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  1. 2 points
    Unable to say what battery my Corolla originally fitted with, but just before I acquired the car in 2013, the present Varta 3 year battery was fitted, & and still doing well. It is a Type 027, 60 Ah & 540 CCA. I suspect it is the same physical size as the OP's, but of much higher capacity.
  2. 1 point
    Exactly what I fitted last year, and the previous one was a Bosch, but they say Varta make the batteries for Bosch and this time the Varta were cheaper.
  3. 1 point
    I have an Exide 12V battery which has been excellent at starting over Winter and is sealed maintenance free. These are also relatively good value compared to other makes.
  4. 1 point
    The Toyota price for a battery incl. fitting for a Corolla petrol is from £100. https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/service-mot-maintenance/repairs
  5. 1 point
    Hi. If I were you as it's what I did, is just phone a Toyota main dealer as they do a fixed price battery exchange and they were cheaper than Halfords. If they say the battery costs XXXX and 15mins labour tell them they are wrong as they do a cheaper fixed price as their head office advised me. Mike.
  6. 1 point
    I just came across this thread I started back in 2010 when I had just bought my new gen 3. Thought I would do a quick update 9 years on! We still have the car and have now covered 170,000 miles. It has been a fantastic workhorse and, although it exhibits a few scratches and scrapes, it is looking in pretty good fettle inside and out. The only breakdown has been when the inverter went a few years ago - expensive repair but other than that the car has been faultless. There have been a few times when we thought we would sell it, including seriously considering trading in for a gen 4, but in the end we couldn't find a compelling reason to give it up and still very much enjoy using it. This is not to say, however, that we haven't experienced other vehicle technologies in the meantime. Alongside the Prius, we had a Vauxhall Ampera company car for 3 years which we absolutely loved, covering 30k trouble-free miles. I then bought a new Nissan Leaf 30kWh which introduced a bit of range anxiety but gave that smug feeling of driving without tailpipe emissions, and was often able to charge it from our home solar. Used it much more than expected and after 30k miles and 3 years, sold it for only £2.5k less than I bought it. We now have a Hyundai Kona 64kWh electric which is an amazing vehicle. Had to wait 7 months for delivery but it was worth it. The worst range we have achieved is 240 miles and that was after bombing down the motorway in winter weather with a strong headwind at 75mph. It has a huge number of safety features (some of which can be a bit intrusive), great android auto integration and is very comfortable. Quality is excellent too. It is interesting though going back to the Prius after driving the Kona. Of course, the Prius is a bigger car, but what is quite striking is how far ahead of the game it was on comfort and equipment when it first came out. It still feels smooth and quiet at all speeds, the suspension soaks up our appalling roads, it returns 55mpg whatever the conditions, the bluetooth integration is excellent for phone and music (wish I had known instead of wasting money on the useless ipod integration), and having the sun roof is still a big plus. It's a real shame Toyota has been so slow to the party on pure EVs as we would almost certainly have bought another Toyota if we could. However, the game has moved on and Toyota has been left behind, whatever it says about self-charging hybrids. If you want an ICE, there are few better cars than hybrid Toyotas. For everything else Tesla, Hyundai (and sister company Kia) are way ahead. That said, I don't think we will be selling our Prius for some time.
  7. 1 point
    Not anytime soon You seem to think it is something new, a fad, here today gone tomorrow, it's not, it's been here 22 years so far. Half of Toyota sales on some models are Hybrid, the RAV is now ONLY available in Hybrid, it will be here to stay until something else comes along, whether that is all electric or Hydrogen. Nothing is forever, it changes all the time
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    My last Yaris, a 1999 Mk1 1.0 CDX had horrendous clutch judder when setting off from stationary in first gear, especially from a cold start in the morning, the whole car would judder badly when taking up biting point on the clutch, and it was like this for all 5 years that I owned that car, between 54K and 70K miles. It never seemed to get any worse, and I just lived with it, as I think in damp weather, moisture gets on the clutch plates and causes the judder, or it could even be oil contamination, I never knew the reason for it, it was just something the car seemed to suffer with. My current Yaris does it very slightly in damp weather after a cold start, and can often suffer with clutch drag when the transmission gets hot, whereby the clutch pedal has to be absolutely mashed into the carpet in order to get it in gear, or to change smoothly. I think the early Mk2 manual trans models did seem to have a trait where the biting point is very low on the pedal and often the clutch plate does not completely free off from the flywheel fully unless the clutch pedal is completely to the floor. This was an issue highlighted by Honest John in his Yaris Mk2 review, about how the clutches on early mk2 manual models can sometimes not fully disengage and lead to difficult gear changes or crunching into reverse from neutral, due to the dragging clutch plate not quite fully releasing from the flywheel.
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    As regards cost, it depends what you compare them with. Toyota hybrids are all automatics, so to provide a fair compsrison, they should be compared with automatic versions of either petrol or diesel models. Certainly when compared to diesel automatics, the cost difference narrows.
  10. 1 point
    This has been the case on every aircon-equipped car I've driven, and certainly not unique to Toyota. Turning on the aircon demists the screen very quickly, but if you then turn the aircon off the residual moisture trapped in the system evaporates and steams the screen up again. In damp weather to avoid this problem you've really either got to leave the aircon running continuously or just never use it at all. Exactly the same as on the VWs, Fords, Peugeots etc I've owned with aircon too.
  11. 1 point
    Get your money back asap just in case xxx

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