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  1. 4 points
    I arranged with my local Toyota dealer, Chester/Deeside area, to have 2 new tyres fitted today. All 4 tyres were hanging around 3 mm but I decided to have 2 new on the front. I have a Gen 4 Prius Excel with 15" wheels. Originals were Toyo and the dealer quoted me about 2 months ago £50 per tyre, that included balancing, new valves, disposal etc and included VAT. That matched any price I could see on the internet so booked in for today. When done I started chatting to the service guy about satnav map updates, and he offered to update today if I had time to wait for about an hour - it takes that time for the software to do its job. Job done, just had to hand over the £100 for 2 tyres. If there is another map update before my car is 3 years old end of September then they will do that freebie as well. I know some on this forum are not too impressed with their local Toyota dealer, so I thought I would give a good comment about my local dealer.
  2. 3 points
    7mm is nowhere near the low mark, it's not even halfway between 2&3, I still work in imperial 😀 and it came to me direct from the factory 1/4" below the top mark so maybe 6mm is closer Filling to the top mark is clearly wrong! If you look in the cars handbook page 127 it shows a diagram of the dipstick numbered 1,2 & 3 (1) is marked as low, (3) which is the top spot on the dipstick is marked as excessive. From that you can presume that the correct level is somewhere between 2 & 3, certainly not on the excessive mark and definitely not 5mm above it as was done to my car and many others from what i have read here, so how can a precise amount result in that? clearly something is wrong at the dealers and the engine is not warmed up so they drain cold oil and don't wait for it to finish trickling out ,
  3. 2 points
    Hello everyone. Just picked up my '17 Auris Hybrid after my wife talked me out of buying a Hyundai Ioniq (she has a little Aygo). Hopefully I'll be able to contribute 🙂
  4. 2 points
    In days gone by, I'd have put new tyres on the rear, but that was when I drove more enthusiastically and ran a greater risk of the car losing stability on a wet corner. These days I'd put them on the front. I'd rather have better traction pulling out on a wet roundabout and better aquaplaning resistance on the steering wheels. If the rears are really bad enough to cause a loss of stability under braking - even when we have ABS and stability control to keep the car in line - then I'd say those tyres need changing as well!
  5. 2 points
    Its rather like when you've just washed the car, it starts to rain---when motorcycling , the only time it rains is when you went out without your waterproofs and when you fit winter tyres, the weather stays mild.
  6. 2 points
    I thought about saying that to you yesterday - depreciation on the new car would probably be higher than what you saved in petrol.
  7. 2 points
    If you want to save money, just keep the Auris. With such low mileages, I can't see how it could ever make financial sense to change the car.
  8. 2 points
    Finally got around to changing the oil, the dipstick pump was a failure, clearly the Prius has a very narrow tube, I got a 6mm tube from B& Q, went out to the carpark to make sure it fitted part the way in and it appeared to be o.k. Got home and tried it again and halfway down it went very tight , I was aware of what would happen if it got stuck and decided to take it back and get a 5mm tube but non in stock. I decided yesterday to raise the car and drain it from below, I saw a Youtube video of a Gen 4 having it's oil changed from off small ramps, without me having ramps anymore I hit on the idea to cut an old 30mm plank into suitable pieces, jack up the wheel, push the board under, lower the jack, put another board under the jack and raise the wheel to get a second board under the wheel. Doing this repeatably on both wheels I got 4 pieces under each and it was completely safe, nothing could collapse. Underneath it's easy to reach the 3 X10mm bolts holding the little plastic cover, then the 14mm drain plug is clearly visible, I ran the engine to warm back up, switched off and drained it into a container. I left the filter as I wanted to tip the oil out but it is more awkward to reach and needs a special tool . Refilled to the original factory spec of around 7-8mm below the top mark on the dipstick and set off to test it. ( I did check the level the day I collected the car) We've been out on one of our regular local trips today and it seems to be vastly improved like it was the first year we had the car. Clearly my car was not filled with 0W-20 by Listers and combined with 5mm of overfill cannot be trusted to do a simple oil change, just shoddy careless work. I'm going to cancel the service contract so not only will they lose my custom for servicing but also my next vehicle will not come from them either.
  9. 2 points
    Hi guys, just purchased my second toyota 😀
  10. 2 points
    Every car is different, sometimes even the same year, make and model can have different-feeling pedals or other things, but you get used to it with time. It's also worth noting what shoes the driver is wearing, now in the colder months people tend to wear shoes with thicker heels and so the feel of the pedal doesn't get transfered as good as it does in the summer when the shoes you're wearing are giving you the feeling that you're driving bare-foor. Or is this a new "fault" and it was okay for a long time before? There was a post here quite recently where 1.8 petrol owner felt his car lacking power, only to find out the throttle body wasn't operating correctly and didn't open quite as much as the pedal would make you think. This might be the same issue but the other way around where the throttle body opens up too much.
  11. 2 points
    had mine done as it devoloped a judder in heavy stop/start traffic,but not on long journeys.was quoted £970 by toyota got it done at a1 clutches in dudley for £280
  12. 2 points
    I had my clutch replaced in my 2005 T25 1.8 petrol and it came in at just under £300 - the mechanic charged me 4 hours labour.
  13. 2 points
    Well I collected my shiny new toy today, and I'm chuffed to little mint balls with it! 😁 Pleased with the way it drives - it does feel quite different to (better than) the Auris. Found it very easy to get comfortable - I'm pleased to find that the arm rests are actually high enough that I can use them, unlike the Gen 3. I spent a little while in the driveway fiddling with menus, finding how to get the display I wanted and getting my phone paired and the sat nav to connect to the internet for traffic - I'll be experimenting with running it in parallel with my phone Tom Tom on some known routes to see how it compares on routing. I was pleased to see that the map graphics are considerably better than they were on my Auris which I found difficult to read - they are clearer and less cluttered, and the contrast is better. Mileage is promising - 64.9 mpg since the first fill but I've only done about 30 miles - still I wouldn't be anywhere near that in the Auris on the same trip. The radar cruise control is cool - felt very weird the first time it slowed down for a car in front - I find standard cruise control frustrating especially in motorway roadworks (which those of you who use the M6 a lot as I do will know means constantly) - this looks to be much better. I found that the wireless charger can't keep up with the drain from the sat nav on the phone - not an issue if I find that I'm happy with the in-car sat nav, if not I'll just plug it in. Oh, and I switched off the Road Sign Assist - it's as much use as a chocolate fireguard, half the time it displays the wrong limit when it displays anything at all - but all the other tech is tickety-boo so far. Only disappointment is the relative lack of storage space compared with the Auris, which itself compared poorly to the Gen 3 Prius - seems like Toyota shrink the internal storage space with every new model. If that's the only drawback I reckon I can live with it! I've a couple of days commuting then feet up for Christmas but I've a trip to Southampton on the 30th (I live in Manchester) so looking forward to seeing how it is on a long trip. Happy days!
  14. 2 points
    Then it all depends on what the car is like generally. Are the brakes ok with plenty of wear left? Hows the exhaust system going on, will it last another few years? What about the tyres for wear left? General body condition? Do you like the car enough to keep it? The balls in your court.
  15. 2 points
    Now i thought you might be on here! I'm loving the updates of late on the Carina, and cant wait to see whats next! Steve
  16. 1 point
    Thanks for this info. I'm thinking that there's virtually no profit in these silver and gold services so they are cost cutting where they can and engine oil is an easy, 'invisible' way to do so. As another poster suggested, I've just bought 5L of Petronas 0w20 engine oil and will give this to the garage to use each time it goes in for a service from now on. At least this way I know what spec of oil goes into it, but to be honest I'd rather pay a little extra for them to use the correct oil!
  17. 1 point
    Finally got to the bottom of the squealing sound.It was caused by a partially seized front nearside brake caliper.Mad really because i had only changed the pads and discs last Summer. I just removed the caliper and used a large set of water pump pliers on the piston to force back,i also used an old disc to push up to after i had continuously worked the caliper backwards and forwards,anyways it appears to have done the job for now.Will Look into replacing the caliper at some point.
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    Yer perfectly serious, I'm guna try get some for my MK3 SR as in JP I've seen videos from Gazoo Racing Garages that have mk3's in the showroom with them in. I've got Colin McRae seats from the Scooby in my mk1 Yaris just had someone modifie the rails to fit them job done. I'll try find a pic for you 👍
  20. 1 point
    Merry Christmas to everyone
  21. 1 point
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too you all on here 👍 All the best for 2019 🎉🍾
  22. 1 point
    Hello everyone! This is the first message what i write in here. Have anyone knows, where i can find good condition part of the chassis for my carina t17? I ask many places new ones are no longer produced😢 so now I'm looking for a place where I could get a good one. Rusty or welding free. Only need sand and put a new paint. If anyone has, or knows you can offer and what is the price...
  23. 1 point
    Good morning all. It's taken a while but I've finally got round to joining the owners club. I'm Richard, from Suffolk and have a bit of an obsession with Corollas. I've currently got 3, a 1990 Gti, a 1991 GL Saloon and a 1992 Hatchback. I'm now looking for 4 additional cars to add to the collection, 3 more corollas (a GXI, a G6R and a TTE Compressor) plus an MA61 Celica Supra. Check the "Wanted" section for more details, especially if you know the whereabouts of any! I've attached a picture of my Gti for your viewing pleasure 🙂
  24. 1 point
    Doesn't sound as though you would have cooked the head tbh....it's the rad that's gone not the HG...just put in a new rad....but as said, get rid of that K seal as best you can with a good flush. They should have done a sniff test to check for HG failure. Garage clearly doesn't want the job.....go somewhere that does.
  25. 1 point
    2012 Fire manual. I've found I can do most of my driving in 3rd and 4th (urban stuff). I haven't taken notice of the MPH but simply listen to the engine. She's lively in third and okay in fourth - just so long as I don't change up too early. This lower gear driving has had no impact upon the MPG figures.


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