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  1. Gerhard, re plastic covers at sides of tail lights, they are easily removed/replaced.
    5 points
  2. It should always have the correct oil in it, without question. I have seen technicians putting the correct oil in, only for the service receptionist to tick the wrong box on the paperwork, say 5W 30 instead of 0W 20, lazy but it happens, especially with newer members of staff. This causes all manner of problems when the customer questions it and results in the oil change being done again. We have very many of those "Big containers in the corner" these days, we keep 6 or 7 bulk grades in stock
    3 points
  3. They do fill it from the big container in the corner - containing 0W-20. Nowadays few Toyotas apart from diesels use 5W-30, and later models use even thinner oil such as 0W-16 (Aygo, Corolla, C-HR, Prius, Rav4) or 0W-8 (Yaris).
    3 points
  4. Not discontinued but all the order slots are taken and with a MY23 due soon and no confirmation of the new line up yet no further orders can be taken for Dynamic, Premier Edition, what we do know is: Premiere edition and Dynamic are gone with no new orders, MY23 Replacement model is TBC Orders from 26th for Icon, Design & Excel will be MY23 models but specs are yet to be confirmed prices will not be protected for specification uplift. Any orders for JBL, City pack, Safety pack or Pano roof will add significant delay As of 27th there are 6000 uncovered UK orders for Cross current orders will be for November production December delivery excl JBL, City pack, Safety pack or Pano roof
    3 points
  5. The wonderful EU in the face of threats of escalating war from Russia and other problems affecting food supplies and onset of deep recession can apparently find the time to bring in legislation that will effectively ban new PHEV’s from 2025. The car industry is stunned and trying to fight back although have accepted it’s a lost cause. Apparently the EU want manufacturers to sell BEV’s at a rate of 3 or 4 times the number of ICE cars by 2025. Nothing like getting your priorities right. I shake my head in disbelief.
    2 points
  6. Gerhard, Yes fingers down inside top edge, then run them down the side, cover pops off.
    2 points
  7. First post on here. Had our 2.0 Excel new just 3 weeks ago and absolutely love it. Wife did want it in Scarlet Flare but not available on excel - think the Decuma Grey does look good though. Definitley glad we went for the 2.0L, enough grunt when needed and still averaging 54+ mpg
    2 points
  8. I managed to get another photo of Grace this weekend.
    2 points
  9. If you have the 2-knob headunit, you just need to push the volume knob in (The right-side one on mine) and it should turn off the audio part of the headunit.
    2 points
  10. Please find attached pics of repair around hinges, As requested by Gerhard, As you can see loads of paint applied, covering what who knows?.
    2 points
  11. It’s so much easier to worry about these kind of issue than face the really big problems the EU is facing like where they are going to get the energy to charge these cars. It also makes work for the hundreds of thousands employed at great cost to justify their existence.
    2 points
  12. If you search around you’ll find that the maximum efficiency of the car converting the fuel into useful energy is around 2000 rpm and achieves in the order of 41%, best in class performance.
    2 points
  13. You're going to return a perfectly working car because it makes noises you're not used to?
    2 points
  14. I’m reliably informed that the AWD version can no longer be ordered. Probably down to supply chain issues but there are no plans to reintroduce it as yet.
    1 point
  15. Greetings, fellow patient GR86 fans. I wondered if anyone had received the call from Toyota to "confirm next steps" on their order? I got the email below on 19 May, and was intrigued how soon into the promised twelve-week window Toyota start picking the phone up. I'm continuing to watch YouTube videos from universally delighted owners in the US, and there was a small flurry of activity from UK publications last week from the official launch, and it seems nobody has a solitary bad word to say about it. Cheers!
    1 point
  16. On our previous Hyundai there was a loop of belt material sewn behind the belt which padded against the B pillar instead of the buckle rattling. Simple yet very effective.
    1 point
  17. Which is what other manufacturers are doing - eg BMW Mini dropping manual gearboxes, etc.
    1 point
  18. Order a dumper from our place today , you wont see it till half way through 2023, and getting parts in is so inconsistent, we have to slave loads of stuff to get them off the line, then a certain part comes in and it's manic getting them reworked and delivered. Be the same for toyota i suppose ,slim the options down to improve delivery times. got to say my yc excel is only fwd, and its a cracker,
    1 point
  19. The dash usually claims well over 500 miles but I typically fill up when it drops below half after ~300 miles. I've never attempted to find out exactly how far it can go on a tank.
    1 point
  20. Well worth wait , 9 month too arrived Fri it’s mint 22spec you will love it 👍
    1 point
  21. Just because your neighbor said something does not mean it is true - especially if the car has a space to put the spare wheel. Even if that's not the case, as someone already said, treat this as luggage. If you ring your insurer, they will most likely take this opportunity to increase premium. Hence, do nothing. Enjoy your spare wheel.
    1 point
  22. 1 point
  23. Thanks for that 👍 I thought they were made together with the lights like older models , but these actually are covers for the mounting bolts. 👌
    1 point
  24. Had a great time Friday , collected my Rav 4 black edition 22 spec. I ordered it last September From John Roe Toyota S$%&^(*)Ihorpe Many thanks to Jay ,Iqbal and Ann , had a great deal and they stood on the deal for 9 months ,great service alround could not be happier 😊
    1 point
  25. I think the swear filter is trying to sort out Scun Thorpe
    1 point
  26. Hi all.....There are 1000's of retirees like me that welcome an intermediate transition to BEV. At time of purchase I reckoned on a 5/10 year window for PHEV's. Retired means mostly suburban miles with a longish journey now & again. The RAV (46mls) with convenient home charging is the perfect fit in my case. I have no desire to move to a BEV in the foreseeable. Barry Wright, Lancashire.
    1 point
  27. From what I can see there is no mention of banning PHEV. There is a proposal to update the WLTP testing methodology to better reflect real world emissions from these vehicles. The proposed update of the testing protocol is 2025. Yes, the net effect may well be that manufacturers will have to sell more EVs to weigh up PHEV emissions - just as they have done with pure ICE powered cars.
    1 point
  28. Yes, unfortunately the powers that be see PHEVs as a distraction to people moving to BEVs, rather than a transition while people get their head around things like range anxiety and charging infrastructure challenges. Personally, I wouldn't have bought a BEV when I got the PHEV, I'd have stuck with a normal petrol or diesel or possibly a normal hybrid for another 5 or so years. I'm probably not getting as much as some others due to typical journey profiles but still have 65% distance and 75% time as EV (this will included some benefit of being HEV at times). That has to be a decent environmental benefit going in the right direction and worth having.
    1 point
  29. I agree with your response, but just curious as to how you've come up the the 2k rpm number, seeing ad there's no rev counter that I can see...? Educated guess, or am I missing something? Thx
    1 point
  30. Went for these : https://www.linkedupalarms.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1tGUBhDXARIsAIJx01kqreZ_KFwBxePMxfQcHKdDLgkXlLrfwi76gtPUdWalJO1gjzoZWUcaAlOyEALw_wcB Easily fitted and seem to do the job ok 👍
    1 point
  31. Trail mode just modifies the drive characteristics the AWD is always present and drives the rear wheels as and when required. This does not change it switches to 2WD when there is no demand for AWD regardless of the power source. If the car switches to HEV mode it still uses the electric motors for the majority of the time, the ICE runs typically at 2K rpm to charge the battery and drive is as if it were running in EV mode with power being provided via the ICE. If there is a high demand for power the ICE can also drive the car directly.
    1 point
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  33. My dealer gave me a big care pack, screen clean, bug remover, upholstery cleaner, leather cleaner, display cleaner , sponge and cloth and a one shot screenwash. In 2 years never got round to using the one shot. I had a 5l concentrate and have yet to get through it. I think they top up at the service too. I still have some of the ultra screen wash left. Upholstery and leather cleaners unused and plenty of the display cleaner and wheel and bug cleaner left too. I will probably get a second one-shot with the next car.
    1 point
  34. By the very nature of it, this is an impossible question to give a true answer to right now as the truth lies in the future. But we can always pontificate. On the whole I think the reliability is still there. What you see more problems with are ancillary things like in car entertainment etc. not so much mechanical problems (correct me if I'm wrong here). It's not necessarily the electronics that are problematic per se, but the added complexity they allow. Complexity is the enemy of security ...and reliability. Keep things simple and you decrease the risk of things going wrong. To me, the heyday of Toyota reliability were in the first decade of this century. This was a point in time when Toyota really tried to take on European manufacturers not only in terms of quality but in perceived quality. The new corolla launched in 2002 had engineers spending man years on getting the door shut sound just right and 'fridge like'. The cockpit was more traditionally European, Optitron instrument clusters and door handles were brought over from Lexus models. The same happened with the Yaris, Avensis and RAV4. If you look at these cars today, now around 10 and 20 years old, you see that many are still running and many have little to no rust (yes, some Yaris have succumbed). Generally much better than many European contemporary cars. With the broader implementation of HSD in the 2010's, engines and drivelines got more reliable. Diesel's got poor rep mostly due to clogged DPFs and dual mass flywheels. What we are seeing now is Toyota driving some level of excitement in the products, allowing bolder and more interesting designs in newer models. At the heart, Toyota is typically Japanese with a highly conservative culture. It focuses on making iterative changes in order to continuously improve on existing components and processes. This continues to this day. If you open the bonnet or look underneath a new Toyota you will recognise the way they put things together. It has looked the same for many years now and for good reasons; it works. This is not to say everything is perfect or that they don't get things wrong and that there aren't problems with new Toyota's. Still, all things considered, I'm confident about the quality and would feel better spending my hard earned cash on a Toyota/Lexus than just about any other car make.
    1 point
  35. No need for fancy warning lights when running low - my wife's car has a windscreen wash auto refill system that ensures it stays topped up at all times, it's called a husband that does weekly POL checks!
    1 point
  36. Thanks. Yes that would help as well. I have already booked in the car with local dealership for Map update so thats sorted now.
    1 point
  37. I agree, try an MG HS PHEV, that will probably stay below £40k for some time and they are not actually that bad.
    1 point
  38. My question here is; Why do Toyota garages insist on putting 5w30 in the car when it is not the most ideal oil? The manual for the Aygo quite clearly states: "SAE 0W-20 is filled into your Toyota vehicle at manufacturing, and it is the best choice for good fuel economy and good starting in cold weather. If SAE 0W-20 oil is not available, SAE 5W-30 oil may be used. However, it should be replaced with SAE 0W-20 at the next oil change." I just picked up our Aygo from the local Toyota garage yesterday and noticed in the paperwork today that they have put 5w30 in it. I'm assuming this is just a petty cost saving choice on their part as it is probably the most commonly available and cheapest grade of oil. But that is not why I take the car to Toyota for service. <grumble>
    1 point
  39. I always think that opening a conversation with the word so is a continuation of a previous conversation - maybe I missed that. I’m a mechanic by trade and I’ve worked on both brands. If you’re happy running a Corsa, you run it. I’ll stick with Toyota. The weight of the doors doesn’t effect their functionality and they need slightly more pressure to shut them because they form a good seal. I occasionally give mine a second shut but I would say slamming them is completely over the top. I’m just under six feet tall and I have the steering wheel it the bottom. Pushing it to the top feels very unnatural to me so that’s a personal thing. Mines got tinted windows and they are fine even with sunglasses. You can get various levels of tint so no need to drive dangerously. I also find the ride perfect and I’m 64 next. I’ve come out of a 2020 Lexus NX and I’m very impressed with this Yaris. It’s not quite big enough so I’ve ordered a Yaris Cross. I won’t even consider owning a Vauxhall but that’s me long experience of working on cars, if somebody is happy with theirs that’s fine and I can’t be bothered joining a Vauxhall forum to tell them all the many reasons why I wouldn’t want one. My Yaris is a basic one and I do have a couple of gripes. I wish the lane departure system didn’t default to on and the interior light is rather pathetic. I’ll sort the latter out if it’s as bad in the Cross when it comes.
    1 point
  40. I certainly haven't. But I've seen a few Prius gen 2 on eBay and Autotrader a few years back (when I last looked) that were sold as 'spares or repairs' with dead traction batteries in their description, these were usually around 15 years old, and sometimes a little more. On the Lexus Owners Club website, some owners of GS450h have had battery problems, sometimes at a little less than 15 years (13?), if I remember correctly, anyway. On the HybridLife website (mainly continental western Europe) I think I have now seen an early Prius gen 3 or two with problems. And just a few French gen 2 owners have travelled to UK Toyota dealers for a traction battery replacement, and made a short break of it, as there are some reasonable savings to be made from that! In every case where I've seen a battery failure diagnosis, it is almost invariably the cells in the middle of the pack (that get the least cooling) that cause this. The worst location for short battery life seems to be the French island of Reunion, near Madagascar (that is the same island that caused our UK government to close our borders with mainland France about 18 months back, because of the poor Reunion Covid-19 statistics; the government did not realise that it is actually in the Indian Ocean). Anyway, it's very, very hilly, hot and humid there. The batteries are sometimes failing after around five or six years, again if I remember correctly. Their owners pop up on HybridLife forum with battery problems, but when they report where they are from, there is no longer any surprise from the other posters. Don't buy a secondhand Toyota hybrid from Reunion Island - today's Top Tip. Slightly off-topic here - Wednesday's Fun Fact: Plague (both types) still regularly occur in Madagascar. As does Ebola, I think. This wasn't accurately reflected in those Dreamworks cartoons. Shame. Excuse the long post.
    1 point
  41. Great cars indeed. For the service pretty much as any other Toyota as been explained. You can do your own service if you are not about warranty. The hybrid battery does not require any specific service procedures except cooling fan filter clean or replace every now and then. Oil changes are important and easy diy job. Here I have shared some information about my servicing experience. Auris and Corolla are very similar cars. 👍
    1 point
  42. I think this could be related
    1 point
  43. It was annoying me so took some out via the dipstick, 250ml to bring it down to the full mark. More than which I imagined, but probably would have done no harm. It seems to work out on the dipstick that 1mm=100ml.
    1 point
  44. The only recent-ish car I've had with a low washer fluid level warning was a Skoda Octavia, and that particular spec only had it because it was also fitted with headlamp washers. The headlamp washers were great in winter but they used up washer fluid like it was going out of fashion.
    1 point
  45. I have the 1.2 Corolla with 16" wheels and have to say the fuel consumption around town isn't great at approx 30mpg . On a trip of 40 miles , mainly A & B roads this improves to 46mpg . Motorway trips using the cruise control with the speed set to just under 70mph up to 55mpg is achievable with the motor barley audible . Would have preferred the 1.8 HSD however this would have cost approx 6K more than the discounted price that I payed for my car ( new ) and just driving 4.5K miles a year now couldn't justify the extra cost .
    1 point
  46. Now the weather has warmed up a little I am averaging 47/48 mpg in my Auris 1.2T 2018. I tend to drive it with economy in mind and my commute is quite conducive to this.
    1 point
  47. Just returned from 14 day holiday. Left car on my drive with the AA Solar Panel model AA4185 connected via OBD connector. 12 volt battery at start of hols was 12.4 volts. Checked again on returning before starting the car, and level was 12.1 volts. So, with the aid of the panel it dropped only 0.3 volts in that time. I guess the panel is worth using in that case, and at only £24 is worth the money. I wonder how low the battery needs to go before we start getting key entry probs etc. ?
    1 point
  48. It’s thought to be in the region of 400 for 2022 but Toyota won’t confirm numbers. There should be another allocation for 2023 but again no idea how many or when. It’s new EU safety regulations which are causing the GR86 to be dropped from the end of 2023.
    1 point
  49. Hi, I bought a 2017 1.2T Excel about eight months ago, after having the earlier 1.6. I have an 11 mile commute on A roads/side roads, in cold weather with very bad traffic the worst I get is 36 mpg, or about 43mpg with better traffic, now it is warmer these are now about 42/43 mpg & 50-52 mpg respectively. The engine is fantastic, free revving, smooth and very punchy, very close to the performance of a Mazda 3 2.0. It is quiet (better with 16" wheels) and great on motorways and at speed. Very happy indeed so far.
    1 point
  50. There are specific attachment points as illustrated below - so while I don't have experience of the bars themselves I do know that they attach at fixed points ...
    1 point
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