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  1. I just replaced the centre section of our 04 1.3 yaris for £120 fitted by a local exhaust centre. I could have fitted it myself for £70 but it is a messy job to do yourself under the car. They switched the O2 sensor from the old exhaust. On the 1.3 the cat is a large seperate cylinder above the the exhaust that bolts up to it. I hate to think what a genuine Toyota exhaust would cost.
  2. Yes an 04 1.3 T Spirit. Overall MPG is hard tp say as we only use this as a town/shopping car and prefer the Avensis for longer trips. Average about 32 urban mpg on the Yaris with the MMT auto box which has been fine but still only 47K miles.
  3. As far as I can tell from the strange green analogue tachometer mine does 3100 rpm at 70mph on the speedo. However the road noise is pretty intrusive at 70 and 60 is a more relaxed cruising speed!
  4. Our 2004 Yaris 1.3 auto has developed a strange intermittent noise. It mostly happens when pulling away from rest and is a sort of grating or growl and seems to come from the front. It does not increase in frequency as you would expect if to do with the wheels or CV joints. I wonder whether it is a alternator bearing or perhaps an exhaust rattle as it seems to pass off when above a certain speed/revs. I did wonder about the aircon pump as the aircon radiator had a leak last year and lost fluid and whether there was a problem running that partially low on fluid (plan to replace aircon condensor when other stuff sorted). I realise this is a difficult question but has anyone some inspiration on this. I have checked all the wheels, tyres etc, under engine covers and nothing is loose .
  5. I bought a new bearing/ABS unit and at the MOT test it had an advisory as "play in bearing". I checked and there was play in the new bearing so purchased another from a different supplier. This one also had play. The third I bought was a german made one and was fine. There is clearly a lot of rubbish out there and reading e bay feedback on bearings there seems to be a high rate of premature wear and early failures, some only 50 miles!
  6. The bushes are just a split rubber bush square at the bottomand with a rounded top to fit the U shaped bracket. Only two bolts each side. You just need to work out if the roll bar will lift when you loosen the bush and if so you mayt need to jack up the side you are doing so the roll bar hangs down onto its seating. I did a Yaris recently and it took me about 1 hour for both sides.
  7. There must be a happy medium somewhere in this!
  8. I dont believe it..... The second bearing unit I bought from a different e bay shop also has play in the bearing. I wonder if the cheap e bay items are "out of spec" bearings? I am getting fed up fitting these things!
  9. Thanks for that info - people NOT to buy from is also useful. Problem with e bay sellers is that they do not say who their supplier is. The rear bearing/ABS unit I fitted looked okand was from an e bay shop that had good feedback but of course you cannot check for play until it is firmly bolted to the car and using the wheel leverage. I fitted it in the rain and being in a hurry I did not think to check it for play, I spun it that was all. When looking for an alternative supplier whilst the e bayer was messing about giving me a refund I did find a few feedbacks on different sites complaining about rough bearings so this is perhaps a widespread problem. The fact that the MOT was only an advisory for play seems to be a reason for the e bay shop to consider that the item is not defective?
  10. Yes Blueprint are good but they have a limited range of parts-more brake, clutch etc
  11. I bought a rear hub/bearing/ABS fitting on e bay for £26.80 but had to return it as it had play in the new bearing (surprised it was only an advisory at the MOT) . You could say this is to be expected as you get what you pay for but I have generally had good experiences with non OEM parts. Considering that one of these is £364 from Mr T (just the part not fitted) non OEM parts are excellent value if the quality is there. Is there a company that make non OEM parts of good quality for Toyotas?
  12. There seem to be a number of Dinitrol sprays for box sections-4941,3125,1000 and 3654 and ML. The ML seems to be the penetrating one. Is ML the best one to use?
  13. Thanks Madas...I will go for Dinitrol. Reference my previous post about a new rear bearing having an MOT advisory for some play. I was sure they mustt have input the wrong side into the printed cert but no when I jacked it up there is play-very dissapointing for a new housing/bearing/ABS unit!
  14. Thanks for that info Scott- I did not know that all the hi tech safety stuff had now been rolled into a TSS basket. It is all just what I would like, apart from the depreciation on a near new car which I could not stomach!
  15. Result - passed MOT with only advisories as slight rust on front floors and sills-so just about to underseal those areas as well as box sections at the front. I was planning to Waxoyl inside the sill and chassis box sections. Is this the best stuff for squirting in and controlling the rust levels as it is at present? One other thought is that I will be wasting my time as the box sections and sill will be rusty and cruddy inside? I have no idea what if anything the box sections are treated with internally-any ideas. The car underside is only undersealed from new in a few specific areas which surprises me. Strangely an advisory was given as a rear wheel bearing with slight play- except that I have just replaced that one with a new hub/bearing and ABS unit. I wonder if he input the wrong wheel?
  16. mmm 112bhp for the 1.6 diesel and 11.4 0-60. I would like something a bit perkier than my T25 rather than slower. It look as if I would need to settle for a 2.0 diesel, a pity..
  17. A good point I prefer petrol as I have friends who have had awful problems with turbos!
  18. I quite fancy a newer Avensis mainly for better lights, autonomous braking, CC etc and a business edition plus has the spec. I am looking for on an older (2012) 1.8 model but these are pretty thin on the ground so I thought about a 1.6. However the lower power of the 1.6 makes me concerned as I find my T25 1.8/127BHP ok but would like a bit more power rather than less so my question is whether the 1.6 is a bit sluggish?
  19. If the fuse is blown these are the symptoms I had when mine was blown.
  20. It is a 1.3 t spirit hatchback 2004 Yaris-french built if that makes a difference. Thanks.
  21. Is the cat the cylindrical (about 5" diameter) housing under the manifold or the slim box further down the pipe?
  22. Yes when I have finished hammerite and underseal I am going to Waxoyl inside the sills and box sections - lots of rubber grommits along under the sills which is what I assume is what they are for? Hopefully this will stabalize as it is for a few years. A lot of work on such an old car but having started I might as well finish it!
  23. Thank for good and informed comment, as usual.
  24. This is an interesting one to me as I also find older Toyota lights very poor. How does fitting extra lamps fit in with the MOT?