29th Oct 2001, 12:58

If it's used as a taxi as heavily as you say, then I'm not surprised. Most Toyotas ARE very durable, but not Avensis's - these were built in the UK and the build quality is very poor.

6th Jul 2002, 19:43

This cannot be for real. If all those things went wrong in one year you could not possibly have done 120k -- the car would have been in the garage for too long!!!

18th Nov 2002, 05:10

>>This cannot be for real. If all those things went wrong >>in one year you could not possibly have done 120k -- the >>car would have been in the garage for too long!!!

I've seen seven year old Carina's cabs with 300-400k miles on the clock. If you share the car with another driver it is easy to clock that sort of mileage up. 120k works out at 328 miles a day over a year. Nothing for a Taxi.

15th Jan 2003, 09:26

I have a three year old avensis estate. It is very comfortable as a family car and economical to drive. However I have had problems with the front brakes producing a grating shudder when applied hard, and this was not convincingly fixed after a service and now requires treatment again. My wife was not given a satisfactory explanation last time this happened. Can anyone provide an explanation as to what is happening and does it have any safety implications.


30th Mar 2003, 16:21

I have a 2001 Avensis, 35K miles never driven hard or with a heavy load yet gearbox bearings have packed up. Yes I expect to get the job done under warranty, but 2 weeks wait for parts is not acceptable. No loan car so who pays for the hire?. At least the other jobs that are to be done under warranty and are still outstanding from January might get done.

I am not impressed at all with the car or Toyota service.

Wish I had kept the old Mondeo.

20th Oct 2003, 10:12

Somebody thought that he has has troubles with the Avensis front brakes. Well, those symptoms only tell that you have an ABS system in your car.

It prevents the tires sliding in hard breakings and keeps your car steerable..

21st Jan 2004, 06:44

I had a similar problem with my Carina before and the Avensis I have now - its the front discs having excessive "run-out", or not being flat on the surface, leading to vibration when the brakes are applied. My dealer has skimmed the disks to make them flat again - until I give them too much abuse, and they warp again.

10th Oct 2004, 07:49

The company I work for uses the Avensis. We have had about a 40 percent failure rate on gear boxes and lots of brake trouble with warping front discs. The warped discs give a grating shudder. Also we have had electrical faults like vent fan stays on when you turn the ignition off, warning lights, central locking opening all doors after being stood for five minutes and steering problems. I also suffered back problems due to a lack of support from the center of the upright part of the seat and had to down grade to the Corola. The Corola has got valve problems and the power steering drops assistance completely if you turn the wheel too fast with no warning.