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Showing content with the highest reputation since 04/17/2021 in Posts

  1. 5 points
  2. Hi to all those members following this thread. Before starting out on the hospital journey 323 miles round trip, I checked the tyre pressures and adjusted them to the specified lbs psi, 33 front and 32psi rear. Actually they were almost perfect from the dealership. The journey was mostly on single carriagway roads through towns and villages and city driving, containing plenty of hilly roads, and only about 60 miles of it was on motorways. I didn’t drive particularly with economy in mind, just sticking mostly to the speed limits most of the time, so pretty normal driving. Long story short the c
    5 points
  3. Took delivery of our new Touring Sport on Monday. First impressions are all good. We needed the extra space and there really is a significant increase with useful cubbies at the back of the boot and behind the wheel arches. Big bonus is the spare wheel (space saver) as standard. Car feels just as lively as the hatchback and surprisingly is quieter. Quirks are the noise generator for low speed electric only running and the rear view mirror which makes following cars low and wide.
    4 points
  4. Just watched this video and would like to share with you, all Corolla owners to see how your cars look underneath.
    4 points
  5. Hi All, good news just been contacted by my Toyota Service Garage manager and told that Toyota know about this problem and have a software fix. Hopefully this is being done Tomorrow. The service manager said he had not done this before or knew about this. I don't know if they plan a recall but suggest getting on touch with your dealership to find out more. Hooray
    4 points
  6. If you can't do with waiting for a Corolla to turn up, the Prius gen 4 (2016 ->) has the same engine and transmission as the 1.8 Corolla, so you could judge if this is to your liking, as an idea of how the Toyota hybrid system operates in practice. It's worth asking the salesman where to find the dash mpg reading. Make a note of what it was reading, and then re-zero it for your test, to see what you get out of it. The rear seat accommodation of the hatch isn't very generous (the estate is bigger - it has a longer wheelbase), so sit in there as well. The interiors are a bit d
    4 points
  7. Our local cat converter is a Vet.
    4 points
  8. I’ve signed the petition & I hope we manage to get the necessary 10,000 signatures to get the government to discuss it. However, so far I’ve not had my cat stolen though I did get a catloc fitted by my Toyota garage. If my cat should get stolen & I have to replace it at great cost I would firmly blame the law in this country that’s completely ignoring the seriousness of this crime. Cats were introduced by governments way back to combat car exhaust pollution of the air. If I want to drive a normal/hybrid car I have no alternative by law other than to have a working cat fitted. The
    4 points
  9. You need the tyres as stated in your Handbook, not the tyres you think you want.
    4 points
  10. If you buying a diesel Toyota only buy with their own engines, otherwise you are buying a Toyota car with the problems from other manufacturers ., full stop from me. 1.4diesel it’s not bad though if cheap enough why not. If it’s me hybrid all the way. The difference is day and night, I had a Priuses for few years as company cars then needed my own one and tried petrol Auris then diesel Auris and didn’t like them at all in comparison with the Prius, then I tried a hybrid Auris and felt immediately home , exactly the same smooth, quiet and responsive drive like before 👍
    4 points
  11. agree with all points,trying not to fall asleep at the wheel as there's so little to do. Buying one,the best ever.
    4 points
  12. Thanks to Covid ending my commute (yay!) my car has only done 14K miles since I bought it over two years ago. I'm currently doing less than 60miles a week (visits to local golf courses). That's probably why I keep forgetting to check the fuel gauge. I can drive for nearly two months between fills.
    3 points
  13. I have now had my car in the dealers for two weeks- they’ve had to change a significant part linked to the gear box- a diagnostic test did provide details. So this is a definite issue. I do around 80 miles a day part motorway.
    3 points
  14. Thanks John, a & b already actioned 😄
    3 points
  15. Thank you all for your answers! I believe that in the end the main cause was the wind/sidewind that really affected the car and probably was more noticeable at motorway speed. Being the first time having this combination togheter I was quite surprised by the car behaviour. But seems a common feedback, I will get use to. Other than that brilliant car! Thank you all!
    3 points
  16. The lid is on the lower position and a full size spare wheel fits perfectly with all the required tools.
    3 points
  17. Hey everyone just on my Catloc today. Thinking of fitting it Saturday as I have the day off. Have 3 more to fit on friends cars. Ordered 3 cost me £200 inc
    3 points
  18. For anyone interested in replacing their 17" wheels with 16" I have now done just that. 2017 Auris Excel Hybrid. Wheels and tyres secondhand but binned the tyres and fitted New Michelin Primacy 4. Resprayed the wheels with about four coats and then lacquer. The valve pressure sensors (already fitted) didn't seem to need any change as the pressures are the same at 2.3bar. Driving - What I have found is that there seems not to be a lot of difference between the 16" and the 17" other than the "Bangs" with the 17" are now "Thumps" with the 16" and therefore not so jarring. Noise se
    3 points
  19. The Auris hybrid can also be a bit noisy under hard acceleration, such as when joining a motorway. Once it's up to speed, it's fine. It doesn't bother me but a lot of people hate it. Part of that is that they're used to the sound of a manual transmission, where the revs rise and fall as you change up through the gears. In a CVT, the revs rise and stay high until they've pulled you up to the speed you want to get to; they'll then drop off unless you keep your foot down. In my experience, it'll cruise perfectly fine at motorway speeds with no more noise than with a manual transmission.
    3 points
  20. No problems with the eCVT of Toyota hybrids. Only in certain situations you may hear a whining like noises but these are usually only when climbing uphill and you hold the revs at certain speeds, to reduce this all you need is to push the accelerator more and the car will overcome that and will pull nicer and quieter. Other time when might notice is when hybrid battery is low and you are accelerating uphill or faster to join the traffic flow, but these are rare occurrences and it’s not that unpleasant, it’s not like typical cvt. , it sounds more like a turbine on aircraft or turbo spinning on
    3 points
  21. My apologies Alexandru, the tablet program takes over spelling at times, too often. 😀
    3 points
  22. I have change my 17 inch falken tyres and fitted Michelin primacy 4 tyres just over 5 weeks ago and what a massive difference its made in grip and lower road noise the tyre rating is Fuel C Wet A Noise 69db
    3 points
  23. There are times when you get a surprise when you turn on your air conditioning and there is that strange, almost moldy smell invading your car. Most likely, there has been a build-up without your notice, and mold and mildew have chosen to settle in as a result of the moisture released by your air conditioning system. So today I got some recommendations to get that moldy smell off your Toyota car 🤪 First, make sure to clean a possible source of food. It is best practice to avoid any possible food source for this bacteria, which includes dead leaves that are usually close or trapped on
    3 points
  24. I reckon your car is quieter then you think. Being a hybrid the engine will not be running for a fair chunk of the time - so less noise then you had pre hybrid days. So you down to tyre noise. It would be nice if all roads were covered in the “quiet” stuff, and yes, some surfaces are very noisy. Doesn’t bother me too much, I can just turn my earring aid down a notch (like I do sometimes when the wife is having a go). Just be careful working around the hybrid battery, for your safety. And remember the hybrid battery needs cooling, and relies on air for that. So don’t soundproof and restr
    3 points
  25. Now you know a potential “problem” exists means you can try to sort. To be able to drive “about 2.5miles” and seeing 199mpg on you dash was enjoyable, yes. You may have even “encouraged” 199mpg by putting a light foot on the throttle. The “real problem” was, you had too much power stored in the hybrid battery. Travelling slow through a large car park/road, then a downhill section - all meant light load on the hybrid battery, and if the hybrid battery was already “high” when you got there then there lies the source of your troubles. Next time, if you arrive with lots of bars on the hybrid
    3 points
  26. As I understand it, it’s LOAD rather than REVS that can harm a cold engine. I expect although the engine revs were high, your foot is a long way from the bottom of the accelerator pedal, and therefore you probably haven’t loaded the engine up much. The electric motor would take up much of the load anyway I suspect. as others have said above, it’s a precision-engineered piece of kit, and well lubricated. Unlikely any damage caused. Would be worse going flat out in a cold highly-strung turbocharged engine
    3 points
  27. It’s a great car the TS. The spaces in the boot are quite surprising- I think the compartment by the rear seats can be removed too. There’s loads of space around the 12v battery (as long as you are sensible with what you put in there). it’s great that Toyota have really thought about practical features, rather than just leaving a great big open space. I'm really impressed with the performance of the 2.0, and with the warmer weather I’m seeing 70mpg on occasional 15+ mile journeys. It really is having your cake & eating it.
    3 points
  28. Note for you: the hybrid battery is the large battery with difficult access nearly under the back seat. I suggest that will not be flat. The 12v battery is the one that “starts” the car. Toyota hybrids do not have a starter motor like your Avensis has, so the 12v battery does not be as powerful or as large as your a Avensis. However, with the car having not been used for so long it would be in your interest to raise concern and see if a new one can be fitted, or some warranty given on the existing. The brakes to be more concerned with are the rear ones. Again, on Toyota hybrid cars the re
    3 points
  29. I was at my local Toyotadealer this morning and they replaced the batteries for free .They said it might been bad batteries from their shelf and apologised. Their helpful serviceman even checked the set up for keyless in the car and it looked good. Works fine so far.
    3 points
  30. https://www.thedrive.com/news/40319/a-texas-shop-built-a-hunting-spec-toyota-prius-and-its-actually-quite-clever
    3 points
  31. Diesels are not designed to be stopped and started it tends to foul the emissions equipment even with DEF (urea) on lorries it still causes problems, Diesel is dead in the passenger market, all the big names have been hit billions in fines over diesels with millions of cars scrapped, even van's have been hit especially in London due to congestion charge, any diesel before euro 6 get hit with an extra £12.50 a day Even the new black cabs are EV now
    3 points
  32. Diesel engines are great for specific use only as you mentioned, large vehicles, ships, busses, lorries etc, they have great pulling power and deliver better economy in comparison with petrol engines., the problem is the burning process is dirtier and requires a lot more additional systems to make it clean therefore they had never been a good choice in small to medium cars. , these are for larger cars or bigger machines. Plus Diesel engines in cars are not as reliable as petrol, need specific driving conditions to perform well and in a long run they loose efficiency and performance a lot mote
    3 points
  33. There's less manufacturers making diesels, the extra crap installed to get through emissions regs makes them less reliable and expensive to repair. I still have a pre DPF second car, Isuzu engine Vauxhall which does 50mpg. These were the last from the era of good diesels! My hybrid gets 60mpg plus in a much more pleasant and reliable manner. I looked at everything on the market before this and there was simply nothing else to buy. Drove a Citroën C4 for 500 miles recently, 1.2 GDI engine with annoying stop start, gutless, sounds like a diesel at tickover and full of problems like carbon choki
    3 points
  34. Unless you are doing 18k+ miles a year forget diesel, short runs less than 5 miles will strangle a diesel, petrols and Hybrids can be just as efficient
    3 points
  35. Yes. very well in fact. Just set the cruise control, put your hands on the wheel and that's it really.
    3 points
  36. For anyone who worries about the last penny of purchase or running costs, the cheapest way to keep costs down is to buy a known reliable car nearly new and keep it for the maximum economical time which in the case of a hybrid Toyota would be 10 to 15 years, there's many nearly 20 year old ones out there. Also look at what the taxi drivers go for. Another thing that hasn't been mentioned is the fact that the engine is twice as thermally efficient than a conventional engine due to the Atkinson cycle. The whole thing is a work of genius!
    3 points
  37. I am grateful for all the points made which are all valid considerations. It will come down to constant question of availability and costs. It will at least be a Toyota. 😊
    3 points
  38. Hi everyone, the debate can go on and on, however the hybrid wins by all means,. The thing is that you as consumer do need to try the hybrid first for a week or so and learn about the technology inside, then only you can realise how much better a hybrid car is over even Toyota own petrol or diesel only cars. The magic of the Toyota hybrids is not only in efficiency or environmental, it’s the way the car drives, feels and behaves, it’s a closest thing to full ev while actually has been more of a fossil fuel car, so basically Toyota hybrids are the ice cars with the best stop start technol
    3 points
  39. I fitted reversing sensors without removing bumper..... Here's the install, but I don't know where the pics have gone... Sorry... I decided to fit a set of reversing sensors from here after nearly hitting a low wall twice while reversing in a car park. I bought from here because this is where I bought my Rear View Dimming Mirror for my Honda Accord, and they were very good. The kit I bought consists of 4 sensors, the CPU, the LED display, tapered spacers for bumpers that are not flat and even the correct sized drill. The first thing I did was to
    3 points
  40. As flash mentions it is a manual gearbox with robotised clutch and shift actions: "1. Even the engine has good enough RPM, it takes a longer time than the usual automatic car to gear up and speed up." Like A manual transmission the car has to dip the clutch, shift the gear and re-engage the clutch when shifting for you, you can assist this by ( like a manual ) by lifting off the throttle when the car shifts and reapply as it engages the clutch this smooths the shift and eases wear on the clutch, as you get used to the car you can usually anticipate the car shifting, being a 2013 mode
    2 points
  41. I have fitted a steel plate to mine, in fact two, one on top of the other, of the same design. One is 3mm and the other 2mm so 5mm all told. Fitted using locking wheel bolts x4 chamfered down so they are not so easy to grip with a pipe wrench or similar. The ones I have fitted have a curved front and fit very well although you do need the washers supplied between the plate and the body on the shorter bolts to keep the plate away from the cat. I painted the plate black with VHT paint. I am going to get one of the plates re-made in 2 or 3mm stainless steel if I can - even harder to cut th
    2 points
  42. Assuming it is the BMW diesel engine (1.6D4D), have a look at my post of last Saturday in the following topic -
    2 points
  43. kwik fit ? i wouldn't let them service a wheelbarrow
    2 points
  44. No, You can't pair diesel gearbox to petrol engine. Petrol gearbox: Diesel gearbox: Bolts position doesn't match. Clutch housing (to engine block) have also bolts lot different places between diesel and petrol. And then there is problem with gear ratio etc..
    2 points
  45. Please update your profile to include the Yaris Hybrid. One reason the dealer supplied keys are relatively expensive is to dissuade anybody getting a spare key for your car. Could try an auto locksmith.
    2 points
  46. Extra and Effective Soundproofing is a big and expensive job, probably a lot easier and cheaper to buy some quieter tyres. Sure other members will have done enough miles in thier new Corollas to advise which tyres are quieter.
    2 points
  47. I don't normally get involved in these 'rant' posts but I am willing to make an exception and say that I believe you have been very harsh in your criticism. For those that don't know the RRG Group made it very clear during lockdown purchases that you could return the car and receive a full refund within a set period and a maximum of 1000 miles with no questions asked as long as you returned the car at your expense. This was very clear on their website, I traded in under the same conditions. You did not have to resort to any legal action or expense in that area. You seem to expect dea
    2 points
  48. Like any diesel engine with later emissions controls, they can suffer from diesel particulate filter and EGR issues. From 2014-15, the 1.6 and 2.0 units were versions of the BMW N47 - Verso from 2014, Auris, Avensis and Rav4 from 2015. The 1.4D4D used in the Yaris and Auris was a Toyota unit.
    2 points
  49. Just a few thoughts to add: Whilst this might offend some people, I think all cars are a bit of an environmental disaster. In an Auris hybrid, as I understand it, the batteries are about 45kg, so there aren't as many as there are in an electric car. The electric motors etc. account for about another 45kg, if I remember correctly. The car seems puts to put them to good use for the extra environmental footprint they present. Whilst this may not reflect the use the OP is planning for, the preference for hybrids amongst taxi drivers must count for something. There is some comfort
    2 points
  50. The hybrid does without clutch, alternator, belts, gear clusters, turbos, brake bands etc etc, economical on the motorway equivalent to a diesel, quiet, smooth, reliable. I'm totally sold on them and wouldn't change to standard petrol
    2 points



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