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QuantumFireball last won the day on February 13

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  1. Night driving issues

    Yes, I also found the plastic bolt on the back of the units seems to adjust the height. Turning clockwise will lower the beam.
  2. Night driving issues

    Do you have LED dipped beams? I find mine are too high, and I occasionally get flashed because of this. There's probably some manual adjustment on the light clusters themselves but I've never bothered looking at it. I also don't like that small light shining on the gear knob (which I think is what it's supposed to do). I keep meaning to look at that too, but I suspect the only option is to disconnect it. Same goes for the footwell light, which I think is a bit pointless.
  3. Stopping in an Emergency

    From the manual of my Prius: I believe the repeated pressing of the button to stop it was only introduced after the "unintended acceleration" incidents - only the 3-second press and hold was present on older models. Not sure if any of the recalls made changes to how the Power button operates. I assume doing this will shut down the car and put it in neutral, but as in the quote above you'll lose power steering and brake servo assistance - so it's probably a bad idea unless the throttle is stuck. Even if you have trouble reaching the brake pedal, keeping in D or preferably B will at least help slow the car down.
  4. Toyota Prius 2017 steering wheel diameter?

    Is there much point in such a lock on a modern car? They're probably just going to steal the keys if they want to take the car anyway.
  5. 2017 Prius Plug-in (incl UK prices)

    The Japanese spec Prius PHV is available with a CHAdeMO port as an extra, if anyone is wondering what that blank space is for.
  6. prius no ready message

    This is also what I've experienced. I've driven 60 miles after leaving the range going to 0, and there were still a few litres left in the tank. It's ridiculously overly cautious.
  7. Stopping in an Emergency

    Putting into B would at least help it slow down, but not dramatically - assuming your foot is off the accelerator. N would be worse than D as it disables regenerative braking. You'd need to get to the brake pedal really - at least it's bigger than in a manual car.
  8. Parking Brake Operation Gen 2 & 3

    Don't know about in Toyota/Lexus implementations, but those automatic parking brakes often cause trouble in other cars. You don't really need the parking brake every time you put it into P, so it may cause unnecessary wear. I'm sure it's also a pain if you ever experience a flat 12V battery and need to get towed. The Hill Assist function in my Prius works fine when I need it. I assume it's using the service brakes.
  9. I find Spritmonitor good as well, a lot more European cars there: 5.05 l/100km (based on 670 owners) = 56 MPG (imperial) So I think you're doing above average, but it varies greatly depending on driving habits.
  10. Prius on Motorways

    MG1 is designed to run between +/-10k RPM, so it's well within normal operating specs. It's not an ICE, so motor speeds are not really comparable. Motors in Dyson vacuum cleaners run at over 100k RPM, for example. Essentially you don't need to worry about it. The ICE is much more likely to fail than the MGs/transmission, e.g. head gasket failures, which are not unheard of with the Prius - but still very rare. It's as capable as any other ICE car for long journeys, maybe even more so - I've done trips of over 250 miles, and would have no concerns driving the thing across Europe. They are extremely popular in Mongolia, a country with much more arduous conditions than ours (only about 10% paved roads?), and have proven to be very reliable. The 3rd gen is a marked improvement regarding performance and refinement for motorway driving though, so if that is the majority of your driving I would recommend that.
  11. Prius on Motorways

    The simulation probably doesn't take into account external factors like rolling resistance, wind resistance, etc. IIRC my 3rd gen Prius stays around 1800-2000 RPM on a flat road at 120 km/h (75 MPH). I can barely hear the engine at all. As others have said, road noise is the bigger issue at these speeds. I believe the previous generation would be running at higher revs for similar speeds, but I have no personal experience.
  12. What OBD2 scanner should I buy?

    One thing about the cheaper devices is that they're usually quite slow (in terms of how frequently they can retrieve data from the ECU) - so if you want to get live data readouts like with Hybrid Assistant or Torque then they may not be up to the job. But if you just want to check/clear error codes or change settings, they're probably fine.
  13. What OBD2 scanner should I buy?

    I have an OBDLink LX - not the cheapest out there but good quality, and works well with Torque, Hybrid Assistant and other apps on my Android phone. I'm not sure if Techstream supports Bluetooth scanners, if you're planning on using it with that.
  14. I'd imagine it's not much more than a physical inspection and plugging in their Techstream laptop into the OBD-II port. You can get all the cell voltages, etc. through that; and I think there's some test procedure similar to this:
  15. The speedometer over-reads like crazy in my experience, e.g.: 56 km/h indicated = 50 km/h real 109 = 100 130 = 120 It's definitely the same with miles :) Might be different with 17" wheels (I have 15"). You can check with the satnav, as the speed limit indicator will turn red when you're over the real speed. Other GPS devices or an OBD-II scanner will also be able to give you a more accurate speed. The low fuel warning is also very pessimistic. When it starts flashing/beeping I find there's still about 9 litres left in the tank (it is 45 total). I think it's similar in other Toyotas though. As others have said, the reverse beeping can be turned off (well, it will still beep once when you select R) by a dealer or any other OBD-II scanner with Torque or similar software. With the HUD, I find on sunny days when wearing polarising sunglass I need to manually set it to the maximum brightness, which you can do by pressing and holding the brightness "up" button.