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  1. I feel I need to add a quick update. What a car! Ive had it 13 days today, covered just over 1000 miles in that time, most for work. Total average MPG 53.4. Had a job today in Wigan, 160 miles round trip from Wolverhampton, mainly M6. Set cruise at 70 (50/60 though roadworks) comfortable, effortless, cannot fault. I do find though that this car gives better MPG on A and B roads than sat on motorways. A previous day I traveled from Manchester to Derby dales and though Buxton and then to Stoke on Trent. I would say at least 50 percent was in EV mode. On motorways with cruise the R
    6 points
  2. At 11 years old I felt it was probably time to invest in a new battery. Although the old one showed no obvious signs in daily use of failing I had become aware that the Stop/Start rarely cut in. I had also done some 'unofficial' discharge tests on the old one such as turning headlights and heated window on and seeing how the voltage held up. The voltage seemed to head south pretty quickly hitting around 12 volts after just a minute or two and very quickly reaching the 11.8 region. It was OK like that for 10 to 15 minutes though in fairness. The original Exide battery gave no clues to its
    6 points
  3. So, 1 week and 700 miles later what's the verdict? Love it, even with the minor Multi Media niggles which will hopefully get sorted Tuesday. So far according to MyT my average overall MPG is 57 which I dont think is too bad at all for this time of year. Ive seen a high of 64 and a low of 48. Had a bit of a play today on some back roads to the shops and in Sport even this 1.8 aint slow, whatever the figures say, but even though it can do it I find the car and me much happier in Normal Mode. But forgetting the economy its just such a lovely car to drive, I was a bit sceptica
    6 points
  4. We had two cars with black paint - a metallic Nissan and a pearlescent Honda. Both showed every mark, nick and scratch, no matter how slight, and we said we would never have another black car.
    5 points
  5. Season 1, Episode 5 - at last, the season finale! 😀👏 The call came this afternoon - "your car is ready!" I've been to collect it, they've filled it with petrol and cleaned it inside and out, and it is now sporting a little led inside, a plate underneath and a couple of new window labels announcing it has a catloc to hopefully deter any tealeaves. Apparently the new alarm is very loud, but I hope never to hear it.And I've registered the new catloc - it's not an insurance scheme, but they've security marked the cat so I have registered that. I enjoyed my drive home and I'm glad to have my
    5 points
  6. And I welcome you to season 1, episode 3 of the saga of my catloc! I got a call today from the Aftersales Manager at the dealer. She told me that she's been fully briefed on what has been going on with my car (should have referred her to this forum!) Apparently they've removed the catloc and ordered a new fitting kit as when they fitted it first time it wasn't "guided in correctly" (this sounds like made up technobabble for they didn't fit it properly and wondered what all those leftover bits were for). She was very grateful for my patience, she is personally overseeing the job now and th
    5 points
  7. Ok, getting really anoraky now😂. I'll be the first to admit that its unlikely I could drive like this all the time, but it does show whats possible 15 mile trip down to Newport this morning. Mix of dual carriageways, with some inclines but nothing very steep, and city streets, put " Hybrid Driving Brain" into full action, but still got up to 60/65mph crusing, and ended up with this:
    5 points
  8. Why would you 'charge up' behind someone slowing for traffic lights? That's bad driving. It's adding unnecessary wear and tear to the brakes, reduces your ability to handle the unexpected and wastes fuel. If you can see traffic lights ahead that you will have to stop for then lift off. That's far more fuel efficient, reduces (possibly eliminates if your timing is good) brake wear and means that if something unexpected happens you still have all of your braking force available to help deal with it. It also encourages you to have a far greater awareness of the traffic and road conditio
    5 points
  9. My Fathers Kia Ceed 19 plate turbo diesal has not been used for the last 2 weeks. Went to use it to get his Covid jab this morning. Guess what. Flat battery. Had to use my Corolla instead. My neighbour's BMW is used daily to go 2 miles to work and back. Went to use it in the snow last weekend. Guess what. Flat battery.
    5 points
  10. Hi, left for few days not a problem, left for few weeks and infrequent use before that or only used for short trips, add cold temperatures and then it’s a problem ., this applies not only for hybrid but for all cars. Battery physics. , smaller 12v batteries in hybrids perhaps easier to die. General rule for all devices including vehicles that uses batteries of any type, you have to use them otherwise battery will deplete and dies. E scooters manual suggest if you don’t use the scooter charge every two months to prevent dead battery, Toyota recommended to keep in ready mode, or trickle cha
    5 points
  11. When I see these posts on flat 12V batteries, I cannot help but think how useful it would been had Toyota provided a multimedia 12V battery status display. And even better, if that info was available via the My T app.
    4 points
  12. If I buy a new Toyota I will probably keep it for 10+ years, at least I know it’s trouble free. 👍
    4 points
  13. Yes, my dealer has sent me a video of the 2021 model, as I am over half way through my finance, so they want me to get the latest plate! The cosmetic changes are there, plus Android Auto / Car play included , but apart from that it is just the new plate they are selling. Not sufficient incentive to buy again when I have only covered just over 9K miles in 21 months. Like the new wheels, though, and the upholstery trim changes.
    4 points
  14. I just use my right foot.
    4 points
  15. Just read that 2 cat thieves in the Warrington, Cheshire area have been sentenced to 30 months and 32 months in the Nick. Suppose they be out in half the time, but some justice.
    4 points
  16. I haven't driven regularly since I got the Corolla in September, it has often been sat for over a week and up to two. I've not had a problem with the battery but my brakes have often been stuck and then noisy in use. My Jaguar F-Type battery went flat in just over a week in the first lockdown and I had to start it with one of those little lithium ion jump packs. Speaking of whether a Corolla hybrid is all that, I was driving it today for the first time in a week or so and I was thinking it's the best car I've ever had, it's just so well suited for the roads I drive and the lifestyle I lead. I
    4 points
  17. The legislation is supposed to be monitored by Local Authorities, and due to budget cuts, most aren't doing it.
    4 points
  18. My 2020 TS 2.0lt stood unused outside for 2 weeks during the recent spell. Started without any trouble. It rarely does more than a 7 mile journey these days. Keyless entry has worked every time. No trouble at night when headlights on either.
    4 points
  19. First of all, part of your original post is wrong. The Toyota UK blog topic was posted in April last year (2020), and none of the owner comments on that topic pre-date Covid as you stated. Members haven't said the issue is due to Covid. However, the Covid lockdowns have highlighted that little use combined with short runs (typical of what happened during lockdowns) could result in the 12v battery becoming flat.
    4 points
  20. You must report the pothole to your local authority soonest Andrue.
    3 points
  21. Nothing old fashioned about running in. The Hand book advises it with details on how to do this for the Corolla, and depending on how long you keep your car, it will thank you for it. Strangely, the dealer never mentioned a running in period, I had to find the details in the handbook myself.
    3 points
  22. I've never come across the HV battery check issue since the Health Checks started so can't comment there. I agree very much with the sentiment about the way the Hybrids drive. I bought my first Prius in 2002, but after just 6 months/12,000 miles it was totalled in a crash. In fact, I had just left my dealer (0.4 miles from the scene) and got on the phone to my salesman while waiting for some lifting equipment to recover my Prius from where it had landed. Long before the crane arrived, I'd agreed a deal to buy their 6 month old demonstrator as soon as my insurance coughed up! I may
    3 points
  23. I bought a CTEK 5.0 recently, and I connected the eyelet cable to battery positive pole permanently, the negative cable is connected to cargo hook bolt, and don't need to access the battery terminal every time. and if I want, as eyelet cable is quite small, the connector can be put outside the boot and keep the door locked.
    3 points
  24. Whilst I can't say I have noticed the issue on power drop myself, something I have always been able to "feel" is when travelling at a constant speed, I know when the ICE starts to charge the battery, without looking at the instruments. The speed does not drop but the car feels more "laboured" . And when the ICE is no longer charging, you can feel the car being "released". I notice it when driving at 50 mph, the limit on many local roads around here.
    3 points
  25. For a start I'd question the need to overtake anyway. On most journeys it won't make much difference to your arrival time. You're unlikely to cut more than 10% off and what's 10% difference for a half hour journey? You could easily lose that much time at either end by unlucky set of traffic lights or congested roundabout. I do overtake on occasion but I usually plan it such that I don't need to engage the battery and that's with my 1.8. My generally laid back demeanour helps with that of course. Hybrids can recharge the battery as they go along and I'd question the wisdom of performing so
    3 points
  26. Hi, theoretically yes there is a difference, but in real world it’s not that bad to cause dangerous situation and once you floor it the car will pull to its best ability, but you need to press harder to the floor and ice needs to be at operating temperature. Especially you have 2.0 should not be a problem at all. I have older 1.8 gen 3 hybrid with 136bhp and never complain about power, a lots of motorway driving. Electric cars, bikes, scooters also suffer a bit but not that much, because they have only battery as power source and we have petrol engine too, which actually is the main sourc
    3 points
  27. Tony after my brief spell in an Auris before my Corolla, I noticed the battery management is so different on the Corolla. The Auris seemed happier to charge its battery towards full, and then do a solid EV run (nearing 2 miles!) and run it right down to almost empty. The Corolla is much more reluctant to get near to the extremes of the battery - you are lucky to get more than 2/3 of a mile on EV. The Auris charges the battery more at speed too as the electric motor doesn’t contribute much and EV mode isn’t available over 47mph on the Auris. The Corolla will drop into EV at much higher speed, a
    3 points
  28. The 2.0 ICE engine only produces around 145bhp (due to its Atkinson cycle setup), so the extra 40bhp of the combined output is provided by MG2. I’ve noticed mine isn’t as quick when hybrid battery is down to 2 bars, compared to 4/5bars. The ‘feel’ of acceleration isn’t very noticeable on these hybrids (except pulling away from standstill), however they don’t hang about. You need to overtake someone to appreciate the rate of acceleration. After having 400nm for the last 5 years / 30k miles, having only 200nm is a very noticeable difference.
    3 points
  29. Absolutely, more and more reviewers recommend Toyota hybrids as Best Buy at current times, they will be future proof for the next 10 years at least and gives you best of both worlds. Ev’s are perhaps the future but Toyota hybrids are today. Anything else except cars with special use like tracks, rally etc are just waste of money. Why would you go and buy a new golf, Leon, Focus, Astra when you can get Toyota hybrids👌, saving £3-5k of the list price and you loose them immediately after you got your car delivered.🤭🚗🚙
    3 points
  30. Yes, I agree Tony, I kept my last car for 17 years. My dilemma is that I bought the Corolla for family reasons at the time, and the desire to go towards EV. EV 2 years ago was not an option, I needed to travel over 190 miles at a moments notice, and the town in Devon I needed to get to had no public charge points. My only possible choice was E Nero with a year waiting list, or Tesla, way out of my price range, and reports of iffy parts supply if needed etc. So Corolla hybrid ticked more of the boxes. Now, EV is becoming a real possibility with better ranges, more charge points even in Devon. S
    3 points
  31. It is an interesting question. My assumption has always been that you always have full power available when you want it. Same as a mobile phone, it discharges , but you still have full facilities from 100% charge to 15%. Then, depending on the model, and settings, it may go into power saving mode by shutting the screen off faster etc, but until 2% it works. If you look at the Car Wow site, the reporter there tests several EV cars until total battery exhaustion. Apart from alerts from the system urging him to go to a charge point, and at 5% the car started to shut off non essential systems
    3 points
  32. Both the 1.8 and 2.0 have more than enough power for a sensible driver in normal conditions.
    3 points
  33. I hope they have a really "nice" 😉 time in the showers....
    3 points
  34. I’ve got a 2021 Model Year Design TS, with the upgraded interior & wheels. I test drove the previous MY, but as the link above suggests there are no changes highlighted to suspension or drivetrain, it’s purely cosmetic / tech.
    3 points
  35. Season 1, episode 4 It's not ready. The parts haven't come. They're going to fill my petrol tank up by way of apology (it had about a quarter of a tank) and hopefully it will be ready tomorrow. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever see that car again....
    3 points
  36. I find iPhone better (than Android- Ive tried both). Apple Carplay has been well developed while Android Auto is still a bit limited imo. I'm using an iPhone S10, which is vintage at this stage, but works just fine with Apple Carplay...
    3 points
  37. Same here, a Pepsi can away from the car does the job for me, these days almost everywhere temperatures will stay negative even during the day, don’t forget to run your car for 60min, I definitely will even though I had a good drive on Saturday. ❄️🚗👍
    3 points
  38. Exactly, Ian, that's what I do if I want to leave the car in P without the handbrake on. The full PDF manual covers it on pages 265-267.
    3 points
  39. Toyota: advice on battery maintenance during lockdown or lack of use. - General Discussions - Toyota Owners Club - Toyota Forum
    3 points
  40. If you thinking of fitting a catloc, I did on my Gen4 Prius. The cat is in a vulnerable place on Gen4, I got one off eBay, posted up from London, and fitted by my local garage. It is made from 3mm flat plate, thicker then most available but I don’t know how thick a Toyota plate is. Cost me something like £55 inc postage plus £15 for fitting. You could fit yourself if you have ramps but 4 poster lift and a mechanic was much easier for me.
    3 points
  41. If you hold the handbrake button down for several seconds it’ll turn off the auto handbrake when in park.
    3 points
  42. Toyota and Suzuki have a collaborative agreement involving sharing of technology and some models. In some Asian markets, some Suzuki models have Toyota versions, and for Europe, Suzuki have a version of the Corolla Touring Sport (badged as the Suzuki Swace - built at Toyota Derby) and a version of the Rav4 plug in hybrid (modified front panels and badged as the Suzuki Across - built by Toyota Japan). Toyota will also have access to a Suzuki engine for compact models, to be built at Toyota Poland. Additionally car manufacturers who sell in the EU also have to meet a fleet average of 9
    3 points
  43. We need an electrician that can take a wire from the 220v battery and attach it to the exhaust pipes. No more hybrids been a target. 😂
    3 points
  44. John, "The idiots Roy, don`t need Maths to observe The Highway Code!" Indeed, but do they ever read it? I remember when it was a little booklet and the most important thing was to memorise the stopping distance table. Everything else was taught by your instructor. Now it is larger than a Toyota handbook. By maths I was referring to calculating just how many seconds they would save. They should then cogitate on what they plan to do with the 10 seconds saved here and there. There was one road drove regularly pre-Covid. This stretch was about 10 miles, had several different speed limit
    3 points
  45. Got a Catloc fitted at my local dealer today, bought the car a month ago, member of staff said 4 were stolen in same area recently, feel slightly better knowing it should put off casual thieves. Walking around my local area i never realised how many Toyota hybrids lie out on driveways, there are at least a dozen within a ten minute walk. Would be easy pickings during the night if they were quick!
    3 points
  46. I think that's the key point here. My 1.8 Excel HB, acquired new last June, is parked for days on end. Since December, I drive it only 2-3 times a week on short (5-10 miles) local journeys. I try to take it for a longer run at high speeds (20 miles or so, motorway when possible) at weekends although it's a struggle to do that with the current lockdown restrictions. In these circumstances, I'm less concerned about low MPG and more EV than I would otherwise be - major focus is giving the car some exercise and keeping the battery up. So far so good, no battery issues at all, helped by
    3 points
  47. I have had Toyota Hybrids for the last 5 years and I make it my number one priority to not let the 12v battery go flat. I have never entertained the use of any of these fancy so called 'intelligent battery chargers'. I will not use such a thing a £30,000+ vehicle even if they do work. It's just my personal opinion but you really don't know what harm is being done on these high tech vehicles. Toyota's recommendations is what I use. Ready mode every time and regularly. Never had a problem.
    3 points
  48. Hi, I've just been reading this post as I have just ordered a 1.8 touring sport design Tyrol grey (company car) I'm impressed that yours was delivered within a month. Cant wait for mine😆 As for a test drive, I had no problem at my local dealers, Steven Egall Wolverhampton. They loaned a 1.8 excel tourer for an hour, (i had just had my current car serviced and asked whilst I was there). Was very pleased with the drive. Really comfortable, cannot fault them. Hope mine arrives soon.
    3 points
  49. Well sorted now,you tube is my friend .Found the in out hoses for the Heater matrix and gave it a cold water flush out .It was blocked but 10 minutes of flow/return started it running through easily ,top up with 50/50 antifreeze and warm feet return ..
    3 points
  50. Manual gearboxes are so last century. I put them in the same category as manual chokes and manual windscreen wipers (by which I mean the old hand operated ones). Time and technology moves on and we should not be subjecting drivers to the drudgery of selecting a gear now that the car can do it for us (and often better than us). Humans should left to make complex decisions not trivial stuff like selecting drive shaft to engine ratios.
    3 points



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