Catlover

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    Auris Hybrid T-Spirit, Yaris T-Spirit diesel (wifes)
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    2010
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    Cheshire
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    Motorsport & Racing

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  1. DPF

    I knmowon the Yaris 1.4 diesel the DPF was not fitted until about 2010. Are you sure you have a DPF on your Auris? My experience of DPF is that when it starts its cycle you loose a lot of performance........ does your car have any signs?
  2. What sort of battery charger did you purchase. I understand as the 12v battery is an AGM 12v it cannot be connected to just any charger.
  3. My new car

    Getting "the best" from your car could have many meanings. I chose a Auris Hybrid for 2 main reasons 1) potential fuel savings 2) less exhaust pollutants. Obviously the car itself had to fit my personal criteria as to size and comfort etc. and my 2010 reg Auris does that well. If as me,. no1 criteria is good fuel economy, then starting ownership in the winter could be a disappointment. You can only drive a relative short distance in EV (pure electric) mode, then the petrol engine will kick in. Due to the cold weather it will take the petrol engine longer to warm up, during which time you are mostly reliant on petrol rather then electric (not all the time but most). My winter mpg is around 53mpg - which is good for a 1.8 litre petrol engined car aided by battery. During the summer months I was getting 62mpg. I am still very pleased with 53mpg, because if my Auris was purely petrol drive I would only expect to see around 40mpg in the winter and not much higher in the summer. Figures obviously depend on your right foot, and how you use the EV, Eco, Power buttons. At times I do use the Power button (long hills, overtaking etc) and you get all 134bhp kick in, but fuel economy hits the floor - all expected. If you follow conversations on this forum (Prius as well-same drive line as Auris) you will read of "pulse and glide". I use this technique frequently. Keeping legal limits in mind, accelerate fairly briskly ("pulse") up a safe speed (say 60 in a 60 area) and then lift off the throttle for a second, apply slight throttle and you should be able to "glide" using battery power for a good distance (depending on road surface and any gradients). Takes practice and of course I take care not to annoy traffic that may be following. I have had my Auris Hybrid for 7 months now, and still trying different ways to save fuel but still enjoy the driving experience. Happy driving
  4. Hybrid- Big battery and Little battery

    Presented my Auris Hybrid at Toyota dealer today. I mentioned My Car was showing a possible battery fitted June 2016, thus the @problem@ 12v battery may have warranty left. A print out I was shown lists it as being a key fob battery. Ah well, all I saw on My Car service list was Batt. The dealer did a 12v battery test and it showed up to being good, so the problem must have been a) car not run for 3 weeks following my operation and being off my feet, and b) not being run much since my recovery, and last Wednesday was a very cold night and that almost killed it again. At least I know its been checked and explanation seems reasonable. As for the £50+vat charge - waived. Thank you Lindop Toyota.
  5. Pcjjk

    My handbook says both engine coolant level and inverter coolant level should be between full and low lines when the whole system is cold. Further, the handbook says Toyota Super Long Life Coolant, or similar should be used. If just adding water, and I would not recommend doing that in this worsening weather, it should be deionised water. The Toyota Super Long Life Coolant is made up of 50% coolant and 50% deionised water (to quote the handbook. So sounds if you ok with the current levels (just) but why not plan your route to pass a Toyota dealer and top up - but be careful NOT to take of any reservoir tank cap when the engine is hot, its under pressure and you could scold yourself, only take a tank cap off when system is cold.
  6. Hybrid- Big battery and Little battery

    Thanks for those links, Scott, interesting. Re the cost of 12v battery, I am positive I saw a link showing £120+vat, but where it was - dunno! £120in vat would be better
  7. Hybrid- Big battery and Little battery

    Thank you Scott and Mike. Managed to see the service history, it looks as a 12v battery was fitted mid year 2016, but I know the car (I purchased mid May 2017 stood for a long time. I presume a long stand could do damage to the battery? I booked in at Mr T on Monday but its £50+vat to look at the battery. Dont know whether to go for a new one straight off (£120+vat).
  8. After couple weeks laid up due operation my 2010 Auris Hybrid failed to light up the dashboard. Had to get Start Rescue out to jump start the small 12v battery. Last week in the very cold snap, car had not moved for couple days, went to go out and the READY light initially failed to light up, eventually did though. As the car has all the Toyota service stamps (66000 miles now), is there an on-line history available which may tell me the little 12v battery has been changed sometime in the vehicle life. I appreciate a battery could have been fitted by a 3rd party at some time, but if the previous owner has had services at Toyota then good chance had battery changed their as well, if it has been done. If no record of battery change, the original now would be about 7 year old. If thats the case I would just change it for Toyota price of £120+vat. Other then that MR T want £50+vat just to test it. the big Re battery, is the £29 big battery health check available on its own ie not linked into a service??
  9. Prius Gen4 struggling is snow (compared to Gen3)

    This is my first season of snow, and its now almost gone here near Chester, but I will keep in mind the added safety factor of using B on snowy/icy roads.
  10. Auris range refreshed for 2018 - diesels dropped(?)

    Re the engines being "dumped". I think its the same with anything a manufacturer/retailer drops from its product line that an individual sees as the bees knees, there is a natural reaction thinking what on earth is going on, they dropping my favourite chocolate bar (but in this case its an engine). Interesting review from chrismorrow, and all I can suggest to you, countrylad, is go and have an EXTENDED test drive, not just round the block a few times but an extended one on the roads of your choice. In May this year I exchanged my Qashqai diesel for a Auris Hybrid. I had been driving diesels for the last 25 years so a bit dubious about changing. I said to the dealer selling the Hybrid I wanted an extended drive of 30-35 miles, we went on a route of about 40 miles, on the flat, up peak district hills, country roads, faster roads. By the time I finished I was thinking "whats a diesel".
  11. Prius Gen4 struggling is snow (compared to Gen3)

    I can feel the braking effect of "B" when going down hills, isnt that what B is for?
  12. Hybrid Engine Warm Up Time

    Yes, well aware of that, but 10-11 miles seems to be a long time to get up to normal, outside temp was still above 0degc, about 4degc, I am surprised it takes so long.
  13. Hybrid Engine Warm Up Time

    Read the linked topic and cant disagree with anything said, however, that still doesnt address what I have noticed...... the temperature gauge does take longer to reach its "normal" level, and thus keeping the ICE engine running longer then other times.
  14. Hybrid Engine Warm Up Time

    Thank you, couldnt find a way of deleting it myself