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  1. Hi all - Monday was a big day for my 1998 Mk1 Avensis (1.8 7A-FE) auto. I clocked up 200,000 miles. It's been a great car in the 18 years I've had it and has been really cheap to run - I've always serviced it myself and taken it to my local garage for the things I couldn't do. Just thought I'd share this with the Mk1 fans out there. I'm planning on replacing it it later this year - I'll be sad to see it go. No doubt a few others can beat 200k?
    12 points
  2. Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed information in these forums....I have spent weeks reading through countless threads looking for a solution to my cars problem, have used snippets of information from all makes/models of Toyota chats and FINALLY got sorted yesterday. Hope this helps others. I have a 2009 Avensis estate, 2.0 D4d engine, T27 variant. Bought it 9 months ago with full service history and 170k miles on the clock. Up until this point, the car was immaculate to drive, never once giving me hassle. (Admittedly, I had never driven a Toyota in my 42 years of life before this car, let alone owned one. I now love the damn things!) Anyways, at the end of December 23, the car all of a sudden started doing some strange things.....one morning, it was driving fine for 10 or so miles when suddenly it lost power, the engine cut out and coasted to the side of the road. An orange engine light, EPS light and battery light came on. It would only hesitantly start after a few minutes but a mile or two later, cut out again. There was no smoke coming from exhaust. Breakdown assist took it to my local mechanic who spent a week trying to diagnose it. The car was throwing up no fault codes whatsoever. The battery / alternator were testing out fine too. Tested the turbo, no problems there. He had driven it a couple of times, couldnt replicate the issue. After a week, he gave up, told me there was nothing wrong. A couple of days later, same problems again for me. I live in a rural part of Ireland so have minimal selection of mechanics, anyone I contacted it would be weeks before they could look at it. So i took it upon myself to sort it out. Narrowed down a list of possible culprits from this site and started at it. (For background purposes, Im in IT, my pretty little hands dont usually get dirty!) I remove the EGR valve, cleaned it down, wasnt it. Replaced the battery (just to test), wasnt it either. Got a working second hand fuel pump, changed it out, wasnt it! Had left the car sitting there for a week and it ****** me of looking at it. Nearly gave up until I overheard a conversation in the pub over the weekend about how a local lad had his van in garage for the past few weeks and his mechanic couldnt figure out the problem. After chatting with him, turns out he had the exact same problems as I had....and they started they same day my problems started! Turns out we both got diesel from the same pump at the only petrol station in town on the same day...... This guy called his mechanic monday morning and had told him about this. They drained his tank, flushed the fuel system and voila, problem gone! So Tuesday, i took the day of work, removed the back seats of the Avensis and after some colorful language, got into the diesel tank of the car via the hatch. I removed the fuel sender pump, disassembled it and found a load of thick black gunk inside and all over the filter....this crap had effectively choked off the supply of fuel going to the engine. See the pictures. Soaked the lot in Redex diesel system cleaner, scrubbed with a toothbrush and rinsed with petrol. I then changed the fuel filter under the bonnet, pumped the 'bad' diesel from the tank (thank ***** Im stingy, there was only 20 litres or so in there). Then loaded up with fresh diesel and have not had a problem since! Im like a dog with 2 mickeys Im so pleased with myself. Car is driving perfect since yesterday, not one issue and Ive driven it hard. Hope this information might be of help to someone sometime.
    10 points
  3. It’s at home already. Loving the color ! 💙
    10 points
  4. Hi all, picked up my 2024 new Yaris Hybrid. It’s just the same model as my previous one. There are a few small insignificant differences, but I haven’t had time to explore yet. The only difference I have noticed on a quick look is the previous tyres were Continental and new car has Bridgestone, and the tyre noise seems to be reduced.
    10 points
  5. I leave mine connected while I’m away for a month at a time but I have got a hive plug I can see the current draw and I can disconnect it remotely from another country. I can also see the car and the charger on CCTV. It gives me a certain amount of control and a big benefit is that, accepting the damage is already done if it does catch fire, I can watch it burn from a safe distance.
    10 points
  6. Following on from my post in the Corolla Forum, I have just collected my Yaris GR Circuit Pack and couldn't be more excited!!
    10 points
  7. Hello everyone, I had a chance to experience a Corolla for a first time yesterday. I know so much about these cars but never actually driven one more than car park move around and yesterday I went on a test drive. The car was an excel spec from 2021 with only 20k miles on the clock, full leather seats and 1.8 engine. My first impression were very good with only one big note, the tyre noise was the worst of all cars I had ever tried, and I a mean it. In comparison to my old Auris the Corolla is way better sound proofed, almost silent as a top premium brands larger models , no wind, no outside and no engine noises to intrude into the cabin, except this tyre roaring. The car drives really good, acceleration was respectful and I really don’t understand in normal days to day use anyone would need more. I took the car on fast A roads and motorways around Watford area, plus some town drives and honestly the car did brilliantly. The steering is slightly heavier than my Auris but overall worth good feedback, the acceleration much better, however the ride quality is worse, actually a bit on the harder side. These 18” wheels with Falken tyres are simply no go. Another negative thing that I noticed immediately was a vibrations, when braking and when at speeds over 60mph with bad vibrations at 70+mph, omg was not good at all. Strongly enough my car at the moment has exactly the same thing going on but I know what it is and soon will be alright. The seats were comfortable, but the seating area slightly slippery feel, the gr sport or previous 2019:excel seats are better imo. Overall I liked the car a lot, unfortunately out of my budget as currently the cars are so expensive., other than that would go and buy it. Another thing to mention is the screen, in the latest models the larger screen stick out by an inch and recused visibility a bit especially if you seat low when driving. Another minus against the Auris is the interior space, Auris 1 is much roomier inside. One question to other Corolla owners and those who had tried icon, design, gr trims against the excel, is there any difference in interior noise levels between? I asked to test drive a gr sport originally, but the branch manager let me drive an excel, Hm I was ok but I am thinking was that a tactic or just this car was easier to take out for a drive?
    9 points
  8. Exactly, my safety is in doubt from the wife for buying a car that won't start when she needs it 😉
    9 points
  9. I can now join the "let's bore everyone to death with a load of graphs" crowd! 🤣😉
    8 points
  10. I’ve got an elderly friend who does very little mileage in hers, it’s done 6700 in three years and she’s followed my advice and left in ready for an hour once if she doesn’t use it in a fortnight. It’s got the original Mutlu battery and it’s never failed once. None of mine (Yaris 4 and Cross) failed although I only owned them for about 6 months each. I have another friend who used his daily and by about the third or fourth month it failed so we put a Yuasa on and cured it. That’s been written off now so there’s a good battery in a scrap yard somewhere. Got another mate with a 21 Excel. His battery got so unreliable it failed frequently and had recovery out weekly. I put a Yuasa on that about 6 months ago and it’s never failed once even through winter.
    8 points
  11. Finding the right switch in the dark often lead to the wrong window being dropped so I investigated Aliexpress for some replacement lit versions. £35 plus VAT found me the main drivers door switch and three passenger door switches. ALIEXPRESS YARIS DOOR SWITCHES I saw the add was for Corolla / RAV4 but they looked the same as my Yaris ones, so I took the chance. Installation was easy, pop out the door switch panels with a trim removal tool; fronts were easy, rears were tight. Front door button panel for the driver has three crosshead screws to remove and the replacement put in. The other doors have push-fit switches so it's just a matter of a thin screwdriver to "pop" the tags and click the replacements in. Total Time : 30 minutes I was sweating when I did the front passenger door as the switch refused to work - it was the window-lock toggle on the drivers door that needed to be pushed, obviously unplugging the old drivers switch toggled the lock! Anyway all of the passenger door switches illuminate as soon as the key is turned, but the drivers door panel only illuminates when the side/headlights are on, weird, but it kind of makes sense. New Switches Panel Removed Old Drivers Switch - the three screws that need to be removed New Switches in place - I chose chrome tips Passenger switches
    8 points
  12. Well if any of the Yaris or Cross range had ventilated seats I’d have one in a heartbeat and this battery problem that there is so much panic about doesn’t register on the give a sh** scale. I watched a news clip on Fords that routinely catch fire and Ford do their level best to walk away. We’ve yet to see how the French and German hybrids fair but the reputation excludes them from my hit list. This can be fixed with a different battery if it comes to it but some choose to walk elsewhere which is never cheaper than £75 so good luck.
    8 points
  13. @CPN "What is more ridiculous John/Andrew(?) is that there is no mention of the many thousands of other Yaris/Yaris Cross owners who don't even know that this problem is "a thing"! Probably because they use their cars enough to keep the battery charged. I can confirm that my trips to hospital were all 999 ambulance and also that the Toyota Yaris Cross is a good car but so was my ultra reliable 2020 Yaris Y20 which required no input from me other than an annual service and petrol. I attach photo just taken of my plug in hybrid suitably plugged in and showing "all systems go" on the Ctek charger.😁 you can see how tight it is the garage. Good job i have lost some weight. I went to the doctor some time ago and she said I was 105kg and clinically obese. Horrified I said I wanted a second opinion and she said OK, you are a fat bustard
    8 points
  14. Hi all just, taken delivery of a used Yaris cross,and what a little cutie it is...!!!.Effortless driving,fantastic fuel economy and really comfortable seats.I have come over from the dark side...( Lexus NX ),and thought i would miss the luxury but i was mistaken the Yaris cross is a real pleasant surprise...
    8 points
  15. I do like the idea of an EV but not the reality. I've always thought electric motors are a better propulsion system than engines, and they are just really nice to drive. The problem is, right now, they just don't have the same level of utility as ICE cars - I haven't owned a single car that did less than 400 miles, even in winter with heating on, but I don't think a single EV currently on the market can do that yet, and if one can it'll have twice the mass and be the size of a small container ship We're not even close to having a small, compact, and agile EV that can match anything in the A and B segment (e.g. Aygo/Yaris/Punto/Fiesta). The closest currently on the market is I think the Renault Zoe, but it doesn't even come close. Also, despite it's age, it's still the least awful; The other small EVs that came after it - The Fiat 500e, Mini and Honda-e - manage to somehow be worse! There are just too many downsides and they all detract from the purpose of a car - I don't have a car for it to be good for the environment, I have a car for convenient efficient transport! There is currently one niche where having an EV makes sense: 1) You can charge at home 2) The vast majority of your journeys are within 50% of the car's range with bonus points if you have solar panels and/or can get on a cheap EV electricity tariff In that case, you'll very rarely have to use public charging, and the running costs of the EV will be so low it just makes sense, not to mention the convenience of having full range every morning. Outside of that niche though, EV ownership is a much more expensive and miserable experience.
    8 points
  16. Managed to get some bumper rash on my Yaris and was looking for the paint code which is on the sticker on the passenger side on UK models. I then came across this site which lists all of the Toyota Yaris paints (as well as other Toyota models) TOYOTA YARIS PAINT CODES May be a useful "sticky" somewhere?
    8 points
  17. I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s ok to use the fuse box connector, I do if for weeks at a time every time I go away. And if information isn’t confusing enough on this forum, I do think it’s worth paying for a CTEK charger. I prefer to have decent kit if I’m leaving it connected to my battery for long periods. I’m not confident enough in the cheap ones to maintain an effective health cycle and I don’t want the car and garage burning down.
    8 points
  18. I’m a qualified mechanic and I’m not the least bit worried about these battery issues but all this measuring battery voltage is a joke and not at all reasonable for anybody other than a fanatic. It is reasonable to advise people to allow time for the battery to charge but it isn’t reasonable to expect them to monitor and record it in this way. I have a jump pack under the passenger seat but in normal use, I expect it to start every time. We know the battery is the weak link so what good are these 85 pages of perpetual graphs and comparisons to decimal points of a volt? Mutlu batteries are not up to the job.
    8 points
  19. Hi Bob. I’ve had a few cars with this advanced technology, but I was too naive to appreciate it at the time. I used to plug these ventilation holes with plastic padding and, where they were in visible parts of the bodywork, I spent hours just blending them in and painting them to hide my interference with the system. But self repair features were built in to remedy such DIY attempts. The metal edges around the blocked vents would turn into a red crust which then crumbled and caused the plastic padding to fall out, making even larger vent holes to speed up the weathering service which I had fiddled with. Of course, the crafty manufacturers galvanised the car bodies, rendering the ventilation holes ineffective so that we had to buy things like vacuum cleaners to do the work instead - some like Hyundai, even made vacuum cleaners to profit from the work which was then forced upon us.
    8 points
  20. Has that elephant ever roared or is it in the mind of the nut behind the wheel 😉. The economy of these things always takes a hit in winter. My Lexus is not brilliant right now. It’s largely because I want it hot inside and although I could improve the figures dramatically by turning the heat down, if anybody thinks I’m freezing my nuts off in a luxury car to save 10mpg, they can think again. It’s simple physics. If you want heat, the only way of generating it is to use the engine.
    8 points
  21. That's really hard to answer as it isn't as simple as that - Voltage is only an approximate and indirect way of measuring the battery health and capacity. You could have 2 similar batteries - One at 11.7v and the other at 12.4v, only to find the 12.4v one sags to 6v as soon as a load is put on it, while the 11.7v one barely sags and starts the car fine. That's why we often tell people, if they get the battery tested, they have to make sure it's tested under load - Just jamming some multi-meter probes on the terminals and seeing it shows 12v doesn't actually mean anything if the battery is unloaded. I'm not sure what the tolerance of the car's computers is, but from what I remember car electronics are normally rated for 9-16v tolerance
    8 points
  22. Ut oh... do you still have the old case?? On some Toyotas, and I think the Aygo is one, the immobilizer disarm chip is in it!
    8 points
  23. I've no issues with the clutch & gearbox. The clutch has enough feel to manoeuvre easily without stalling, and the gearbox has a good positive movement, so you know you're in gear. If some looks at an Aygo with 72HP and thinks it'll be fast, or complain it's slow then they're a bit dim. It's a 3 cylinder naturally aspirated unit - it's designed for economy, not for 0-60 sprints. I've no issues with it at all keeping up with traffic, being quick off the line, or getting up to speed in a timely manner. Yes, on faster roads if you want to accelerate from 50/60>70mph it is better to drop a gear and you have to depress the throttle, but again that's not unexpected on a low(er) power NA engine.
    7 points
  24. I have hybrid long time now, few years ago we bought an ev too which will get replacement soon with another new ev, however my hybrid makes me want to keep it and eventually replace it with another Toyota hybrid only. The reason is simple, it drives and feels like ev but only uses a little bit of petrol. It is cheap as chips to run and easy enough to maintain. When hybrid battery is dead it is not so expensive to replace £2000 circa , a money spent on a new clutch kit in most other modern cars. Anything else it’s probably the best of all other makes and models. Drivability and reliability, plus efficiency are unbeatable currently and you can see hoe Toyota has turned into one of the more expensive cars new or used in their league. Many switch to Toyota hybrids for the same reasons. 👍
    7 points
  25. Today I found an article about the Yaris cross that has a soft driveshaft, so i popped next door to see our very helpful lady mechanic Donna pushhard, she’s Italian I asked her to have a quick look to see if she could find anything so she got down and had a look, she said there’s nothing wrong at all, in fact, she said it looked well engineered and solid, she then asked if I’d like to have a look at her car that she was restoring, so we went in her garage, and she showed me the engine that was in pieces, she was very excited as a parcel arrived with the crankcase bearings, which meant she could begin her rebuild, she asked if I would like to help which I readily agreed, she told me that , on this engine the camshaft had to be slid into place and she allowed me to do it whilst she held the bearings in place, it was then I got a text from my wife saying she was home from doing the shopping so I had to leave, when I got home, my wife asked what I’ve been doing, I said. “ I’ve been next door to ask mrs pushhard to look at my shaft, she got on her knees and put her hands on it, she said it was very stiff and the best she’d ever seen, then we went into her garage and she showed me her big end and she let me slide the shaft in whilst she held it steady””. can anyone explain why I’m sleeping in the spare room tonight and is it still raw steak for a black eye…?
    7 points
  26. I only have this one. We were surprised that the color is looking much better than we expected.
    7 points
  27. Absolutely. Ordinarily, I'd agree with you but, I am fast approaching the end of my current PCP (so need to change anyway) and have ended up ordering a Premiere Edition with lower monthly payments (after all the discounts) than what I am currently paying for my Launch Edition 2020 car (thanks CarWow!) and will end up carrying forward a higher residual from the new car...
    7 points
  28. Replacement is easy - It's not a BMW so you don't need some special code programmer to replace the battery Just make sure it's the right size and the terminals are the right way round and you should be fine. It's all the new M15A-FXE based Yaris models, so the YarisX and the Yaris Mk4, that potentially have duff 12v batteries; I'm strongly leaning it to just being a low quality battery (I'd never even heard of Mutlu before!), that once it is drained once suffers significant degradation thereafter. I don't think I've heard of anyone who swapped in a Yuasa having a problem under the same conditions, and the Yuasa's capacity isn't that much higher that that on its own would solve the problem, so I think it's the Yuasa's better build quality and resistance to degradation that's helping...
    7 points
  29. I think this topic should now be shut down as a lot of the comments are being disrespectful to various commentors.
    7 points
  30. You can joke all you want about 👽 aliens. They walk among us ,in fact seen/heard some today, they were emitting gutteral grunting sounds, waving their alien arms around, and kicking inanimate objects with their strange stunted alien legs. They can easily be recognised by the can of Stella or carlsberg attached to their spindly six fingered hands,that they seem to gain sustinence from, and big boxes with dominoes written on them.
    7 points
  31. I lament the loss of my GT86 (back in 2014) but my ageing back thanks me for it now as I just couldn't take getting in and out of it! 🤣
    7 points
  32. Before owning my Toyota Yaris 2014 MK3 Hybrid (which I got in April 2023), I had a Vauxhall Corsa E 1.4 Petrol from 2017, which was a manual 5-speed. I serviced the car 3 times a year at intervals of 7,000 miles using the same oil and filters. P.S. I Got the car in March 2019 when it had 15,000 miles and sold it in April 2023 at 80,000 miles. (the Corsa) Throughout the 3 years of commuting to the same job on the M3, I changed the tyres and stayed with the same brand and model. So overall, everything was kept the same. So, I can safely say nothing major was changed in this whole chain/cycle. That included the petrol, which was/is still from Costco. I regularly get my petrol from Costco as it is close to me. On average, I used to drive 410 miles a week, and occasionally (maybe once every 3 weeks), that would go to 500-600. Between 2019 and August 2021, I was on the standard E5 petrol found at that time. I gave it a shot when the new E10 was introduced in September 2021. A few tanks later of E10, I noticed a difference in performance, MPG and how the car generally felt. For example, my MPG on a summer day with the AC on was 47.8MPG with an average speed of 77mph over an 80-mile commute. (before the new E10 was introduced in September 2021) A few tanks later, using standard E10, I noticed that my MPG would drop from 47.8 MPG to 42.8/43.8 MPG. Nothing in my cycle/behaviour has changed for this change this "much". Then a few tanks later using premium E5, (making sure all the E10 is "flushed") my MPG when back to what it was before. Not only that, but the car felt better. It would start and sound much smoother. As Tony said, when you care and pay attention to your car, you can notice the smallest change. As long as E5 is still available, I will never go back to E10 unless E5 is not available or I need to fill up E10 as it is the only option available. Call it a placebo or anything you want, but I noticed and experienced that. I'm sure there are other benefits to using premium fuel over standard, but I am no expert in that to comment. This is more related to the E5 vs E10 fuel, not standard or premium fuel. As I cannot get Standard E5 fuel, I have to get E5 Premium 🙂
    7 points
  33. Initial update is that I cant seem to get the grin off my face every time I drive it😀 I haven't monitored fuel consumption (and don't plan to do so!) as I've 'hooned' it everywhere with the big aforementioned grin stuck to my face. Might have to replace the GT86 with a sensible runabout or maybe something older and comfier(a Lexus of some sort appeals)
    7 points
  34. Well Mr Grumpy Huff, many of the vehicle's that I was fortunate to own in my teens did not need a vacuum cleaner for the interior, especially the carpets. My cars had a self cleaning mechanism built in and this technology was very advanced for it's time. It worked on the basis that when a particular vehicle had reached a mature age then this was the optimum time to buy. They came with conveniently placed strategic holes in the underside of the wings which allowed both additional ventilation along with an extremely effective method of allowing water to make it's way through. Now this was where this design was really at it's most effective. The water that entered these holes was cleverly directed towards the upper side of the footwells which allowed the formation of additional holes and all these cleverly placed holes were called R.U.S.T which stood for Really Useful Strategic Transit. Once these holes had been formed, the water from the road surface made it's way through both holes and into the footwell areas. Now a particularly heavy rainfall was an advantage as it would rapidly fill these footwells which in turn would automatically clean the carpets. The beauty of this method was the non drying of the carpets. You are now no doubt intrigued to know how this water eventually dispersed.The vehicles had this very clever system designed into the bottom of the footwell areas known as grommets. Once the water was allowed to settle on the carpets these rubber grommets would slowly wear down and would eventually fall out. This then allowed the egress of the water. Some ot the vehicles that had this effective method at the time were known as Ford Anglia, Ford Cortina, Fiat and Alpha. Unfortunately, modern vehicle design eliminated the need for this effective method and it is only available today on certain older models. So I hope I have answered your very questionable comment regarding what's wrong with you “young uns” 😂
    7 points
  35. My meter is so old the readings are in Roman numerals…
    7 points
  36. “respected “ !! Seriously ??
    7 points
  37. Well, did another as promised today. Some photos attached.
    7 points
  38. Gigantic Land Barge SUVs. Definitely describes the size of the police. SUV stands for Sandwiches Under Vest.😂 This picture shows the police rushing to a town centre when they heard Gregg's was doing a buy one get one free on its sausage rolls .😂
    7 points
  39. Just thought I'll update you all, my Aygo has finally gone in for repair (accident date 5th December last year). I've been given a nice red Yaris, rather basic but its nice to have a bit more power.
    6 points
  40. It appears that a new model of the RAV4 will be released next year, as MY25 model is now showing up in Toyota TechStream 😍 What is your wish list? I hope they will put some more modern tech inside, add a rear camera washer 😁 and maybe some better noise insulation - I already know this is not going to happen 😆
    6 points
  41. Today changed the 12v battery for new Varta one.. the genuine Toyota one was new placed in August 2023 when i bought the IQ but had just 11,6v last weeks and it sounds weak at start. This is the 3rd original Toyota battery in my life that did not make it 1 full year. No warranty as i bought the IQ as-is... Also changed all rear taillight bulbs for LED bulbs. Much more bright. Some connectors are on its way to make/have double reversing lights AND still have the red foglight on one side. Relay for the camera mod is still in backorder. Changed the orderd 14v version for a 12v version so now hope to receive it soon. Whats left to say? Only that people walking by ask questions about the IQ.. its nice, its cute, they ask about the brand (?) or ask if it runs on peanuts. Afterall all positive. Somehow the IQ have their attention. The size, the coulour or the shape.. i dont know. I only know i just have it for 6 months and love it.
    6 points
  42. I can’t believe I’ve done just over 5000 miles since I picked it up last July, I’m still liking it very much, a few things though, now winter is coming to an end and it’s getting lighter, I won’t need to use the high beam assist which seems to have a mind of its own, I personally think it could do with more range as it doesn’t always extinguish if it sees car lights coming towards you if it’s some distance away or brake lights , again, if it’s a way in front, not sure if it can be recalibrated, I’ve even had it flash once or twice which could be misleading to other road users or pedestrians, I’ve only forgotten to use the fuel filler flap lever once so far, the ford easyfuel system was so much better and it’s like I’ve gone back 20 years having to undo the cap, no big deal I know but it seems a bit outdated, fuel economy is picking up now it’s slightly warmer and it will be interesting to see if I can beat the 68mpg now it’s got a few more miles on, I have said before that I don’t find it excessively noisy but I don’t think the falken tyres fitted from the factory help, it’s not a brand I’ve used before and wouldn’t be my first choice, so, quite pleased with my choice in going for my Yaris cross…
    6 points
  43. Well, a pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel stuck to his crotch. The barman notices and thinks this is a bit odd, so he catches the pirate's attention - "Is that a steering wheel?" he asks. The pirate replies "Arr! It's drivin' me nuts!" ... ... I didn't say it was a good joke!!!
    6 points
  44. You mention OTR and list price in the same context. As far as I know, the tax band is based on list price on the day of (or day before) registration, including any "fitted" extras. However I believe it excludes other costs (e.g. delivery, registration and first year tax) that would make up the OTR price. Maybe you're lucky and the list price was actually just under and the add on costs just took it over.It should tell you on the front page of your v5 (log book) under special notes if the additional premium applies. You can put you v5 number in the DVLA site to check your tax band here https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/EnterV5C?locale=en but I doubt it's going to tell you anything different as the the reminder will be linked to the same database. Enjoy spending your unexpected £390 bonus!
    6 points
  45. Thank you Tony, I've had a good run out with it to Sligo and back, and I am very pleased with it, as I was with the last one. That's why I went for the same model. I wasn't going to wait for the newer version and pay 5 or 6 thousand more €s for a few upgrades on toys or on the I30 so that I could shave .5 of a second off the 0-60 time. I find that the present Yaris is a good car and is lively enough on the road. It may be of benefit to the Yaris Cross !!
    6 points
  46. Absolutely and the same for me. I never turn off the AC even in the depths of winter and by leaving the climate control in auto it takes care of the temperature all year round. I’ve done my share of old vehicles freezing me in winter and cooking me in summer so if it costs few bob to sit comfortably, so be it. The other thing that is a distant memory is spending the weekend repairing old cars so that’s another benefit. If I’m living in an era of reliable comfortable cars, I’ll take advantage of it.
    6 points
  47. We have run our cars on Supermarket "weasel pee" pretty much exclusively since the 1980's when Asda opened a petrol station in town. In all this years (at least 35) we have not had a single issue. The longest we kept a petrol car was 8 years and it was running well the day the buyer drove it away as it did the day we took delivery. The longest we kept a diesel car was almost 7 years and as with the petrol it was running just as well when we PX'd it as it did when new. The most miles I have done in a car from new was 113,000. Tried 98 RON for a few weeks but it did nothing for the car at all, all it did was harm my wallet, went back to Asda. Last saw that car when it was 26 years old with just over 200,000 miles on the clock and the owner said it was still running great (obviously I have no idea what had been done to it over the 19 years - 87,000 miles after I sold but the owner said it was its brothers before him and it had never been an issue. Do what you want but please don't keep telling people that the fuel grade recommended by all manufacturers for their "normal" models will harm them when it won't. People have enough budget issues without wasting money on expensive and pointless fuel.
    6 points
  48. As we are talking police motorbikes I must seize this opportunity to show off mine. 🙂
    6 points
  49. Neighbours sons 2014 Diesel Avensis passed 360,000 miles last summer. It did over 80,000 miles in the last 12 months while he waited for his new car.
    6 points
  50. I (truly) had a jade green shirt stolen from the washing line in 1987,lived in a house that was next to a public park at the time. I still live in the same area, just around the corner from there I do keep a lookout for it though amongst the faded well dressed in the summer,so far no luck. I am now thinking it may be hidden under a shell suit jacket.
    6 points
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