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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Thanks for clarifying that.
  4. Fair enough. From the OP's point of view, if a recall letter was sent to the previous owner who did not act on it, will the OP get a repeat letter having registered as the new owner (or keeper I should probably say)?
  5. Doing that check on our car brings up the same message and I know that it's queued for the airbag recall. (Unfortunately I've lost/chucked the advanced warning letter we had and I can't remember if it was from DVLA or Toyota, though I think it was the DVLA. The letter said we would be contacted at a later date for the work to be done.)
  6. That's really annoying that it doesn't say what the actual recall(s) is/are. I thought it did in the past.
  7. OK. Sounds like it's been well cared for. I'd still be inclined to spend a few minutes on the Toyota website to check for any outstanding recalls as there have been a few (though not certain about your car), such as throttle sensor and window switches, and of course the ubiquitous air-bag issue which as an older car yours should be high on the list by now if it's affected.
  8. With that low mileage has it been serviced every year or only had 'mileage' services? And who did the services? If it hasn't had the full service schedule or it's always been done by a 'local' I'd get it done now and personally I'd use a Toyota for this one at least as there maybe recalls, etc outstanding.
  9. 7000 miles a year? Doesn't sound a lot. How long will the better fuel economy take to recover the extra cost of the hybrid? The straight petrol/CVT might be a better option even though it may use more fuel. Do the maths as I always say
  10. Since diesel is an oil anyway the 'contamination' aspect isn't a big issue until it thins the main oil out too much. (Quite a few people have had raised oil level due to strange regen issues but no problems with the engine itself.) However, before that happens the bigger danger is that it raises the oil level (as noted by the AA) so much that it causes other more mechanical problems. But if you check your oil level regularly you'll spot this before it gets excessive - if you haven't been checking, now is the time to start.
  11. Many manuals for cars (not just autos) 'suggest' you press the brake and/or declutch when starting, but there isn't an interlock. The only interlock that is (afaik) always present is that an automatic will not start if it isn't in N or P, ie, it's in a gear. (For MMT boxes there isn't a P, so has to be N). On our MMT Yaris it has to be in N and the brake pressed, on my Ford it'll start in P or N without the brake pressed. If the manual only says 'should' then you don't have to - sounds like yours is working fine.
  12. I think it's x secs or if a door is opened, whichever is earlier. But I may be confusing it with the other car
  13. As the diesel is a different engine I suspect there will be a lot of minor if not major differences that will make a swap tricky. It might be worth asking a transmission shop if it's possible to refurbish your current box but use higher ratio differential gears to give it longer legs.
  14. Yep. It had all the quality and handling of the 'standard' Reliant ... but a lot less of the comfort It did attract the odd chat from motorcyclists as it was a bit more weather-proof than a bike (you can/could drive a three-wheeler on a motorbike licence), and it was and still is quite an attention grabber. But I'm afraid it really was an 'enthusiast' car.
  15. The socket is required by 'regulations' to be in reach of someone in the driver's seat, so they are usually somewhere around the bottom of the dash near the steering column. When buying try to check with the supplier that it will function well with your car. Although most will read most codes from most cars, when it comes to resetting them it can be hit or miss.