2005 Toyota Avensis D-4D Sol 2.0 turbo diesel
There has been engine problems from day one with rough running and dealers has not been able to fix. Has been in contact with two different Toyota dealers and neither can help me. The car also uses a lot of diesel and sometimes "smokes" and engine warning light comes on and off.
Also there has been a series of smaller issues repaired by local dealer, like front light stopped working and one of the front lights had fallen into pieces which was a manufacturing defect. I think the other one needs to be replaced as well since there is moisture inside it.
I've been running different japanese cars for the last fifteen years and never had any kind of problem, even some of them has been second hand cars. So I thought the Avensis would fall into the 0% error category like most other japanese cars, but I was definitely wrong. This car is bad and after what I understand the Avensis has some serious problems in general.
I imported it from a dealer in Denmark and my local Toyota dealer has a "I don't give a damn" attitude even if I have a 3 years EU wide warranty.
So be aware!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th February, 2007
24th Feb 2007, 09:23
Yes I'd agree with the reviewer. I also had a Toyota Avensis (2004 model) with it's fair share of complaints.
28th Mar 2009, 09:42
Japanese cars are way over rated. I ran a BMW and my friend ran a Honda. Yes I had a few more problems than him, but when it did go wrong it was twice as much to repair!
29th Jan 2015, 13:48
Well, I had a 15 year old Peugeot 306 and then I had a 20 year old Toyota. Toyota parts were twice as expensive, but over the course of 4 years for both cars, I had spent two times more money for repairs on the Peugeot than on the Toyota. Not to count the time lost and hassle of something going wrong all the time.
Japanese cars are still machines, and as such they need to be maintained. Japanese reliability is often misunderstood as "thrash it and it will never go wrong", whereas it should be seen as "take care of it, and there will be no unpleasant surprises".