I don't think it's fair to attack the reviewer just because your car works fine. I had a 2004 Avensis T3-S that was in for more warranty work than I can remember. This after mostly motorway driving and regular servicing.
I'd perhaps question the workmanship of Toyota's assembled in the UK. I'm not quite convinced of the quality when compared to the Japanese assembly line.
You hear the old saying "you must have bought a lemon" whenever someone gets a bad Toyota, but I've heard it enough times to think about setting up a citrus fruit stall.
I own T25 Avensis (2003 model) and I'm really disappointed about its suspension design/ steering. The car feels very "jumpy", lacks steering center feel and its pretty annoying driving it.
Apart from that, the interior is very creaky. Noises coming from dash, doors etc whenever I hit really small bumps. Dashboard has started wearing out after 2 years of owning the car (small cracks, anomalies in the surface).
I had a Avensis in 2006, it was a 1.8 petrol and I hated it. Very slow, heavy on fuel and at 75,000 miles the oil pump failed destroying the engine. The dealer would not help even though it was still in warranty claiming because the car was 700 miles overdue a service its was my fault.
My 2005 Avensis suffers from paint problems. The clear coat is peeling off. It will be interesting to see if they will cover repair costs.
I own a 2005 Toyota Avensis 1.8 petrol. Lovely car, have it almost 4 years now, no problems with this Toyota.
I think the thing about Toyotas is that it's a car of extremes. It'll either be amazing or terrible. You'll never get an OK Toyota. A friend's Avensis never really worked properly, whereas my father has an Avensis, and only tyres and brakes have been replaced after 100,000km. I've seen the same with the Corolla. I personally don't like the Avensis. It's more an appliance than a car. Fine if you need a car. But if you want to enjoy driving, go for a Mondeo.
After five years the problems are still the same whatever the service done.
At 85000km, even if all the services took place at the distributor, they refused the warranty of the transmission for 5000km even though I had warned them before the last service.
To mention: most problems from this car came of the 1.6 model not the 1.8. All the people I ask about the 1.8 say that is better than a Mercedes.
From personal experience, it is.