2005 Toyota Avensis Touring wagon 2.0 petrol
It's like a cheap, nasty toy...
Some plastic part under the bumper kept falling off and scraped along the ground quite often, which was very annoying, as you have to get out of the car and try to put it back on. I took the vehicle back to Toyota; they replaced this $2,000(!) piece of plastic.
BUT AGAIN! This issue continued to happen, so I took it back to Toyota, and this time they said no, they were not going to replace it; simply terrible service!
So I put tape on this piece of plastic. It still fell off every now and again; very irritating.
Also, the bumper had a habit of popping out at the corners every now and again.
Plastic is not fantastic.
This car had a very poor quality feel about it, like nothing had really been put together properly. Parts fell off, and Toyota provided terrible service.
The car was very underpowered, and the transmission did not shift smoothly. The car was very low to the ground, and always hit driveways.
Terrible quality, especially for a modern car. After five years of having the vehicle, many pieces of plastic had fallen off, and the car had worn terribly.
I do not want another Toyota.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th June, 2012
I wish to share my remedies for the listed faults. The add on spoiler on the front bumper is indeed literally a spoiler. Fortunately it can simply be detached and thereby solving the clearance and bumper popping out at the corners.
Initially I too was not amused by the apparent under power soon after acquisition of my Avensis Wagon from a previous owner. I took closer interest and replaced the air cleaner and fitted a new set of iridium plugs. In addition, I attended to the rear diff that had been neglected for want of lubrication.
The remedy above was all that was required to unleash the remarkable performance that a 2 litre VVTI engine is capable of, to the extent that the car is so fast you would not imagine that it is a 4WD!