2007 Toyota Avanza VVTi 1.5 from South Africa
The engine design is too complex, it probably has an inherent design fault in it
My 2007 Avanza VVTi 1.5's motor suddenly blew up with all eight exhaust valves bent and burnt, three heads broken off and motor destroyed. The car had only done 87000 km at the time a week ago.
The Toyota dealer had a report done which stated that the probable cause was over-revving. I am a 67 year old man, rarely drive over 100 km/hr, and know I have not over-revved the engine. The vehicle had previously been in for service and other work to the same garage two months ago. I suspect there is an inherent flaw with this motor's VVT system, or the valve gaps were incorrect, or Toyota staff over-revved the engine, but am now faced with paying an R87000 bill to have the motor repaired.
I shall not ever buy a Toyota again. Has anyone experienced a similar problem?
It was fine up until the engine blew out.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th July, 2016