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  1. I've never heard my fan turn on except when I'm stationary and have the aircon on; If I turn it off or start to move it stops again!
  2. Compared to my Yaris D4D, the launch of them off the line is surprisingly good but where my D4D keeps pulling, they run out of puff pretty quickly unless you let the engine rev. The engine is a bit gutless but as it will happily rev to the moon, it might be better to drop it into 4th and floor it if you want to do a quick overtake; You can do it in 5th but you need a bit of a run up (Don't even bother up an incline!) That all said they do seem fairly comfortable cruising at 70+ judging by how many of them fly past me when I'm on the motorway
  3. This isn't uncommon for the Mk1 D4D; I'm averaging 64mpg doing 60/30 urban/motorway driving, and I have been driving with the aircon on almost all the time and accelerating full bore most of the time! The Mk1 is a superb car; It's one of the few cars that can regularly hit its rated mpg without having to make a large effort to drive efficiently, whereas e.g. the Yaris HSD is extremely sensitive to driving style. If I drove a HSD the way I drive my Yaris I reckon it'd lucky to hit 30mpg Add to that its awesome digital dashboard, insane amount of storage compartments, versatile sliding rear seats, bulletproof reliability, easiness to drive, and that it's a pre-DPF diesel (Which just adds to its reliability) and it's no wonder I think this is probably the best car Toyota have ever made! In a way it sucks as I'm always looking at newer cars to see what I can 'upgrade' to but not one of them exceeds what my lovely ickle Mk1 gives me! Take care of yours and it'll last you as long as you need it and get you anywhere you need to go!
  4. Hi!

    Congrats! As my instructor told me, now that you've passed your test and gotten a licence, THIS is when you really learn to drive!!
  5. I have done that before! It's really scary!
  6. If the calipers are stock, you could also get a Toyota garage to quote for parts and use that part number to figure out what parts you need.
  7. Yeah, you're better off getting the parts yourself IMHO; I had my pads changed by Toyota Jemca last October assuming they'd use proper Toyota parts, but found they'd used so-called Optifit parts, in this case cheap-***** Textar-branded pads which you can get for a fraction of the cost anywhere.
  8. Thanks for your time following this up frosty, much appreciated :) :thumbsup: They are right that it was often an extra thing they'd charge for, which I know caught a lot of people on service contracts out who weren't expecting to pay anything extra, but it does kinda suck as I deliberately wouldn't let them change air and cabin filters because it'd cost me £20-odd for the parts to do it myself vs the £80+ they'd charge to do it! I do wonder if they'd let you decline parts off it and knock some money off tho'. One bright side is my car is so old it qualifies for the new Gold/Silver services which AFAICT are literally the old intermediate/full services!
  9. @fordulike - In a way it is; You are taught this when learning (Well, I was anyway!) and it'd be an instant fail if you were moving in neutral at any time other than in between changing gears. The most ironic thing about coasting in neutral is that it doesn't even really save any fuel; The engine is still pumping fuel to keep the tickover going, and in a petrol that's where it's most inefficient as it has to work against the full force of the throttle vacuum! If you're coasting *in* gear and the engine's above ~1000rpm, the ECU notices what's going on and cuts the fuel pump until the rpm drops below that. (Or you push the accelerator or the clutch, so don't rest your foot on either of those while doing this or it doesn't work; You should be covering the brakes anyway!) @Tom - I use my aircon button like that
  10. It's just one of many driving gripes, along side things like people that don't check their mirrors, people that use the phone while driving, people that don't use signals, people that think 'courtesy traffic lights' are a real thing, people that hog the middle and outer lanes (Although this I am less annoyed with nowadays as I can often just stay in the left lane and bypass long queues of traffic! ), and people who don't know the 2-second rule (I want to put some rubber Mad-Max style spikes on the back of my Yaris to scare such people. Or maybe a rearward-facing slingshot with copies of the highway code tied to bricks...) But alas this is part of driving... at least over here it isn't as bad as say India, China or Paris
  11. 5 miles should be enough for the hybrid to warm up I would think. If you really want an automatic, go for the Hybrid! I generally dislike autoboxes, but will tolerate locking torque-converters, as in the GT86, or the hybrid HSD as both of them don't have any wearing parts that cost a shedload of money to fix when they go wrong. That said, I don't think we've had any people reporting problems with the belt-driven CVT in the newer Toyota cars so far (Which is impressive!), although it's still not been long enough to develop the really nasty problems you can get when the belts start to wear. The Yaris hybrid isn't as economical as its rating suggests (You're more likely to get mid-50's than 70+!) but it's consistently more economical than the petrol CVT. If you can find one in your price range with the features you want and in good nick, I'd deffo get that over the petrol!
  12. It's not 'brake light sensitivity', it's that brake lights are really **** bright - They are about the same brightness as fog lamps if they are working properly! It's okay now, while it's sunny and bright, but when it starts to get dark and you're in a street with **** lighting with your irises dilated, it is no fun. I often shut my eyes when stopped behind someone for extended periods in the winter, esp. when coming home from work when my eyes are already sore from staring at a monitor all day, because I can SEE the brake lights through my eyelids, and see when they go off! I suspect most people will find it increasingly uncomfortable but just take it as normal, as they are also holding down the brake pedal. For short periods you can ignore it but if you ever get stuck in a 2 hour queue on the motorway in a non-lit section with some **** with high-powered LED brake lights on for the ENTIRE time you may begin to understand shy some of us get a bit pissy about such things...
  13. As my driving instructor used to say, "If a pause becomes a wait, use the hand brake OR I'LL RIP YOUR LUNGS OUT!"
  14. If all you are doing is lots of short journeys, petrols easily beats diesel and can beat hybrid too. The problem with hybrids and diesels is they take a while to get hot and while they're cold the efficiency goes down the toilet. Unless you are towing stuff or doing longer runs, there's no real advantage with going with diesel as you don't need the extra torque and you won't get the efficiency because the engine is too cold. (In fact that will cause loads of other issues in the long term like crud building up on the injectors and annoying EGR system and DPF blockages etc.) The hybrid might be worth a look if your journey is long enough for it to be able to put charge in the battery without running cold, but you're paying a lot more money for relatively little benefit. (The clincher is if you prefer automatics; If so, just get the hybrid. Best autobox you can buy currently!) I do love my diesel Yaris tho'. No matter how much I thrash the thing it won't go below 50mpg But although I do short journeys, they are after a fairly long journey so the engine doesn't have time to cool down and stays quite efficient. It is the last of the reliable diesels tho', all the ones that come after it have DPFs which I feel have caused more harm to the environment than they save!