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  1. 10 points
  2. Thanks for sharing your video - As a former DVSA driving examiner, clips of driving can be viewed in various ways but here is my view if interested: At the start of the clip you are driving in lane 1 of the motorway. You proceed to undertake the van in lane 2 which has can have serious consequences. What if the van had decided to move back to lane 1 at the point where you were in his blind spot area undertaking him? We cant't see what was going on prior to the undertake but something to consider . . The Mercedes car that was moving from the slip road to join the motorway - Yes
    9 points
  3. I hope my wife has a Harty appetite for a Huge helping of humble pie. Apart from being a little embarrassed I think its in everybody's interest that this matter is resolved. So what caused the stops x 2. My wife did. Not being used to autos she forgot the "tuck left leg behind the right " yes double foot job๐Ÿคฌ . The garage had the car in and down loaded all available data and sent it to Toyota UK. They were really quick, I was told anything connected with braking was top priority. They were right. Toyota UK sent back to the garage pages of data and an assessment of the cause. Com
    9 points
  4. Got my 2.0 litre yesterday. Oh my word what a car. Drove back from swindon to Bristol and got 58.8 mpg. Wife took it out today and got 59.9 mpg on a short trip. Magnificent car.
    8 points
  5. I would just like to say........ truantotter (MJ) has taken some (justified) flack in comments made by many different posters but has been gracious and humble in his response/replies. Well done MJ.
    7 points
  6. Most has been said already. I agree that you, in principle, had right of way. So you were in the right, and it is fortunate that you were still alert despite using Openpilot, and were able to stay safe and protect the other driver as well, who clearly was not alert, or driving aggressively, ie a very bad driver. The problem you encountered in this case is that you undertook the van prior to the incident. This meant that when you had to take evasive action , you also put the van at risk. Had you held back and not undertaken, and / or moved to the right behind the van, and eventually moved
    7 points
  7. Although you had right of way you should have anticipated the issue well before deciding to take action and could have caused an accident with the car on slip road and van behind. Cruise control is just a driving aid and you should have been aware of the situation well before you decided to take action
    7 points
  8. I used dental floss but it took about half an hour and I didn't manage to remove all the glue. The 1.8 is absolutely fine for all normal and reasonable purposes. I don't accept this modern fascination for power. You can navigate Britain's roads perfectly well with a lot less than 100hp. The Corolla has more power than that and consequently far more power than any competent driver actually needs. There's enough surplus power to allow for a little fun. You'll keep up with anything short of a rabid BMW or Audi and the sooner they naff off into the distance the better.
    7 points
  9. If the Hybrid battery is full and you continue to regenerate the car will "waste" the excess power by using a MG ( motor generator ) to turn the engine over, it has to loose the regenerated power as it cannot store it so it looses it as kinetic energy via the engine.
    7 points
  10. I am delighted to say that I have today taken delivery of my new RAV-4, ordered in June last year, it came into the country late March, it's been in lockdown but arrived today. It looks great, i have only taken it around the block but so far its seems well worth the wait. I am very pleased.
    7 points
  11. Picked up the car on Wednesday in accordance with the social distancing regulations, so quite an unusual experience, albeit quite painless. The major issues were accessing the customer toilets, which are out of bounds, and the explanation of car controls from a distance. The car was spot on, everything as expected, and the handover went without a hitch. First impressions of the car: Scarlet flame looks majestic on the Excel TS The seats appear to be full leather (was expecting half leather) The car is already Apple CarPlay ready (was expecting it to be a necessa
    7 points
  12. Do you use a mobile phone, do you use social media ? or have a debit or credit card if so all that you posted is insignificant
    7 points
  13. Although I generally have no time for What Car - possibly the worst car magazine on the market - I get emails from them which I must have inadvertently signed up for and have not bothered to unsubscribe from. Having little to fill my time during the lockdown, I had a browse through a recent email which had a link to a video (I think it was produced at the end of March, so quite recent): โ€œ2020 best plug-in hybrids (and the ones to avoid)โ€. Needless to say, I knew from the outset that the Prius plug-in would be one to avoid! The top 10 best plug-ins were of course, with the exception of 2 V
    7 points
  14. My car was due in for service next Monday, but all the local Toyota centres are closing due to Coronavirus and my centre therefore cancelled the booking. This is clearly a sensible move on their part to protect their staff, and one which I fully support. However my car's already at the recommended mileage interval and as a key worker I'll still be putting on the miles, going well past the usual leeway point. I was therefore pleased to get a very swift response from Toyota UK when I queried where this leaves the manufacturer warranty, providing reassurance that this will still be honoured
    7 points
  15. Just want to thank you all for sharing your thoughts and advice! ๐Ÿค› This certainly exposes a weak point in Openpilot (as well as almost any other ACC system out there), and teaches me a lesson about never to be complacent about its performance and always staying alert and preparing to intervene as early as possible. In fact, that's why I made the video in the first place and, before I posted here, I shared it with the Openpilot community on Discord to try to increase OP users' awareness of this issue. I also learned about "undertaking", which was sth. I never thought about in the pa
    6 points
  16. As a Biker as well as a car driver I tend to look at things differently. Being in the right wont keep me alive. Police Instructor said to me, If you have an accident, YOU, took your eye off the ball. Slip roads are inherently dangerous, I will always try and move into the middle lane if possible when approaching incoming slip roads. At the 22 second marker in your video when the Merc comes into view I personally would have started slowing. AI (Artificial Intel) has a long way to go before It matches 40 years of Instinct and what if.
    6 points
  17. You had right of way which I voted for but for me I would of either slowed down momentarily, to let the car merge or moved if safe into lane 2. James.๐Ÿ‘
    6 points
  18. Hi MJ Hope I could help - It is only my advice. Highway code rule 267 - "Overtake only on the right" Highway code rule 268 - "Do not overtake on the left" As I mentioned, if you use lane 1 to pass traffic on lane 2 you may have a vehicle returning to lane 1 that hasn't seen you because of a lack of awareness of you are in their blind spot. It's a good poll regarding defensive driving. People who vote in favour of 'not slowing down' have a certain personality trait.
    6 points
  19. Haven't watched the video, but traffic joining the motorway should always give way to traffic already on the motorway, and make full use of the slip road to match the speed of traffic on the motorway. However, some won't do this.
    6 points
  20. I feel I need to add a quick update. What a car! Ive had it 13 days today, covered just over 1000 miles in that time, most for work. Total average MPG 53.4. Had a job today in Wigan, 160 miles round trip from Wolverhampton, mainly M6. Set cruise at 70 (50/60 though roadworks) comfortable, effortless, cannot fault. I do find though that this car gives better MPG on A and B roads than sat on motorways. A previous day I traveled from Manchester to Derby dales and though Buxton and then to Stoke on Trent. I would say at least 50 percent was in EV mode. On motorways with cruise the R
    6 points
  21. Season 1, Episode 5 - at last, the season finale! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘ The call came this afternoon - "your car is ready!" I've been to collect it, they've filled it with petrol and cleaned it inside and out, and it is now sporting a little led inside, a plate underneath and a couple of new window labels announcing it has a catloc to hopefully deter any tealeaves. Apparently the new alarm is very loud, but I hope never to hear it.And I've registered the new catloc - it's not an insurance scheme, but they've security marked the cat so I have registered that. I enjoyed my drive home and I'm glad to have my
    6 points
  22. And I welcome you to season 1, episode 3 of the saga of my catloc! I got a call today from the Aftersales Manager at the dealer. She told me that she's been fully briefed on what has been going on with my car (should have referred her to this forum!) Apparently they've removed the catloc and ordered a new fitting kit as when they fitted it first time it wasn't "guided in correctly" (this sounds like made up technobabble for they didn't fit it properly and wondered what all those leftover bits were for). She was very grateful for my patience, she is personally overseeing the job now and th
    6 points
  23. At 11 years old I felt it was probably time to invest in a new battery. Although the old one showed no obvious signs in daily use of failing I had become aware that the Stop/Start rarely cut in. I had also done some 'unofficial' discharge tests on the old one such as turning headlights and heated window on and seeing how the voltage held up. The voltage seemed to head south pretty quickly hitting around 12 volts after just a minute or two and very quickly reaching the 11.8 region. It was OK like that for 10 to 15 minutes though in fairness. The original Exide battery gave no clues to its
    6 points
  24. So, 1 week and 700 miles later what's the verdict? Love it, even with the minor Multi Media niggles which will hopefully get sorted Tuesday. So far according to MyT my average overall MPG is 57 which I dont think is too bad at all for this time of year. Ive seen a high of 64 and a low of 48. Had a bit of a play today on some back roads to the shops and in Sport even this 1.8 aint slow, whatever the figures say, but even though it can do it I find the car and me much happier in Normal Mode. But forgetting the economy its just such a lovely car to drive, I was a bit sceptica
    6 points
  25. Mowing down pedestrians is part of the fun! 5 points for a 20 year old holding a McDonalds bag, 30 for a Starbucks take away coffee customer! Seriously, you do have to be careful, I am always ultra alert in shopping centre car parks etc, where it is normal for people to just step into the road without looking, anyway. What with the Auto headlights flashing on and off unannounced, so drivers pull out in front of you, it can be a lot of fun out there.
    6 points
  26. Buying cheap tyres is never a good idea to my mind. Tyres are the only thing ensuring that your car goes where you want and stops when you want.
    6 points
  27. Well, it appeared that the dealer made a mistake and the microphone replacement is for RAV4. Finally I have CarPlay and they installed it free of charge as promised.
    6 points
  28. Toyota Apple Carplay and Android Auto Retrofit Treads below; https://www.toyotaclubitalia.it/threads/mini-guida-per-upgrade-carplay-android-auto-corolla-my19.76217/ https://www.clubtoyotacorolla.com/threads/retrofit-car-play-y-android-auto.3324/ Taken from another site: Summarizing to make the RETROFIT of our Toyota: USB1 : http://streamtechdoc.toyota-motor-europe.com/techdoc3/retrofit/Harman_Intervention_Script.zip USB2 : http://streamtechdoc.toyota-motor-europe.com/techdoc3/retrofit/Full_upgrade_package_Harman_Panasonic_17MM.zip USB3 : http://streamtechdoc.toyo
    6 points
  29. I have the 1.8 and it's just alright, fortunately with the electric motor you get a pretty good acceleration from a stand still but as you accelerate more and more the less power you get. I would suggest to do a test drive with both engines and see which one you like most. However the consensus is this, if most of your driving is in the city and you're usually stuck in traffic and you don't go on the motorway all that often go for the 1.8. If you do go on the motorway a lot (and you don't want a diesel) you go for the 2.0 for the added power that you get. The 2.0 gets similar consumtion figur
    6 points
  30. For some reason, most of the British motoring press see CVT as some sort of insult to humanity. If they got over this irrational hatred, they might be less dismissive of the Toyota hybrids.
    6 points
  31. I would be very interested to know how long you had left the car parked up before your battery went flat. Could be a useful warning for other owners.
    6 points
  32. We bought an 04 1.3 T Spirit Yaris 3 years ago for my wife to drive as she finds the Avensis a bit bigger than she is comfortable with in tight car parks. Anyway I bought it in a rush but it looked good, the engine was immaculate and only 41k miles. It seemed very good until I took it for the MOT after 6 months. It failed on the back brakes and handbrake (needed new cylinders and shoes etc which |I did myself) but the tester said there were so many Advisories that it was not worth spending any money on. These advisories were all to do with rust :- Back crossbeam, suspension arms both sid
    6 points
  33. Picked up mine today too. Impressed so far. Did roughly 80 mile trip (in 2 40 parts) and got just under 53 mpg. Nice and quiet inside and impressed with the amount of telemetry. The trip information on MyT is better than I expected. It has the AVAS. You can just about hear it at low speed with the radio off. Got stuck in a bit of a tailback and it was great rolling along using battery power. The dealer said that during the car preparation, they added supagard by mistake, so that is an added bonus ๐Ÿ˜Š
    6 points
  34. Took delivery of my new RAV4 this morning! After a 6 month wait all I can say is โ€œit was very well worth the wait!โ€ Took โ€œthe Beastโ€ for a run of around 113. mixed road miles (A & B roads along with dual carriageways and through a couple of villages) and the mpg according to the onboard computer was 50.1mpg. Iโ€™m not complaining about that! The car is so far is certainly comparable with the Lexus NX300h Premium I part exed for. Most of the premium goodies on the Lexus are on the RAV4. I hope to give updates on regular intervals.
    6 points
  35. Pity there was not a traffic cop around when you undertook the black van - he would have stopped you, give you a strong caution or better still a fine, and the delay caused would have meant you wouldnโ€™t have been in the situation with the car coming along the slip road to join the motorway. I agree, and voted, you had the right of way re the slip road incident, but voted โ€œyeahโ€ you should have slowed down and let the car into Lane 1. Maybe you relying too much on ACC, or in this case OpenPilot. Remember, these things are selective aids for the driver to choose.
    5 points
  36. We had two cars with black paint - a metallic Nissan and a pearlescent Honda. Both showed every mark, nick and scratch, no matter how slight, and we said we would never have another black car.
    5 points
  37. Ok, getting really anoraky now๐Ÿ˜‚. I'll be the first to admit that its unlikely I could drive like this all the time, but it does show whats possible 15 mile trip down to Newport this morning. Mix of dual carriageways, with some inclines but nothing very steep, and city streets, put " Hybrid Driving Brain" into full action, but still got up to 60/65mph crusing, and ended up with this:
    5 points
  38. Hi, left for few days not a problem, left for few weeks and infrequent use before that or only used for short trips, add cold temperatures and then itโ€™s a problem ., this applies not only for hybrid but for all cars. Battery physics. , smaller 12v batteries in hybrids perhaps easier to die. General rule for all devices including vehicles that uses batteries of any type, you have to use them otherwise battery will deplete and dies. E scooters manual suggest if you donโ€™t use the scooter charge every two months to prevent dead battery, Toyota recommended to keep in ready mode, or trickle cha
    5 points
  39. Personally, I would not use cruise control in poor weather. I'd rather have control of the vehicle myself. Maybe it should disable itself anyway when the temperature falls to 3 degrees and below.
    5 points
  40. Specifications for the new MY21 Corolla were issued today Orders for MY20 Corolla not in stock or in production are now closed and orders for Unavailable MY20 Corolla will be switched to MY21 supply with orders opening in November ( subject to runout of MY20 models ) Demonstrators Showroom display and customer deliveries expected in November. Icon models gain 7" LCD Multifunction display, (replacing 4" LCD) & LED fog lights Icon Tech models gain LED fog lights Design models gain new 17" wheel design, New Interior trim, & Ambient interior illumination. GR S
    5 points
  41. I don't. There's rarely any need (nor much opportunity) to push the car that hard. Most people on the road barely tickle the accelerator anyway. When I'm in traffic I can potter around without ever entering the PWR range, even if I make a 'lunge' across a roundabout. Sticking to the ICE gives more than enough acceleration to keep up with most people around town. And there's not much point trying to go faster anyway since all it will achieve is arriving at the next set of traffic lights a few seconds earlier. In fact that's true on the open road. I pretty much gave up overtaking years ago
    5 points
  42. I have a foot attached to my leg for my pump
    5 points
  43. If it's the new gas, all their new cars will have it so, they're going to be in a whole lot of trouble. New gas my @$$!
    5 points
  44. You need to modify your attitude - when you signed up to the club you agreed to be polite and to treat your fellow members with respect.
    5 points
  45. I doubt that you are forensic investigators based on your last reply. Even if toyota did listen to what you said and would monitor your location, what would they do with that information? Unless you are doing something illegal or maybe work for a secret organization (which if you did you would know how to disable the module) you have nothing to worry about. Also watch out for those 5G antennas, i hear they are quite dangerous these days....
    5 points
  46. Putting higher octane fuel in a Prius won't hurt it (or any petrol powered vehicle for that matter), but it also won't have any effect other than making your wallet lighter... maybe with one caveat. The Octane rating is how much the fuel resists knocking. Knocking is basically how diesel engines work, where the fuel ignites due to being compressed by the cylinder. Petrol powered cars want to compress the fuel as much as possible, then ignite it with a spark from the spark plug. So diesel cars want a very low octane rating, and petrol cars want a very high octane rating. In a petrol f
    5 points
  47. I read somewhere that in the very earliest experimental versions of Plug-In Prius Toyota used two 'ordinary' HiMH Hybrid batteries, one on top of the other (half filling the boot). It was said to be an early attempt to develop the changes to the rest of the Hybrid system to manage the different charging and discharging requirements, and the changes necessary to allow higher cruising speeds and better acceleration in EV mode. I guess they had other teams working separately on developing the LION battery technology necessary to make it all work. I awaited the arrival of the 'official' PiP
    5 points
  48. Toyota and other car manufacturers have spent millions of $s ยฃs on Research & Development to bring a new model through all its stages of testing etc into production, let it be a fully plugin electric, a self charging hybrid or a plugin hybrid, using the best automotive brains and technology available to them. Therefore I think its highly unlikely that an individual would be able to improve on that, no disrespect intended. Enjoy your new lovely Toyota Corrolla.
    5 points
  49. I was so disappointed when the salesman told me that the man with red flag option was no longer available. So i went and bought a horse and cart.
    5 points



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