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JohnYossarian last won the day on June 9 2010

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  1. Happy Birthday JohnYossarian!

  2. Hi All, Yesterday I had my car serviced at Toyota for £ 192 including valet service. It happened that after I called them and was quoted almost £ 400 price for 100k service they got back to me and explained that I had been wrongly quoted as it is the cars with Reg from 2004 onwards that need the long life coolant. I still struggle to see the point of putting a coolant for £ 150 in a car that has made 100k miles, but there must be rational for that. Cheers, Jordan
  3. Thank you guys! I will have a look, there is another dealer nearby I simply was used to this dealership. I will also check with Autodata what exactly 100 k service includes. Cheers, Jordan
  4. Hello All, My Totoyta Avensis is due for its 100k service and I was rather surprised when the other day after calling Mr. T I was told it should be £ 386. I have never had anything more than £ 220 by far and I find the increase a bit steep. When I asked why (the cambelt change is due at 120k service) I was told that it is the cooling liquid on top of everything, but come on, a cooling liquid replacement cannot explain almost £ 400. I resorted to a local garage and the guy gave me £130 + VAT quotation. It is no brainer what I am going to choose but still very surprised by what I was quoted at Toyota. So far all my services have been with them. I will appreciate your opinion whether I was quoted properly at Toyota. I might have missed something? Cheers, Jordan
  5. Happy New Year everyone! I simply would like to tell you the end (touching wood at the moment :)) of the story. I took the car to Toyota (once again great service, called them at 10 am had the car looked at at 11:30 am) and only mentioned the oil leak. 10 minutes later the guy came back explaining that the screw for emptying the gear box had been loose which had been the reason for the leak. They topped up the oil, tightened the screw and off I went. I was dreading the seal replacement especially after having looked at Autodata repair timings. The quoted work for replacement of input drive shaft oil seal was about 8 hours. All in all, things like that make Toyota great to be part of. Great service and very quick too. :thumbsup: Once again, I have to apologise to the Kwik Fit guys! They did their job and did not cause the leak, although next time when I change my oil I will be checking the oil level immediately after that :) Cheers, Jordan
  6. Hi James, I stand corrected with regard to Kwik Fit guys! Thank you for the head ups concerning the leak from the gear box. I hope it is the seal you talk about and tomorrow I will visit my local Toyota for their advice/help. Cheers, Jordan
  7. Hi Guys, Thank you so much for your quick replies! I took the car to Qwik Fit (the guy I usually talk to is a very reasonable chap) and they had a look. It turned out the gear box oil was leaking out. It is such an unfortunate coincidence, recent oil change/overfill and the leak. They let me have a look and recommended a place where they do gear boxes. Tomorrow I will take the car to Mr. T for their opinion but I seem to remember that opening the gear box means a lot of work, almost the same as for a clutch change (please, tell me I am wrong) and I am just pre-calculating the cost of the leak. Can anyone guess what could have gone wrong with the gear box for it to leak? Cheers, Jordan
  8. Hello All, Merry Christmas! I am afraid the topic of my post is not that festive. A month ago I went to Kwik Fit for an oil change (I keep replacing the oil at every 5000 miles between services). I have done this before and no problem, they would usually leave a few millimeters above the top mark on the dip stick but this is what I get at Toyota garage as well. This was the main reason for not checking it immediately after the oil change. I made almost 500 miles and checked the level and to my dismay I discovered that the oil was higher than the top mark by 1 cm. I immediately took the car back to the garage and asked them to reduce the level. They did something and I left, but on the next day after the oil had settled I discovered that it was still too high so I took it back to the garage. I was left with about 4 mm higher than the top mark. Yesterday, after the temperatures went up a bit I found a leakage beneath the car, something that has NEVER happened before and I was furious as the car never burnt any oil let alone leaking. I am asking for your advice, should I take it with Qwik Fit and get the gasket that was blown as a result of the overfill replaced or should I get the car investigated at Toyota and have their verdict for it? I have no idea what gasket has gone but even though it is a few drops overnight, I do not fancy driving a car with oil leakage, however small. I would expect that the leakage would increase as soon as the temperatures go up. Thank you in advance for your help! Cheers, Jordan
  9. Dear Moderator, Can you please remove this post as I have managed to double it? Thanks! Jordan
  10. Hi, I have just had my air-conditioning compressor replaced. It was causing terrible noise from under the bonnet and initially I was thinking that it were the injectors failing. It turned out to be the compressor but in fiscal terms it really was expensive. I hope yours is due to something cheaper :) but more knowledgeable Toyota forumers can direct you. Cheers.
  11. Can anyone explain something to me that I do not get? (too thick may be?) I was told that it is my AC compressor at fault and I assume that when the AC is ON it should be worse. I was very surprised when I turned the AC ON and the noise disappeared immediately. I switched the AC OFF again and the noise was back. I repeated this procedure several times and every time the result was the same: AC ON - no noise; AC OFF - the noise comes back. Am I right when thinking that it is the pulley's bearing that is likely to be the culprit? Please, let me know what you think as I have arranged a visit to the garage tomorrow for the compressor to be replaced. I am going to question the diagnostics though. Thanks in advance! Jordan The replacement was done this morning, £ 940 less money wise. No noise anymore. They explained my previous question that it is normal for the noise to disappear when the AC is ON. Hopefully this will stand for longer. So far after buying it second hand at 60 000 miles (86 000 miles at the moment) I have spent more than £ 3500 on repairs over 2.5 years. I think it is too much, but it is obviously down to my luck. So much about Toyota bulletproof reliability. Cheers.
  12. The saga continues. Today I took the car to Mr. Toyota and after one hour diagnostics I was given one good and one bad news. The good one was that all my injectors are fine and do not need replacement. The bad however is pretty painful, the air-conditioning compressor is making the noise. I was quoted £ 1140 for compressor and labour. I asked for my discount and it went down to £ 940 but still painful amount. I have just read the thread on air-condition compressor and started wondering whether I do not have a problem with the pulley bearings rather than with the compressor itself. I will start using the air-conditioning on a regular basis although it is a bit late now. As mentioned before, when I go above 1000 rpm the noise disappears. Does that mean anything? I will appreciate your experience/advice. Cheers, Jordan
  13. Hi there, I remember some time ago there was a discussion about exactly the same issue. IIRC the thing you would need to remember is to change your driving style to prevent the transfer of torque that is taken care of when you have the DMFW in place. If you search around you will deifintely find it, it was in 2010. Good luck!
  14. Hi Chris, Thank you for your explanation! I am taking the car to them on Monday and fingers crossed that it could be something small-ish (although with my luck I do not believe it). The oil leak has not come back although I do not see it as "one off". The seal is either intact ot not. I still cannot explain how the plug's seal can influence the injectors and the most puzzling of all is that the ECU has not registered anything, as if the injectors are in specs. Cheers, Jordan
  15. Today I went to Mr. Toyota and the guy there told me that it is the injector(s) that is(are) at fault. In fiscal terms he was not able to give me a figure as they need to strip down the engine and decide what and how many injectors. One thing that I do not get is why the noise disappears as soon as the rpm of the car exceeds 900. It is only audible at idle. I was thinking that if I keep the RPM high enough, above 2000 rpm the injector could eventually clean up (or is this too naive an assumption?). Has anyone experienced anything like that? Can the injectors be simply cleaned? Thanks! Jordan
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