You are here: Used Car Expert > Toyota > Toyota Avensis > Fault Guides

Used Toyota Avensis Fault Guides

Used Car Expert Fault Guides tell you the common Toyota Avensis faults and wear items that can become problems and big bills for their owner.

Independent research indicated that using our fault guides to check a car before you buy it can save you an average of £300 in surprise bills and hidden problems.

That's because our Toyota Avensis fault guides are written so that anyone can understand them – even if you know nothing about cars and have no tools. For every common fault, we tell you what to look for, what it means and what it costs.

Select your Toyota Avensis fault guide:

Toyota Avensis (1997 - 2003) Fault Guide
Toyota Avensis (2003 - 2009) Fault Guide
Toyota Avensis (2008 - Present) Fault Guide


Toyota Avensis (1997 - 2003) Fault Guide

View Toyota Avensis (1997 - 2003) Fault Guide

We know of 10 TOYOTA Avensis (1997 - 2003) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 1 engine faults
  • 1 suspension wear items or faults
  • 2 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 5 recalls

Here's an example fault on the TOYOTA Avensis (1997 - 2003)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 60,000 miles. NB VVTI engines are chain driven so this is not an issue.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts (such as water pump and tensioner) have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £180 on petrols and £280 on diesels.


Register to have full access to the TOYOTA Avensis (1997 - 2003) fault guide.

Registered users also get access to our regional price guides, cars for sale email alerts, and many other benefits to help you buy a safe, reliable used car at a great price.


Toyota Avensis (2003 - 2009) Fault Guide

View Toyota Avensis (2003 - 2009) Fault Guide

We know of 14 TOYOTA Avensis (2003 - 2009) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 3 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 1 interior problems
  • 2 bodywork issues
  • 6 recalls

Here's an example fault on the TOYOTA Avensis (2003 - 2009)

What to look for:

Check the paperwork to see if the cam belt has been changed on schedule. On most of this vehicle’s diesel engines the cam belt must be changed within 5 years or 60,000 miles. The petrol engines have chains which do not wear.

What it means:

If the cam belt and associated parts have not been changed, and the mileage is over these boundaries, the cam belt is likely to fail soon. Usually the engine has to be replaced or at least re-built after a cam belt failure.

What to do

Ensure that the cam belt is changed before the car is driven anywhere if it is coming close to its interval. Changing the belt will cost £400.


Register to have full access to the TOYOTA Avensis (2003 - 2009) fault guide.

Registered users also get access to our regional price guides, cars for sale email alerts, and many other benefits to help you buy a safe, reliable used car at a great price.


Toyota Avensis (2008 - Present) Fault Guide

View Toyota Avensis (2008 - Present) Fault Guide

We know of 12 TOYOTA Avensis (2008 - present) faults which our fault check guide makes it easy for you to spot and avoid.

  • 5 engine faults
  • 2 suspension wear items or faults
  • 3 interior problems
  • 1 bodywork issues
  • 1 recalls

Here's an example fault on the TOYOTA Avensis (2008 - present)

What to look for:

Test drive the car. Check for excessive rough running of the engine, stalling and the smell of diesel in the cabin. Look out for sudden loss of power and erratic idle.

What it means:

The Avensis has suffered an issue with the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), which can have problems burning off the particles trapped within. This causes issues with the engine, which can cause the car to over fuel. This in turn damages the piston rings and bores. This can totally destroy the engine if left unrepaired.

What to do

If you suspect this fault and the car is under warranty (3 years if the car was originally purchased before June 2010, and five years thereafter) then Toyota may repair the car for free. Otherwise, have the car inspected by a qualified technician as replacing the engine can cost £4,000+.


Register to have full access to the TOYOTA Avensis (2008 - present) fault guide.

Registered users also get access to our regional price guides, cars for sale email alerts, and many other benefits to help you buy a safe, reliable used car at a great price.


Overall score:  (4)
Add your rating: