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  1. 5 points
    Bear with me here..... Do you remember compact fluorescent bulbs we had back in the 90s and 00s. They were ok but had lots of drawbacks like they take a while to “warm up”, they were quite large, full of mercury and it was very difficult to use a dimmer with them. They were introduced as they were “more environmentally friendly” using old technology. Basically quite a few drawbacks and they weren’t particularly popular. Then in 2010s the world was properly introduced to LEDs. These bulbs can easily replace traditional bulbs, were available in many colours, used less energy and lasted much longer. The only drawbacks was the high price though now they’re much more popular the price has plummeted and they’re absolutely everywhere. My point is that if the world was offered a genuine alternative to a traditionally powered car that could travel at least 300 miles per “tank” and only took 5 mins to fill up again the market would absolutely explode within 5 years.
  2. 5 points
    I understand that the sounder must be carried by a person walking in front and carrying a red flag. 😁
  3. 4 points
    Although it is off-topic, if the cyclist had had insurance, he wouldn't be in such dire financial straits. In the UK, a bicycle is considered as a vehicle, and, in my view, legally, cyclists should be required to have insurance if the cycles are used on public roads - same as any other vehicle. Back to the original topic, please.
  4. 3 points
    The day finally came on 13th July 2019. My new car arrived to the dealership on Friday and after they added the Toyota protect to the outside and the inside, we picked it up on Saturday. I have to say, the pictures don't do the car justice in this case. I'm so glad we went with the red color because it's stunning! It looks great on pictures but has an extra WOW effect in person. I went all in on the car, 2.0 hybrid, panoramic roof, HUD. JBL and Adaptive suspension were the only things I didn't go for. I'll add some pictures so everyone can see 🙂 As for the car itself, coming from a 2006 Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, this feels like a space shuttle 😄 The level of noise in the car can't even be compared, the ride comfort, acceleration, ease of driving. I really feel like I'm driving in a premium class and brand car.
  5. 3 points
    Manufacturers mpg have probably been pie in the sky for most of us, something just not attainable in real life. We just been ln holiday last week in Gloucester and did the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. Going down from Chester area we did M6/M5, but on the way home back to Chester area we never touched a MWay, we went through Tewksbury, Worcester, Kidderminster, Telford and home. Mostly A-roads, but some B and some unspecified lanes. I took screen shots of what my Gen4 Prius dash was showing when I got home. What do you think.... are manufacturers figures attainable. OK, the true figures are likely to be different, maybe 5% less, but I think these are pretty impressive. We went on the 16th June, 141 miles at 77.2 mpg, pleased at that. Some good figures during the week travelling about, uphill and down dale. Then coming home on Saturday 22nd June116 miles (remember no MWay so shorter) 88mpg, pretty amazed. However, if you look bottom right of screen, it shows the last 50 miles (we stopped in Telford for a comfort break) it shows 96.5 mpg. Had the car 11 months, not yet 3 year old, done total of 27,000 miles, so well loosen up, and you may recall when I purchased it end of last July, driving it back from dealer in Solihull, 100 miles, it recored 92.2 mpg, so its not a one off. What you reckon?
  6. 3 points
    You are all overthinking this. Firstly, Toyota don't make brake pads - like most Toyota parts, they are sourced from an outside supplier. Secondly, there are really only two big friction material suppliers in Europe, they supply the friction material which is pressed and bonded to the backing plate. Within the braking industry there is lots of rebranding, so the pads branded as 'Bosch' are manufactured by a third party - most likely Pagid. The Pagid brand is owned by TMD Friction, which also owns the Textar, Mintex, Don and various other brands. The upshot of this is just make sure that the components meet R90 standard (means they are within +/- 15% of OE spec). Personally I have never had a problem with TMD parts (Mintex, Pagid, branded).
  7. 3 points
    Collected last night, all seems good. Enjoyed using the adaptive cruise on the M25 !
  8. 3 points
    Every time you turn the car off the odometer is displayed on the MFD screen. It's not difficult to work out when the next service is due, by just looking at the odometer each time you turn off the car, when it's a 10,000 mile interval is it. 🙄
  9. 3 points
    Hmm so bicycles have to be fitted with the same noise simulator too do they?Another issue which occurs to me is aren't silent vehicles travelling at speeds in excess of 12 miles per hour likely to be a tad more dangerous than vehicles travelling slower than Roger Bannister pace?It amused me the think that the councils are lowering speed limits to 20mph for licensed vehicles only ( speeding bicycles rarely get prosecuted because they are unregistered) thereby increasing pollution and here's europe increasing noise pollution when travelling slowly too. The poor people who live in these built up areas who misguidedly campaign for 20mph speed limits instead of insisting that the law enforce the 30 limit properly. Maybe bicycles could be fitted with noise makers which simulate heavy breathing sounds so the blithering idiots who can't be bothered to look before they cross the road don't get run into. Isnt it about time that the world got sensible with stuff? Why can't pedestrians who are texting and wearing earphones be heavily fined for causing a road traffic incident in addition to unecessary burden on the NHS? I also just had to do a quick check that July1st wasnt the europe equivalent to April 1st.
  10. 3 points
    ... or one that feels like a family run business. The dealership I just described is part of a fairly large chain, but I it still feels to me like a caring, family run business.
  11. 3 points
    Since getting my Gen4 11 months ago I kept it in Eco unless needed elsewhere. However maybe 3 months ago I put it into Normal mode and kept it there, apart from the odd occasion I thought Power mode was needed. I not noticed any difference in mpg, but feel comfortable with a more positive throttle response, though I know how to be more gentle with the throttle for “normal” situations.
  12. 3 points
    Well, today I did my first fill since filling on the day I got the car. I try to brim the tank each time, but it won't be reasonably reliable until I've done at least 5 or 6 - still, gives an idea compared to the car's computer's 'guess'! 514 Miles since last fill 45.74 Litres ((10.06 Imperial Gallons) £56.67 (123.9p/Litre = £5.63/Gallon) at Tesco 51.09 mpg (calculated) 52.0 mpg car display [= 42.54 miles per US Gallon, 5.531 L/100km, 18.08 km/L] mpg error car Vs tank calculation: car over estimated by 1.78% 11.03 p/mile Fuel gauge showed 10% remaining, 39 miles to empty (if tank really holds 12.1 Imperial Gallons and I really brimmed it - calculated 104 miles remaining) My daily mpg figures have compared favourably to my figures on the 2WD demo car, a pleasant surprise. The fact that the rear electric motor appears to help with regeneration probably helps a little.
  13. 3 points
    people do that even with a petrol car. Of course, it doesn't help that so many of them have earphones in these days ...
  14. 3 points
    I came from a Renault Zoe and I dont regret leaving the EV behind at all. The Prius gives me all the things I liked about the Zoe i.e. smooth quiet commute without out any of the down sides i.e. approx 40% reduction in range in the winter and having to plan for a longer trip. In fact its just great not having to even think about plugging it in. I will have 'Percy' for many years to come. Another great thing about Toyota's hybrid system is its reliability, I have not worries when my warranty is up which is not something I could say about the Zoe. I had numerous issues with it, but non connected to the battery. Electric cars may have fewer moving parts, but when they go wrong, boy does it cost.
  15. 3 points
    The charging 'infrastructure' is a disgraceful mess. I'd nationalise it, but then I'd nationalise all our major infrastructure because I'm a bit of an old lefty on that particular issue. That said, it won't be a significant barrier to increased uptake now that the latest EV ranges are 250+ miles. Combined with home charging, that will negate the need for public charging in all but the most exceptional of circumstances for most people. Although we then hit the next problem - battery shortages - which currently makes it pretty impossible to actually buy one of those latest EVs unless you're prepared to wait months or years for delivery. Or it will finally drive the investment we should have made in renewable generation over the last two decades, but in typical British short-termist fashion have failed to do so. Wishful thinking, I know - regular rolling blackouts are probably more our style! Hydrogen doesn't look like the answer either, as that currently needs a whole ton of electricity to obtain and requires yet more investment in distribution infrastructure. All of which leads to Joe's sensible conclusion that hybrids are the best compromise at the moment, and will continue to be for many years to come.
  16. 3 points
    After a long wait finally got her today, 2.0 Excel in Sterling Silver
  17. 3 points
    Hybrid is the best compromise at the moment. Just spent a week on holiday in and around Gloucester, didnt see one charging point. Good job I wasnt 100% electric, I was happy using little fuel yet going lots of miles on hybrid.
  18. 3 points
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  19. 3 points
    I looked at the Corolla but it was way too small inside. Rear leg room was poor as was the boot and the cabin felt narrow and very closed in. If you want more legroom room you will need to get the saloon or tourer as they have a longer wheelbase. The quality of materials was great, but I will be keeping my Prius for a very long time..... I love it!
  20. 2 points
    Here we go, this is this weeks video 😄 again a huge thank you for watching.
  21. 2 points
    3-4 hours sounds about right for all of that. The A/C system will be discharged and the refrigerant recovered for recycling, then the system is pumped down to a vacuum to remove all traces of moisture (as pressure is reduced any water boils at lower temperatures... room temperature and below). Finally the system will be refilled with the correct weight of refrigerant together with a little oil to replace the very small amount that will have carried out along with the old gas. Then your good to go 🙂
  22. 2 points
    Your Clio was certainly a shining example of what can achieved. I've had the my A/C recharged twice, once at 4yrs and once at 8yrs, not because of issues but just as preventative maintenance. I felt after the first recharge that it was genuinely better and then didn't really notice any difference after the second. Like you I keep it on 24/7 I suppose we should all check the vent temperatures on our new and recently regassed cars and then keep that as a baseline to see if deterioration has occurred at any future point in time.
  23. 2 points
    In the interests of dodgy science, I've done some more playing with Charge mode as well. 1. It appears to be a terrible idea to do the 'fifty-fifty' approach of charge/EV mode on normal journeys away from motorways/dual carriageways, if you are seeking to maximise economy. That makes sense, because by doing so you will actually reduce the time spent in EV mode. I routinely see well above 60% of the journey with the engine off when in HV mode, so forcing the engine to run for 50% of the time is bound to have a negative effect. On my commute of 32 miles, it seems to trash economy by 10-15mpg. 2. It is a far less terrible idea to do 'fifty-fifty' on the motorway, which is the approach Tony has posted about. A brief experiment on a mainly dual carriageway journey netted me 85mpg on the way out using HV mode and 81mpg on the way back doing a 'half and half' with charge mode. That's not a saving, but it's close enough with all the other variables involved, and far closer than what I managed on my commute. It should also be noted I am sad enough to have spent years learning how to maximise HV mode economy in a range of hybrids. For someone who is less interested in all that nonsense and just wants to drive, I could well imagine switching between Charge mode and EV mode would yield better results to the point of it being more economical.
  24. 2 points
    Cars already have a manually operated noisemaker if someone looks like stepping in your path - it's called a horn!
  25. 2 points
    Had these EBC on my Kia and hardly any dust came out, not cheap but long lasting. Mine was from their Ultimax range. No affiliation just good product imho https://www.ebcbrakeshop.co.uk/ Sent from my Mi A2 Lite using Tapatalk
  26. 2 points
    I start by using decent fuel, usually shell but not the expensive one. Over the years I have always found that cheaper fuels equals lower miles. My car is used as a taxi and apart from being cold in the the morning the engine never becomes cold again for the rest of the day due to picking up fares and driving in stop start traffic When accelerating I back off the pedal when the engine cuts in then apply again after coasting for a few feet My fuel drops by around 10% if I use on faster A roads but I do use the pulse and glide technique on these types of roads and tend to read the road conditions so never usually end up using the brakes If people want to go faster than me they can burn their fuel and go round me but usually ending up at the red traffic lights not long after them I just find driving this car is so relaxing and quiet that it makes you alter your driving style
  27. 2 points
    Measure the temp at the vents, it should be 10C or lower, any higher and it will need gassing, which should be done every few years anyway. The gas used is 1234YF which is very expensive to purchase, and one of the reasons it is a little more expensive to service your Hybrid A/C
  28. 2 points
    The symptoms point to the system being slightly low on refrigerant which I suppose after 5 years isn't unexpected. I would suspect nothing more than a simple regas is needed... Hybrid 2014 model year, I wonder if that will use R134a or R1234yf. Have a look under the bonnet and look for a sticker. The later is much more expensive and as such might be worth shopping around.
  29. 2 points
    in the plant game ive seen a lot of botch jobs, if its not cable ties holding stuff together its safety systems bridged out, warning lights with tape covering them ( not even bothering to remove the bulb) , rags packed under oil leaks, grease packed inside transfer cases etc instead of oil due to the oil leaking out, cataloy applied and smoothed over scored hydraulic rams to help retain the seal effectiveness, nuts and bolts instead of proper hardened pins holding steer linkages etc together, chocolate block connector holding together broken control cables, duct tape holding seat bolsters together, bad wiring like scotch locks or twisted and taped wires, the list is endless yeah its rough out there and ill stop there as i dont want to give bad habit solutions to anyone
  30. 2 points
    In episode 40 of #TheCarinaJourney, I change a side light bulb lol..
  31. 2 points
    I'm now on 72.1 and covered 550 miles, the tank is on about 1/4 and range is showing 163, thats a whopping 713 mile range. My 2018 Auris Hybrid just did about 520 mile range when brimmed. I will be filling the tank tomorrow, will advise fuel put in and new range 👍
  32. 2 points
    yeah, but modern petrol cars do not make much noise if driver drives slowly even i can suprise people with my old 2002 yaris 1.0. Artificial sounds of Hybrids and EVs are anoying and will couse people to be annoyed with them as case off caravan park people there are quite tolerant of cars driving by if they drive slowly, but this artifical sound is anoying as hell
  33. 2 points
    Hi, in such a case with extremely short journeys any car except full ev will not be suitable or be healthy for the car. If charging is a problem than I see a small engine petrol car as the best option for that job( Aygo, Vw Up, Mitsubishi Colt, Fiesta, Polo, Yaris etc) something that its small and has around 1.0 3 cylinder engine. These are ideal, they sounds and feels like chainsaw, hairdryer, and more kind of appliances but they do fit the bill perfectly. Easy warming up, easy cooling down, relatively low fuel consumption, fun to drive( manuals most of the time) , and easy and cheap to maintain. And whenever you need a larger car for example you can rent one for a day or two and job is done. You don’t need to move a 1.5 tons of steel when you can do same job with a 900-1000 kilos machine. Due to the nature of your needs the hybrid will not be as efficient and numbers will be very similar to one of those small cars I gave as examples. Regards
  34. 2 points
    Agree with Mick F spot on points, what happened to Stop Look And Listen! do people just get more lazy minded as they get older?
  35. 2 points
    I am not a mechanic by trade, but a systems designer, and who likes to solve problems. So have good sense of how to diagnose and fix things when they go wrong. (But no one can guarantee 100% that your problem is caused by X, or Y and will be fixed by doing Z). All we can do is apply logical solutions from m your problem description and try if it works without saying go and replace the gearbox.
  36. 2 points
    although it's possibly not fair to tar them all with the same brush... My first experience with Toyota, in 2000, was nearly my last: a top of the range Yaris with lots of extras was delivered without a couple of things that had been agreed upon, several things wrong with it, and servicing was a nightmare with every fault being initially "not found", a ride with the service manager finally getting agreement there was a problem. If it wasn't for the Hybrid system, I would have gone elsewhere next time and never come back, but I was very interested in the development of the Prius since it was launched in Japan in 1997 and the UK at the end of 2000. A couple of test drives and I was hooked, not on the economy or low emissions (although they were a bonus), but on the way the car behaved - silent in traffic, smooth gear-less progress, instant power on tap from the electric part of the drive train and modern almost futuristic displays - and a proper matching alloy spare wheel! I found a dealer 100 miles away from where I lived selling a demonstrator at a fair price and have been with them ever since (now live much closer, coincidentally). I've found them friendly, helpful, honest and utterly reliable. Just one blot a few years ago when accessory seat heaters were fitted to my 3rd Gen Prius (2 cars ago) and a dry solder joint left one of my tail lights inoperative (where they had tapped in for the back-light in the heated seat switch) which they failed to notice before returning the car. I turned up on their doorstep when they opened the next day, they looked at it immediately, readily admitted fault, and fixed it straight away. They often do little jobs for no charge (such as paint the underside edge of a passenger door which had grounded on a high kerb while the car was on a hoist), and when I ordered my current RAV4 I got a deal that was surprisingly better than I expected for a car only just available to order and in short supply. For a number of reasons I looked hard for a non Toyota to replace my 4th Gen Prius, which I was only swapping because the low floor had started to caused serious problems with my hips and it became intolerably painful getting in and out (but very comfortable whilst inside!). After just 2 weeks with the RAV4, the pain has nearly gone, thank goodness. One big factor that persuaded me to 'donate' another large sum of money to Toyota was that I was worried about using a dealer who was an unknown quantity and leaving one that has been so outstandingly excellent for 17 years (and I still deal with a number of the same people I dealt with in 2002, even though the dealership has changed hands 3 times).
  37. 2 points
    "B" mode is just like using low gears to help reduce brake application on long down hill runs. It really only has a use in the above situations as it helps reduce brake "fade" from over use of the brakes causing them to over heat and fade. "B" mode is just about no use during normal flat-ish driving.
  38. 2 points
    I stand corrected on kWh, but the point is still that high capacity chargers available for 400 mile range cars are few and far between. So far the majority are for specific brands only (Tesla) and even as the network increases their recharging cost is likely to be significant as the capital and running cost of the unit have to be recovered from maybe 10 customers per 5 hours (Unlike a petrol pump that can serve 10+ cars per hour). I have a plug in Prius PHV and most of the public chargers I have seen are 240v only - And yes I know that many deliver more than the PHV can take, but future 80kWh BEVs will take 2 to 4 hours to give even 100 mile using all these 240 volt chargers can deliver, so my point on time taken to recharge a 80kWh car at current charge points (including home chargers) remain valid. Just for the record I visited York last week and finding a usable charger was a joke - one had a 2 hour limit (or an £80 fine), one had a 90 minute limit (Waitrose), One was so tight that I couldn't get into the bay and then open my door, 2 were ICE'd and 2 were out of action. The rest had cars that were connected and no sign of the drivers. We only saw one charger that was anywhere near a rapid category, but that was able to take all sizes of connector so a slow charging BEV could use it for several hours - You got free parking whilst connected so tourists disappear for many hours. One had 2 parking bays but having negotiated a tight entrance I found there was actually only one connection point and I would have to wait for the other car owner to return........ Cheers Tony B
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    Here same , just in Normal mode.
  41. 2 points
    Just taken delivery of my new Corolla Hybrid 2.0l, the first Toyota I have owned since I had a very used Corolla from approx 1976 to 1980.
  42. 2 points
    "All the so-called reviewers seem interested in is 0 - 60 figures, top speed and handling characteristics. Economy doesn't seem to come into it" Most so called reviewers went to do a degree in media studies and really don't have a tube of glue about how to really drive well and what makes things tick.They don't have much of an idea about anything really they are only interested in writing/filming/recording/tweeting etc something they can pay the bills with. Watch Clarkson when it comes to doing something practical. He is your typical hack in terms of understanding. Sure, he knows how to press the loud pedal but that's not what getting the best out of a hybrid is about.
  43. 2 points
    I found the same on my last Gen 4 Prius. On a perfect weather day, on a 120 mile each way cross country journey, with lucky traffic conditions too, I could get 84 on the display so about 80 in reality. So far I've not done a full tank calculation, but my RAV4 is managing about 50 mpg after knocking off the customary 5%. That's still way more than I got many years ago from a tiny, lightweight FIat 126 with a 2 cylinder 600cc 24hp lawnmower engine in the boot. How technology has moved on! Don't forget manufacturers can't publish their own figures, they have to be from Government approved tests. The newest tests are designed to be more realistic, but are still likely to be the top end of what's achievable by 'average' users. The problem is that even in the same location, drivers usage patterns are likely to be very different. Imagine one owner, retired, does a half mile journey to a local shop every day and little else. Each tankful will last a long time, but his mpg is likely to be dismal. A neighbour with an identical car drives 40 miles each way to the office every day, gentle cross country in light traffic, will see significantly better mpg (but with more frequent visits to the petrol station!).
  44. 2 points
    Sorry guys. advert should not appear now for those logged in.
  45. 2 points
    Thanks no quality pic. but shows our "new" Prius PHEV 2015 and right behind you can se ours Prius+ 2016/17 Silverado 🙂
  46. 2 points
    I personally think in a few years time electric cars will be obsolete as the amount of electricity we need to generate will be impossible to keep up with demand. I can see us ending up with a fuel such as hydrogen or some other type of fuel. It seems to be the trend in this country to sway people towards a certain type of fuel,then when the multitude opt for that method opinions suddenly change leaving people not knowing what type of fuel to go for and spending thousands of pounds in the process. It seems to be about generating lots of money from the population and using the car emissions as an excuse to get it.
  47. 2 points
    I'm sure others will back me up here, that's not your wheels, It's your discs! They're a ferrous material and will show rust immediately after getting wet. Was this photo taken just after washing the car? Take it for a drive round the block, apply the brakes heavily a few times and then see what they look like. I always do this after washing mine.
  48. 2 points
    The 2.0 Hybrid uses an e-cvt as used in other hybrid models: A P711 hybrid vehicle transaxle is used. Containing the motor (MG2) for driving the vehicle and generator (MG1) for generating electrical power, this transaxle uses a continuously variable transmission mechanism with a compound gear unit that achieves smooth and quiet operation. This hybrid vehicle transaxle assembly consists primarily of a generator (MG1), motor (MG2), power split planetary gear unit, counter gear, final gear, differential gear unit and oil pump. By utilizing a pluriaxial configuration for the generator (MG1) and the motor (MG2), the overall length of the transaxle has been shortened. A compound gear that consists of the ring gear of the power split planetary gear, counter drive gear and parking lock gear is utilized to drastically reduce size and weight. By using high accuracy machining for the gear tooth surfaces, low-loss bearings and an oil sling type lubrication mechanism, driving losses have been reduced resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced noise. This transaxle has a 4-shaft configuration. The power split planetary gear unit, an oil pump and generator (MG1) are provided on the main shaft. The MG2 reduction gear and motor (MG2) are provided on the 2nd shaft. The counter driven gear and the final drive gear are provided on the 3rd shaft. The final driven gear and the differential gear unit are provided on the 4th shaft. A differential pre-torque mechanism is used. Straightline stability and acceleration performance during periods of low load and low differential rotation when the vehicle is being driven normally are ensured. Lubrication for each gear is performed via the trochoid oil pump of the main shaft and final driven gear slinging up ATF. Through the use of a lubrication structure (oil sling type lubrication method) in which the gears sling up ATF, reduction of oil pump drive loss and enhanced transmission efficiency of the powertrain system have been achieved. Also, a water-cooled type oil cooler which optimizes the flow of ATF is used to achieve high cooling performance, resulting in a high efficiency and high output powertrain. The conventional 2.0 ( not UK market ) can be fitted with the new CVT you previously mentioned with the 1st take off gear.
  49. 2 points
    So do you need to update your profile.
  50. 2 points
    Ooof! Big Numbers Day 🎱 2sav

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