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alan333 last won the day on October 30 2019

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    Formerly Avensis TR 1.8 Valvematic Auto
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  1. Sounds pretty good for motorway speeds to me, especially for the 2.0 petrol engine.
  2. We bought a car from a main dealer in mid July, and completed the relevant paperwork. The V5 arrived today, what's that been - about 10 weeks? Typical government body, they answer to no-one and don't do customer service.
  3. With the engine on, press the rear window demister button and see if the unbroken mirror on the other side gets warm after a minute or two.
  4. I can't really hear anything but if it's a rattle then I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the air cleaner box vibrates and sounds terrible. If it's a high pitched whistle then it's probably drawing air somewhere.
  5. I think I'm the wrong way round then. I thought the older engines had chains (pre 2006 ish?), and when they updated the engine and mated it to the new 6 speed box they went to belt driven. I learn something new every day 🙂
  6. I think the 5 speed version is a chain, the 6 speed in a belt (but I’m not certain)
  7. I don't see any reason they could affect the warranty. The warranty is for replacing things which wear out/break/stop working prematurely.
  8. Toyota's 1.8 vvti engine could develop the oil usage problem until mid 2005, then was reportedly cured. The newer 1.8 valvematic engine has no such problems.
  9. Yeah, cut through the crap... the car should have air con, it had air con from the factory, it was advertised as having air con, blah blah. Either get the dealer to re-instate the missing parts and get the air con working, or reject the car and get a refund.
  10. I've had weird steering behaviour on two Toyotas, both a good few years ago: I bought a T25 Avensis with 2 brand new cheap front tyres fitted. The steering wheel was off centre. I adjusted the tracking, the steering wheel was now back to being centred, and the car drove fine and with no uneven tyre wear. The car also had a drone noise at speed which I blamed on the cheap tyres so I changed them for decent tyres. The steering wheel was now the same amount off centre the opposite way, ie if I hadn't previously adjusted it, it would now be perfectly straight. It never solved the drone no
  11. The auto main beam I had on a Mazda worked fine on A-roads but was rubbish on motorways, it didn't 'see' oncoming cars until much too late, the same with cars ahead of me, and it regularly dipped the beam for road signs and mile markers. At least I think it was for mile markers, there wasn't anything else around. And main beam just wasn't available in the slightest of steamed up windows. I turned it off and used manual mode. Maybe Toyota ones are better, their auto wipers certainly are (it wouldn't be difficult to better the Mazda ones tho).
  12. Sometimes components are permanently supplied with +12v and the switch (or horn button in your case) adds negative. Check your wiring again with the horn button pressed.
  13. It's refrigerant gas (different types dependant on car/age of car). It's not uncommon to need a top up/regas maybe every 3 years or so, but also not uncommon to last for 10 years with no regas. It's luck of the draw, but using it regularly prevents the seals drying out thus prolonging it's life. Lots of different views on air con and whether it causes the car to use more fuel etc, so people can be hesitant to use it all the time. Personally I haven't owned a car (since a/c became common) that it made any difference to whatsoever, and mine is either set to auto or on all year round.
  14. Yes the cvt (constantly/continuously variable transmission) is fully automatic, and 'creeps' like a full automatic. It's revvy tho, like you're driving with a slipping clutch. Great around town, but annoying on hills at motorway speeds.
  15. I haven't read of any problems with the valvematic engine, are they prone to problems I haven't came across?
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