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  1. 5 points
    Protection against thieves? Well, it used to be called the law but then all sorts of protectional clap trap was introduced by do-gooders and found more easy to enforce than actually stopping the people from taking what doesn't belong to them. Now, you aren't allowed to give the individual who is helping themselves to your property a good pasting. Apparently, one of the most effective deterrents is prayer and the fear of being smited for ones sins by the almighty or in the case of prius catalytic converters, hope that God is looking and lets the jack slip.
  2. 4 points
    Like PeteB says:-
  3. 4 points
    Thank you for your observations. Most of what you said was with reference to electric only vehicles. All you said I took into consideration but still decided to ditch my Qashqai and bought my first hybrid - a Auris hybrid. Loved it so much I now have a Prius (all Prius are hybrid or plug-in hybrid). The battery now has a Toyota 15 year warranty so long as you have a battery health check every year - free if you have the car Toyota serviced. Even if a cell went down, they are individual cells and can be replaced individually for not a lot of money. Prius has been on the uk market now for 20 years and not a lot go wrong with them, other then what all cars have to deal with ie tyres, suspension, brakes etc. The engineering of the hybrid system as bullet proof as can be. I just done 27.9 miles today in four separate journeys and clocked 81.1 mpg, done in a very comfy car that I think WILL not depreciate as much as you may think. And there is more to like a hybrid then just good mpg. I pretty pleased on the switch and would not now like to go back. Hydrogen may rule the car sales in 30 years, but we living now, and I certainly wont see 30 years time or if I do I will not be capable of driving. So happy with what i got.
  4. 3 points
    It's not the gas that's different but the compressor oil that goes round with the gas. The compressor windings are saturated in the oil so it has to be correct ir burnout will happen.
  5. 3 points
    I always use my mechanical key to open it. There's an indentation in the plastic which is the same dimension, so you don't mess up the plastic.
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    My main reason for owning my first Prius was not the economy, I just love the looks, the technology of the drivetrain, reliability and the way it drives. I have never driven such a relaxing car as the Prius and I have had many so called premium brands in the past. The economy is obviously a bonus, its as simple as that for me.
  8. 3 points
    The incentives for electric cars remain - albeit reduced. Then again one has to question whether vehicle manufacturers adopted high prices for electric cars to take advantage of the subsidy.
  9. 3 points
    IF the cat is the problem, you could leave your Prius parked in one of those areas where the tealeafs jack the car up and cut out the cat. (they dont know its faulty) and you could claim for a new one on insurance. Just expressing my thoughts in type. 🤔
  10. 2 points
    They are not 100% sealed and, in spite of what some might tell you, do lose some gas over time. The biggest culprit is the compressor's shaft seal. That's why it is recommended to run the system over the colder months. Even around 10 minutes a week is sufficient. I had mine "regassed" last year, local garage, and over the four years it had lost about 30g of refrigerant. Capacity and type of gas should be on a plate under the bonnet. UV dye added to the system, a Sniffer" and/or pulling and holding a vacuum will determine whether there are any potential leaks. All done using a dedicated machine which extracts the old gas and oil and adds the correct amount of gas and oil. My system is essentially tight in spite of the small loss.
  11. 2 points
    Over the last few years I have tried changing the tyres and wheels on several cars - as the tyres get narrower the steering becomes a little easier to turn. For example, a 195/65 x 15 is an easier steer than the exact the same car on a 205/55 x 16. Are the cars you are comparing fitted with the same tyre sizes?
  12. 2 points
    I ordered my 2019 RAV4 AWD in February and quoted May/June. Last week Toyota customer services said it was on a Vehicle Carrier ship heading for the UK with the port arrival as 23rd/24th May. The RAV4 I believe is manufactured in Nagoya in Japan, so looking at the shipping tracking sites there is a vehicle transport ship coming from Nagoya to Avonmouth, which is where Toyotas land in the UK, via Barcelona. The ship is the Altair Leader and is currently passing southern Spain heading to the Staights of Gibraltar. https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-5.9/centery:36.4/zoom:9 Enter Altair Leader in the search box Or http://alltrack.org/9539171-432817000-vessel-altair-leader-tracking Once it arrives at the the UK port the cars go to the Toyota area and have any packages fitted that are installed at the port such as the Protection Pack, then transported to the dealers, by road I assume.
  13. 2 points
    Just in case it hasn’t been mentioned, watch out for cheap batteries. The ones I got from work, are just slightly smaller and don’t fit in snuggly, so it fails to touch the contacts properly. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. 2 points
    Hi guys Greetings from Estonia. I have a 1987 mod Toyota Corolla AE80 with only 55k miles on the clock Currently doing bodyworks on her Running on BC coilovers, full polybushings set
  15. 2 points
    The Gen 4 Prius (including, I think, the 2nd Gen Plug-in which is based on the Gen 4) don't need this as there is some sort of automatic block that only opens when the engine needs cooling. Can't say I've seen it though, but I haven't really looked - I was happy enough with about 100 extra miles per tankful over the Gen 3, even though the Gen 4 tank is 2 litres smaller. According to the blurb when the car was launched, this helps with aerodynamics as well as warm-up times.
  16. 2 points
    As others said, a single button press while driving shouldn't do anything - you either need to push and hold, or stab the button three times. So unless there's high probability of either of those happening, I wouldn't worry too much.
  17. 2 points
    Get some baking soda, and pour around the wet parts to neutralize the acid. Check the battery caps and close them. I would not drive the car if i was you since the high voltage is popping the plastic caps. If you are lucky, you might find some local place with a spare part, or at a wreckers, and can replace it over the weekend. It's possible the high voltage is triggering the ABS errors as mentioned on 1st page. I wonder what caused this, and the only thing that comes to mind if they reversed the polarity of the battery installing, tried to start to move the car, nothing happened, and then switched it around, but damage to alternator diode was already done.
  18. 2 points
    Well, just to buck the trend... [BTW - Prius no longer gets exception from London Congestion Charge, I'm not even sure the plug-in qualifies now - and if it hasn't happened, it's about to: even Private Hire Vehicles (aka minicabs) will only be exempt if the are fully electric, Hydrogen or possibly plug-in with a fairly high EV range.] I first drove Gen 3s at a test track 6 months before launch, and then company ones for a few weeks to get to know them as I managed a fleet of 200-300 Prius which was expanding and swapping from Gen 2 to 3 (over 600 today, though I retired a few years ago - my own was still a Gen 1 when I retired). At first, I didn't like ECO mode except for starting off in snow/ice. Once I got my own Gen 3 in 2012 though, I quickly developed a preference for ECO mode, which has stayed with me ever since, including on my Gen 4 Prius and on test drives of other Hybrids including an extended drive of the Gen 5 RAV4, of which I'm expecting mine to arrive next month. It's nice to have the choice even if many only use one of them. They have one thing in common - the all start at creep and give full power when floored. It's how far you have to press the pedal to achieve a given level of power in between that changes. I wouldn't say it's harder in ECO, just requires a longer pedal travel. I use NORMAL mode on a few occasions when I'm changing lanes in busy dual carriageway traffic as I use the Adaptive Cruise Control a lot and use resume to let it manage much of my acceleration up to speed. Unlike the 'ordinary' CC in previous Toyota Hybrids, in the Gen 4 Prius and other recent Hybrids like the new RAV4 and the C-HR, the rate of acceleration under CC varies according to the mode selected. In ECO mode it's quite gentle, and would be inconsiderate in heavy traffic, especially when changing lanes to I switch to NORMAL or even PWR in such circumstances. On the odd occasion someone else drives my car I put it in NORMAL unless they are used to Hybrids. Some other Hybrids do have 'real' gearboxes and some have dual clutch systems (I'd hate to pay for repairs to one of those!) or torque converts. Until recently most Honda Hybrids had 'real' CVT gearboxes (with belts and pulley inside), but behaved exactly like the Prius Hybrid system in response to accelerator use.
  19. 2 points
    Wow! I certainly did not expect that response. I thought I would be the odd one (wife has always said I am odd one 😄). I feel quiet normal now.😎
  20. 2 points
    May I try to clarify a few things? Hybrids (basic ones that can't plug it) don't have any worries about the HV (big, High Voltage traction) battery going flat, it's just a store for spare energy to smooth out extra power requirement when the petrol engine on it's own isn't quite enough and to receive 'free' energy from slowing with the accelerator released or while braking. The engines tend to be de-tuned for efficiency and low emissions, the power shortfall being made up by the electric motors helping. A number of manufacturers have coined the term "Self Charging Hybrids" for these, presumably to distinguish them from Plug-in Hybrids and emphasise that not only do you not need to charge them from the main, you can't. Plug-In Hybrids that started to appear around 2012 such as the Plug-in Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV work just like ordinary Hybrids, and could be used without ever plugging in, but work best if plugged in whenever possible, and especially for people for whom most journeys will be within or almost within it electric only range. They typically only have 20-30 mile range on Battery alone (the first Prius Plug-in was only 9-12 miles), but for some people (me included), they can work quite well, while still being able to tackle long journeys with no inconvenience or repeated charging. Once the battery's electric only range is used up the car then behaves like a normal petrol Hybrid, using a small part of the battery reserved for basic Hybrid operation. Plug-in Hybrids can often do 500-600 miles on a full petrol tank in addition to any electric only driving. So far, the HV batteries of both types seem for be far more reliable and last way longer than anyone (except possibly Toyota engineers) expected in the early days. When Hybrids first came out in the UK in late 1999, they cost £15,500 after a government incentive of £1,000. I had a couple of these, the second of which I kept until it was 9 years old with 163,000 miles on the clock. Even though I got only £500 when I sold it, I kept a record of all running costs and it was the cheapest car to own I've ever had, whether calculating by mile, month or year. Part of this was because of reduced maintenance, only one brake disc/pad replacement in this time on two sets of spark plugs,and very little else. My present Hybrid Prius, for example, can fill up with fuel for about £45 at today's unleaded prices, and then do about 600 miles. The depreciation when I trade it next month for another Hybrid is pretty good for a 3 year old car with about 38,000 miles on the clock. The brakes have about 20% wear, my last Prius had used about 25% at 4 years/60,000 when I traded it for this one. Various governments (both parties in the UK, and many across Europe) gave incentives for diesels for some 20 years because under the right circumstances they produced less CO2 than petrol cars, and CO2 was the big news during most of that time. Unfortunately they were vastly worse for other emissions (NOx especially) which had more immediate impact on health, and governments' own scientific advisers warming of this time bomb fell on deaf ears until too late. Sadly, many people who did mostly short journeys bought diesels because of the Excise Duty advantages, but their type of use meant that many such users got worse mpg than a comparable petrol car, produced even more NOx gases and often had major repair bills because their EGR valves and Particulate Filters didn't get hot enough to clear the waste and clogged up, in extreme cases wrecking complete engines. More recent diesel cars have much better harmful emission performance, but not until they warm up, so they still don't suit low mileage motorists, but can be very good for higher mileage use especially when towing substantial weights. EVs (pure Electric Vehicles) on the other hand still get a subsidy, but smaller than before, and are still expensive even with it. According the this article, the AA polled more than 19,000 motorists and "35% thought the premium commanded by electric vehicles (EVs) was too high". I would have like to gone electric, but lack of a spare wheel is another issue for me. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/third-of-drivers-wont-go-electric-until-prices-fall-study-shows/ar-AABkQQk?ocid=spartanntp
  21. 2 points
    Does the car break function correctly? I guess you just lost the ABS option, so in case of hard breaking, the wheels will lock. According to what you say, the car can be driven just fine, you just dont have the ABS to prevent wheels from locking in case of some hard braking.
  22. 2 points
    Hmmm, I'm no expert, so casting around for other ideas.... so, if not the wheel bearings (you've done well, replacing them all), then a worn CV joint? A worn joint somewhere in the suspension? Seeing another of your posts, the car's done quite a mileage - is it possible the engine's dropped, and the rumble noise is the engine sitting on a failed engine mounting, and the engine vibration is being transmitted through the body? I assume the exhaust's not so close to the bodywork that there's contact when the engine moves slightly. Whatever the fault, I'd be reluctant to do more work until confident I'd identified the problem. Has the rumble slowly crept up, or did it seem to appear after some work had been done on the car? Never easy to identify, with having tyre noise, which can get worse as the tyres wear. OldCodger is very knowledgable with having a 1.6 Corolla, and I expect he'll have some wise words for you, Hopefully he'll be along soon ☺️
  23. 2 points
    I ordered my 2019 RAV4 Hybrid Excel on 28th February. The dealer said recently that I would be available 10th to 15th June. While I was talking to Toyota CS about a package problem on their web site I asked if they could give me an update and they said that my car is on a boat on its way from Japan with arrival in the UK on the 23rd May, along with many other RAV4s I would guess.
  24. 2 points
    Now up to 15 years in the UK - https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/warranty/toyota-warranty
  25. 2 points
    I took delivery of my AWD Excel last Friday. It is Silver Blade with Black upholstery and I can confirm that the headlining and pillars are light grey. All my initial impressions are very positive.
  26. 2 points
    I think it's light grey or similar. The Dynamic is the one with black headlining.
  27. 2 points
    All modern cars (for sale within Europe at least) are built of thinner steel etc. than they were 40 years ago. They are also stronger/safer due to improved engineering, materials & systems. However, they also are a lot more complicated in terms of engine & electronics & these days it is these complications that tend to fail before basic structures. They are not designed to last for 20+ years (HonestJohn claims that they are designed for a 7/8 year life - the manufacturers after all want to sell you a new one at some point). In 3 Avensis I, so far (touch wood), have only had to seek recourse to warranty twice - once on my T25 with a weeping waterpump as it came to the end of it's warranty & my last Avensis with the door cracking issue on the driver's door - both were dealt with easily, promptly at no cost to me so I must disagree with the assertion that Toyota's customer service/warranty is worthless.
  28. 2 points
    That's quite an interesting way of setting things out Frosty. Carina II 1.6GL (1989). No mechanical faults. This was dads car. Carina II 1.6XL (1990) Clutch and flywheel replaced in first year. Known issue following change to asbestos free linings. Central locking switch/motor drivers door replaced under warranty. Carina E 1.6GL (1994) Central locking fault repaired under warranty. Instrument cluster replaced under warranty (gauges and rev counter would fall to zero). Corolla TSport (2002) Weeping front shock absorber at around four years old. Only 3 yr warranty back then. No other faults in 8 years. Corolla 1.4 4 door (2003). This one was built in Turkey. Sticking brake caliper at 14 years old. We still have the car. Auris 1.33 (2010) no faults.
  29. 2 points
    The OP hasn't been clear on which of the three vehicles in their profile the issues relate to, nor have they been clear over what period of time the issues occurred. The youngest of their cars is now 7 years old (Yaris - where the new car warranty ended in 2017) and the other two, 11 and 18 years old (Avensis). As they posted in the Avensis club, are the issues relating to one or both of their Avensis - who knows? Presumably the warranty complaint is regarding the new car warranty - or is it an extended warranty? Again the OP hasn't said. If the OP is expecting Toyota to respond via these forums, they will be disappointed, as we have no association with Toyota. We've owned six Toyotas from new, and the issues we've had over our periods of ownership are as follows: 1996 Corolla 1.3 - none 1998 Corolla 1.3 - none 2006 Corolla 1.4 - tailgate struts replaced under warranty 2009 Auris 1.33 - passenger side cup holder replaced under warranty 2012 Auris 1.33 - tailgate struts replaced under warranty 2016 Aygo - oxygen sensor replaced under warranty. The warranty repairs (the oldest of which was in 2009) were all completed quickly and without quibble by two Toyota dealers.Three of the cars were British built, and the current one, Czech built.
  30. 2 points
    Swaped antennas betwen my Prius+2017 and Auris TS HSD 2014, which worked well so... I bought an aftermarket antenna which is less than half the length of the orginal Prius+ one, and it works well. Easy to swap to. There was Shark Fins to but they seems to need a lot more "surgery" Now our Prius+ goes clear under the garage enter top Shark Fin
  31. 2 points
    I am a little concerned with having the registration in September, I am a female who works in an all male environment and can hear the jokes already 😉, I have emailed Toyota UK to ask if there is a supply and demand issue and also emailed my dealership to see what they say.
  32. 2 points
    It's a Kenwood DMX7018DABS, works with Android auto/apple car play, Bluetooth, DAB, etc etc. If you get the right adapter wiring, works with steering wheel controls too!
  33. 2 points
    Also means you can bring the spare into play when buying new tyres so you don't end up with the perishing space saver (in more ways than one!) after sveral years.
  34. 2 points
    I take it you meant 155 not 115 ? Confused me that lol.
  35. 2 points
    I fitted an underseat sub and bought some sticky velcro/hook&loop tape, used the 'hook' part only stuck to sub underside thus using original carpet under driver seat as the 'loop' part. I did it as I didn't want to drill any fixing holes for sub under the seat. Did this few years ago and it hasn't moved at all.
  36. 2 points
    Hi Keith. Even though I have many, many years of mechanical experience I had to quit 12 years ago on medical grounds and Cat's on cars hadn't been out long on the scale they is now, hence my inexperience with Cat's, DPF's etc etc. so I thank you for your explanation. When I bought my 2012 Rav the government were pushing us into diesels hence why I bought one, now they are trying hard to get us all out of them. My personal Rav, a 150 D-Cat has yet to reach 17K so a petrol would suits me better but it's a perfect car so am reluctant to part with it as the money I would get for it I feel it's better to keep it, incidentally I have no idea if it has ever re-gen but it runs perfectly and does at least one good run every week, my wife is out in it to day, a 60 miles round fast trip. Thanks again, Mike.
  37. 2 points
    New episode has just gone live on my Youtube channel 😄
  38. 2 points
    It's a helluva long time since I was a boy racer, but, like the OP, I generally prefer the look of a saloon over a hatchback. It would be a lot of money to shell out though when I'm more than happy with my current machine.
  39. 2 points
    I am super impressed! And a tad jealous! Thanks @Norsebror and @craggle Now I want to get it done!
  40. 1 point
    There is another vehicle carrier, DAEDALUS LEADER, coming from Nagoya, Japan due to dock at Avonmouth on the 25th May
  41. 1 point
    I've not driven a Prius+, but I don't recall noticing any deference between my Gen 3 & 4 Prius, both seemed pretty light but sufficiently weighted. Both also had 15" wheels, rather than the more common 17", the latter being wider (which is why they cause worse Drag Coefficient and fuel consumption), so maybe that makes the steering slightly heavier. Also the rubber compound in the tyres can make a difference - many years ago I replaced all 4 tyres on a car and swapped Pirellis (very grippy, but didn't last long) for Michelin XZX which were claimed to be harder wearing. The (non power assisted) steering was noticeably lighter on the Michelins.
  42. 1 point
    Those look great now mick it's all guns look fantastic when done 👍 When you start looking for performance parts PM me and I'll point you in the right direction 👍 if you want to know more pm me later
  43. 1 point
    Maybe get a second opinion and diagnosis somewhere else. Looks like you've used someone who wants to fire the parts cannon and hope for the best - at your expense.
  44. 1 point
    Roadhawk have the vision reduced - https://www.roadhawk.co.uk/roadhawk-vision-superhd-wi-fi-dash-cam I got one to use as a rear one. They do a suction cup if wanted.
  45. 1 point
    there are so many interconected systems/sensors that a fault on one can have knock-on effects onto others causing apparently unconnected warning lights/messages
  46. 1 point
    I have a screen bonded one and its tucked away behind the mirror, not visible from my driving position and gives a perfect view out.
  47. 1 point
    I'd be astonished if they weren't aware of discussions though. Many moons ago a former employee of Toyota UK told members of another group he'd seen copies of a synopsis of activity on various chat groups provided by a marketing consultancy retained by Toyota.
  48. 1 point
    For Europe, the C-HR is built in Turkey - build/parts quality should be similar to other Turkish-built models (eg. Verso and Corolla saloon).
  49. 1 point
    Here we go, this weeks episode of my YouTube show. Thank you to everyone that supports my show by watching.
  50. 1 point
    Hi Turge. The 2 screw holes are usually 2 very common bolts that a 13mm spanner fits, (8mm I believe) you can buy 2 bolts for a minimum amount, bolts are better than screws, more leverage! Keeps the questions coming and use WD40 or similar on the bolts and anything that looks seized on in your country, lol. Mike.


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