2005 Toyota Avanza 1.3 VVT-i from Malaysia
From this brief drive, it was apparent that the 1.3-litre engine is a robust unit and should offer reasonable performance in normal driving conditions. In the higher rev range, the engine noise does intrude so some extra insulation may be welcome, but at town speeds, it is fairly smooth and quiet.
Handling-wise, the Avanza is impressive and very stable in tight turns. It also shows the same stability in fast weaving and this quality could well be something the chief engineer, whose background is in chassis engineering, could well have given a lot of attention to. High marks also go to the ride comfort, although we will have to see how the Avanza takes bumps and potholes (which were not present on the smooth test track).
The build quality of the vehicles was very good and those in the showroom can be expected to also be of the high quality typical of Toyota products. Though it’s a low-priced vehicle, Toyota has not compromised in areas that are visible to customers although for under RM60,000, you obviously cannot expect them to provide the same standards as a Corolla.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th June, 2005
Hello. I have one Avanza.. got gearbox problem, when I shift to D, suddenly the engine will switch off. UMW quote for RM12 k for new gearbox, gave me a headache... after all the car has been well handled with care, mileage still 60k, what's the problem with this car?
Bought this car in August 2005. Till date, I admire the quality and performance. No such problem with my aircon, power windows,engine or etc. Only one time replacement for my rear absorber to improve the bounciness problem.
The other things is the dashboard are bit boring. But the rest I am fully satisfied with. I had traveled from Penang to Johore, Cameron Highland and Kelantan a few times without any irritation. Planed to keep for another 2 years before look for another Toyota's new MPV product in future I hope...