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hobnob

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  1. I understand you opinions on French cars and to be honest would partly agree with you, however my Avensis was obviously japanese and in a year has had 2 new headlights clusters as they were melting due to the heat generated from the toyota bulbs that were in, it has also had a partial engine replacement as the car was drinking over 1.2L of oil every 1000 miles which resulted in it running low and causing a really nasty bottom end rattle in the engine. Both of which I might add were known issues with the model so nothing to do with neglect etc. Before that (well a few before I'm averaging a new car a year at the moment :( ) the 02 plate corrola was riddled with bad rattles (sound apart from that though) Where as the 182 other than a few tinny rattles (which you can forgive on a car that is one of the best handling hot hatches) we haven't had a single problem. So at the moment my track record with French cars is far better than with Toyota's .... However I may still have gone for an Aygo but when I was looking at 3 year old with 28,000 miles, no air con, no alloys, no rev counter for the same price as the Twingo there just wasn't a choice. The Aygo unfortunately is just too strong of a car second had for it to have been worth me downsizing, I was looking at paying over £3000 on top of the trade in to get an ex demo for example, that just wouldn't have saved me any money and I wouldn't have been happy not having the required options.
  2. nowt wrong with the twingo... although I would have to admit its an aquired taste so not everyone is going to like it, but I'm a big renault fan despite their problems.
  3. Well thank you for all your feedback, Unfortunately Toyota were just not interested in Part ex'ing my Avensis for a reasonable amount and I was looking at having to get a 3 year old Aygo with over 20,000 miles, no alloys, no air con and no rev counter. Luckily for me there was a renault garage nextdoor to the last toyota garage I went to and I got an excellent deal on a 9 month old Twingo with 1,600 miles on the clock that had everything I wanted and they gave me a really good price for the avensis. it's a shame to leave the toyota camp but the other car is a full fat Clio 182 so having another Renault isn't too bad.
  4. Thank's for all the feedback, certainly think I will try and get one, especially since you can retro fit a rev counter and also colour code the interior easily and get one of those scangauge things. Only problem now is getting a dealer to find me a decent seond hand one and give me a good enough trade in from the avensis for it to be worth doing
  5. Thank you, that's the sort of feedback I was hoping for... Trim rattles don't bother me too much as all cars get them and at least with how easy the trim is removed in the aygo even me being a complete DIY numpty could stick a little felt etc in places to fix it..
  6. As per my other thread i am trying to get a good price trading in my avensis for an aygo. The avensis is my car and the better half has a Clio 182 so the plan with current fuel and tax prices is to get rid of mine then share both cars, a week of aygo driving then a week of Clio driving. So my question is how many other people have done the same thing? I will be driving about 16 miles each way to work about half on a motorway and half on country / b roads. now the avensis is great really smooth (especially after the new engine due to the known issue with the 1.8's) and being the T3-x has a reasonable spec inside, the down side being that it's costing more to insure / tax and fuel. I have driven the aygo and it seems a really fun and involving drive, yes granted it's not that quick but I think on country roads it would probably be rather good fun but as always you can never get a really good feel for a car just by having a 10-15 min test drive. Oh and I'm 26 so not exactly a yound driver anymore so would also appreciate feedback from any older males as to whether you feel like your driving a girlie car?
  7. True, I wasn't expecting to get a fortune for mine but they are using the excuse that there are a few stone chips so no one will buy it, surely if it only costs me a little from chips away a dealer can get stone chips out for next to nothing. I would even be prepared to get a 1-2 year old Aygo but the dealer I went to just were not interested in the prospect of looking into second hand cars, they are part of a big network yet the would only consider the 4 near list price ex demos that they had in stock.
  8. I'm thinkin on owngrading my 53 plate Avensis (1.8 t3x) to an aygo to save on insurance, tax and fuel. Went to a dealer yesterday and they were trying to sell me ex demo's for 7350 and only giving me about 4350 for my avensis (44,000) which was going to work out around £100 a month... not exactly going to say me any money since the avensis is paid for. They claimed that this was the best deal that they could do, I'm just wondering where else people have bought them from other than dealers. Would consider second hand but still think they are going to work out more expensive than the avensis. Test drove one and it's a cracking little car so would love to get one but I'm not prepared for it to cost me loads more money than I am already paying otherwise it defeats the object. Any help would be greatly appreciated. EDIT: just found a blue on drive the deal for £6770, unfortunately that means trying to sell the avensis privately which I was trying to avoid.
  9. I have that car on a 53 plate but in manual, in my opinion the t3-x is better than the t3-s as you get loads of toys in place of the satnav which as I understand it wasn't very good anyway. Mine has had both front head light clusters changed as there was a fault where they would overheat and melt, luckily in my case just causing a fail on the MOT and not a fire. Also had the bottom end of the engine replaced as the 1.8's had problems with drinking too much oil, this was done last month under a 5 year warranty extension from toyota. So if your buying an older one check the oil, if it is drinking it (mine was 1.2l every 1000 miles) then take it straight back for the repair. Apart from that mine drives fantastic if a little slugish on motor way runs. I'm sure you won't regret a toyota though as other than the few unlucky things I have had all covered by warranty extensions the build quality of the car is far far better than either my mk4 gof GTI or my previous Octavia Sport Hi, The car I'm looking into is a 05 plate so hopefuly they've ironed out the headlights problem. Also what is you average mpg on the manual? Regards Well since having the bottom end replaced it seems a lot better, the computer is showing an average of 50 although trying to work it out I would say probably about the rated 38. do 32 miles a day with half of that on the motorway and half of that on b roads.
  10. I have that car on a 53 plate but in manual, in my opinion the t3-x is better than the t3-s as you get loads of toys in place of the satnav which as I understand it wasn't very good anyway. Mine has had both front head light clusters changed as there was a fault where they would overheat and melt, luckily in my case just causing a fail on the MOT and not a fire. Also had the bottom end of the engine replaced as the 1.8's had problems with drinking too much oil, this was done last month under a 5 year warranty extension from toyota. So if your buying an older one check the oil, if it is drinking it (mine was 1.2l every 1000 miles) then take it straight back for the repair. Apart from that mine drives fantastic if a little slugish on motor way runs. I'm sure you won't regret a toyota though as other than the few unlucky things I have had all covered by warranty extensions the build quality of the car is far far better than either my mk4 gof GTI or my previous Octavia Sport
  11. well the other option is to stick with what I have but get the spoiler and a new back box
  12. I'm not talking about getting a new 1.6 you know... I'm talking about getting a one as close to the same age and milage as the one I have should one become available.... so if both cars are worth the same then surely it wont cost big money to change?
  13. Got me self a 1.4 VVti had it about 4 months.......but getting a bit fed up with the lack of performance from it... Was at my dealer yesterday and they pointed out a 3 dr 1.6 is the same price as a 5 dr 1.4 (what I have) so from a performance point of view is it worth the hassle after 4 months changing the car to a 1.6?? Will be test driving a one as soon as I can get the time off work......
  14. I have a corolla but I would imagine it the same if its a model that doesnt have it in the options list then there is no controller there only a hole for the wires to come through if you have the controller it should be working so take it back and get them to fix it
  15. can somebody please tell me in the UK what differences if any were made to the 02 plate corollas and the 03 plate ones Cheers in advance
  16. I do get a little bit of a wooshing sound although mine is a 2002 corolla . I previously had a 1991 VW polo which had a far worse woosh to it so it tends not to bother me although i do have an anoying rattle in the back :(
  17. Does anybody know what air induction kits available in the UK will fit the new model corolla 1.4 vvti? Also has anybody used an ecotek valve in one of these cars .. if so what performance increase did it give and how easy was it to fit. TIA
  18. How much should I pay for a secon hand 02 plate corolla T2 with 12,000 miles. They are wanting 8295 for it
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