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QuantumFireball last won the day on February 13

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  1. There's a switch on the passenger side edge of the dashboard - if you open the door you'll see it. It's in the owner's manual, "Airbag manual on-off system (for Europe)".
  2. A modern diesel is so much worse for such a commute - they take ages to warm up so will run inefficiently for a lot of it, and with a lot of short journeys the particulate filter and EGR valve will clog up in no time. With a Prius/Auris hybrid it will only take 1-2 minutes at most to get up to normal operating temperature. As others have said you won't get great fuel economy in winter (it uses the ICE cooling system for cabin heating like any normal ICE car, so more cabin heat = more ICE idling), but should do much better in warmer weather.
  3. There's a massive divide between expectations and requirements for someone like Toyota selling a car globally, vs. some lads in a shed in California selling some battery kit. When producing a car there are varying type approval standards around the world, safety standards, etc. - Toyota need to be sure these batteries will be safe in numerous conditions, and want to get respectable ratings in things like the Euro NCAP and NHTSA crash tests. Unfortunately all this has a penalty on battery density, and cost. People selling aftermarket modifications for cars have much less to worry about in order to sell their products, and they may not be so safe in the event of an accident.
  4. But what's the second connection right of the Type 2 socket pictured? Hard to tell with that cap on...
  5. There apparently is a manual boot release behind a panel inside the hatch, but obviously it's not very easy to access as you'd have to crawl through from the back seats. I believe earlier Gen 3 examples with keyless entry had trouble with battery drain, but not sure if this was fixed with a software update or something else.
  6. What if your car is kept indoors? :) Is disconnecting the 12V battery a good idea, if it's going to be left for several weeks?
  7. The 12V battery is more or less like any other car battery, it's just a different size and underneath the boot floor. Instructions are in the owner's manual. Unless you can prove it's faulty I doubt it will be covered by warranty (may not cover the battery either way).
  8. @Santii apparently has a Prius Plug-in - AFAIK the 12V battery will get charged when you plug it in, however I'm not sure if it can even start charging if the 12V is already dead. Might be worth considering replacing the 12V battery as they don't seem to last very long, and being left discharged for weeks won't help it.
  9. Toyota don't make a parcel shelf for the Prius, and I don't know of anyone else who makes such a thing for it. Regarding your other question, do you mean the small trays in the boot floor? There should be the puncture repair kit on the left side, but the tray on the right is empty. The strap on the right side I believe is for first aid kits that are mandatory in other countries.
  10. Isn't it going to be sold as the Prius PHV in Europe? Anyway, very hard to compare without physically seeing/driving it. I've heard good things about the way it drives, at least compared to previous models - but I don't know how it compares to the Golf GTE.
  11. It uses the 2AR-FXE, which is the Atkinson cycle variant of the 2AR-FE (the normal 2.5 straight-4 found on the RAV4, Camry and some other US-market Toyotas). And yeah, comparing CO emissions but not NOx or particulates (the biggest causes of local pollution and respiratory problems) is pretty pointless.
  12. I got one of these for mine (16A, 5m):
  13. On European PIPs it's 85 km/h or 53 MPH - the speedometer over-reads *a lot* on these cars :) The US version allows 62 MPH in EV Mode - don't know why it's lower for us. The new Prius Prime/PHV has an EV speed limit of 84 MPH but I don't know if this has been confirmed for European models yet.
  14. I'm getting about 9 miles with mine, but it can vary depending on driving conditions (lots of hills around here).
  15. Yes, the sat nav will measure the distance of the actual route and should also take elevation into account. If you get that or something else to measure actual distance travelled using GPS (I'm sure there are smartphone apps, never looked myself but I have a Garmin Edge for cycling that will do this) then it should also be more accurate than the odometer/trip counter.