What should I look for in a used Toyota Avensis Verso estate?
Toyota has a reputation for building cars you can rely on, and this is fully deserved. The annual JD Power survey shows that Toyota customers are among the most satisfied with their cars and the company has consistently been among the top five makes in our reliability surveys.
Given the relatively high repair bills you face at franchised dealers this is especially welcome, but can you expect any problems with the Avensis Verso?
Well, cars built between February 2001 and April 2002 were recalled because there was a chance the inlet pipe on their fuel tanks could corrode and leak, so double check the service history if the car you're interested in was affected.
Avensis petrol engines have also been known to drink oil and there are a few reported cases of early gearbox failure. Generally, though, little goes wrong mechanically and the interior ages well because it's built from hard-wearing materials.