Originally Posted by colm_mcm
I haven't heard of the Avensis giving a lot of bother! or even bother. they're hugely reliable and rarely have problems. what did you hear?
My friend's parents have bought Toyotas since the year dot and after 2 troublesome Avensii they've bought a Mondeo. An unthinkable move for them! A friend's wife has an Auris and it's definetely a step backwards from her previous Corolla in terms of quality. She's a stubborn Toyota-head though, would never give in!
Originally Posted by E92
I wouldn't be so sure about Toyota reliability either. The Corolla, along with the Auris are the very first Toyotas to be affected by their CEO's obsession with cutting corners, sorry I mean costs. They're trying to cut costs to the bone, like Merc did in the 90s and building things to last is rather costly, which doesn't please the Toyota CEO or the bean counters(even though Toyota is already the world's most profitable car manufacturer). They're also more bothered about overtaking GM as the world's biggest car manufacturer than building "the best built cars in the world".
I just dont understand this!!!
Have they learned nothing from Mercedes decade-long fall from grace. In fairness Merc are getting their **** together again but they went through a HUGE dip.
The last great Mercedes was the W124 IMO and even the facelifted models of that are not suposed to be as good as the '80s ones... I just saw one today - God they still look fresh - and handsome!
If they built a brand new one i'd be first in the queue...
Sorry for the digression