2001 Toyota Avensis VVTi 1.6
A really cheap to run, reliable car
Water leak in boot.
As a car enthusiast / petrol head - I wish this car would break so I could replace it with something more fun as a daily runabout to work. However, as a practical car - it has been nothing short of excellent. It has handled all the abuse I have thrown at it extremely well, and is used as a cheap daily commuter around town that I don't need to worry about getting a few dents in.
The only thing that has gone wrong with it in 3 years of ownership has been the alternator. The battery was on its last legs (original battery, which was 9 years old at the time) and I think the alternator packing in sent the battery packing as well.
There was a slight water leak in the boot on the left hand side, which I understand is a common fault on them. They tend to go at the seal used between the panels. A quick bit of rubber sealant and the leak was gone.
All the maintenance is done by myself, and the car has required nothing more than oil / air filter and plug changes.
The only wear and tear parts that have been replaced are the two front tyres.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd November, 2012