Toyota has taken a knock from their engines,rock solid reliability is endangered
Toyota is a much admired brand and has reputation for rock solid engine reliability, but now days it has taken a knock as their engines are facing problems and owners are frequently reporting them to their dealers. Toyota VVT-i engine is a Hi-Tec unit and on the probability graph, it is leading the story from top while Lexus power plants are chasing it from second position.
Toyota Hi-Tec Engines
The 1.8 litre VVT-i engines found in the entire line-up of models can experience from severe aflame of engine oil to 50,000-60,000 miles, according to the major Toyota dealers. The dilemma was credited to the design of piston rings, but Toyota announced that the entire service history of such vehicles need to be checked which consumes a litre or above against every thousand miles. There are several models beginning with X-Reg models that have received partial replacement engines in last few months.
Partial means that the replaced engines were excluded from cylinder heads and engine ancillaries. But Toyota is bit sensitive on this issue and said that the claims were attended as per their customers. If you think, it is true and you own an Avensis, RAV4 or MR2 which has covered a reasonable mileage and you feel that it is drinking a lot from your engine oil then the company recommends you to get in touch with your dealership for a possible claim.
Toyota RAV4 Engines
This blame game is doesn’t end here as Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus also appears to be enduring these problems. Its 2.2 Litre diesel engine has reported problems in its cylinder heads and forced to remove and de-coked after every 20,000 miles. Toyota engine manufacturing facility and its engineers consider the problem as particular to driving conditions in the UK. They believe that weather conditions affect the fifth injector in the engine which is used to control emissions. However, Toyota is facing some trouble and only a fraction of its sales have declined problems but overall they are still leading the market with reliability and durability.
People often scoff at Toyota for making tiresome and uninteresting vehicles, but a recent consumer behaviour research by Consumer Reports suggests that in spite of whether people may say, but the Japanese auto maker has a number of best used cars on the market and people are still interested in buying used cars from Toyota. In the study of Consumer Reports on used cars from 2004-2013, the Japanese automaker was able to capture 11 places on the list of brands and models and it is more than any other brand or car maker.
This study was broken down in two parts for a better response, price was considered as major factor while the size of the purchased vehicle was another influencer in this buying behaviour study. On almost every price variation point, Toyota has at least one entry and in almost every segment from SUVs to SAVs and saloons to city cars.
The study only recommend cars with electronic stability control. They compiled a list of 28 recommended vehicles, in which Honda/Acura had the second most point at six, and Ford, Hyundai and Subaru managed two each. The Detroit brands also managed to be on the list, but not in an optimistic way.
On the part of most worst and least reliable vehicles Consumer Reports there is a list of 22 vehicles. This list consists of not recommended car models on the base of reliability and bad reputation for more than one year. General Motors had the most number of models on the list at six, but Chrysler and Ford weren’t far either.
Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
Toyota’s Midship-Runabout two-seater MR-2 is loads of fun, with a lightweight body, free- revving responsive Toyota MR2 engine s and a low slung driving position. Toyota MR2 engine light comes on due to Oxygen sensor not working properly. Toyota MR2 engine for sale is a 1.8 with 138bhp, which hardly seems adequate these days but it’s enough to make the MR-2 plenty quick enough. Toyota MR2 engine oil should be changed at regular intervals to keep the car running smoothly.
Toyota MR2 engine problems include Leaking timing chain tensioners and pre-cat failure. When these problems persist Toyota MR2 engine swap might need to be carried out. Toyota MR2 MK1 engine was launched in 1984 to 1989. The Toyota MR2 MK2 engine was introduced in 1989 and production was carried on till 1999. The Toyota MR2 MK3 engine was launched in 1999 and production stopped in 2007. Toyota doesn’t make MR2’s anymore but you can get your hands on imports and used ones already in the market. In order to get maximum performance from your 1986 Toyota MR2 engine it needs to be worked hard. However, the 2001 Toyota MR2 engine is a master piece and really fun to drive.
The 1.8 litre 140 bhp Toyota MR2 VVT-i engine does 0-60 in 7.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 130 mph. The power output of 140bhp in the 1.8 litre Toyota MR2 engine means it is extremely fun to drive and it is balanced around bends. The Toyota MR2 engine for sale makes this car top of the list on used cars wish list.