Toyota Avensis warning!!

I’ve been wanting a Toyota car for a long time and just before Christmas I found a used Toyota Avensis from 2002 at the right price, for sale in a garage in Kalix.

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The engine in the Avensis was a 1,8l WT-i.

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When I purchased the vehicle I noted that the oil was on the minimum mark and the saleman put more oil in the engine as I had 1 150km drive home.  After driving the car for a week and having covered a distance of about 1000kms, I noticed that the oil level in the engine was low again.

A search on the internet gave many results relating to many people having had the same problem (apparently the cylinders where drilled a little too large) and infact Toyota had recalled many cars with this engine model during the warranty period and replaced the engines (15000 in Sweden alone).  Unfortunately mine was not one of these.  Tomorrow I have to drive the 150km journey again to return the car and get my money back.

I must make it clear that this issue was fixed as far as I am aware in 2003 and so it is only 1,8l WT-i engines prior to 2003 that are prone to this problem.

I am really disappointed that I must return my Toyota, but I have now bought a 2,0l Nissan Primera, which I hope will be problem free!!


Icebug Sorix BUGrip boots

I have purchased a pair of Icebug Sorix BUGrip winter boots.  I have seen many people wearing these boots, but knew nothing about them.  Teres recently purchased a pair and she is very impressed with them.

Icebug is a Swedish shoe company which began in 2001 to challenge the global footwear giants. They were frustrated by the risk of slipping when out undertaking outdoor activities. The company started as a result of the need to be able to stay active year-round.

So they created shoes for running and activities on slippery winter surfaces.  With a unique rubber compound that provides outstanding traction and smart studs, which adapt to varying surfaces, they make shoes that allow you to move around as normal even when it’s slippery out there.


BUGrip® is the name of Icebug’s grip technology for the most slippery conditions. A BUGrip. sole is made of a special rubber compound and has 15-19 integrated steel studs. The design of the studs, together with the properties of the rubber compound, give these studs a dynamic function. The studs work independently from each other and are not completely fixed. When weight is applied the studs push in toward the surface of the sole. How far they are pushed in depends on the pressure exerted by the user and the resistance from the ground. This dynamic function makes the studs adapt to the surface and provide the best possible traction on anything from dry asphalt to pure ice.


This boot is 100% waterproof. The membrane could either be from an external partner brand, like Outdry (see separate description), or our own BUGdri. The BUGdri technology consists of a tape sealed booty construction, where the waterproof and breathable membrane surrounds the foot like a sock between the lining and upper material. Membrane specification: Waterproofness: water column of over 10,000mm. Breathability: 1,000g/m2/24h.

-40°C comfort zone

Products with Comfort Zone -40°C are both insulated and have a thermostatic sole. Our shoes in the Subzero category matches this criteria.

I will be testing my boots during this winter and will then write a review.

Ice Fishing Photo Competition

Scott from has asked me to publicise their  Ice Fishing Photo Competition 

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The photo contest is open from January 4th to January 18th.  Upload your best ice fishing photo to the contest page.  Your photo can be of any species of fish, caught anywhere, so long as it was caught ice fishing.

You can see the three prizes on the left hand side of the page