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  1. Wouldn't you still need to remember to switch it to AUTO? Or can you leave it there all the time without draining the battery (with the parking lights)? It could be done with wiring/relay(s) but knowing modern cars it will be a lot harder than the simple theory suggests.
  2. For the driving you describe (not sat in traffic and mostly with a warm engine I'd guess) then I certainly wouldn't bother changing it more often than recommended. You'd be doing it almost every month
  3. Sounds to me that the previous owner bought some fatter tyres for the rear, for appearance. Then at some point someone has swapped front and back to even the wear (e.g. at a service) without noticing they are different sizes (they are only 10mm different). In theory the 205s will have better grip, so ought to be on the back ... In reality I doubt it matters an iota
  4. We have a pre-DPF Mk2 with the 1.4D and that has been showing 60+mpg for a year or two. This is on mixed driving with quite a few short journeys, though not commuting, and neither of us drives for economy specifically. Mostly Tesco diesel. So while 73 is an impressive result, I can believe it.
  5. In warm humid conditions the evaporator (the bit of the aircon that is in the heater casing) condenses moisture out. This water should drain into a pipe leading out the bottom of the car (enter panicked people seeing water puddling under their car at the supermarket). These pipes often get plugged with gunge which means the water then has to find another way out of the heater casing, usually into the car under the dash. The quick and dirty solution is to get under the car, find the end of the drain and rod it with a piece of wire. How long that'll do for depends on other factors - the best solution is to access the chamber with the evaporator and give that and the drain a thorough clean and demoulding .... but that's a big job.
  6. Brilliant. Thanks for letting us know.
  7. It's not a true automatic, it's a 'manual' gearbox and clutch with electric actuators and a computer to replace the driver in operation of the clutch and gears. So changing the oil is unlikely to help. It's most likely a problem with the clutch. As Devon says, reinitialising it may help. However, as it's a normal mechanical clutch it may simply be worn out. You don't say how many miles or what sort of use it may have had before you got it, so that info would help. I will mention that ours (a 1.4D MMT) also can sometimes be a bit sudden when cold, but that is sorted within a hundred yards, so yours does sound excessive.
  8. I'm really not that bothered to be honest; the car is clearly in the system and I think it's one of the less likely causes of my death or injury at present, so I'll just wait for the notice.
  9. Yes, you're right. Looking again the top left is the DVSA logo, but the other corner is Toyota. Some of the wording sounds a bit more like it's Toyota speaking as well.
  10. Re airbags recall I've just received another letter from DVSA (definitely, not DVLA) saying, basically, "It's 41 million cars, 24 car manufacturers, we still don't have the parts, we'll be in touch when they are available, don't hold your breath". OK, the last four words are my interpretation
  11. It's easier to say than do, but if possible try and check if it is plain water or coolant (which should have 'stuff' in it). That will narrow it down somewhat. I don't think it's common - I don't recall anyone asking before. However, these cars are now getting on, so it may be about to become common (I also have a 2008).
  12. The bottom picture is a bit fuzzy but I think you'll find that that is a plug with female connections and the 5 'pins' are actually blanks (to key the plug so it can't be put into an incorrect socket.
  13. The dash may be common to cars in the range that do have ABS, so the presence of the bulb isn't conclusive. I'd suggest the OP PMs the VIN and registration to Parts-King and asks him to check the build info for what the car actually has.
  14. When you say "he can find no faults with the actual system" do you mean the ABS system (which would conflict with your para 2, sentence 2) or just the dash light circuit?
  15. No it's not. "Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. .... Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’." The section on coasting, quoted further up, does not include the MUST/NOT - there is no law prohibiting it.