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  1. Hello, I am writing this as a form of therapy as I wait for delivery of my new Corolla. It contains little useful information and it requires no answer but feel free to comment. I have been driving for around 10 years now. I am not really a car guy in the traditional sense but I do appreciate nice cars, I love driving and I enjoy watching Formula 1. My first car was a W reg (2001) Ford Focus. It had a 1.6 naturally aspirated petrol with (mated to- as the motoring journalists like to say) a three speed auto with, wait for it... overdrive. Being 20 years old and owning an automatic was sacrilege to my friends but me being a poor student and the car being a gift from my grandad, I was in no position to feel hard done by. The car was surprisingly good for what it was albeit that it was slow and not very reliable I loved it. At that time I was driving around 20k miles per year and at 35mpg the Focus was costing too much. Introduce the 308. A couple of years later I traded in the Focus to upgrade to the Peugeot 308. It was an upgrade in every way over the focus: beige in colour, only a year and a half old and with a whopping 92 horsepower from its 1.6 litre turbo diesel. Crucially, this car had a manual transmission for more street cred and could easily achieve 70mpg on a motorway run. At this point I still knew very little about cars and pretty much went for the first one the guy at Arnold Clark showed me. I loved the 308 almost as much as I loved the focus but the relationship soured after about two years. It needed some repairs due to a rock hitting the bottom and breaking the fuel line and new brake discs at 30k miles. I thought that wasn't very long for brake discs so I started asking questions about how reliable the owner of the garage thought my 308 would be. To my horror he opined that French cars tended to have problems with electrics as they aged so I could expect things to crop up over time. I was making a decent amount of money at this point so I started shopping around for an upgrade. I was doing a lot of miles up and down the A9 which at that time still didn't have average speed cameras so it was very much whacky races and I had been in a couple of close calls when trying to overtake lorries (cars coming the other way at 95mph kind of close calls) so I wanted more overtaking punch and something a bit more comfortable. My mum had owned Volkswagens for years and swore by them and the local dealer in Inverness has a great reputation for customer service (and still does). I test drove a Ford Kuga with 180hp diesel which was lovely but noisy and expensive for what you got, a Tiguan which was nice but again , expensive for the features. I finally settled on the Golf. 2.0 litre turbo diesel. Powerful enough, economical enough and very very comfy inside. I loved the Golf just a little more than the 308 but less than the Focus. It was a semi-sensible choice for a man of 24 and my first new car purchase. I was the proud owner of a 65 plate golf Match. For most of my life I was not a Toyota fan. My first real awareness of them was in 2015 when I was getting the Golf fixed after someone ran into the back of me and smashed up the rear bumper and boot lid. The repair centre was right next to the local Toyota dealer and I had a chance to look around while burning some time. I looked at the Auris hybrid sitting in the forecourt and scoffed at the relatively stodgy interior and frumpy looks outside. I knew better than to buy a hybrid of course, as we all knew back then hybrids were only good in town and long-distance driving was much better in a diesel. Off I went secure in the knowledge that I had made a good choice in the Golf. Low and behold a few months later spawned: Dieselgate. It turned out VW had been less than up-front with its Euro 5 NOx Emissions and although my Golf was a Euro 6 I was furious with them. The news spoiled the image of VW entirely in my mind and all I had was a sour feeling of having been lied to. My life changed suddenly when I was under threat of redundancy at work so I decided to ditch the Golf on PCP. I initiated the voluntary termination and away it went. For the first time in years I did not have a car to call my own. Where I lived in the Scottish Highlands at the time public transport was utterly inadequate to get around so I borrowed my sisters VW Up! for a few months to get to and from work. I won't say too much about the Up! except to say that it was adequate as a runabout. I ended up going to back to university so for a couple of years I did not own a car as I was broke and had no real need for one. Being a lightweight car guy however, I spent a lot of time on Youtube watching Scotty Kilmer videos. Anyone who has seen Scotty Kilmer knows he has probably resulted in more Toyota Sales than all of their sales people combined over the last couple of decades. I eventually got the car bug and started shopping around for something cheap to buy and run but that had enough power and space to be comfortable and fun to drive whilst also being reliable. Under Scotty's influence I started looking at Toyotas but to my disappointment I couldn't find one that really ticked the boxes. The petrol Auris looked like an OK match but it lacked power. Eventually I compromised and went for a Honda Civic. Honda is a brand that Scotty would say isn't what it used to be but can still make decent cars. I found a 1.8 naturally aspirated Civic developing (more motoring journalism) 136 horsepower. Not quite the 150 of the Golf, but enough. The 2007 Civic Type S was an awesome machine. It had the sporty looks, the reliability and it had a cool moonroof. It also returned a surprisingly good 43 mpg without really trying; so long as you didn't rev it up to its peak at 6500rpm. Which of course you did because it only had any power at all above 4500 rpm. At that point it burned about as much oil as it did petrol but wow was it fun. Alas, like all of my cars the fun wasn't to last. I got engaged. At that point I was still doing huge mileage commuting to work and my fiance hardly drove at all so it didn't make sense for us to have two cars. Hers was on a lease which was ending and the car bug was back at me so off I went to the internet (covid restricitons were well in effect by now) and started shopping for a car. She wanted an automatic and I wanted an estate with enough power and great fuel economy from either Honda or Toyota. It turned out that automatics and fuel economy were the antithesis to each other in almost every case. Every case except the hybrids that is. With an official return of over 70mpg (on the old measurement), a CVT auto and Toyota engineering, the Auris went straight to the top of the list. I rushed down the the dealer and took it for a test drive. (the rules sill allowed those at that point) I fell in love with it instantly. It wasn't really the best in any category you threw at it but the Auris was good enough in every category. With used car sales bombing and low interest rates I picked the 2017 estate business edition hybrid for a mere £12k on PCP costing £170 per month. I am still driving it to this day and I have put 40k miles on it with but one issue with the headlights both blowing at once, apparently a common issue with these cars. It is by far the most well rounded car I have owned and I couldn't recommend it enough to someone looking for dependable and efficient driving. Over that 40k miles I have averaged about 58MPG indicated which I am very pleased about. I had been at the Toyota dealer a few times getting it serviced and the new Corollas caught my eye. Sleek, very high tech and powerful with a 180hp hybrid option. Alas at 25-30k they were way out of my PCP range so with the Auris I stuck. Until. With the easing of lockdowns and the surge in demand for microprocessors coupled to a lack of supply new car wait times increased and accordingly used car prices shot up. Having added 18 months and 40k miles to my Auris I then had a firm valuation of it at over £14k. For the first time the value of my car had appreciated and by quite a lot. It seems the car bug bit me at just the right time. I was now in a position to trade in my Auris and have a sizeable down payment on a shiny new corolla. Armed with a 3.5k Carwow discount, a deposit contribution and 0% PCP offer I ordered a 2.0 Hybrid Touring Sports in Design trim. I initially ordered the HB but cancelled it when I received a better offer on the estate making the price the same. That was on the 30th November 2021 and here I wait still. Refreshing the app twice daily to check for an update that never comes. This is my story so far.
    19 points
  2. Well, just under 200k mark I decided to go earlier with my scheduled service instead of waiting as every next day is another big number added to the existing ones 🙃🏎🏁. Here it is what I have done to the car: 1. New engine oil and filter 2. New transmission fluid - drain and refill 3 litres 3. New spark plugs - older one looked good and easy to undo them, the trick is let the engine running for 5 min before you start , in colder weather 10min is fine. 4. New air filter and Pollen filter 5. Engine coolant 5 litres- you can do that without even taking the engine under cover, you need a 9mm ID clear tube 30cm long and an empty container, perhaps a gallon from the same stuff. , again drain and refill. Before you start set heating to max temperature and blower speed 1, and after refill set the car into maintenance mode it takes around 20-30min running and the engine coolant needs to reach 95C° and thermostat to open and both radiator fans to kick in and spin. Add coolant as necessary. 6. Inverter coolant drain ad refill, around 2 litres of coolant , again after you fill up full turn on the car and immediately turn off, go to the engine bay and top up to max. Repeat this process 3 times, set the level just above max. 7. Fit engine undercover after all checked for fluids leaks. Use new plastic clips where old one are broken, also best to replace front M6 bolts with stainless steel ones, I did that many years ago. 👌 Well that’s pretty much all. I hope for another few 000 trouble free miles🏎🏁👍 I can give torque settings, and from where to start first if anyone interested of diy car service.
    18 points
  3. Something that is missing from this thread is a bit of balance. How about his? There is a place for both the 1.8, AND the 2.0. I own the latter, but have experienced both. The 1.8 is ‘adequate’ and especially suitable for the more sedate driver, who isn’t bothered about performance, and would rather save a few £, and take a more relaxed pace. That’s fine, and probably a majority of Toyota hybrid owners. The 2.0 is has much more torque, and surprising performance - contrary to some beliefs, that is relevant, especially if you drive on the motorway with a few passengers or cargo. The 2.0 is more effortless - you don’t have to dig as deep into the pedal travel, and can accelerate with traffic without even breaching the eco zone, and without the slightest movement on the Rev counter. It circumvents much of the CVT traits that frustrate people. It has a bigger battery, and motor than the 1.8. The bigger battery (alongside dynamic force tech) I’m sure, is why it’s so good on fuel. That’s a big list of benefits over the 1.8. the key here is BOTH engines are relevant, and not one size fits all.
    14 points
  4. My new Corolla 2.0L Touring Sports Excel was delivered today. Very pleasantly surprised. Predicted to give 7/10 actually awarding 9/10 Positives? More comfortable driving position than anticipated, sports seats cuddle you! Quieter other than a little wind noise. Comfortable suspension, although will check tyre pressures. Having test driven 1.8, so glad I chose a 2.0L, more relaxed drive,more responsive. The CVT is less obvious too and only rears it's ugly head when you accelerate hard. Lots of room in the boot, like the red trim. Headroom is not as restricted by the panoramic sun roof as I thought. Controls are logical. Negatives? MY21.5 not MY22. The labelling on the buttons poor, need a torch to read them! Went to get more petrol and realised I did not know how to open the fuel cap!! Had to look it up on the internet.
    12 points
  5. Just picked up the car today. Lounge edition, only option not added was the nav. Got it as a pre registered therefore a very good price. Only took me the best part of a year to decide what to buy😁
    12 points
  6. Ah, what the hell... 2.0 GR-sport TS it is then
    11 points
  7. In my previous jobs I worked for a number of component suppliers to a number of car makers - including Toyota at Burnaston. When I decided to go self-employed the car I chose to buy was as a (used) Toyota. Why? - because Toyota was my most demanding customer. Components were tested to death - and no changes, no matter how small, were allowed without very thorough testing and approval. However, problems do sometimes occur, despite the best efforts of both Toyota and their suppliers. It’s not always due to cost cutting. Rest assured that the supplier of these bushes will have been put through the wringer to resolve the issue - most probably at a large cost to the supplier - both financially and in terms of reputation. But as we all know, s…. happens. And it’s how you resolve the issue that is important.
    11 points
  8. I would like to share my mpg figures with the forum as I keep a record of all tank to tank fill ups that I have done over the first 6000 miles from new. Firstly I keep the vehicle setting in normal mode all the time. I have never used eco or sport mode. I drive it like I would a standard gear shift vehicle. Not really trying for maximum economy or booting it either. A lot of short 20 mile and 50 mile runs mainly. Have not done a big trip yet and no long motorway driving so far. Just some background on the following numbers Total Average over 6000 miles = 57.28 mpg. Best mpg is 65.59. Worst mpg is 41.15. These numbers are better than my previous Auris 1.8 TS Excel by the way. Obviously the 1.8 Corolla will make mincemeat of my mpg's but I am well pleased so far.
    11 points
  9. Today Toyota confirmed MY22 production is now fully allocated and as such order books for MY22 are closed with immediate affect. Order books & Pricing for MY23 go live 18th August. 2 new colours, Juniper blue & Decuma grey New line up looses Icon Tech however Icon now uplifts in spec: Icon: New design 16 " Alloy wheels Led headlights ( low ) Front fog lights Dual auto AC Reverse camera Heated wing mirrors Heated fabric seats with lumbar New for MY23 12.3" Digital combi meter ( Instrument cluster ) MM21 T2 Smart connect navigation with 10.5" screen with Over the air updates Wireless phone charger TSS3 Fr & Rear parking sensors with ICS Upgraded remote MYT services including Climate control, lock/unlock. Hazard light control & over the air updates Design: in addition to Icon 17" machined face alloys LED headlights ( High ) Rear privacy glass Mid+ Trim updates ( your guess is as good as mine ) Auto fold mirrors & Auto wipers Smart entry & Ambient lighting Electro chromatic rear view mirror Optional panoramic roof New for MY23 12.3" Digital combi meter ( Instrument cluster ) MM21 T2 Smart connect navigation with 10.5" screen with Over the air updates Wireless phone charger TSS3 Upgraded remote MYT services including Climate control, lock/unlock. Hazard light control & over the air updates Excel: in addition to Design 18" machined face alloy wheels Heated leather sports seats Power lumbar support Rear AC ( I suspect this is just additional vents not 3 zone AC ) Power back door TS only Optional Pano roof & Bitone New for MY23 12.3" Digital combi meter ( Instrument cluster ) Heads up display Blind spot monitor & rear cross traffic alert Adaptive head lights MM21 T2 Smart connect navigation with 10.5" screen with Over the air updates Wireless phone charger TSS3 Upgraded remote MYT services including Climate control, lock/unlock. Hazard light control & over the air updates GR Sport: in addition to Excel 18" GR sport alloy wheels GR sport interior & exterior styling GR sports seats with part leather bolsters Optional Bitone New for MY23 12.3" Digital combi meter ( Instrument cluster ) Heads up display Blind spot monitor & rear cross traffic alert Adaptive head lights MM21 T2 Smart connect navigation with 10.5" screen with Over the air updates Wireless phone charger TSS3 Upgraded remote MYT services including Climate control, lock/unlock. Hazard light control & over the air updates
    10 points
  10. Finally today was the collection day! Here's my 2.0 Design HB ordered 1st Feb
    10 points
  11. Very pleased with this after four month wait from order to delivery, Dynamic Premium PHEV. Great timing to save on petrol, reliably delivers all my local runs on home charge up to 50 miles.
    10 points
  12. I have driven the C-HR 1.8, Yaris 1.5, Corolla 1.8 HB and TS and 2.0 TS, as i work part time to de-fleet them i spend quite a lot of hours driving them. As far as hybrid system is concern the Yaris 1.5 is amazing, it is the only hybrid system that can glide on EV mode over 60mph, I can manage 75+ without trying to hard and when i try my very best i get nearly 90mpg. C-HR Hybird system seems a little different to the current 1.8 HB but more like the Auris 1.8 getting 70mpg in mix is a little bit difficult realistically more like 60-65mpg, however the TNGA platform amazes me so much on the handling i am tempted to buy one. Now to 1.8HB, this is the best choice if you want efficiency and no rush, i manage 65+mpg on mix run and A roads plus city driving 75mpg is not hard. When push along the HB is still an ok car to drive. 1.8 TS and 2.0 TS difference is quite big, you will notice the extra omph. When floored the traction light goes on but you do not feel the car is skidding. when push the 2.0 surge like a diesel, you feel that you are moving but not quick by any means. operation wise i feel the 2.0 tends to always have engine kick in for no obvious reason, the 1.8 kicks in EV mode more often. i ended up buying the 2.0 TS because i do like the extra performance ( coming from a s212 E350) Probably someone could share their thoughts?
    10 points
  13. The inventor of predictive text died recently. His funeral was lost wendy.
    10 points
  14. Back in spring, I filled out a web form to test drive a 2.0 TS out of curiosity because I've started searching for a daily driver since the FJ Cruiser's monstrosity isn't fit for a small Spanish town. It is a bit of a story about how I ended up here with the FJ, and I could get into details if anybody cares. To my surprise, a day later, someone called from local Toyota and offered a test drive in about a week. It turns out they shipped a brand new 2.0 TS from somewhere else in Spain for me to test drive. I was very impressed with handling and dynamics, something I had never expected from a Toyota, now that I owned and drove a few. Then later in summer, I got a quotation on a top trim with a sunroof. Upon revisiting the dealer to pay my deposit, something has changed internally, and I was no longer able to spec it with Pear White (which in turn made choosing Manhattan Grey easier). Sunroof now came in a package with leather, heated back seats and, HUD. They have also downsized to 17" from the 18" wheels. Overall, about one grand difference. I was able to negotiate roof bars and rubber floor mats all around without a price increase. Finally, it is here, sadly not an MY22 as I was hoping but perhaps not a bad thing as I do like physical buttons on the multimedia and only use Apple Carplay. So far had about 150km of motorways and 75 in the city, my overall Hybrid Score is 86, and my average fuel consumption is 5.9 l/100km (47.8 UK MPG). I expected a slightly better figure, but it is still a lot better than 15 liters/100km in the FJ. The weather didn't drop below 10 C, so it isn't particularly cold. I am completely in love with the car; there's some getting used to, as "virtual" parking sensors are screaming at me when I'm getting to my spot in my narrow parking garage. Dislike how light the key is; it just feels very cheap. I ordered a metal cover from Aliexpress to solve this problem. Also wish there was a way to scroll between tank consumption and trip consumption. Other than that, enjoying all bells and whistles, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist make for a very relaxing drive on the motorway. I think dropping it into Eco mode helps. Kick sensor is nice and fun when opening the boot. I haven't tested the matrix headlights yet, but they do this cool light run when the car starts up. BSM and RCTA are pretty useful. I am not even going to try the auto parking feature. P.s. I've tried to keep it short, clearly I have failed 🙂
    10 points
  15. Lol, here another winner, a Toyota Auris TS diesel with 500k miles. Great story to read. 👍 https://mag.toyota.co.uk/high-mileage-toyota-auris-taxi/comment-page-1/#comment-81704
    9 points
  16. Those that have read my recent threads relating to missing fuses in my Mk4 Yaris Excel Hybrid, will perhaps recall I mention that I discovered what appeared to be the wiring harnesses for the footwell lights - but no bulbs / LEDs attached. It was/is one of my niggles that Toyota should go to the lengths of fitting all the wiring for the lights - but not take one more simple step of snapping some bulbs / LEDs in place from the parts bin during manufacture. Especially on the ‘Excel’ spec of Yaris. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but it appears only the ‘Launch’ edition gets the fancy blue footwell lights. Well, I noticed on Youtube (as you do!) that some people have discovered the same thing and fitted the bulbs/LEDs themselves to their own Yaris’s after sending away for the appropriate Toyota parts. This guy from Italy (Claudiettociov1) has made a good guide video (even if - like me, your Italian is a bit rusty!):- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNWL6xI1-8 The part numbers he uses for the lights (lamp assembly) are 81080-22040. They are about £20+ each and appear to be located in Dubai! You need four (or five if you go for the one under the USB port too - which I haven’t - yet!). I thought - bit pricey that! But, I noticed that you can get 12v LED light strips on eBay very cheaply, so I sent off for some. A pack of 4 strips of blue LEDs for under £4 was not going to break the bank - even if the experiment failed. Well, I’m chuffed to say it didn’t fail and I now have a Yaris with blue footwell lights, which come on with the courtesy lights - very similar to the Launch edition. Pictures are worth a thousand words (so they say), so I’ve attached photos of my progress and the results in fitting these LED strips just in case someone else on here wants to have a go on their own Mk4 Yaris. Of course, I have no idea which Yaris’s were/are fitted with the light harnesses. It might only be the Excel models - but maybe others were/are too. Still, not a bad upgrade for £4. Not too difficult and about an hour’s work. 😉👍
    9 points
  17. Thanks everyone for your comments so far. For the past 30 years I’ve owned Audi/VW vehicles, 5 with manual boxes and 6 with DSG boxes. I’m now retired but used to travel extensively throughout Scotland using mainly A and B class roads. One of the main criticisms of the DSG box was that it was a little bit “jerky” when emerging from junctions but with a light right foot you could eliminate that issue. Otherwise, the DSG was excellent over undulating and winding roads which some automatics might struggle with. Anyway, my needs have now changed as I now travel mainly on urban roads with occasional trips on the motorway. I did have a doubt about the CVT box on the Yaris Cross but after an interesting test drive I decided it was the car for me. I couldn’t believe that the car returned 76 mpg over a very short trip on the motorway followed by an urban route through the south side of Glasgow. Really impressed with Toyota and look forward to getting my Yaris Cross in the not too distant future. Please keep the comments coming in. Cheers
    9 points
  18. Well super excited, the car finally arrived at the Retailer today, the app has been pretty much spot on to be fair and I had to ask the dealer to check it was there after they told me earlier today that it wasn't . Pick it up Thursday evening just in time for a weekend away in Scarborough😃😎
    9 points
  19. FYI, this is the official info from Toyota Førde regarding plug-in battery. 0 – 1,6kWh: reserved space protecting battery from over-discharge 1,6 – 2,5kWh: reserved space for hybrid operation (you are within this range when your EV distance is 0) 2,5 – 16,0kWh: working area of plug-in hybrid 16,0 – 18,1kWh: reserved space protecting battery from overcharging
    9 points
  20. Modern led lights not only too bright but also often point too high especially on a big suvs. Another issue I had discovered recently is that those blueish led are indeed too blue and driving in the night when approaching roundabouts and junction often these cars look like an police blue lights instead of the normal car headlights projection. Car manufacturers went too far with lights design, colour, light projection, patterns and automatic function that seems to me cause more issues than help.
    9 points
  21. Heated windscreen. Ridiculous to have to wait close to 10 minutes with fan on full before driving in cold weather
    9 points
  22. Hi all, Collected the new Corolla on Saturday and had a very enjoyable day out up the West Coast to Ravenglass, sharing the driving with my hubby and changing seats at various coffee stops etc. We both feel that the car has been well worth the wait. We like the driving experience, the seats are very supportive and comfy and feels nicely put together. We particularly like the ride comfort even though it has 18" wheels with low profiles. My other half feared that the ride comfort would be as bad as our last car, Levorg, which also had 18" wheels but slightly taller tyres. However, this has proved not to be the case as the suspension seems far more supple and able to cope with the lumps and bumps of our local roads far better than the Levorg. The Falken tyres are, as my husband noticed on the forums, very noisy particularly on the tar and chip dressings that our local councils' love as a default repair but when driving on proper tarmac roads the noise is minimal in comparison. Can't wait to resume our holidays in continental Europe and get on some decent roads. Surprised to find there are no sill guards in the thresholds of the doors as this is the first car we have bought that doesn't have them as standard (most top spec models usually have them as standard). Ours is an Excel so expected to see them there. We really miss the "blind spot/cross traffic alert" system which we have got used to on our last car over the 6 years of ownership. We managed to get my husband's phone connected via the data cable to Andoid Auto and was up and running in no time. However my older smartphone does not want to play ball and does not install the App successfully. Our first journey of just under 200 miles showed 49mpg with no slow driving but on open fast roads just as we would have driven our last car and probably achieved 39mpg at most. Love the colour, Manhattan Grey, and the pan roof and JBL just add the finishing touches. RzrAzr - you are correct in saying that the Toyota feels like the next level. Bye for now, Rosie
    9 points
  23. Just a quick run over the oil change on the 21 plate Yaris. Because of very low mileage and buying it second hand, I decided to replenish the oil and change the filter. I’ve got a pit but ramps are just as good on a nice day. Bottom cover off allows a visual inspection of the lower engine. Nice and bone dry under there; It had started to discolour but as expected, no debris; Genuine filter of course. Part No shown and I always use a filter socket for removal and hand to tighten. Beautiful engineering with a spill preventing spout; Genuine filter pre greased; As with most Japanese engines, a one litre oil bottle screws directly into the oil filler; Double check there is absolutely no dust in the oil jug; I got my hands on 3X5 litres of 0W/8 oil off eBay from somebody who clearly doesn’t know how much it cost. £34 each - I’ll take all 3 thanks; I wouldn’t advise the normal vigorous engine clean but it got a quick do to cover another 12 months. SDS oil data. I don’t fill right up to the top mark but stop short by about 6mm to allow for fuel dilution.
    8 points
  24. I was looking to order a Yaris Design in scorched orange for next March(ish) hence my username when I joined the forum 😄 However after much online searching I found a Launch Edition 71 plate (so MY21.5) in excellent condition with protection plus pack and front/rear dash cam installed. So I'm the proud owner of my first automatic and my first hybrid. I'm really enjoying it after driving manual cars for many years. It's not orange despite what the log book says but I love the red with contrasting black roof. I'm pleased with the mpg too for my short local journeys. I did read lots of posts on this forum before deciding, so you could say that many of you had an input in my decision 😘
    8 points
  25. Finally picked up today after exactly 6 months waiting to the day. Dead chuffed 🙂
    8 points
  26. Yes but driving for a few minutes with the windows open gets rid of much of the hot air inside the car, and the air con then doesn't need to work as hard to cool the car down initially. Both the AA and RAC advise this practice to cool a hot car down quickly. I find the windows only need to be open for around 0.5 miles.
    8 points
  27. Collected! Nice to be back in a Corolla, I’ve had a VW Up for the last 3 months, this now feels like a limo..
    8 points
  28. Just picked up a 2020 2.0ltr Excel Corolla in Manhattan Grey. Had to scour the country to get the right deal and ended driving 700 mile round trip plus a night in a hotel to get one. Thats a story for another day, using internet and phone to deal with 25 dealers . Won't bother listing everything I like all been said here, I've come from high mileage area manager in fast diesels and some decent private cars like tuned Saab and tuned MX5, and now in semi retirement and got this as need to ferry lad about as he hops between university and stuff like that. Only brief test drive in 1.8. Car comfy good interior looks good etc etc and infotainment not as bad as reviewers make out . Anyway, some observations. 330 miles and 57mpg, I'll take that, EV mode at 70 going downhill was nice. Ride on the 18s with those skinny tires is excellent, probably what impressed me most . Chassis ok, but steering very light and not much feedback, not a car to hustle down the lanes. Sport mode and the flappy panels really quite funny actyally, if you use these you've possibly bought the wrong car. All I used was ECO mode and found that flooring the pedal was more than enough to take off around lorries. Watching the total mpg plummet when you did and ECO score drop was a giggle. But the response even in ECO more was fine. The 2ltr has effortless power for everyday driving and in sport mode can keep the company car nutters in 320Ds at bay over 100 yards but I won't be using that, just tested it. Battery is only 3 bars when I got home, went out later and after a mile the eco mode wasn't available. Think the car was stood at the dealer for a while, when I collected it had to have a new 12v battery and it's only 2 years old. LTA and ACC are superb and as good as the Volvo and Audi I've had . Android auto meh, can't get many apps as I have podcasts on YouTube and other apps and can't access it, plus I like the nav directions on the digital dash better with the car system, plus just seems an easier system to use and Google maps not as quick to get me in the right lane as the car system, a pet hate of mine. So just gonna stick with the car . The Manhattan grey really suits it, only one I could find with a dealer willing to deal was a long way away but worth it . So very impressed. Surprisingly easy car to master , a few YouTube's and and away you go. Oh and can't see the point of the hill assist, the creep does it all for you. I suppose someone starting on a literally vertical hill might use it . All in all probably just going to keep it in ECO mode . Best thing so far? The economy is as good as claimed, it looks great and is a very comfortable effortless drive. Worst thing? Probably steering feel but as I've just come from a modded MX5 that's just probably muscle memory . Very good car .
    8 points
  29. Hi all Just wanted to share quickly my first month of ownership. The car is MY22 1.8 TS icon tech in white I find the the car pretty quiet(my old one was a diesel), very comfy, seats are great (love the lumbar support and the heating). The active cruise control works great for me - mainly motorway commute. Averaging 63mpg - even if I push it a bit the mpg doesn't change much which is great. I was driving carefully at the beginning, but lately stopped looking at the dash and just drive it as I was driving my old Civic diesel and I am pleasantly surprised that the fuel consumption doesn't change. It is absolutely powerful enough for me, easily goes to 70mph and feels absolutely perfect keeping that speed. Think it will be very relaxing drive for long distances- will be doing one this summer Hampshire, Snowdonia, York, Highlands and back. Infotainment system is pretty good - simple without much options, but is does the job well - it is fast too. I am sure there is much more to be said, but this is it from me for now. Cheers
    8 points
  30. Then thing about this hybrid system is, that el. motor (MG2, motor generator 2, traction motor) actually has the rated power, but the buttery is the limiting factor. In general, the bigger the battery, the more power it can provide, and the one in toyota hybrid is rather small. It can't provide full power to the MG2. So, for the electric motor MG2, to give all available power, petrol engine has to use some of its power to generate electricity. This is done by spinning MG1 and produced electricity is used to power MG2. As you can see, it is a tradeoff, you can give MG2 full power, but by doing that, some of the power from the petrol engine is used to produce electricity. So you can never have full combined power on both on the road at the same time. I also noticed that. I believe that it is because toyota is chasing maximum efficiency. If you are accelerating reasonably hard, but no full throttle, there is always some of the energy going from the engine to the battery, (via MG1) so it can be used later. In this case, engine is at the peak efficiency, but because you don't require so much power, it is used to charge the batteries for later. But if you floor it, petrol engine is basically doing the same thing(same power output), but instead of charting the battery, battery is being discharged and energy used to propel you forward.
    8 points
  31. Separate forums for the different marks of models has been raised previously. Some members already have difficulty navigating the separate model forums, let alone sub-dividing these into marks. We have contributing members who own earlier marks than the mark 4 and 5, so presumably would need separate forums for the marks 1 to 3. If we were to do this we would have to do the same for the other models - eg. 2 for the Aygo, 4 for the Yaris, potentially 12 for the Corolla (though workably just 6), 2 for the Auris, 3 for the Avensis, 5 for the Rav4, 4 for the Prius, etc, Plus separate ones for the Aygo X, Yaris Cross, Corolla Cross, and forthcoming BEV's. Do we also have separate forums for HEV's, PHEV's? As regards a new order section - again should that be one for all models, one for each model or what? The Club did go through a re-vamp last year, which tidied things up. We have a small moderating team (2) who do this on a voluntary basis, have other lives to live (including work) and, to be honest, we don't have the time to go through the various forums to delete old topics. We do allow a degree of variance in topics, and yes, we could police topics more rigidly, but I for one, am not convinced that is what the majority of members want. If members no longer find the forums useful, they can opt out if they wish. It is their choice.
    8 points
  32. So, in that case this can be a real 😉😂👌
    8 points
  33. hey guys, thought i would give you all an update, the MAF sensor replacement did NOT solve my problem, after breaking down once again i had the car transported to a toyota dealer (not the same as the first one i went to) and after providing written consent for them to download the vehicle control history they where able to pinpoint the first time the error code appeared and right along side it was another code which turned out to be the Fuel Pump relay switch, which they replaced and now thankfully after 12 days of driving its safe to say all is good, i will however be putting an official complaint in to Toyota regarding the service i received from the first dealer as its believed by all involved that had they done what the second dealer did it would have saved me almost £2k as i most likely wouldnt have had to replace the cat and sensors including MAF, will let you guys know how i get on with complaint ;-)
    8 points
  34. Update on my new Yaris Hybrid, collection date confirmed for 11.30am Monday 7th February, roll on the weekend 🚘
    8 points
  35. another one .. a more powerful horn, rather than the 'Noddy car' one supplied!
    8 points
  36. You only get EV mode at 70mph if you ease off, with a reasonable amount of battery available. In reality the electric motor cannot sustain the speed, so it slowly drops off, drains the battery and your back on ICE
    8 points
  37. My car was picked up yesterday. Ordered November. It is a MY22. Very pleased. The informat handbook supplied with the car is for the 21.5 model?
    8 points
  38. I work at a Toyota dealer and we have just had our first my22 delivered to site today aswell as the older spec on same transporter looks like they are on there way to dealers
    8 points
  39. Ordered in August and very happy to say I collected my Design yesterday, very happy with it 🙂
    8 points
  40. Toyota UK spec Yaris cars don't include the boot space false/levelling floor as they do in continental Europe... so I made my own....
    8 points
  41. If I am typical then I defend myself by saying that the difference in economy at an average 65 and an average 70mph is marginal. But the difference in driving is immense. I find that there are few occasions on motorways when a relaxed cruise is possible and, being a police-taught defensive driver, I vary my speed according to the needs of the traffic and other conditions. This often ,means going at 70 or even a little more, to break out of clusters where in most cases people are travelling too close together, lorries are bunched in the slower lanes and forward visibility is limited. I count the pennies, but I put safety first as I'm sure you do, too. A principal reason for choosing motorhomes over caravans (I owned several of both) was the restriction on lane 3/4 and the 60mph limit. Far too often I'd be stuck for miles behind a driver doing 50 - 55 who never looked in their mirror and refused to move over. (And, yes, with a properly set up rig a car and caravan are quite safe at 60!) Although I rarely did 70 in a motorhome in the UK, abroad was a different question....and economy lost out to the need to cover long distances as quickly as possible. Finally I should add that having driven the C-HR Excel Hybrid for five months I think its speed and economy are outstanding.
    8 points
  42. Couldn’t agree more with all forum members, I think you got it all wrong from the beginning with perhaps very different expectations. Toyota e-CVT hybrid drivetrain is the best and most reliable transmission ever created by all manufacturers, it is the closest think to full electric cars by performance, efficiency and reliability, where the infamous DSG is the worst one together with some cvts from other manufacturers. The vw build quality and engineering is not ahead of Toyota, even its behind, especially under the bonnet. I am not a fanboy at all, and I used to like vw cars and still have some in the family, but these were different times. Since 2005 vag has lost it, not even 1 good engine or transmission. Now back to Toyota., The chr it’s not my favourite model either for two reasons: 1- bad design especially rear doors and windows, too cramped inside with dark roof lining makes it unpractical and claustrophobic indeed and this is what I agree with your statements, 2- just don’t like that type of cars in general. , rather have a Corolla or RAV4, no offence to any Chr owner, we are all different and we like different things and here is the key to your disappointment., Toyota hybrids drives very different from any other cars with ice (internal combustion engines) and some people dislike that smooth continues acceleration, they prefer old school gears, revs, shift shocks , noises etc. My advice is to watch some videos how the hybrid system works, how it’s built, how performs and how to get the most out of it , been efficient or fast , there are tricks for both and once you learn how to use it the way it’s designed you may start to like it at least a bit just to drive until the time for replacement is coming, and if you still don’t like it just buy vw dsg and enjoy your driving. I used to love vw and still like a lot of their models and would pick some over Toyota cars but the hybrid drivetrain is a magic and delivers the best , and simply will stick with Toyota just because of that reason. You car is definitely not slower than others in the same category, it’s just smoother and more relaxed to drive. 👍
    8 points
  43. Yup. It always has been. Remember, the first car (ignoring the French steam powered 'trolley') was electric and made in Britain. I'm an engineer and a geek since childhood. I knew even then that electric is the way forward. If you were around back in the late 70s and 80s, we thought we would have depleted earth's oil resources by now, and the world succumbed to acid rain, so the thinking of Plan B was always there. The problem we had in the past was cramming in batteries with enough power (it was lead acid back then) and having compact control systems that could finely modulate high enough currents demanded by the powerful electric motors. There are so many benefits of electric motors in terms of power delivery, power:weight ratio, and service life. The biggest problem with still have, is with the power source. Whether this is batteries, hydrogen or something else. So far, nothing comes near fossil fuel in terms of power density (unless you want to carry some enriched uranium and a reactor in your car). BUT, that doesn't mean we should give up and just say it's impossible. We've made huge advancements in both battery and control system technology and I'm sure we will come up with progressively better tech. For instance, we now have incredibly good semiconductors that can handle incredibly high currents, incredibly fast and with incredible precision. That has meant that we have been able to move to 'synchronous', or brushless, motors that have only one moving part and no brushes that wear out and that can be super powerful with very small losses. And before I get slammed and stereotyped: I'm not a tree hugger. I'm as much a petrolhead as many. I work on cars, I tune engines, drive round tracks and love the noice! At the same time, I'm also a pragmatic realist that love technology. Steam and combustion were really important stepping stones for us, but that's what they are. We have some cool things ahead of us. Not least from Toyota.
    7 points
  44. Hi all, reporting back… safe to say I took the Aygo out for a little spin locally and the clutch is definitely high but no stalling yet so that’s a plus. The gears also feel a little more stiff than expected, is this normal? really happy with the car, so far so good!
    7 points
  45. Not me - unfortunately! But my Yaris GS has recently reached this milestone. Owned by myself since new, 54000 miles and now residing in Cyprus having started its life in South Yorkshire. Looking forward to the next 21 years!
    7 points
  46. iPhone's video quality is great, but Apple usually doesn't care about the non-Apple folks.. 😉 Here we go... my22_corolla_infotaiment.mp4
    7 points
  47. Like I said the other day, a lot of people take no responsibility whatsover with their cars and many other things in life The other day I had somebody come in because the heater wasn't working Have you had any work done on it? No Nothing? No Checked the water? No Had it serviced? No When did you last look under the bonnet? Never There was no coolant in it, empty, radiator was leaking, how it was still running I have no idea, probably because it was only used to "pop to the shops" but still, you get the idea My Hybrid Corolla does 40 miles a day, when I had Covid last December, it was stood still for 14 days, it started first time!
    7 points
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