funkyg

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    2001 Avensis CDX Saloon 2.0 vvti
  1. I had the same problem. It also made my airbag light come on and the stereo controls on the steering wheel stopped working. Looking at the pdf that has been posted it was the spiral cable that had snapped. Dealer quoted me £140 for the part, but I was able to repair the cable. If you open up the spiral cable unit it's just like a PC ribbon cable which had somehow folder over on itself and snapped. Was able to solder and reinforce it rather than buying a new one.
  2. The coolant system sprung a leak (unrelated to lambda sensor obviously), and I couldn't afford to run a 2.0 petrol any more. Patched up with rad weld and traded in for a 59 plate Renault Megane 1.5 diesel.
  3. I drove mine for about four years, no problems.
  4. I had a 2000 2.0 vvti, and it used loads of oil. Had to put in around 0.5-1 litre every other week. Was on 132000 when I sold it, emissions and performance were OK so I just put up with it.
  5. Another possibility that occured with mine is the cable in the steering column that connects to the airbag, sometimes called a clockspring cable. Mine sanpped which affected the horn, the airbag and the steering wheel audio controls. The air bag light came on until the cable was fixed.
  6. Sorry Coolguitarman, Timson beat you to it. (I can't remember if it covered the diesel engine anyway, I know it did lean burn and vvti petrol engines) Posted this morning to Timson, cheers!
  7. Hi guys, No longer an Avensis owner so I thought I'd let this go on here. It's for the Mk I/II Avensis, yours for the price of P&P! Call it £3? I'm not trying to circumvent the rules, just thought I'd offer another Avensis owner a bargain! Cheers.
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    Coolant Leak

    Am getting a 59 plate Renault Megane 1.5 dCi. I know, it's French! But they have made big in roads on thier reliability since the Renault Nissan alliance. And it's a cracking little car.
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    Coolant Leak

    Well, the time has come and my Avensis is on it's way. Was considering getting a new(er) and more economical car after Christmas anyway due to high fuel bills (£60 a week in petrol) but the trusty Avensis has forced my hand. Noticed the fans coming on last Thursday as I was slowing down and thought hmm, that's odd. Temp gauge was showing normal. Driving to work the following day and the temp gauge was getting close to red even, no heat from the heater even on full. Pulled over and discovered it was piddling out coolant from the back of the engine. I was only round the corner from work at this time so left it there. Filled up the radiator at lunch time and took it to the local tyre place who allowed me to use thier ramp to have a look underneath to see where it was leaking from. It was right at the back of the engine close to the bulk head. Is this where it goes into the cabin for the heater matrix? I know many people don't like the stuff but I put some Radweld Plus in which seems to have stopped the leak. One week on still no leaks. Only issue I have now is the heater. Even though the temp gauge gets to normal, there is no heat from the heater until probably about ten minutes after getting up to temp. Does this sound like a heater matrix blockage due to the Radweld? What also happens is the exansion tank fills up to almost the top. I'm guessing the reason for the leak in the first place is my neglect of the cooling system. I know that coolant loses some of it's properties over time one of which being anti corrosives. In 6 years I have never flushed or replaced the coolant. Should I have? I pick up the new car next week anyway, I just need to nurse this around till then! I can't complain. For the six years and 133000 miles I've had it the Avensis has been rock solid, no major problems, never left me stranded. And you guys have always been there just in case. So thank you to you all!
  10. Hi guys, Can anyone tell me what the coolant capacity is for my car? It a 2001 2.0 vvt petrol Avensis. Thanks.
  11. funkyg

    Keys

    The imobilisor should be on automatically, as that should use a transponder in the key regardless of buttons. As for the alarm I don't know. One way for you to test it is to pull the bonnet release lever but don't actually open the bonnet. Close the doors and lock with the key. Now open the bonnet and if the alarm is armed it will sound. I didn't know if my Avensis came with an alarm, so that's how I tested it. Luckily for me that's the only time I've heard the car alarm!
  12. Yes there is. If I plug it into my old iPod it works.
  13. Hi guys. I have an iPhone 3GS that I use for sat nav in the car. I use a 3-in-1 cigarette lighter adaptor so I can plug in my iPhone and my iPod kit at the same time. A few months ago I had my phone exchanged due to a fault on it. A few weeks after this my charger stopped working so I replaced it for a new one. However the iPhone will only charge intermittently. I thought it was the phone so exchanged it again and still have the same problem. My iPod kit works perfectly plugged into the adaptor. If I plug the phone charger directly into the cigarette lighter it shows the same problem. The Apple people tell me it must be the car or the charger, because it charges first time every time if I plug it into a computer USB port or the mains charger. However I have tried someone elses new iPhone and that seems to work all the time in my car. The light is on the charger indicating it's plugged in and getting power. Help! Could there be something not quite right with the cigarette lighter or do you think it’s the charger or phone? I've noticed that if the engine is off, and I turn the key one click sometimes if I turn it off and on a couple of times it will then charge the phone. Cheers.
  14. Thanks for that. Wow, that is a really nice car!
  15. What's the car in the banner at the top? Looks like an Alfa but has a Toyota badge.