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JWL

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    Toyota Avensis T4 Tourer
  1. I have an 04 plate Avensis Estate. The previous owner had a tow bar fitted but I had no interest in this so I had the dealer remove it but, since I had paid for it, I took it separately. Now, it is just cluttering up the garage. A friend has a 55 plate Avensis saloon and may be interested in it. Does anyone know whether my tow bar would be suitable for his car? If the answer is no but the tow bar may suit you then let me know. I am in the vicinity of Straford upon Avon.
  2. I give the car an occasional thrash and the son is a bit wilder than me (but hasn't driven it recently) but it is not a car that encourages wild driving. To be fair, I did not expect that; as I said above my expectations were: boring, cheap, and reliable. I intended a bit of a thrash using an alternative route home from work on Thursday but two things worked against me. The speed limit had been dropped from 60 to 50 since I last used it and it was wet. The car seems to lose traction disappointingly easy in anything less than perfect conditions and the feeling is not nice. It has more engi
  3. Druid Boy & +robster+, Thanks for the suggestions. I won't try them today, as the family is still away, I will take a day away from the car and just use the bicycle. Alternatively, I may just set it on fire. On seconds thoughts, I won't; it would make a horrible mess of the drive and upset the neighbours (*). Rob, Mine is a 2.0 petrol, what is yours? If I drive in super boring mode, which I actually do most of the time, I can get around 40mpg. This is both by the computer and actual measurements on full ups. My best ever was 44mpg on a fill up but that was a couple of years ago and
  4. My manual says to go to settings. I first get a choice of languages and I can select a variety of languages and this works. For English only, I then get a choice of km or miles but whichever I choose, I get km. I'll try you way just in case it works. That won't be until Sunday. The rest of the family went on holiday without me and I got to stay at home to get the car fixed. My holiday now is a couple of days of not driving the hated Toyota (see above). My next expected trip will be to collect them from the station when they come back on Sunday.
  5. Thanks, I got the windows sorted, I closed the window and held the button in the close position for a few seconds and this sorted it. I had to do it for both from windows separately. I have not checked the back windows yet. The computer is in km still, see below. I don't hate the car just because the computer is stuck in km, in fact that is one of its few amusing faults. I don't even hate it just because the alternator died while we trying to go on a holiday but it did increase my hatred. I have owned variety of cars over the years: Ford Escorts, several BMWs, a VW Golf, and a Volvo. T
  6. The alternator failed 20 miles from Portsmouth when heading off to holiday in France. So, instead of a holiday we come home on an RAC tow truck. The rest of the family managed to go ahead the next day and I got to stay home to fix the car. I already hated it but now . . . Well, of course, the car was without power for a while and this has had a couple of odd effects. 1. The windows will no longer auto open / close with a single button press. I read on web that I should hold it in the close position for several seconds. I have not had a chance to try this yet. 2. The computer will only
  7. I would like a cheap and simple way to connect my iPod Classic 160GB to my Toyota Avensis. It has a standard built-in radio / cassette / CD player. It seems to have an option for a CD multi-changer but I don't have one. I don't need any sophisticated controls, just being able to control the volume from the steering wheel would be enough. If I am driving by myself, I will set up a play list long enough to last the journey. If there are passengers then they can control the iPod. I would however like decent sound quality so I am not interested in cassette or FM adapters. I have tried both
  8. True but given my personal track record of: Ford had 1 liked 1, VW had 1 neutral 1, BMW had 3 liked 3, Volvo had 1 neutral 1, Toyota had 1 disliked 1; it is unlikely that I will buy another Toyota. I didn't regret buying any of the BMWs and I regret selling the last one. With the Volvo, I thought that maybe I should have stuck to the BMW. I regret buying the Toyota. I can't afford to change it for quite a while so I may buy a motorbike which I would use when suitable and hence use the Toyota less.
  9. well, no doubt there are BMW & Volvo drivers that also feel that their cars didn't match up to user anticipation/market reputation - there is no doubt that some cars are good as gold & others are lemons even if they are nominally the same. I'm sure that new tyres for the BMW or Volvo would have been at least as much as for the Toyota. & at least up here Toyota dealers also have a sliding discount for labour according to vehicle age (obviously designed to keep service business after warranty runs out). The trouble is that the Toyota was supposed to be the boring, cheap. reliable an
  10. It's a pity that the dealers don't know how to do it that quickly and easily. Toyota World told me that the standard time for the job was 15 minutes because it requires the use of several tools.
  11. Thanks. So it is actually possible then but if it seems that you have more nimble fingers than me. I am going to have another go tonight. I trying to figure out whether I can remove the trim around the light assembly. If that fails, I will try the garage where I get it serviced to see if they are more friendly and will do it for free or for less. This has really put me off Toyotas. I was not enjoying the Toyota owner's experience much anyway and this has not helped in the slightest. I had loads of faults when I got it, some serious. They were fixed under warranty but it was a lot of h
  12. tbh you aren't really comparing like for like with an Avensis v a BMW 525 or a Volvo V70. I'm kind of similar in that I've come from a succession of Vx Omega & before that Carlton estates & there is no doubt that in some respects it's a comedown. Newer & higher tech unfortunately doesn't always mean better True, I am not comparing like with like, but I am not complaining that the Avensis is not as luxurious, prestigious, or as fun as the Volvo or the BMW, that would be unfair. I am complaining that it has failed to be much cheaper or more reliable. I think that is a fair compa
  13. Thanks. So it is actually possible then but if it seems that you have more nimble fingers than me. I am going to have another go tonight. I trying to figure out whether I can remove the trim around the light assembly. If that fails, I will try the garage where I get it serviced to see if they are more friendly and will do it for free or for less. This has really put me off Toyotas. I was not enjoying the Toyota owner's experience much anyway and this has not helped in the slightest. I had loads of faults when I got it, some serious. They were fixed under warranty but it was a lot of h
  14. True. I had a Volvo V70 before this Toyota. It was also very hard to change the bulbs but, if I asked the dealer nicely, they would change them for just the cost of the bulb. Prior to the Volvo, I had a BMW525 Estate, and I could change the bulbs myself. I am not getting another Toyota. I also said that about the Volvo but if for some reason I had a choice of only the two, I would go for the Volvo. I should have stuck to BMW. The 525 was my third and I liked all of them. This is not just because of the £20 bulb change, that is just the last straw.
  15. Did you manage to do this? I have exactly the same problem. I tried Toyota World in Solihull, they said that it would take 15 minutes for their technician and cost £20. I find this absolutely ridiculous to change a simple light bulb. I tried Halfords who offered to change it for £3 but failed to manage it. So, I plan to have another go. It looks like I am going to have to dismantle quite a bit of the trim in the boot. The manual is hopeless, there is just one picture which is less clear than yours. There are a few arrows which suggest that you need to push the prongs apart while pullin
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