I own a Toyota Avensis 2ltr D4d and what a brilliant car it is,it holds the road brilliantly and long drives are a pleasure,with over 230,000 miles,yes miles not kilometres on the clock the only thing that gave up was the air conditioning pump after 200,000 miles which i replaced for 500 euro fitted,it has a huge boot and lost of room and comfort for passengers and with 10,000 miles between servicing it just cant be beaten as well as managing over 45mpg
Our Avensis has given us 170,000 kilometres or 105,000 miles of total reliability.
It's only had one fault - the CD player stopped working.
I am ending a three-year period with this car and having travelled almost 90,000 miles - mainly on the motorway - I am now in the position to give some pointers!
Bad points: the car has spent many days in and out of the garage with different issues. It has had a new ECU, new injectors, new manifolds, new steering column and an incurable misfire when hot and on long motorway journeys (which it still has, despite numerous trips to the dealer and investiagation during servicing).
Twice it has gone into limp mode when on the outside lane of the M5 - this is quite scary! It does reset once you switch the engine off, though (hence new ECU etc.). To be fair to Toyota, all was covered under warranty - but it shouldn't be happening, should it? It has a poor turning circle, jiggly ride and I found the engine unrefined and severly underpowered. My wife's BMW 120d feels like an Exocet missile in comparison!
Positive points: the sat-nav is great! The stereo is fantastic - it hides the rattling engine brilliantly. There is plenty of room front and back and the boot is large enough to cope with most things. The driving position and seats are excellent. Toyota covered everything under warranty without question.
Overall: if you want to pootle around it may by just what you want, if you're a bit more sporting then go for something else. I wish had opted for the similarly priced Honda Accord 2.2 CTDi.
a very good all round car that is certainly not run of the mill, looks far more classy than the mondeo or vectra and with a reputation for reliability that is second to none,i have the seq box which i find etremely smooth but a little on the thirsty side, the car drives very well and long journeys just seem to fly by ,i have read various reviews of the car and can not see what most reviewers gripe about. i have recieved excellent service from the dealers and have had 1 slight problem (a rattle from the drivers door) that was fixed very quickly with a short trip to the local dealership i would certainly recommend this car to my friends all of which think it is classy anyway
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