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Uncle Buck

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About Uncle Buck

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  • Toyota Model Auris SR180
  • Toyota Year 2008
  • UK/Ireland Location Inverness-shire
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  1. The Time Has Come .....

    Cheers guys :)
  2. The Time Has Come .....

    Well folks I guess the time has come for me to say farewell. My Auris is now sold & I've moved on to another Japanese make. I would have liked to stay with Toyota but unfortunately there was nothing that met my preferences or budget. I did try a 1.6 new-shape Auris, but I felt the ride quality was harsh for non-low profile tyres and the engine just felt dead to me. A great car in other respects, but it just didn't light my fire, so time to move on. No offence to those who have bought one, just each to their own and all that. I've enjoyed my time on this forum and would like to extend my thanks and best wishes to all the staff here. Plus of course all the members who made it so diverse and informative. I doubt the new forum will be as good, but who knows ..... :)
  3. I Heard Today

    Have to admit I'm more than a bit dubious Ben, but who knows ?
  4. Fuel Range

    Unfortunately mine's has never had the chance to show what it can do on a motorway, as there aren't any up here ! But I did manage to squeeze 480 mls out of the SR180 by accident, when a garage I was aiming for was closed & I had to carry on to the next one 40 mls away .....
  5. Poor Performance Avensis 2.2 D4-D

    Mine says 'D-CAT' on the engine cover & it has a DPF, so I'd imagine yours does too ......
  6. Auris 2009 Gearbox Failure

    Hi Clare, the only gearbox issue I know of with the Toyota Auris is a very notch 1st to 2nd change when cold. This seems to affect many of the 2.0 & 2.2 engined models. Some of us had the gearbox oil changed to improve matters, but it doesn't solve it completely. The only answer is to consciously change slowly & carefully when the gearbox is completely cold. Once warmed up, it's usually faultless. Do you know what exactly failed & why ? Did the garage give you any details ?
  7. Poor Performance Avensis 2.2 D4-D

    Hi David - do you know if the garage checked the pressure differential pipe for 'breathability' ? They block up over time & cause poor running & restricted performance, quite possibly triggering the limp home mode. Might be worth checking ..... The 2.2 D4D is a complicated beast with dual mass flywheel, diesel particulate filter, catalytic converter & individually coded injectors. But when it's running right it should be very smooth & quiet. Mine thankfully was.
  8. New 1.2T Engine For The Auris

    Clever, but not before time. Nissan beat them to the bar this time. Should be great in the Yaris, but might still be a little underwhelming in the heavier Auris. A decent option at choosing time though & should be cheap to run.
  9. Hi Everybody

    Welcome - another old shape RAV4 owner. You're joining a seemingly growing trend ! :)
  10. Hey From Bonnie Scotland

    Welcome Suzanne - not far away from myself actually. Used to live in Elgin, but north of Inverness now. Enjoy the forum :)
  11. Want An Auris, But The Mpg!

    To be fair, the 2.2 offers a very quiet & relaxed manner at dual carriageway/motorway speeds - it's just the MPG which isn't as good as competitors. Wind noise is very reasonable & the engine is virtually silent once cruising. As Smudge said, it's only really the bigger tyres which intrude a bit & even that's very dependant on the road surface. With 225/45/17's fitted, you're always going to have some road noise.
  12. Sr180 Tuning Box Advice?

    Ditto - very similar findings to myself (with a TDI-Tuning Box). My MPG is also hovering around 41 MPG w/out the box, although this is Winter and it always drops 3-4 MPG compared to Summer.
  13. Induction Kit

    As far as I'm aware all the basic spec of SR180's is the same. Only extras like leather upholstery & sat-nav were options. Oh, the sunroofs too ! I got the metal intake pipe from the states where a guy specialises in making them. Mine was actually made for Scooby Impreza but fits just fine. you could of course use extra piping to extend the air filter down into the cooler air at the side of the battery. Personally I just wanted to try using the base of the standard air box to shield the worst of the heat away & keep the standard intake pointing straight at the cone filter. I didn't notice any difference in power, but I did run it for a few weeks with no warning lights or issues at all. I've just taken it off the car as I will be trading it in soon for something newer.
  14. Induction Kit

    Steve - you mean something like this .....
  15. Newbie Signing In.

    Welcome Roddy - we're here to help and share :)