Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index , made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after the manufacturer’s warranty expires.
Taking factors into account include breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the results help inform motorists what to possibly expect with their cars.
This week’s car: Toyota Avensis (2003-2007)
Reliabilty Index Score: Average
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.
Written by Richard Dredge
What’s great about this car?
Reliability / Safety / Comfort / Equipment levels / Diesel engines
What’s not so great?
Unadventurous design / Dull dynamics
Things to keep an eye on
- 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.
For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index.