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Toyota Avensis (2003-2007) Buying Guide

Toyota Avensis (2003-2007)
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by Richard Dredge

After the first-generation Avensis, the second take on the model was a revelation. Okay, so Toyota still didn't understand the concept of driving for fun or creative design, but when it comes to a painless ownership experience, there isn't much that can compete with this family car. Offered in saloon, hatch or estate variants, the Avensis doesn't excite you, but it is an easy car to own.

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Key Dates 
1/03The second-generation Avensis debuts in four-door saloon, five-door hatch and five-door estate forms.
10/03A 2.4-litre petrol engine joins the range.
7/05A 148bhp 2.2 D-4D turbodiesel arrives.
7/06A facelift brings fresh lights, bumpers and grille plus extra standard equipment. Meanwhile, the 2.0 D-4D gets a power boost to 125bhp from 114bhp, while CO2 emissions drop. There's also a new 2.2 D-4D derivative available; the 175bhp T180.
Checklist 
  • Engines can cut out for no apparent reason, usually because of a faulty fuel safety cut-out switch.
  • Diesel engines can also cut out because of a build up of residue on the hot wire in the air flow mass sensor.
  • Look for damaged rear suspension; speed bumps can wreak havoc with the car's underside.
  • The petrol engines can use a litre of oil every 600 miles. So check the engine isn't running on empty.
  • Make sure the headlight bulb surrounds are intact; they can melt, ensuring bulbs can't be replaced. Damaged units should have been replaced under warranty.
  • Clutches aren't always very durable, so check there's no slipping.
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