Is my Toyota Auris's engine a little noisy?

I have a Toyota Auris T180 which performs with smoothness and lots of energy. However I think the diesel engine is noisy when idling. The basic sound is smooth and even, but is overlaid with a rhythmic 'metallic chatter' which cuts in and out. A friend suggested the high pressure fuel injection system will always sound like that but I wondered if it might be the timing chain. The mileage is 22,000.

Asked on 23 August 2010 by sid.g

Answered by Honest John
How often are you changing the oil? I've never heard of a timing chain problem with this engine but there have been instances of cylinder head problems. You've got a good car. Nice, punchy, long legged performance with decent ride quality. Better than an equivalent Golf.
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