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  1. Just be careful when doing that. The nose weight of a bike carrier, plus the weight of an electric bike usually means you can only legally carry one bike as the nose weight is exceeded with two bikes
    3 points
  2. Many thanks for all your help regarding this. I went to my local dealer who was very helpful. as it turns out when I was adjusting some settings I must have changed something, there is a setting on the tablet Menu- vehicle and scroll down it switches the smart entry and start feature off and on, this is to prevent someone cloning your key. it effectively disables the key remotely so the car will only open with one of the buttons pressed and only start when the fob is in very close proximity to the start button. A bit embarrassing really but new car it would be rude not to have a fiddle. anyway it’s all sorted and I can hopefully get on with enjoying it. Thanks again
    3 points
  3. The fact that Toyota still have a reputation for reliability when almost every other manufacturer has lost theirs, esp. other japanese manufacturers, and even the germans, does say something...! Because of that I can't really fault them for concentrating on the core important areas (i.e. the drivetrain, safety), at the expense of other things (e.g. interior and infotainment).
    2 points
  4. 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.
    2 points
  5. I also like the old Lexus Landcruiser models like the LX470 etc.
    2 points
  6. In fairness it is very much luxury at the back, especially with the captain seats, the DVD and tinted windows. Only thing the Estima lacks is the swivel seats.
    2 points
  7. Hah, this reminds me of when we went looking for one for my dad - For some reason there are loads of Estima dealers on the A13/A127. I think TM UK was one we visited, as well as Autobuddies, Goodmayes Motors and Toho (Which turned out was a bit weird as the address just took us to an industrial unit and the only person there was the mechanic (?) who was preparing the cars after import for sale!) They all seemed generally okay to talk to, but then they would as they're trying to sell you a car! Don't know what they'd be like post-sale as we didn't get one in the end; Dad didn't want to deal with the potential issues with parts and insurance. They'd usually have recommendations of insurers who will insure imports (Be sure to ask for the list!), and often offer options like the aforementioned headunit retrofit. Definitely think up and write down any questions you have beforehand and try not to get too distracted; I do remember the Toho mechanic kept trying to big up the larger vehicles like the Elgrand and Alphard but they were even more ridiculous (I've seen camper vans smaller than those behemoths! ) The Estima itself is an ostentatiously luxurious land barge - The MPG is gonna be garbage no matter which one you get - Even the hybrid is just a token effort, probably just to get the CO2 rating down, as it isn't much better than the petrol ones in terms of power or economy, but it's got Lexus-levels of refinement and luxury and sooo much space. Your passengers will have the time of their lives, esp. in the more ridiculous ones like the ones with reclining 'captains seats' and electric everything It's a lovely place to leisurely cruise around in. Try and look at as many as you can as there are a mindboggling number of variants, drivetrains (2.4, 2.4 hybrid, 3 v6, AWD, eAWD etc.) different trim levels between different models and even just the seating you have 7 seats, 8 seats, captains seats, swivel seats...! I think the biggest downside the Estima has (Aside from being quite thirsty) will be the insurance as we've had quite a few members struggle to find an insurer who wasn't quoting for not only both arms and legs but also a selection of internal organs too. I don't know why Toyota never homologated them for use here - If they made a modern one, esp. with the new more powerful hybrid drivetrains, I'm sure they'd sell pretty well and insuring them would be far easier!
    2 points
  8. Some are activated carbon filters and some are just ordinary paper filters. I can buy either for my Avensis and I suppose that will apply to every car. Usually, the carbon filter is the dark grey one and the ordinary filter whiteish. They are activated for a reason. And the activation doesn’t last forever.
    2 points
  9. True... but more tread/road/contact causes inefficiency too. I found it best on a previous Yaris Hybrid to have inflation at 2 psi more than recommended. Reason for this was the tyre wear was on both inner and outer on all tyres for the first year of driving - then after 2 psi more the 2nd and 3rd year was constant even wear. So on my Corolla i have the same.
    2 points
  10. On older models is much better positioned next to the even better joystick gear shifter. I use ev mode button every day as I drive constantly downhill and have my hybrid battery topped up so often 🔋👍
    2 points
  11. There are two main types of tyre noises from car tyres: 1. The faulty wheel bearing noise (whining) - this comes from under inflated tyres or some all season and winter tyres. Usually happens on very smooth asphalt and or at lower speeds . 2. The rumble noise - this is happening when tyres are over inflated or too hard as been aged, or has protector deformed, the noise can be more prominent at rough asphalt and at all speeds. Best to stick close to the recommended values. Correct tyres pressures are responsible not only for safety, better efficiency and handling but also for suspension, bearings and shocks longevity and perhaps your plastics inside the interior. Make the tyres rock hard and you will kill all of those above 😬
    2 points
  12. My guess you tried either a GR Sport or an Excel. Design and below have less hugging seats.
    2 points
  13. It does show a difference in culture between a japanese horn and, say, a german one. Definitely more of a polite "Pardon me sir" than a "GET THE F*** OUT THE WAY YOU **$&$%& *%$£& OR I'LL &$"$%$£ YOUR WHOLE FAMILY!" I sometimes feel I need a variety of horns for different situations, e.g. "Hello is anyone on the other side of this single-lane blind corner??" and "Excuse me fellow driver but the lights have changed!" and "Pardon me fellow driver but if you could pull forwards just a touch I'll be able to get past you into this left turn" and the always useful "I'M RIGHT HERE USE YOUR *$£#@#%£ EYES INSTEAD OF TURNING INTO THE SIDE OF ME WITHOUT LOOKING YOU BLIND **$%&$* IT'S MIRROR SIGNAL MANOEUVRE YOU IGNORANT #@+=$£&!!"
    2 points
  14. I've tried it a few times in the past 4 weeks that i've had my car and i love it. I have to force myself to go back to normal. My advice, don't try it.. 😂
    2 points
  15. I am new to the forum. I have been a Mazda Bongo owner for the last 12 years, loved the car , but it has now got to a stage were I have to replace with a newer car. I have been researching, and have come across the Estima / Alphard/Vellfire , and since I am a big fan of Japanese imports ( such great value and great cars ) We are looking for a family car, with two kids, we ca use as a run around, and then being able to take on a few road trip each year. I have just starting my research now, so would love people input and reviews of these cars. So far the Estima has interested me the most, looking at spending around the 10,000 mark, but nor sure if the hybrid v petrol is there much difference in fuel costs, and is it worth the more money ? The other aspect I would love to know more about is there much difference in the year types, anything I should be looking for? Is there a better year than others? So far I think 2010 fits my budget I love in London, can anyone recommend a good dealer to go and look at some cars? I am planning to go visit TM UK trading , anyone had any dealings with them? Thanks for your help, would love to read any ideas and input people could give me.
    1 point
  16. Having watched the car care nut he speaks of a battery air filter on the back seat somewhere. Is this applicable to the UK corolla and if so where is it
    1 point
  17. No specific answer to this question, as we have no idea what your personal needs are. Go to a dealer, have a look at both versions and work out what you need from a car. Lowest price and no large items to carry and not many adults in the rear? - go for the HB. A bit more money to spend - or need to carry larger items - go for the TS. Personally I was moving from an Avensis estate - and have larger / longer items to carry for my business - so the TS was a no- brainer choice.
    1 point
  18. 2.0 TS GR Sport in Manhattan Grey. Looks like the colour seems to be the common denominator.
    1 point
  19. Estate for me. Just myself and used to the space, as had several Volvo estates from 2002. 740 was my first bought car in 2002 after passing my test in 1999, then 240 and 940. Have an Auris TS. James.👍
    1 point
  20. Hahah, we can say it’s carbon charcoal but activated by myself and my driving 😂👍
    1 point
  21. That 'puck' shifter is one thing I really really wish they'd kept - The gigantic PRNDB lever they use in the newer cars is such a waste of space (And I mean that literally, not figuratively) and is just objectively worse, since it does nothing mechanically - It's just a needlessly large switch to tell the ECU what to do! re. the modes, I find I can't use Sport/Pwr mode with mine as it makes the accelerator far too sensitive; Makes doing tight low-speed manoeuvres trickier as if you breath on the thing suddenly you're doing 30mph! Part of the reason I stick with Eco mode is for that greater pedal precision at lower speeds; If I want to go fast I'm going to mash the pedal anyway so the other modes don't make so much difference to me there.
    1 point
  22. Granted not as convenient as the Auris / Prius, but much better than the Yaris.
    1 point
  23. It’s not activated filter, simple white paper one. The black stuff is tail pipe emissions (carbon deposits and other particles). It does smell of petrol fumes too. Here from my car exactly the same filters old vs new blueprints. 👍
    1 point
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  25. On the contrary, air con only needs topped up when it is low on gas. My Avensis went 13 years without a top up. I’m also using a 12 year old SEAT Leon that has never been topped up and works perfectly. The dark filter in the picture looks like it is an “activated” filter. The are not all activated as the blue one would appear not to be.
    1 point
  26. Range is irrelevant really as this can adjust depending on drive style, type of driving, etc. What people need to know is the fuel consumption you're actually getting - which is why I suggested you do a brim to brim calculation of mpg which is more accurate than the car's estimate.
    1 point
  27. At least that is in easy reach - IE your side of the gear shift... new Corolla is behind it.
    1 point
  28. the corrosion re-appears when the vehicle isn't used for a few days and the braking action sounds like there is sand on the discs until a have braked a few times.
    1 point
  29. Do you mean they still look corroded at this present time or just following delivery? Light corrosion should clear up pretty quickly with a few moderate but sustained stops from high speed.
    1 point
  30. Thanks thats encouraging to know. The weight might be an issue though exceeding 30Kg!
    1 point
  31. I have Auris with same seat materials and vacuum every week plus wipe clean every second day, the car been used a bit more than average. I clean the seats with wet wipes or dettol antibacterial spray applied on microfibre cloth. Sometimes I use two stage leather care wipes for sofas bought from dfs. I may try this autoglym stuff that Hybrid 21 recommended. 👍
    1 point
  32. May be a wheel bearing. Does it change when you turn the steering wheel. This is about the only significant problem I've seen on any of our Prius. Front one went on an 08 reg Gen 2, and a rear one went on a 59 reg Gen 3 We had these two cars for about 320k miles in total
    1 point
  33. It is best not to overfill and stop on the fist lock out. You can ruin the filtering and breathing system if you overfill.
    1 point
  34. Really.?...who says.?..My V6 runs happily on E10 though I confess I do pop in some E5 every so often..so surely you would use E5 and forget about the expensive 102.
    1 point
  35. If it's the same as mine, go into the MyT app, swipe right to left on the picture of the car. Choose Car Settings and turn Privacy Mode on. If you want to turn it back on for other users, do the same and turn it back on after your journey.
    1 point
  36. RAF, only disconnect in the app each time you're in the car but that will be a pain to do and then reconnect the services. I take it you have a mobile phone because the tracks you whether you want it to or not even with location services off the phone company know which tower your phone is using. If you use a credit or debit card, shop anywhere you're tracked. Whilst I understand to some extent I think that horse has well and truly bolted. You don't say which country you're from so maybe it's different for you???
    1 point
  37. If that is true they really need to sort it as there are some really good quality E-Bikes selling for a lot less.
    1 point
  38. Yeh there was no politeness about my Merc horn. Was like something from Mad Max. Long press for shouting horn. Short press for polite horn. How hard can it be to implement that?
    1 point
  39. I hear Moskvich is being resurrected 😂😂😂............
    1 point
  40. Some of those cases are the car itself. With tight emission controls, start-stop systems, ABS and traction control it's very easy to find the car not actually going as hoped. Our non-Yaris has start-stop and we always turn it off after starting (it's not 'sticky') as it's a nightmare.
    1 point
  41. OK here goes, the only prep for taking the bikes is the boot tidy, holding the usual mobile tyre pump, bottle of oil, anti freeze, torch, hand cleaner and roll of kitchen towel, is moved behind the front passenger seat and the seats are folded down. Once the bikes are loaded there is enough space to store the pannier rack bags and room for a carrier bag of shopping to the left of the bikes. There is still more room behind the front seats to put more and the helmets we put below the rear seat back behind the drivers seat.
    1 point
  42. I have an Auris Hybrid and use Power mode when wanting a quick getaway at a busy Island/junction etc. The other day even got a bit of tyre squeal from it for the first time. TC can't be turned off on my car. I drive in Normal mode mostly as prefer the pedal feel. James.
    1 point
  43. Hi. If you need any help with insurance at all then please feel free to drop me a line. Regards, Dan.
    1 point
  44. Yep, have a look at as many as you can. I think overall condition and mileage is probably more important than year. I recently got a 3.5 V6, which is very smooth and refined. MOG is about 25/26 on a whole tank (mostly town driving) but on a run it will do mid to high 30s. There is a noticeable difference difference to ride quality depending what size wheels is has, so bear this in mind. Try admiral insurance….they came back a lot cheaper than anyone else when I insured mine.
    1 point
  45. Hi @LondonCarl22. I think your looking at about the right plate with that budget. I bought a 2.4 hybrid G edition 3 months ago (I'm by no means an expert) and mine came with 19" alloys plus other added extras, like electric seats, DVD front and back, body kit etc. Personally I think I should have bought the 3.0lt edition petrol, as I've read the fuel efficiency doesn't differ much. The hybrid isn't that refined. One thing that was a total pain was getting cheap insurance. So definitely factor this in to your purchase. This may or may not be an issue, I just found that the cheapo insurers I was use to using like direct line couldn't insure the vehicle. Oh actually another total pain on the imports is the Jap stereo, to get a decent Android double din fitted (with wheel controls plus DVD adaptor) will set you back £400+. Though that will vary depending on the stereo.
    1 point
  46. Correct, when going on holidays and the car is full make sure there is nothing to obscure the vent as if the vent gets blocked and restrict air flow you may get yourself into a trouble like the car may even stop and show you hybrid system malfunction messages on the dash. Battery gets warm when travelling on motorway at high speeds , when going downhill and been constantly topped up or when coasting in ev more than usual. Another tip here: because the battery is conditioned by the cabin air nest to use ac when temperatures are 20C° or more and heating set at least 20-22C° when cold in the winter. 👍 Batteries in general likes room temperature of around 20C° all the time 👌🔋
    1 point
  47. @Obsidian Estate is correct. In the manual I have, the location and cleaning instructions start on page 427.
    1 point
  48. On the auris it's behind a vent facing the door at the side.
    1 point
  49. Lucky escape there then 😉
    1 point
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