To label the second-generation Avensis a lovely car, one must twist one’s soul. Alternatively, he could be so blinded by his devotion to the Toyota brand that he fails to notice the successor to the previous Carina, as well as the Mazda 6 and Honda Accord. Design has never been a strong suit for the Japanese corporation, with a few exceptions. On the other side, a cult has grown up around the Toyota name, whose adherents are not afraid to argue with anyone about the sacred subject of “reliability,” and who usually prevail without recourse.
Whether it’s beautiful or not, the second Avensis puts powerful trump cards in the hands of enthusiasts. The model has a reputation for being one of the best in the segment, despite being made in the UK with practically all European parts. This is extremely beneficial to sellers, as finding a consumer is not difficult at all, despite the high secondary market costs. Of course, even when it comes to Toyota, blind faith in the image is not a smart advisor. The second-generation Avensis, like any other old automobile, has problems, some of which can substantially destabilize the owner’s budget.
The most common criticisms about the body are the headlamps and taillights. They have the annoying habit of not only “sweating,” but also of forming little aquariums behind their windows. Some authorized dealers have been obliged to replace the light units under warranty, but the replacement parts have proven to be just as problematic. Even in the earliest examples, the body has outstanding anti-corrosion preparation and rust is absent.
Regardless of the market for which the automobile was designed, there are normally two levels of equipment: R1 or Sol is considered basic, and R2 or Executive / Lux has practically all feasible accessories. In several countries, the R0 / Terra specification was introduced in 2005. Even automobiles with such features include air conditioning, ABS, anti-lock brakes, an electric package, six airbags, and a CD player.
It’s easy to guess what kind of treatment the more expensive changes get. The failures of the seat heating in select early series automobiles should be noticed among the few equipment flaws, albeit the errors were nearly totally removed due to warranty terms. The owners must deal with the other issue, which has been recognized by several complaints. The armature’s cup holder is just above the audio system, which is why the stereo frequently receives unexpected “showers” of coffee and other beverages.
By European manufacturer’s standards, Toyota installs a relatively wide range of engines on the Avensis. The basic 1.6-liter engine with 110 horsepower is hard to come by on the secondary market. This variant is only available in a few markets, and it has no significant advantage over the model’s 1,820-kilogram coupe at full load. Regardless of transmission option, the 1.8-liter engine’s 129 horsepower mobilizes significantly more suitable traction. However, experience has shown that relying on the two-liter engine with 147 horsepower is the best way to avoid difficulties. (155 for the Japanese market).
The problem is that the 1ZZ-FE series’ smaller engine circumvents Toyota’s invincible engine taxes. Poor oil exchange and inadequate cooling of the piston bottoms occur in some batches of this unit, causing the segments to wear out. As a result of insufficient pressure in the timing chain tensioner, higher oil consumption (up to 1.5-2 liters per 1,000 km) and noise occur. The Japanese altered the design of the segments and pistons in July 2005, and increased the lubrication capacity by half a liter. It’s best to stay away from 1.8-liter Avensis models from the past, as fixing the problem in certain cases necessitates replacing the complete unit.
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It’s unusual to stumble across the most powerful 2.4-liter modification, which produces 163 horsepower. However, the cost of these automobiles and their fuel consumption place them firmly in the middle class, especially in the case of the Camry, which is equipped with the engine in issue. Diesel variants, which account for the majority of sales not just in Europe but also in our nation, are significantly superior in this regard. Experts, on the other hand, much like the tiny 2.0-liter engine with 116 horsepower, which tolerates Bulgarian oil abuse far better than the unique 2.2-liter engine with 150 or 177 horsepower.
After all, when the 1.8-liter gasoline engine is turned off, motorization is almost unmistakable. All other units are almost perfect in terms of dependability. Their timing systems are chain-driven, and while their valves can be adjusted, they rarely require it before 200,000 kilometers. Absolute dependability is another feature of gearboxes. The decision between a five-speed manual transmission and a four- or five-speed (2.4 petrol) automatic transmission is fully personal. Oil should be changed every 40,000 kilometers in a “manual” gearbox and every 80,000 kilometers in an automated transmission. The clutch has an average life of 150,000 kilometers.
The Avensis chassis has a reputation for being one of the toughest in the market. In most situations, buyers on the secondary market get an automobile that hasn’t had its chassis altered or any of its details updated. Even shock absorbers and rubber-metal bushings have a range of 100-120,000 kilometers. Practice shows that if you take better care of your car, you may extend the life of these components to 250,000 kilometers. This, however, should not be comforting. The resuscitation of the suspension, if it is worn out, can be fairly costly, especially on the rear axle in copies from the first two years of manufacture. Diagnosis is required.
The second Avensis’ steering is not one of the most successful structural parts. Noises from the rack begin to be heard after 50,000 kilometers. They are caused by worn-out plastic bushings, for which we must blame Bulgaria’s deplorable road conditions. The issue is identified by the engine compartment shield knocking when passing over bumps. It’s a good idea to turn the steering wheel with the engine turned off to avoid having to buy a new rack. It is preferable to seek out another vehicle if you notice unusual noises. The next owner will just have to accept the rapid wear of the brake pads. Their resource, like the Corolla’s, is limited. However, given the exceptional endurance of all other aspects of the construction, this shortcoming is simple to overlook.