located), but I live in a city. To this day I regret not buying one with the CVT transmission. Negative points about the manual: The lack of low-down engine torque, plus a big gap in gear ratios between first and second gear, mean the engine can struggle at low speed if you've got a load on board. I struck this with three people on board when taking off up a hill. Like the previous poster said, the clutch has a really high engagement point, which annoys the hell out of me when driving in the city. Unlike a lot of other brands, Toyota CVT transmissions are pretty bulletproof. In New Zealand we have a huge number of Toyota Corolla rental cars with the CVT transmission and they do a huge mileage without any problems.
  12. I forgot to mention, there's another symptom I experience when the engine is warmed up, which I think also points at the Valvematic controller. If the engine is under load, then I depress the clutch pedal, the engine revs briefly shoot up, then drop way down, then return to the correct idle speed.
  13. I hate it when people post an issue on a forum like this and then never post an update with the solution, so here I am again! I decided to take a chance on replacing the MAF sensor, since I found you could order a genuine Denso MAF sensor from rockauto.com for a low price. This is a US website, but Toyotas (like a lot of brands) share a lot of parts across their model ranges. I entered the Toyota part number for the MAF sensor in their search box and it returned the correct part, but with the Denso OEM part number. Anyway, the new MAF sensor made no difference. I assume the problem was masked when unplugging the MAF sensor by the ECU going into some kind of failsafe mode. The next thing I tried was to remove the throttle body and give it a thorough clean. It wasn't in a bad state, but now it's spotless. I then reconnected the battery and left the engine running for about 10 minutes with no electrical load to allow the ECU to go through the idle relearn process. The result of this is the cold idle hunting seemed to stop for a few days, but then it gradually returned. Interesting. At this point I made contact with the selling dealer (I purchased the car from a dealer in another town, about a 90 minute drive away). They authorised me to take the car to my local Toyota dealer for up to one hour of diagnostic time. I left the car with them overnight so they could start it from cold. The service manager called me today to say they think they've identified the fault. They hooked up their diagnostic equipment to the car when they started it and captured the live data. Fortunately they were able to witness the cold idle hunting and the data they captured indicates that at the time of the idle hunting, the Valvematic controller wasn't functioning properly. At this point they called the selling dealer to discuss it further. Unfortunately the selling dealer has declined to replace the Valvematic controller at this stage, because the Toyota dealer can't guarantee this will solve the problem and the cost to replace the part is about NZ$1,800 (900 pounds). I can sympathise with them, because that price is daylight robbery. You could buy an entire second hand engine for that much. I expect I'll be discussing it with them next week, but I'd be quite happy with a second hand Valvematic controller being fitted, if they can find one. To cap it all off, after I got home from the Toyota dealer today, I noticed both my headlights are damaged. It looks like some kind of glue or solvent came into contact with the headlights and has eaten into the plastic. The left one is particularly bad (photo attached). I just hope they accept liability.
  14. 225/45R17 would be 4.9% smaller in diameter than 215/55R17, which may not be legal. 225/50R17 is much closer in diameter, but still 1.5% smaller than the factory size.
  15. I've seen those options on another car I drove, but there's nothing in the dashboard settings menu on the Avensis.
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