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    ... until today. From what I've been told (and partially observed), this is a rolling advertisement for a local crane company. The rig isn't in any way operational. Still.. Worth a look and a laugh: Spotted by yours truly in downtown Oslo, Norway.
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    So you no doubt won't be impressed to hear I still think in pounds, shillings and pence! Can't believe I pay over 12 shillings for the cheapest postage stamp!
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    The Prius Gen 4 Although many of the descriptions here apply to all versions of the Prius gen 4, driving impressions and results are of my Business Edition Plus with 15” wheels and Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 195/65R15 91H tyres. This is my view -you may find it ‘dogmatic’ and biased but you’re allowed to love your car! Hybrid cars have never been understood by most motoring journalists and motorists so their benefits have not been appreciated. As a consequence much pollution has and is being generated by out of date propulsion technology. The Toyota system (Hybrid Synergy Drive) is the most effective system for propelling a car efficiently over daily mixed driving. The Prius is the best example of a hybrid for this purpose, but this has not been widely realised because most do not understand the issues. Having read many reviews and explanations of the hybrid drive system it is clear that it is not understood, and its advantages not explained. The Prius generation 4 is the most efficient car which does not plug in. It is second in low pollution to the i3, an electric car. There is no range anxiety with the Prius as you can go many hundreds of miles on a tank of petrol, which only takes a few minutes to fill. Practical journeys of hundreds of miles with a family and their luggage are easily possible. It is important to note that it is a very clean petrol/electric hybrid. The Prius is affordable and intended to be used in everyday motoring, not a manufacturer’s attempt to include a low emission vehicle in their range. In regard to it being a very clean petrol/electric hybrid, drivers have been erroneously encouraged to buy Diesel powered cars in the mistaken belief that they were low polluters simply on good mpg thus low CO2, and now Governments around the world are having to find ways to discourage use of Diesel power particularly in urban areas where the majority live. The discussion has now started to mention the high level of poisonous NOx emissions from diesel engines and the carcinogenic soot from diesel exhausts. The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive is a near perfect way to power a passenger car. Continual development means it is refined, efficient, smooth and quiet. It is nice to know that with such driving pleasure comes excellent economy, low pollution, low tax and low maintenance costs. The gen 4 Prius is fresh and dramatically styled both inside and out. To me a cross between luxury car and stealth fighter. It makes most cars seem very old -fashioned, and is very smooth and pleasant to travel in. The entire engine/motors/transmission/controller is a brilliant compact package. Unlike conventional drive trains, both manual and automatic, the Prius has no clutch, or gears to shift, therefore no clutch mechanism and gearshift mechanism. There is no starter motor to engage, nor fan belt and water pump belt, which are all sources of problems in old-fashioned cars. Imagine an old-fashioned manual car starting up. First a noisy starter is engaged and a little churning goes on until the engine fires. Then gears are crunched and the clutch is let up to allow a jerky take-off, unless of course the engine is stalled and the car stuck, while the whole process is repeated. A few seconds later another gear has to be selected and the clutch engaged to try a smooth gearchange. There is no gear lever as no gears are “shifted”; forward and reverse motion are selected by a switch when stationary. Take-off is accomplished by electric power and is smooth and continuous, with no risk of stalling. At traffic lights it is not necessary to keep the Prius in “gear” (that is switched to drive) as it sits silently until Drive is selected and this can be done more quickly than many drivers sitting with their foot on the clutch and their car burning fuel, can engage the clutch and move off. On the road the car is very easy and pleasing to drive. The certain availability of torque to propel the car makes daily driving easier and worry free. The electronic driver aids such as radar cruise control, lane warning and blind spot monitoring are a great help to safe driving and reduce the load on the driver. The head up display has always been a favourite of mine, although originally regarded as a gimmick by some motoring journalists. The Prius is very convenient in everyday use, from the ease of entry with the keyless system to the ability to carry large items occasionally. The ride and handling are very good and as mentioned noise levels are low. It is often not obvious whether the petrol engine is running. Driving on the road or turning in tight spaces is easy and the car is very easy to manoeuvre. When necessary it parks itself accurately with minimal input from the driver. The car is technically a great achievement from Toyota, who have been steadily developing the future of motoring for some years. The entire engine transmission and two electric motors integrated into a compact unit
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    Couldn't agree more - we're still (allegedly) a sovereign nation, we should never have adopted litres in the first place. I'm also really annoyed when programmes made by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) give measurements in Kilometres, without even stating what that is in British Imperial measure!
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    Not just gallons, but the rest of Imperial measurements. My wife went into sweet shop on Wednesday and asked for a quarter of sweets, which nonplussed the sales assistant completely.
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    Pretty sure that Toyota & their suppliers (Continental) will work it out. Strangely enough yesterday on another forum (think it was HJ) I came across a complaint from a VW owner about their equivalent system ... They are all going to have it - it's another box to tick in the spec. sheet & it gets them more stars in the NCAP safety test.
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    Sadly, these days I find you really do have to do research into the specific car you're after - I don't think you can just rely on brand as much these days. For instance, modern Fords have come a long way in reliability (No doubt helped by their use of Mazda tech) while traditionally bullet-proof german manufacturers have taken a lot of hits for reliability over the years. It's why I'd never buy a brand new car unless it'd had a long production run. Warranties are all well and good but after reading about people's experiences here, trying to overcome resistance to actually get major problems fixed under warranty, and/or having to risk thousands of pounds on e.g. having the engine taken out to be examined first, kinda puts a damper on that for me. On the subject of diesel reliability, I do think diesels have become less reliable as time has gone on due to all the emissions control bodges they have bolted on; Old diesels were pretty much indestructible and the fact that you could run some of them on chip oil with no real problems is a testament to that. The problem with diesels, especially modern ones, is they are work horses; They can't deal with just being used to pootle to the shops now and then because they need to be run hard and hot regularly to keep them in good shape. I think that is why my Yaris has had none of the problems all the diesel naysayers keep bringing up - I am using it the way it's supposed to be used! The design flaw in the AD-series engines has been a recurring issue on this forum, but that's not a diesel problem, it was a design flaw. Even the petrol engines have had their share of problems; Snapped lift-bolts in Corolla VVTi's was a common subject in this forum when I first joined for instance, and the older 1.8's had a rep for burning a lot of oil as they aged. You just gotta do the research; Forums and things like the Good/Bad bit of the Honest John website are invaluable and essential these days!
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    I think the man want's his car to perform as it should, and go relatively well. Which is not a big ask, really. it's not that old. Prob a very nice car with the exception of the most important part - the engine. I have driven Toyota for many years and love them. Until recently I had the pleasure of owning a 2000 TD Avensis. Which gave me trouble free driving for many year's. Which is what we all want. We don't all have the money to buy new or nearly new motor's. And these age of cars are being bought by those of us with with a limited budget, so hurts the pocket a lot more when they go wrong. And considering Toyota's hard earned reliability reputation u don't expect them to go wrong.
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    Have just completed a round trip from South East Essex to North Yorkshire and return. I am a careful driver and always have economy in mind when driving. The journey was 90% motorway/dual carriageway driving and I travelled mainly at 60-65 mph with what could be described as a full load. I covered 542 miles on a tankful and the mpg reading showed 54.2 mpg when I arrived back home with one bar remaining on the fuel gauge. I haven't yet refilled but usually when I have one bar left I can get about 45 litres in the tank. The first leg up to Yorkshire took 6 hours with about an hour's break at Rutland Water and return journey much the same. This is the first long journey I've had in this car and must admit I was surprised at what economy can be achieved from this petrol engine. I'd be interested in what sort of economy do others achieve?
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    If you are looking at a 2016 as you said then, as Devon Aygo explained, no. The BMW-derived 2.0 D feeds fuel indirectly to the DPF via the main injectors. Imo 5th injectors aren't highly problematic (at least on Toyotas) but DPFs have a limited lifespan which is variable according to how the vehicle is driven.
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    afaik a DPF (& hence an injector into it) was added to the UK Avensis 2.0 diesel ~September 2010. They can have the same issues as any modern turbo-diesel e.g. egr, DPF, DMF etc. especially if used for short runs where they don't warm up fully or get to regenerate properly. "unique to Avensis" issues: some develop cracking of the paint/skin in the front doors by the restrictor stay. some have EPB actuators fail (to be fair these seem very rare & are usually due to moisture ingress). on manual trans. diesels 2nd gear in particular can be graunchy until the gearbox warms up.
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    Well all went well, seamless, spent a while just making sure no paintwork repairs that I could see. filled at a local tescos as a change as I normally use shell, strange when you start it as no engine noise, very comfortable and the reviews from the German friendly (sponsored) magazines are so wrong. They dont know how to drive these cars.
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    There are some good economy figures being produced in this thread. The newer Avensis petrol engines seem better than older based on those figures. My mk1 Avensis 1.8 (7-AFE) lean burn averages 40. On long motorway and A road I have bettered 50mpg. I got 48mpg on my way down to Cornwall and 52mpg on the way back. I also got a 55mpg on a run to Surrey and back. The 50 mpg or more figures I had to work hard for. Lean burn economy light on as much as possible and steady 50 to 60mph sheltering behind lorries when possible. Calculations done by filling up at fuel light coming on, noting mileage on till receipt and working out either separate tanks (Long runs) and long term averages based on approximately 2000 miles worth of fuel.
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    Today's 63 mile commute.... Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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    Decent tyres transform how a car is to live with and more importantly, are consistently better in the wet. I'd rather spend out a bit more on tyres and be able to stop in the wet, rather than crash into the guy in front of me!
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    It looks to me that the OP, isn't put off by the hybrids, but not keen on the packaging. If you don't like the look and feel or the price of Toyota's offerings, another option is to look at other manufacturers. The Prius has its own styling and while it's not the fastest of cars, that's not a problem for me. Having 2 hybrids in the family, I don't mind if I can't get the optimistic mpg all the time, when your stuck in slow stop start traffic, it's less stressful in a hybrid.
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    I am replying to OP post number 1; You don’t seem to have taken to the Prius at all. It might “grow on you” but that does not seem a promising impression. I sense you are trying to like the car and that is not a good basis for it. When I first drove a Gen 3 in 2010 I knew immediately that this was the car for me. I spent weeks finding out how it worked, its reliability and costs etc, and then bought one. After 7 years I have just bought a new Gen 4 which is stunning. I so love the Toyota HSD that if a car has a gearbox and a diesel engine I am not interested. Funnily I was thinking only a few days ago that the big-engined diesels are optimised for motorway driving and are good at constant 70mph + cruising. Also that the Prius is very different and most people don’t seem to like “different”. The Prius was designed to be a 21st century car, efficient and great to use in mixed everyday driving. It was intended to be better for the environment. Of course its safety, reliability and low running cost for this type of motoring are clear. It is easy and delightful to drive and encourages a relaxed style. It is kind to everyone’s lungs too. It is the most efficient car that does not plug in. It is a Low Emissions Vehicle. I like the fact that motoring bliss also helps everybody else even though most people are driving less efficient gas-guzzling polluters. The economy of the Prius is not the main point for me, I just love the way it does what it does. Its economy has always been the icing on the cake. In my new Gen 4 I have been from North Shropshire to North Wales and Snowdonia, Aylesbury and back, Milton Keynes and back, Birmingham and back, Wolverhampton and back. and local work/shopping. Motorways M54,M6,M1, M42, M40. After two tankfuls I had done 1,001 miles and put in 15.6 gall of UL.
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    I think we should campaign for the return of gallons once we brexit
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    Post edited as requested - sorry for the delay, due to my being on holiday on Skye and we've been out for a walk today.
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    Early Aygo can suffer from a fault in the starter system, the ignition switch fails resulting in the starter failing to disengage burning out the starter and starter supply harness the fix is/was: New modified Ignition key & barrel incl switch - part number 69057-0H012-84 New starter if damaged - refer to Toyota parts catalogue for correct supersession New wiring harness if any signs of damage to starter - - refer to Toyota parts catalogue for correct supersession Toyota did extend the warranty for this issue but a 2006 car is well beyond that cover.
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    I love the warm weather. Both on 15 mile trips on overall flat gradient.
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    The OBD data confirms both electric motor and ICE are in use on the motorway. Since motorway speeds would be generating plenty of electricity and the batteries have a fixed capacity.
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    When certain brake pipes are corroded it is usually just those specific pipes which are replaced, they don't re-pipe the whole car. Last year they presumably replaced the offside rear and both of the front to rear pipes, but the others were OK at that point. This year the nearside rear and offside front pipes are now also beginning to show signs of corrosion, but not yet bad enough to be a fail. As for the wishbone bush, things like can be a matter of opinion whether it's an issue or not. It's not at all uncommon for different testers to have different opinions on the degree of wear on a particular component. Take a car for MOT's at five different garages and you may well get five different results!
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    As with any MOT, presumably it is down to the opinion of the individual tester.
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    No doubt all these problems with the diesels will start to happen in the petrol versions (all car makers) ranging from turbo;dmf;egr etc etc! All cheap manufacturered parts to keep costs down 🤔
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    Hi there, We have had 6 2nd hand Toyota cars since 1995 and in that time, not had anything drastically expensive to get repaired. Only changed cars because we felt after they were over 12 years old, something newer would be more economical. So that latest car we have in the family is a 2013 Yaris hybrid. Motoring journalists don't like Toyota cars, saying there are boring and not involving enough. What they fail to say is, you can be sure they are still running well long after some of competition has died. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The late 1AD 2.0 Toyota diesel from 11/2010 > 05/2015 is fitted with DPF cleared using diesel directly injected to the DPF on demand from a 5th injector, from 05/2015> the 2WW 2.0 BMW diesel has a DPF cleared with diesel supplied indirectly by the main injectors ( they inject diesel on demand on the exhaust stroke through the engine into the DPF ) neither car required fuel additives such as Eloys or Adblue
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    I remember first experiencing this on a 2002 Gen 1 Prius during a holiday touring Scotland in 2005. The Gen 1 had no EV button (introduced in 2004 Gen 2 model) and a crude HV battery gauge with just four bars - it normally only read ½ or ¾, and very,very rarely ¼. On some of the steep hills & mountains in Scotland, I experienced a maxed out HV battery for the first time in 3 years and over 60,000 miles. There was no difficulty managing the speed with the brakes, but B mode made it easier. As Alan says, when levelling out it became like an EV for a few miles, accelerating briskly up to nearly 60 mph without bringing in the engine until the SoC dropped. Normally, with very gentle footwork, one could get up to 42 mph (indicated) on electric alone (on level or downward inclines) if the HV battery had sufficient charge. For those that don't know, the HV battery gauge only shows a window of the SoC (State of Charge) that Toyota's software engineers allow the car to use - empty would really leave about 40%, and maxed out is about 80% full. The car tries hard to manage things within that so that there always enough to aid brisk acceleration and room to receive 'free' energy when slowing down or running the engine for heat or whatever. We early adopters faced uncertainty as to the longevity of the HV battery (especially as they were rumoured to cost £5,000 + fitting to replace in the early days), but this careful management was the key to very convincing battery life (in most cases) where phones and laptops didn't have such a reputation.
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    Hi Happy iq'ing, you're not the first to have a crack at the title, there is a very long thread on here somewhere , and some really high ranges have been acheived. Range on an iq is i find very weather and time of year dependant, personally i reckon on 270 to 290 in the winter and 310 plus in summer, equates to around 50 /51mpg winter 55/58 summe. Mind you most of the time my 1.33 is sitting at around 65 to 75 on dual carriageways and mways. Good luck and pack a spare can tony
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    $@#%& ! The only thing I'd have spent money on was when I read that some markets get a full size, matching allow 15" spare wheel with appropriate trim under the boot floor (just like the 2000 model Gen 1 Prius!). Now I'd have paid a lot for that!
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    The UK Prius+ has nice 17" wheels IMO.
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    The D4D engine is an interference engine. I think a compression test and observing the valves (turning by hand with cam cover off), after fitting new belt, will confirm the damage. Then it is head off. Yes, 60000 miles or 6 years according to My Timing Belt - I think the water pump is driven by the timing belt, so should be changed. It is best to have timing belt kit.
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    The old T25 1.8 used to get up mid-high 50's (probably because new oil needed every inch of driving lol) the T25 d4d is mid-high 60s using either millers eco max on both cars and 2 stroke oil in the d4d and high tyre pressure too.
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    Hi Sam again. Is the follow the post you were trying to use? - If you have read my recent post, I had the clutch changed and it has made a difference to how the car drives. I know you have diesel so have the dual mass flywheel, but it could be a worn clutch. I have heard a failing DMF which rattles. A worn clutch either slips or judders, or if the pressure plate is faulty, that can cause judder too. Where is the biting point on the pedal? Another component is the concentric slave/bearing unit. When I had the clutch changed, that was changed too. Overall the clutch pedal feel/action and weight, improved a lot. I used to stall my car a lot, and now not at all. The pedal is extremely light. Moving off is smooth and I can use less revs, with no threat of jerking and stalling. The strip down would check to for any leaks too - the rear crank oil seal. Basically it is a replacement clutch (and DMF). I know you did not expect to have to do this, but may be the only way to sort the issue. Konrad
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    Hi all, I currently have the 1.2 turbo. Fantastic engine it really is, I owned the hybrid previously and I have to say i do miss it. However the 1.2 is a bit more sporty and yes you have that manual gearbox for real driving involvement. Round town I really do miss the hybrid however on motorways doing motorway speeds (and a bit more) The 1.2 seems more comfortable, the hybrid is brilliant at high speed but it always seems like its revving all the time. Now as for MPG the 1.2 is a strange one. If you just drive normally round town and a bit of motorway I get about 40-48mpg. If you do a lot of high speed acceleration and high speed driving and rev it a lot then expect between 29mpg and 38mpg. However if you do sit at around 55-65mph then i have seen my average mpg at 60mpg for a 50 mile trip, however that was in summer down the M1 and I really was trying hard to get good mpg although I did have the A/C on. That did surprise me but like I say that was only once. Overall I can say the hybrid is the better drivetrain, its so easy to drive and relaxing and will 80% of the time give you great MPG. However being 20 years young I love the 1.2 turbo as you can drive it hard and its performance is pretty surprising. But if someone came to me who wanted a car with great economy and reliability I would always recommend a Toyota hybrid as they really are just brilliant engines. I must admit if i do any long distance and city driving i will try and borrow my grandmothers Auris touring sports hybrid as its just so easy to drive. Any questions feel free to ask. Thanks Chris
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    Job done. I cut out the 6" of pipe that had the leak and mended it with Light Duty Hydraulic couplings and copper brake hose (thick walled and bends well, good for 1500psi and aircon only needs about 500). Total cost about £12 and about 2 hrs to effect the repair. The garage that did the gas recharge said that is what he does to repair aircons. I was surprised that the system was still pressurized even though there was a leak but the high pressure test point was ideal to release pressure and fluid from the system. If I had gone down the full pipe replacement route (£100) I think I would have had to remove the evaporator plate and the radiator to get the pipe to the front off the evaporator plate apart from the possibility of kinking the thin wall alloy pipe. It is appalling that this is all one long length without the facility to replace just one section. Chatting to the garage man he noted hat my Avensis is just pre EPB and I told him that was a deliberate choice. He tells me that EPB,s are one of his biggest sources of income and he would never have EPB on a car but Toyota EPBs are better than most!
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    Sorry, I was just trying to see how my driving compares to others.
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    What engine? If diesel then the EGR will need cleaning. All engines, check your rear stop lights. A blown bulb can trigger this. If none of the above, then a diagnostic will be needed.
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    Hi, came in here for guidelines whilst my friend was outside trying to figure out how to remove the cupholder to insert the new one. He came back in 5mins saying he's done it with a help of flat screwdriver. As long as you don't need to replace the actual body of the cupholder (mine had the actual part that holds the cup in place broken - the one that fold in when you push the cupholder in), you can replace (or remove) the moving part of it. 1. Insert a flat screwdriver in the gap just on the top of the cupholder, and press it down a bit to release the 2 little hooks thats holding it in and out it comes! 2. Insert the new part carefully aligning the two little wheels (dunno the name of them? i'm foreigner) This will only work if you need to replace the part that's coming in and out, but maybe that's your case? Hope it helped a bit! P.S. Ignore the pic of having the whole cupholder out- it's the new case where I put in the old part i removed, just to show you how to do it.
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    Not whilst "motorway bashing" I hope
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    That's good news bud, but you might want to revise the word you used to describe the smartphone screen kit mate.
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    Well when I become beneficent dictator of the world for life the 9th thing I will do is ban anyone who is a worse driver than me from driving, which I feel will eliminate at least 2/3rds of all drivers. This especially applies to anyone who: a) Waits in traffic holding down the foot brake ("If a pause becomes a wait, use the handbrake OR I KILL YOU!" - My driving instructor) b) Never signals *before* turning or changing lanes (Anyone doing it AFTER will also extra time in the scorpion pit) c) Stays in the middle/outer lanes, esp. on nearly empty motorways and when doing less than 70mph! (There is even a law against this now! Why does everyone still do it???). Exceptions will be made where the left lanes goes... somewhere else. So I feel this would improve traffic flow and reduce emissions quite well!
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    The hybrid has a few known images - slow, used as mini cabs, allegedly not as fuel efficient as diesels, batteries don't last long - but this is from people who have never owned or driven one, or don't know how to make the most or like to speed all the time (wasting fuel). I have always said that the current situation with congested roads, 20 mph speed limits, traffic calming (including speed bumps) and speed cameras, makes hybrids more relevant now than ever. Add diesel pollution and that diesel cars are not suitable for town and city driving, not forgetting unreliability and higher servicing cost. My friend has a 9 year old Prius, which bought last year as replacement to written off Avensis. He loves it. I helped him fix a wheel bearing and engine oil change. All very easy. That is why I will look at an Auris TS in the future. Just have to live with my Avensis Tourer for now.
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    It sometimes feels nice to show the non believers the hybrids aren't slow The junction of the motorway I was joining, was just before a big hill and that wouldn't help the mpg.
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    When you get your old shock out and compress it by hand, then do the same with the new one, the difference is dramatic. Yes, you can fit them one off, but can you imagine what the handling would be like one side soft , one firm ?? Anyone saying its good practice to fit just one to a car that age should be re-trained. Kyb better than Toyota , who knows, its almost impossible to say unless you have actually fitted and used both yourself, plus the actual manufacturers and parts in the shockers will change over the years. The Brand Name on a part does not mean they made it. If the springs are not broken or badly corroded, do they need changing ? another very hard to answer question, again never found a clear cut answer to that.
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    I wouldn't listen to the rep about that. Your car is 14 years old, and let's just say the shocks are the same age. It's my understanding that if you put a new shock absorber on the left hand side, that side is going to handle bumps far better than the 14 year old shock absorber on the right hand side. It's a different story if you're changing front shock absorbers, you don't really need to change the rear at the same time. But I think you should always change both shock absorbers.
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    If the pipes were renewed (assuming they're the same pipes, there are quite a few) then get someone else to check them. My first reaction is it sounds like Toyota are looking for work. I also don't see them testing the brake fluid either, they might be going with their version of the car's history and if it's never been done (according to their records) then they might say it needs done imminently. BTW the brake fluid on recent models is scheduled to be renewed every two years, previous models might be similar.
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    @Blue Kingfisher Hi Suzanne, now that is a good idea! I'm a great believer in that kind of stuff as various sprays such as that have, in the past, waterproofed shoes and "Scotchguarded" various fabrics on coats etc. As for you, Jo, if you still fancy some seat covers, then these look like fun: They come in various colours to match your car and as they don't fit over the headrest, they might stay in place better. You might hate them but they're not too expensive and didn't somebody once come up with a slogan..."Go Fun Yourself" All the best!
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    So after a bit more investigating, it was the starter. A bit of wood & a couple of carefully placed taps with a hammer & it's alive! Thanks to everyone for their suggestions :)
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    Was looking at potentially getting a new avensis estate and test drove a 16 plate one at the weekend to give me an idea of what they were like. The one I was expecting to drive wasn't available due to a 'fault' the one I drove (16 plate - 12,000miles) came up with an error message saying to 'check parking brake system' half way through our test drive. I'm sure many people get used to it but the position of the switch and the whirring noise when applied (just waiting to go wrong) was enough to put me off the car - the 1.6 diesel I drove was also extremely unrefined - more so than any diesel I've driven for the last 15 years. Was expecting to love the car due to equipment levels, space and comfort but came away less than impressed and decided to stick with my auris tourer. Konrad - good luck with finding the cause of the error message!