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  1. 2 points
    When I had a test drive on the new 2019 RAV4 I checked with my decibel meter, which averaged 66 dB at 60 mph and 68-9 at 70 (on dry roads) - identical to the Gen 4 2016 Prius I owned at the time. The Prius was on 15" wheels, as was my previous 2012 Gen 3 Prius. The Gen 3 was switched to Dunlop Sport BluResponse (Eco B Wet A 68 dB) when the original Bridgestones needed replacing, and these made the car noticeably quieter.
  2. 2 points
    A nearly new PHV, with only one tyre will be extremely noisy :D I'm informed by my lady that the winter tyres on our PHV are quieter than the originals....
  3. 2 points
    Like previous posts, towing the the trailer had absolutely nothing to do with the unfortunate event of oil loss. That car is more than capable of towing that weight. When changing the oil filter previously the large o ring may not have came off with the old filter and was stuck on to the car, and so you might have ended up with two o rings which when under pressure could caused the oil leak. Therefore gradually losing oil and eventually the filter working loose and blowing off. That could be another explanation for your oil loss.
  4. 1 point
    An infotainment system would be awesome 😄 gives me an idea lol
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    Also Paul, if you haven't found it already, Geoff's thread here covers a lot of PHV-related stuff that you might find interesting and useful, including a few comments about road noise and the impact of switching to winter tyres (spoiler: it made things slightly worse in both cases).
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    As a fellow tinnitus sufferer, this was an important choice for me when I was looking. However, I didn't come to any definitive conclusion as to whether either the Toyos or the Bridgestones were better in terms of road noise. On my first test, I remember being impressed at how much quieter the PHV was compared to the Auris HSD I'd arrived in, which was similar for road noise to a Gen3 Prius (i.e. terrible). That first PHV had Toyos on. I then tested one on Bridgestones that seemed rather less impressive, so I thought the Toyos were better, until I tested another one on Toyos that seemed noisier again. I never did a back-to-back test, nor did I do any db measurements, so it's not a scientific conclusion. I ended up with a car on Bridgestones, which do generate a fair bit of noise on some surfaces, but in my experience that's the case with most modern cars. When I got my Lexus GS, I was lured by the promise of quiet thanks to reviewers using phrases like 'church like' and 'silent'. In reality it's nothing of the sort. Yes, the tyre noise is better suppressed than the Prius, but not by as much as I was expecting given the relative size and 'class' of car. On poor surfaces, it's still really loud. I've had three different brands of tyre on the GS over the years, none of which have made any noticeable difference to noise. The only vehicle I've driven recently that I could genuinely call 'quiet' regarding road noise was a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, probably because it had about a foot between the tyres and the arches!
  7. 1 point
    There's only one tyre you need for your rav 4 is Michelin cross climates .or if your tight any Chinese tyre with a low sound rating .
  8. 1 point
    Normally the owners manual actually advises against the use of fuel additives. There is no need for oil flushing agents on a regularly serviced engine. On a neglected high mileage unit then maybe, but even then its debatable. At under 10k miles its a complete waste of money. These extras are a high-margin little earner for the service dept.
  9. 1 point
    Japan, but that doesn't necessarily mean that all components are made in Japan.
  10. 1 point
    This is normal operation of the brakes on any automatic car, where there is a friction there is a noise too. It’s not because of anything wrong with them, braking hard will not help to clean the discs if you don’t drive the car regularly, pads especially before bed in process is complete are in constant contact with discs , then after you have bedded in correctly the tolerance between pads and discs are so small that driving a car once a week for a 20 miles is enough to keep them clean. If you get rusty discs that is almost certainly mean you have sliding pins rusted too so taking everything apart , cleaning and lubricating is the most. If you drive the car once in a while do not wash it very often, car washes are biggest enemy to car brakes. At the end you are talking about new cars here , don’t worry just drive and enjoy them, even you drive once a week you will be good for a year or two before you really need to look for a brake service or issue. 🤙 Regards
  11. 1 point
    My only experience of using winter tyres was with a 2013 Subaru Forester XT which had a very harsh rise on 55 profile tyres (18” wheels) so I acquired a set of 17” wheels and fitted 65 profile winter tyres. Surprisingly little difference in either noise or ride quality.
  12. 1 point
    Nah...... I would need to 'air chisel' the face off the dash centre and 'glass-in' an ipod (a la hybrid 😕 ) Yes.... As an 'analogue guy in a digital world' I'm enjoying the flashy red LEDs. Ha Ha 😉 2sav
  13. 1 point
    Does anybody know how to contact the administrators of the old forum? I've been trying to find email addresses or something because I'd be willing to take over the old forum (but not set up a club). I'm a web developer so if I can transfer the data it can just sit on my server and keep running as it did before with no cost to anyone. MattLG
  14. 1 point
    It modernizes the car completely 😄
  15. 1 point
    you can use Siri or Google Assistant for voice control.
  16. 1 point
    They are an awesome vehicle..I have a 2003 V6 Aeras..had it for over 3 years now and they are superb. Where in the world are you..?
  17. 1 point
    Hi Brad you can buy an Estima user manual from autojapspares in Coventry. Glad you like the Estima there a nice car.
  18. 1 point
    DoubleChargerVolts ..... It has a nice blue glow and (engine running, here) gives a good show of the Charging Rate 👍 2sav
  19. 1 point
    Cat lover has you covered, all his questions are relevant to clutch wear.
  20. 1 point
    Get your garage to check the oil pressure by fitting a temporary gauge, making sure it matches manufacturers specifications and confirming the relief valve is working correctly. If the relief valve is sticking shut it could cause excessive pressure to blow the filter.
  21. 1 point
    Rather like Mike, I'd concentrate on the oil side/aspect. IMHO, I don't think your towing a trailer had anything to do with the problem. There was no increase in engine temperature, which would have suggested the engine was working harder, and even if it were, the fan(s) would come on, or you'd ultimately stop to allow things to cool down. Questions: Regular oil changes? I'm wondering if somehow an oil line could have become blocked, or the pressure relief valve was misbehaving somehow. When did you last check the oil level prior to the fateful trip - any possibility of fuel leaking past rings causing increased oil level and higher pressures in the crankcase (although I can't see how this could cause the oil filter to burst). What was the oil level after you'd switched the engine off, as you lifted the hood, or had most of it been lost? Good luck with tracking down the problem
  22. 1 point
    Hi Troy. First and foremost was the oil filter you fitted a genuine Toyota oil filter you fitted? A car engine I once rebuilt for a garage, well the customer supplied us with a 'copy part' oil filter and it split at the seam that goes adjacent to the engine so the engine dumped all of it's oil in less than a minute. The customer came back with another 'copy part', oil filter the thread was the same, screw on type, but it didn't have a non return valve inside and he was, the customer, moaning about the big ends etc were noisy upon start up so I simply fitted a genuine oil filter and all was sorted. Hope this helps and a reply will be most appreciated. Regards, Mike.
  23. 1 point
    I am absolutely amazed at the true MPG of my 2020 Corolla Hybrid (Canada). My 3rd tank today yielded 60.92 mpg. It was 52.5 mpg at my last fill. This week I was commuting for 4 days to my 2nd job which is a 90km Highway round-trip, mostly flat. I love this car!!!!!!
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    Had a call today from Toyota and dealership, there is a bug with the nav system retaining the 3D setting. Dealer is currently downloading an update and will apply it to their demonstrator, if that fixes it they will then have me in to update mine. Contact your dealers about updating your systems!
  26. 1 point
    One thing I've found with the 1.8 is that when leaving an urban area where you've been driving in EV mode if you want to maximise your get away you first need to have woken the ICE up. A little nudge with the accelerator pedal is enough, just so that the ICE is running when you want to go. If you just push the pedal down when in EV mode it takes a while to react and doesn't seem to react in the same way. I think that if the ICE is already running and you push the accelerator quite hard the battery is used to provide most of the initial torque the result is quite impressive acceleration. It's not something I do very often but just occasionally I like to make a point to an idiot tailgater who's been on my **** driving through a 30mph zone or at one roundabout I want to be sure I can get into the right hand lane on the exit.



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