dont always pay too much attention to expert reviws, if you want a reliable, comfortable and easy to drive anywhere family car, you can do a lot worse than the Avensis. the 2.0L is as sweet as a nut, and the car has never let me down. great fuel economy and overall running costs, only the insurance grouping letting it down. it,s good to drive too, ok the steering and feel are a bit vague but who cares, it goes where you point it. it has great space. it seated five of us in comfort with all our luggage over 300 miles and still returned about 42mpg. good equipment levels too. very close to getting 5 star rating.
Comfortable, silent ride. In fact, the quietest engine of any car that I'e ever been in - period. Only downside is the poor rear mirror view. other than that, a superb, economical buy (just GBP10k for a one year old W-reg ex-fleet model from a car supermarket with 12k miles on the clock).
I bought this car new from a main toyota dealer,i only had the car the head lights blew and could not get the cover back on resulting in wet getting in to the head lighting units. I found out that it was a faulty design so they replace them with new lighting units ho and while they were at it they fixed the faulty braking system..? they let me drive around out of the show room with a faulty braking system .problems with door seals, there were lots of other problems. A new engine had to be fitted as they are caving in,it took two months replace it,i was of the road for two months.it now needs a second new engine toyota my ass.I did some research, the engines are manufacturer in spain and assembled in the UK ho and by the way its not a toyota you are buying its a Renault they have bought toyota. Toyota EU is what it is called now.would not touch one again toyotas are not what they use to be. so its now crimbo day and i have a lone of a skoda as my toyoya avensis has no engine again.. as for toyota customer service its a joke... i got a recall 2.5 yrs later from toyota... for faulty steering racks, they disconnect at low speed resulting in well no streeing.. i dont think i will be buying another toyota this year..they are living on there name from the pasted..not good enough
I owned this car for two years with no problems, then sold it to my son when I bought my new Corolla T3. He has now covered over 100,000 miles with only one problem - it needed a new starter motor. No wonder taxi drivers love them - need I say more? I don't think so. If you are about to buy one, enjoy.
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