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  1. In reality, I am comfortable driving smaller cars and bigger ones, with lots of toys or few, as long as they are practical and reliable. I started out looking at used Aygo’s, even contacting someone on the forum who himself changed down to an Aygo. The wife had a new C1 back in 2006 for the next 6 or 7 years. I found it fun to drive, so the thought of an Aygo X-Pression was buzzing in my head. We went to see one at an independent garage locally, got there and it had been sold the day before. So we looked at his stock and there stood a 2014 plate VW UP, took it for a drive, couldn’t believe how nippy it was for 60bhp, liked the drive, the comport, the practicality of a small car that didn’t feel like a small car, the economy, the build seemed better than an Aygo. Alas we couldn’t strike a deal even without part ex. Eventually I found a 15 plate Skoda CityGo SE Elegance 75bhp down in Bridgend, a long way from Cheshire. A week last Sunday, wife and I went down by train, bought it, drove straight up to Chester through centre of Wales…. Beautiful countryside both from the train and drive home. Still had the Prius at that point but was “doing business” with some online buyers ie Motorway, Better Car Buyer, HeyCar (no way for WBAC). Did a telephone deal with Better Car Buyer, was told a driver would collect, he is not going to haggle, he is collecting the car, he came (from an independent collection company), very professional looking, he checked the car was as described (not even a test drive), he rang Better Car Buyer, they took my bank details, money in my bank within 15 minutes. That was me sorted. The driver drove it away in the direction of Hull. Whilest that was going on, I was contacting the same firms for a deal on the wife’s 2010 Auris hybrid. Motorway did a strong bid but then cooled off. A company called Car Dough (or something similar) called me, we “agreed” a figure over the phone, they sent two “unprofessional” looking guys with a flatbed car carrier truck. They went round the car, took it round the block (literally 200 yards), come back, called me out and promptly told me what was wrong with the body (I was tempted to get my magnifying glass out), and told me there manager was offering £750 less then agreed. I promptly said thank you very much but you are going back empty and they did! Then out of the blue, Motorway sent an email, they had my car details distributed with dealers and the “auction” would end at 3pm (this was last Thursday). At 3:15 I got an email of the highest offer, and the dealer should be in touch within 2 days. Well I text him Saturday morning and he wrong and sounded rough. Not covid he said, but a bug, he really did sound rough. Anyway, he came round with his brother Tuesday just gone, we got on really well, chatting about our common interest, haggled a bit (£200 off, that was ok), and off he went. Meanwhile, the wife wanted an Aygo (she like that C1 as I did), but when we drove home in the CityGo she wanted one too (or UP or Mii). Last Thursday we went to see one in Wales (again) but this time on Anglesey. It as a CityGo, a 60bhp version, we put a deposit on, they were going to spray the rear bumper (couple deep marks) and we went back this morning to pick it up. So we both happy with what we driving now. It will reduce our car insurance quite a lot, we won’t have 2 cars at zero road tax, my car is zero (stop/start) and the wife’s is £20 (no stop start). Today I did a return journey of 170 miles, was putting into practice the hyper mile techniques I learnt in the Prius and got 69.4mpg, not as much as the Prius would have done (probably 75mpg) but I well happy with 69.4. Plus, I spent on the 2 Skoda CityGo’s just over half of what I got for the 2 Toyotas, so money in the bank! And I now have found a good independent VW garage that will look after them, and he is a motorcyclist like I was, so had lots to talk about. It’s a Win Win situation (but I will miss the Gen4 Prius…..an amazing car).
    6 points
  2. Maybe it's just me, but I don't ind it that complicated.... Press the cruise control active button (little white car symbol) and then move the switch next to it down towards 'set' - this sets the speed right there and then. If you want to go straight up to the speed limit then hold the '+res' button for 3 seconds, if you want to go up or down in increments of 5mph use the switch up or down. The distance button has 3 stages - far away, just right, German saloon driver (!) and the button next to that controls the lane keeping. If it is set with cruise control, and the car picks up the lane markings, then the car will auto steer to keep you in lane - works very well on A roads and Motorways. You can adjust the lane keeping/steering and it's force in the menu, but I might keep that for the next lesson!
    3 points
  3. Sorry to see yugo 😁
    3 points
  4. The bottom one - could be your sandwich box on the rear seat.....maybe the drivers side.
    2 points
  5. If it's the same as the Lexus CVT, it must be a scaled down version, because, if I test drove a Lexus and the gearbox was like the one I had today, I'd walk away. I'm not writing it off yet 😃 Test Drive done and order placed today for the Aygo Exclusive with Protection Pack and Superguard Protection in Chili Red. Delivery date given as 25th July 2022.
    2 points
  6. I know,any car is better than none when you're young and cab happy,as indeed was I. My first ,an Anglia 105 van with side windows was a real wreck with putty (soft sort) stuffed in the very large rust holes , luckily there was a newly opened supermarket near by that sold "supaloob" engine oil at £1 for a gallon tin. It used one of those per week. But how I loved that car ,it got me out and about , the seaside,the Saturday dances at the local RAF stations with acts like the foundations and mud on the bill. And of course to work to pay for this playboy lifestyle that I led at 17-18 .🤣
    2 points
  7. SPH-DA230DAB https://www.pioneer-car.eu/eur/products/sph-da230dab SPH-DA250DAB https://www.pioneer-car.eu/eur/products/sph-da250dab Where are you located ? 95% what's on aliexpress is utter rubbish, it's cheap for a reason - no support, warranty or little to no instructions - guaranteed until you open the box
    2 points
  8. Gerhard, I think you may have got the message now……… just relax, let the car computer handle everything, do not stick at one speed cruising for too long, accelerate and decelerate gradually (though nothing wrong with an odd brisk acceleration), don’t worry about hybrid battery bars, they look after themselves, no harsh breaking for a few hundred miles of normal (non MWay use). Personally, I wouldn’t bother changing the oil at anything but the Toyota recommended miles (they designed the car so know best), plus, remember because the car is running on hybrid battery up to 50% of the time, the 15,000 kilometres to first oil change is actually around 8,000 km engine movement ie approx 5k miles.
    2 points
  9. Here perhaps some ideas for cheaper ones. What is important imo is to have apple car play and android auto. 👍 https://www.halfords.com/technology/car-audio/all-car-audio/?prefn1=singledoubledin&prefv1=Double
    2 points
  10. Hello all, I am trying to access the aircon part to change a broken servo (the one that controls the cold/hot mix. Would anybody have a diagram or detailed instructions on how to remove the plastic trimming (Lower Instrument panel sub-assembly)? Thanks a lot Tina
    1 point
  11. If it’s your first Toyota it is normal many things to look unfamiliar and strange. Perhaps you may need some more time and you will discover the positive side of been a Toyota, the pleasure of driving experience hybrids deliver and the joy of high efficiency and overall usability of the car. I personally went through a list of difficulties switching between different males but once I got use to it now I am more than happy with these cars ✅👍 Can’t help with anything else as I have a different model Toyota, it’s not a perfect but does it’s job well 👍
    1 point
  12. I ordered a 2.0 TS Gr Sport in December and last thing I heard a couple of weeks back was end of may. Hopefully it won’t get pushed back anymore 🤞
    1 point
  13. Its radar based CC Press the cruise button or press and hold for 2 seconds for constant speed, get to your desired speed then push set button down (-Set)
    1 point
  14. My 1.8 seems very sensible as far as displayed battery charge goes. Mostly sits between 3 and five bars. Occasionally goes to all bars lit. It's noticeable that when all bars are lit the car has a lot more pep and it's more inclined to switch the ICE off.
    1 point
  15. Did you choose the car Cliff or was it allocated to you by your Employer ? Have you read the Handbook yet ?
    1 point
  16. thanks Alex.... here we go.....
    1 point
  17. I cannot believe that you have not read it already Lee.
    1 point
  18. Apologies Mooly for late reply. Yes, it is the 1.33L and it does consume oil especially if i use the VVTI a lot and high revving the engine but i guess with the Kilometers the motor has covered it is normal.
    1 point
  19. I have just recently shipped a UK registered car back to Blighty. The RoRo car ferry did trips all over the EU including Turkey before it eventually got into Portbury, it even stopped at anchor for 5 days waiting for it's BMW cargo and it ended in being two weeks late into Portbury. These vessels do pick ups and drop offs all along it's voyage and these vessels do cater for multi manufacturers and are not just dedicated to Toyota. Find the ships name and follow it's progress on marinetraffic.com
    1 point
  20. Manufacturer of mincers: "In 1856, when he was just 16, James Osborn founded Spong and Co, a company manufacturing hardware and wirework, making economic household utensils, or as they were then called, 'domestic machinery'. The company became a household name and in 1882 was boasting sales of 200,000 mincers as well as being able to advertise that their mincing machine was owned by 'Her Most Gracious Queen Victoria', the Admiralty and the War Office, and could be found in the mansions of the nobility, the mess-rooms of the army and navy at home and abroad, also in the universities, colleges and many other great institutions of England."
    1 point
  21. The car has to be in the READY mode so the keys are required but assume if you have a garage that is secure you could set the update in motion then get back later when it’s finished.
    1 point
  22. I’m not sure about this. I used to frequent the Briskoda forum some years ago and I seem to recall a long running thread about a clutch pedal ‘click ’ that was seemingly never fully resolved.
    1 point
  23. Been to dealer today to sign some paperwork, so took the opportunity to have a look around car. Front of car was filthy. I know it will get valeted etc, so not much of an issue, but also noticed N/S rear bumper to body was misaligned. On checking, bumper seemed to be loose at top corner. Checked another car and it was fine. Informed Sales Exec who said he’d get it looked at. Didn't get to have a look inside, so will give it a good check over when we pick it up on 23rd. I always worry slightly about leaving car at dealer - they all seem to be packed in tightly. Just another week until we have it at home. 👍
    1 point
  24. Finally , after conflicting advice from Crawley Toyota and and indeed a refusal to sell me a skinny spare . In conjuction with Toyota Horsham parts manager ( Tim) I sourced the retaining screw for a full size spare wheel & tyre 235/55/19 ( EOM wheel located at a breakers , took some time) Yes a full size spare does fit ! part T51931-02300 for the screw Crazy to have an SUV & our roads with just a can of gunk
    1 point
  25. The first thing I thought of, is the high pressure side of the fuel system may not be delivering a high enough. I am not sure of the figures, but just checked a couple of sources. https://toyota-club.net/files/faq/04-11-20_faq_az_eng.htm Second source is from the Haynes manual for the Mk1 using the same engine. From the fuel tank 3.7 - 4.2 bar. High pressure side delivery 95.2 -104.8 bar. Remember this is for the T22 using the same engine. The link states 8 - 13 MPa. You need to convert the figures. 1 megapascal = 10 bar. This means you are getting 7MPa (70 Bar), according to a unit convertor. That sound low. Going by what you have, the pressure is down. Also check other items mention in the link included above.
    1 point
  26. Agreed with Bob, buy well known make to get a quality screen, sound and functionality. 👍 Those cheap ones does not even get a proper radio signal.
    1 point
  27. try https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Fire_and_Smoke/ Be sure to buy the correct type for the fitting location The general rule is quite easy Kitchen and Garage: Heat Alarms Landings: Ionization smoke alarms or combined optical smoke and heat alarms Bedrooms, living rooms and hallway: Optical smoke alarms or combined optical smoke and heat alarms.
    1 point
  28. As far as I'm aware, these are currently only a legal requirement in Scotland (from February 2022). Moved to General Discussions from General News Articles.
    1 point
  29. After looking through this thread I deiced to check my Rav4 it would seem there is a compound between the hinge and the bodywork and in these pictures it is more obvious.
    1 point
  30. A friend in the business is going to install them for me, but he's having trouble getting his hands on the brand he prefers to install. I think the brand is Aico. I'd be happy to use another brand but he wants to stick with one brand for his installs. There are lots of them on Amazon.
    1 point
  31. For our new hybrids I didn't run in so much but I always try not to let the engine run too high until it's warmed up, so no full Pwr runs.
    1 point
  32. I had a Yugo 45 back in the day. What a car.
    1 point
  33. Dealer promised that I will have the car next week, just before I pick up my wife and boy at airport, so it will be a nice surprise, specially for him. His mum and myself never been much of car lovers, so don't know where this passion came from 😁. Last year, at the age of 5 he started riding his own motorbike and loves getting it dismantled and serviced with me. I just hope everything is done on time, which I am a bit sceptic about. With the two short weeks between the deal and the hand over, I think it is a bit pushy to get valeting, intermittent service and MOT all done in a busy dealer and its garage. Well, I hope I get the service and MOT because I remember the salesman saying anything needed within 3 months will get done. Car was first registered in July 17, so it is already recommended on My Toyota website the intermittent service.
    1 point
  34. Yes. I was lucky to find that my consumer unit had a free double width space to take the required RCBO, so the installation was straightforward. I did not want to mess around with an earthing rod, so I wired via a Matt:e box, which detects earth faults and opens the circuit as required.
    1 point
  35. If they suit your needs then fine. Please update your profile.
    1 point
  36. See my earlier post within this topic dated 28th March 2022.
    1 point
  37. You won't be able to improve the 72 mpg on the long trip much, Robin. That's almost record breaking already. Great result ! What I wrote about the 1400 rpm : of course on cold engine. Not after it gets warm. Hope to get the same result as what i predicted. I'm driving since November in the Aygo. Hope I can manage to get my average of 5.25 liter / 100 km down.
    1 point
  38. I don't know about the older ones but the newer ones are very keen on keeping the battery charge around 50%. It will go over if you're on a steep downhill or able to brake a lot, or are going at higher speeds, but if you are going at speeds where MG2 can push the car on its own it will continuously cycle between the ICE and MG2 and bounce around the 50% mark. It's actually genius, and partly why the newer hybrids are able to get higher mpgs, as Toyota finally realized there is no point in charging the battery very much; Firstly, keeping the battery around 50% as much as possible greatly extends its life. Second, as EV people like to point out, all the energy comes from the petrol, so the best strategy is for the car to run the ICE at its most efficient rpm and loading to hit that magic 41% efficiency, using that to move the car and dumping the excess into the battery. As soon as the battery gets enough charge (Basically above 50%) it wants to switch off the ICE and switch to MG2, and will do so as soon as your speed drops below a certain amount or if you lift off for even a second, so minimize the amount of time it runs on the ICE. You can force it to charge the battery more by keeping the powerband in the Eco+ band, but there isn't really much point unless you know you're going to be stuck in traffic or going to be somewhere you'd rather run on MG2 as much as possible in the near future. That said, one thing I'd change about my Mk4 is change the EV button (Which is literally useless) to a Charge button, so I can explicitly force the car to charge the battery up for those specific reasons, as one thing I really really hate about the car is when it fires up the ICE to charge the battery while I'm stationary in traffic. (I suspect it's not so bad in the 4-cylinder Corollas, but in the 3-cylinder Yaris it's reaaallly obnoxious!)
    1 point
  39. I ordered a Design back in December. The dealer informed me in January that it is due for delivery on 05/05, and again confirmed the same date in late March. 05/05 is only 21 days away, yet the MyT app still shows it in the Order Processing stage. Is the 05/05 date ambitious or should I trust the dealer over the app?
    1 point
  40. This is MY2023 updates - I've had it confirmed by Kinto as my lease offer is likely to change by the time the car is actually produced! MY2022 orders have now stopped to allow the factory's to catch up with the back log in orders - apparently there is over a thousand orders for the PHEV model to fulfil in this country alone!
    1 point
  41. Being used for business I feel that as your car has so many drivers all probably using so many different products on their hands, and all with different skin conditions, goes against you in terms of a warranty claim. Although it still points to the leather wheel not being fit for purpose. Personally if the warranty don't cough up I would have it recovered which wouldn't cost that much and would be as good if not better than new 👍 Iain
    1 point
  42. Hahah, yeah my mum is a named driver, 51 with a clean license. Well that’s what she tells me at least… as far as I know it’s clean let’s put it that way 😂😂. Yeah my dad isn’t going anywhere near it, his first car was a bright orange Valiant Charger (!Removed! hoonigan grew up in Nzl) well my insurance is set and paid, so I guess it’s just a waiting game until my renewal date comes around
    1 point
  43. Yeah well my dad didn’t want me having anything below 1.6L engine. He showed me this by taking me out to look at cars, we test drove a 1.0L corsa, and he proved that it is just too much effort and you have to work the gears lots and all that stuff. He also wanted me to be able to get out into smaller spaces in traffic, as he believes it’s dangerous to have a slow car when pulling onto a main road etc. but thanks, I love my little car, it do pay the price tho, my insurance is £700 more than any of my friends 😞
    1 point
  44. This is what I also do when in traffic, I've never been stuck long enough that the battery charge gets too low - although I do have a Plug-in with the larger battery. If you put in N, you don't need to hold the (service) brake in order to select D again, whereas if you put it in P with the parking brake also engaged then the process is more complicated and more prone to frustration if you make a mistake while in traffic.
    1 point
  45. Interesting that the IQ built in Japan is included. Maybe not enough Prius owners have voiced their displeasure with the paint problems on their vehicles. We need to voice our dissatisfaction in order to be heard!
    1 point
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