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  1. I'd try changing the glow plugs if it doesn't start well when the engine is cold.
  2. I've only done 176,000 in my Mk 1 1998 1.8 petrol auto. Would have done more but now working at home due to lockdown.
  3. I wouldn't bypass the oil cooler. To state the obvious - the oil cooler is there to cool the oil and so without it the oil my get too hot.
  4. Harry Carri - you're a man after my own heart. I think we have similar experiences. Here's a summary of mine: Avensis Mk 1, 1.8 petrol auto 1998, bought in 2005 at 49,000 miles. Now done 168,000. Always serviced it myself and had other work done at my trusted independent garage (£50 per hour here too). No real problems - just wear and tear. New O2 sensor in 2012, complete new exhaust in 2016, new radiator this year. New tyres (Michelin Energy) as required. Original brake pipes and auto gearbox - no problems with these yet. I change the gearbox oil as per service schedule.
  5. If it was me I'd change the oil and filter - even if it hasn't done many miles - this is fairly cheap and easy to do. Also you then have an annual service history when you do come to sell it.
  6. Glad to hear you got it sorted - and not too costly - on the scale of these things.
  7. I had a similar problem with my 1998 Avensis 1.8 auto a few years ago. The problem was that the cable from the gear selector to the gearbox had become detached (at the gear selector end). The RAC came out and made a temporary fix to re-attach it. I drove to my local garage and they re-attached it properly (and charged for 1/2 an hour labour). Hope your problem is as easy to fix as mine was.
  8. Don't know if this helps but I on my 1998 1.8 7A-FE auto I have a Halfords HCB013 (Calcium) battery. 540CCA, 60 Ah. No problems with this at all.
  9. I fitted a Denso O2 sensor to my Mk1 Avensis. As Perfection says - that is what was originally fitted. I've had no problems with it.
  10. I wouldn't be put off by the age. I have a 1999, 1.0L petrol Yaris that's done 108,000 miles and is no problem at all - passes the MOT every year and hasn't cost much to run. A common problem is the anti roll bar drop links needing replacing - but this is fairly cheap to do - about £80 when my garage did one side for me. That and a new exhaust is all that that I've had to have done over the last 4 years.
  11. I have a 1998 1.8 auto - so not directly comparable as it's an auto. My normal mpg averaged over all driving is about 34mpg - but this includes a fair bit of town/country road and very little motorway. When I have measured it on the motorway on a single run I can get around 48 mpg which I think is pretty good.
  12. Yes - I agree about the warranty bit. However my cars tend to be so old that there is no warranty - so I guess I have a slightly more relaxed attitude.
  13. I agree with the above 2 posts. Service intervals are arbitrary thresholds. A few hundred (or even thousand) miles either way doesn't make much difference. The main thing is to have enough oil in the engine - hence the advice to check the oil level.
  14. Hi Deakin - I've got a 2009 2.0 diesel verso. Had it for 4 years. It's only done 63,000 but no problems with it at all. Suspension seems OK to me. It is a bit harder than my 1998 Avensis Mk1 - but then that's pretty soft!
  15. I swapped the front and rear wheels yesterday. I suspect that the drivers side front tyre might be slightly out of shape - but it was hard to tell. Anyway as a result the wobble has gone away and the steering is much better. Does anyone have a view on whether it's OK to leave the out of shape tyre on the rear?
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