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  1. 5 points
    Bear with me here..... Do you remember compact fluorescent bulbs we had back in the 90s and 00s. They were ok but had lots of drawbacks like they take a while to “warm up”, they were quite large, full of mercury and it was very difficult to use a dimmer with them. They were introduced as they were “more environmentally friendly” using old technology. Basically quite a few drawbacks and they weren’t particularly popular. Then in 2010s the world was properly introduced to LEDs. These bulbs can easily replace traditional bulbs, were available in many colours, used less energy and lasted much longer. The only drawbacks was the high price though now they’re much more popular the price has plummeted and they’re absolutely everywhere. My point is that if the world was offered a genuine alternative to a traditionally powered car that could travel at least 300 miles per “tank” and only took 5 mins to fill up again the market would absolutely explode within 5 years.
  2. 5 points
    I understand that the sounder must be carried by a person walking in front and carrying a red flag. 😁
  3. 4 points
    Although it is off-topic, if the cyclist had had insurance, he wouldn't be in such dire financial straits. In the UK, a bicycle is considered as a vehicle, and, in my view, legally, cyclists should be required to have insurance if the cycles are used on public roads - same as any other vehicle. Back to the original topic, please.
  4. 3 points
    The day finally came on 13th July 2019. My new car arrived to the dealership on Friday and after they added the Toyota protect to the outside and the inside, we picked it up on Saturday. I have to say, the pictures don't do the car justice in this case. I'm so glad we went with the red color because it's stunning! It looks great on pictures but has an extra WOW effect in person. I went all in on the car, 2.0 hybrid, panoramic roof, HUD. JBL and Adaptive suspension were the only things I didn't go for. I'll add some pictures so everyone can see 🙂 As for the car itself, coming from a 2006 Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, this feels like a space shuttle 😄 The level of noise in the car can't even be compared, the ride comfort, acceleration, ease of driving. I really feel like I'm driving in a premium class and brand car.
  5. 3 points
    Manufacturers mpg have probably been pie in the sky for most of us, something just not attainable in real life. We just been ln holiday last week in Gloucester and did the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. Going down from Chester area we did M6/M5, but on the way home back to Chester area we never touched a MWay, we went through Tewksbury, Worcester, Kidderminster, Telford and home. Mostly A-roads, but some B and some unspecified lanes. I took screen shots of what my Gen4 Prius dash was showing when I got home. What do you think.... are manufacturers figures attainable. OK, the true figures are likely to be different, maybe 5% less, but I think these are pretty impressive. We went on the 16th June, 141 miles at 77.2 mpg, pleased at that. Some good figures during the week travelling about, uphill and down dale. Then coming home on Saturday 22nd June116 miles (remember no MWay so shorter) 88mpg, pretty amazed. However, if you look bottom right of screen, it shows the last 50 miles (we stopped in Telford for a comfort break) it shows 96.5 mpg. Had the car 11 months, not yet 3 year old, done total of 27,000 miles, so well loosen up, and you may recall when I purchased it end of last July, driving it back from dealer in Solihull, 100 miles, it recored 92.2 mpg, so its not a one off. What you reckon?
  6. 3 points
    You are all overthinking this. Firstly, Toyota don't make brake pads - like most Toyota parts, they are sourced from an outside supplier. Secondly, there are really only two big friction material suppliers in Europe, they supply the friction material which is pressed and bonded to the backing plate. Within the braking industry there is lots of rebranding, so the pads branded as 'Bosch' are manufactured by a third party - most likely Pagid. The Pagid brand is owned by TMD Friction, which also owns the Textar, Mintex, Don and various other brands. The upshot of this is just make sure that the components meet R90 standard (means they are within +/- 15% of OE spec). Personally I have never had a problem with TMD parts (Mintex, Pagid, branded).
  7. 3 points
    Collected last night, all seems good. Enjoyed using the adaptive cruise on the M25 !
  8. 3 points
    Every time you turn the car off the odometer is displayed on the MFD screen. It's not difficult to work out when the next service is due, by just looking at the odometer each time you turn off the car, when it's a 10,000 mile interval is it. 🙄
  9. 3 points
    Hmm so bicycles have to be fitted with the same noise simulator too do they?Another issue which occurs to me is aren't silent vehicles travelling at speeds in excess of 12 miles per hour likely to be a tad more dangerous than vehicles travelling slower than Roger Bannister pace?It amused me the think that the councils are lowering speed limits to 20mph for licensed vehicles only ( speeding bicycles rarely get prosecuted because they are unregistered) thereby increasing pollution and here's europe increasing noise pollution when travelling slowly too. The poor people who live in these built up areas who misguidedly campaign for 20mph speed limits instead of insisting that the law enforce the 30 limit properly. Maybe bicycles could be fitted with noise makers which simulate heavy breathing sounds so the blithering idiots who can't be bothered to look before they cross the road don't get run into. Isnt it about time that the world got sensible with stuff? Why can't pedestrians who are texting and wearing earphones be heavily fined for causing a road traffic incident in addition to unecessary burden on the NHS? I also just had to do a quick check that July1st wasnt the europe equivalent to April 1st.
  10. 3 points
    ... or one that feels like a family run business. The dealership I just described is part of a fairly large chain, but I it still feels to me like a caring, family run business.
  11. 3 points
    Since getting my Gen4 11 months ago I kept it in Eco unless needed elsewhere. However maybe 3 months ago I put it into Normal mode and kept it there, apart from the odd occasion I thought Power mode was needed. I not noticed any difference in mpg, but feel comfortable with a more positive throttle response, though I know how to be more gentle with the throttle for “normal” situations.
  12. 3 points
    Well, today I did my first fill since filling on the day I got the car. I try to brim the tank each time, but it won't be reasonably reliable until I've done at least 5 or 6 - still, gives an idea compared to the car's computer's 'guess'! 514 Miles since last fill 45.74 Litres ((10.06 Imperial Gallons) £56.67 (123.9p/Litre = £5.63/Gallon) at Tesco 51.09 mpg (calculated) 52.0 mpg car display [= 42.54 miles per US Gallon, 5.531 L/100km, 18.08 km/L] mpg error car Vs tank calculation: car over estimated by 1.78% 11.03 p/mile Fuel gauge showed 10% remaining, 39 miles to empty (if tank really holds 12.1 Imperial Gallons and I really brimmed it - calculated 104 miles remaining) My daily mpg figures have compared favourably to my figures on the 2WD demo car, a pleasant surprise. The fact that the rear electric motor appears to help with regeneration probably helps a little.
  13. 3 points
    people do that even with a petrol car. Of course, it doesn't help that so many of them have earphones in these days ...
  14. 3 points
    I came from a Renault Zoe and I dont regret leaving the EV behind at all. The Prius gives me all the things I liked about the Zoe i.e. smooth quiet commute without out any of the down sides i.e. approx 40% reduction in range in the winter and having to plan for a longer trip. In fact its just great not having to even think about plugging it in. I will have 'Percy' for many years to come. Another great thing about Toyota's hybrid system is its reliability, I have not worries when my warranty is up which is not something I could say about the Zoe. I had numerous issues with it, but non connected to the battery. Electric cars may have fewer moving parts, but when they go wrong, boy does it cost.
  15. 3 points
    The charging 'infrastructure' is a disgraceful mess. I'd nationalise it, but then I'd nationalise all our major infrastructure because I'm a bit of an old lefty on that particular issue. That said, it won't be a significant barrier to increased uptake now that the latest EV ranges are 250+ miles. Combined with home charging, that will negate the need for public charging in all but the most exceptional of circumstances for most people. Although we then hit the next problem - battery shortages - which currently makes it pretty impossible to actually buy one of those latest EVs unless you're prepared to wait months or years for delivery. Or it will finally drive the investment we should have made in renewable generation over the last two decades, but in typical British short-termist fashion have failed to do so. Wishful thinking, I know - regular rolling blackouts are probably more our style! Hydrogen doesn't look like the answer either, as that currently needs a whole ton of electricity to obtain and requires yet more investment in distribution infrastructure. All of which leads to Joe's sensible conclusion that hybrids are the best compromise at the moment, and will continue to be for many years to come.
  16. 3 points
    After a long wait finally got her today, 2.0 Excel in Sterling Silver
  17. 3 points
    Hybrid is the best compromise at the moment. Just spent a week on holiday in and around Gloucester, didnt see one charging point. Good job I wasnt 100% electric, I was happy using little fuel yet going lots of miles on hybrid.
  18. 3 points
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  19. 3 points
    I looked at the Corolla but it was way too small inside. Rear leg room was poor as was the boot and the cabin felt narrow and very closed in. If you want more legroom room you will need to get the saloon or tourer as they have a longer wheelbase. The quality of materials was great, but I will be keeping my Prius for a very long time..... I love it!
  20. 2 points
    Isn't the car under warranty?
  21. 2 points
    I've just taken delivery of a 2019 Corolla Design 1.8 Hybrid TRK. TRK indeed! The dealer suggested that if I couldn't use the useless tyre repair kit, I instead use the breakdown cover if I have a puncture but in rural Scotland that could be a very long wait for a repair. I was quoted silly money from the dealer for a space saver steel wheel so I found the wheel geometry somewhere and it's the same as an Auris Space saver. So I purchased the Auris one and it fits both the wheel studs and under the boot floor. I placed the order on Friday at 4pm and delivered via DHL the following Tuesday. Purchased from The Wheel Shop. https://www.thewheelshop.co.uk/toyota-auris-space-saver-spare-wheel-17-and-tool-kit.html Don't forget you'll need the retaining bolt.
  22. 2 points
    My reference on this: In about 1984 (!), I was trying to help out with a Renault 16 TX auto (1647cc, pushrod, petrol with carb., obviously no cat.). It had been overfilled with 4.5 litres (a gallon can) of unnecessary oil, as the owner was checking the auto transmission dipstick whilst filling the engine with engine oil - then wondering why it didn't seem to show any increase. It did run, and had travelled perhaps 10 miles, probably in heavy traffic, before I got to drain all the extra out. The amount of smoke that came out of the exhaust, especially on 'kickdown', was simply staggering. The world behind just disappeared behind in the smoke. The oil did eventually burn off and the car ran ok afterwards. It was sold not much later.
  23. 2 points
    3-4 hours sounds about right for all of that. The A/C system will be discharged and the refrigerant recovered for recycling, then the system is pumped down to a vacuum to remove all traces of moisture (as pressure is reduced any water boils at lower temperatures... room temperature and below). Finally the system will be refilled with the correct weight of refrigerant together with a little oil to replace the very small amount that will have carried out along with the old gas. Then your good to go 🙂
  24. 2 points
    Your Clio was certainly a shining example of what can achieved. I've had the my A/C recharged twice, once at 4yrs and once at 8yrs, not because of issues but just as preventative maintenance. I felt after the first recharge that it was genuinely better and then didn't really notice any difference after the second. Like you I keep it on 24/7 I suppose we should all check the vent temperatures on our new and recently regassed cars and then keep that as a baseline to see if deterioration has occurred at any future point in time.
  25. 2 points
    Did you scroll down the page? £59 is for an 'air con service', £39 for just a regas. Personally I would be inclined to get it done because if it is slightly low on charge then it will only get even lower over the next 12 months. Published figures for 'natural' leakage for R134a A/C systems seem to vary from 5% to 20% annually so even at the lower end of that scale the loss adds up significantly over time.
  26. 2 points
    Now arrived on the 10th 8-)
  27. 2 points
    In the interests of dodgy science, I've done some more playing with Charge mode as well. 1. It appears to be a terrible idea to do the 'fifty-fifty' approach of charge/EV mode on normal journeys away from motorways/dual carriageways, if you are seeking to maximise economy. That makes sense, because by doing so you will actually reduce the time spent in EV mode. I routinely see well above 60% of the journey with the engine off when in HV mode, so forcing the engine to run for 50% of the time is bound to have a negative effect. On my commute of 32 miles, it seems to trash economy by 10-15mpg. 2. It is a far less terrible idea to do 'fifty-fifty' on the motorway, which is the approach Tony has posted about. A brief experiment on a mainly dual carriageway journey netted me 85mpg on the way out using HV mode and 81mpg on the way back doing a 'half and half' with charge mode. That's not a saving, but it's close enough with all the other variables involved, and far closer than what I managed on my commute. It should also be noted I am sad enough to have spent years learning how to maximise HV mode economy in a range of hybrids. For someone who is less interested in all that nonsense and just wants to drive, I could well imagine switching between Charge mode and EV mode would yield better results to the point of it being more economical.
  28. 2 points
    Cars already have a manually operated noisemaker if someone looks like stepping in your path - it's called a horn!
  29. 2 points
    Had these EBC on my Kia and hardly any dust came out, not cheap but long lasting. Mine was from their Ultimax range. No affiliation just good product imho https://www.ebcbrakeshop.co.uk/ Sent from my Mi A2 Lite using Tapatalk
  30. 2 points
    R134a is conventional AC gas and not particularly expensive however being a Hybrid you must ensure whoever recovers and regasses the AC system uses the correct ND11 oil ( usually means a separate AC machine just for Hybrids or a machine that can recover and inject multiple oils ) as a hybrid uses an electric compressor and requires ND11 oil as it is not electrically conductive, normal cars with belt driven compressors generally use ND8 oil which is electrically conductive and will most likely short the compressor.
  31. 2 points
    I always thought this was a daft feature on my old third gen Prius. Not surprised they ditched it.
  32. 2 points
    On the underside of the bonnet is one typical place. You shouldn't need to hunt for it.
  33. 2 points
    YES: It is NOT a normal gas, see my earlier post, it has 1234YF gas, have a deal with your dealer, they are best placed to do it properly as they will have the correct equipment
  34. 2 points
    I'd accept nothing less than animated fireworks! 😄
  35. 2 points
    in the plant game ive seen a lot of botch jobs, if its not cable ties holding stuff together its safety systems bridged out, warning lights with tape covering them ( not even bothering to remove the bulb) , rags packed under oil leaks, grease packed inside transfer cases etc instead of oil due to the oil leaking out, cataloy applied and smoothed over scored hydraulic rams to help retain the seal effectiveness, nuts and bolts instead of proper hardened pins holding steer linkages etc together, chocolate block connector holding together broken control cables, duct tape holding seat bolsters together, bad wiring like scotch locks or twisted and taped wires, the list is endless yeah its rough out there and ill stop there as i dont want to give bad habit solutions to anyone
  36. 2 points
    Agree with Mick F spot on points, what happened to Stop Look And Listen! do people just get more lazy minded as they get older?
  37. 2 points
    Yeah, I didnt run this tank down to the last bar but I think it would quite easily have done over 500. When I filled it up it worked out at 64.9mpg. Mind you I only really use it for commuting which is largely dual carriageway/motorway and my journey rarely gets over 60mph due to traffic so its probably under almost ideal conditions for economy but still, I was impressed for an old girl 🙂
  38. 2 points
    "B" mode is just like using low gears to help reduce brake application on long down hill runs. It really only has a use in the above situations as it helps reduce brake "fade" from over use of the brakes causing them to over heat and fade. "B" mode is just about no use during normal flat-ish driving.
  39. 2 points
    Just taken delivery of my new Corolla Hybrid 2.0l, the first Toyota I have owned since I had a very used Corolla from approx 1976 to 1980.
  40. 2 points
    You should be able to use that cable on any public charger that has a Type 2 socket. Even if they're three-phase they should be able to provide single-phase power to cars that require it. The car will only draw as much current as it is capable of using, which I think is 10A @ 230V (about 2.2 kW).
  41. 2 points
    What about when in a long slow-moving queue of traffic? In a decade or two when everybody will be driving EV/hybrid cars there'll be a right old racket assortment going on if they can't be disabled.
  42. 2 points
    I'm a gentle and considerate driver and a long-standing member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists. I can get 60odd mpg from our Yaris Hybrid, but not locally at all. Hills like wot we have round here kill any decent economy. We can't get out of the village without two miles of steepish uphills, and then the next ones come thick and fast after that. We usually come home with all eight bars full on the battery, but electric drive alone won't even get us out of the drive and onto the roads. Economy for us is in the high forties mpg. Still good, and the best car in this regard we have ever owned. Mick.
  43. 2 points
    I too am light footed on the brakes, prefer to read the road ahead anticipating reasons why to slow down long before I get to the hazard. But I also conscious that using brakes lightly can cause the back brake to seize through lack of use, after all the hybrid system “brakes” before friction brakes are applied. So, when I am reversing out of my drive I press hard on the foot brake in an attempt to keep everything moving (but only do this when safe to do so).i do the same when the roads are very “quiet” when approaching traffic lights on red, when safe, rather then just come to a slow stop, apply heavy pressure just in the last couple mile per hour.
  44. 2 points
    "All the so-called reviewers seem interested in is 0 - 60 figures, top speed and handling characteristics. Economy doesn't seem to come into it" Most so called reviewers went to do a degree in media studies and really don't have a tube of glue about how to really drive well and what makes things tick.They don't have much of an idea about anything really they are only interested in writing/filming/recording/tweeting etc something they can pay the bills with. Watch Clarkson when it comes to doing something practical. He is your typical hack in terms of understanding. Sure, he knows how to press the loud pedal but that's not what getting the best out of a hybrid is about.
  45. 2 points
    Manufacturers' figures are definitely attainable on individual journeys, in the right conditions and with the right driving style. Whether they are achievable as a long-term average is a different matter. I did manage to get within a whisker of the Gen3's offical figure (on 17s) over a year and 14,000 miles. However, my commute is hybrid-friendly and I do drive to maximise economy. I am dismayed by the change to WLTP figures. I don't want to know how economical a car is when being driven by some ignorant leadfoot. I want to know how economical it could be when driven by someone who knows what they're doing, in favourable conditions, so I have a figure to aim for. As an aside, I was reading one of the crappy motoring mags this week, can't remember which one - Autocar or What Car probably - and they had a head-to-head test of a second hand Prius Gen 4 against an Ioniq. The idiots doing the test managed to get just over 50mpg on the test from the Prius and high 40s from the Ioniq. How is it even possible to get figures that bad? They must have been literally pedal to the metal, everywhere. These muppets have absolutely no business writing about cars designed for economy when they haven't the first idea how to drive them in the manner intended.
  46. 2 points
    I found the same on my last Gen 4 Prius. On a perfect weather day, on a 120 mile each way cross country journey, with lucky traffic conditions too, I could get 84 on the display so about 80 in reality. So far I've not done a full tank calculation, but my RAV4 is managing about 50 mpg after knocking off the customary 5%. That's still way more than I got many years ago from a tiny, lightweight FIat 126 with a 2 cylinder 600cc 24hp lawnmower engine in the boot. How technology has moved on! Don't forget manufacturers can't publish their own figures, they have to be from Government approved tests. The newest tests are designed to be more realistic, but are still likely to be the top end of what's achievable by 'average' users. The problem is that even in the same location, drivers usage patterns are likely to be very different. Imagine one owner, retired, does a half mile journey to a local shop every day and little else. Each tankful will last a long time, but his mpg is likely to be dismal. A neighbour with an identical car drives 40 miles each way to the office every day, gentle cross country in light traffic, will see significantly better mpg (but with more frequent visits to the petrol station!).
  47. 2 points
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  48. 2 points
    I'm sure others will back me up here, that's not your wheels, It's your discs! They're a ferrous material and will show rust immediately after getting wet. Was this photo taken just after washing the car? Take it for a drive round the block, apply the brakes heavily a few times and then see what they look like. I always do this after washing mine.
  49. 2 points
    The 2.0 Hybrid uses an e-cvt as used in other hybrid models: A P711 hybrid vehicle transaxle is used. Containing the motor (MG2) for driving the vehicle and generator (MG1) for generating electrical power, this transaxle uses a continuously variable transmission mechanism with a compound gear unit that achieves smooth and quiet operation. This hybrid vehicle transaxle assembly consists primarily of a generator (MG1), motor (MG2), power split planetary gear unit, counter gear, final gear, differential gear unit and oil pump. By utilizing a pluriaxial configuration for the generator (MG1) and the motor (MG2), the overall length of the transaxle has been shortened. A compound gear that consists of the ring gear of the power split planetary gear, counter drive gear and parking lock gear is utilized to drastically reduce size and weight. By using high accuracy machining for the gear tooth surfaces, low-loss bearings and an oil sling type lubrication mechanism, driving losses have been reduced resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced noise. This transaxle has a 4-shaft configuration. The power split planetary gear unit, an oil pump and generator (MG1) are provided on the main shaft. The MG2 reduction gear and motor (MG2) are provided on the 2nd shaft. The counter driven gear and the final drive gear are provided on the 3rd shaft. The final driven gear and the differential gear unit are provided on the 4th shaft. A differential pre-torque mechanism is used. Straightline stability and acceleration performance during periods of low load and low differential rotation when the vehicle is being driven normally are ensured. Lubrication for each gear is performed via the trochoid oil pump of the main shaft and final driven gear slinging up ATF. Through the use of a lubrication structure (oil sling type lubrication method) in which the gears sling up ATF, reduction of oil pump drive loss and enhanced transmission efficiency of the powertrain system have been achieved. Also, a water-cooled type oil cooler which optimizes the flow of ATF is used to achieve high cooling performance, resulting in a high efficiency and high output powertrain. The conventional 2.0 ( not UK market ) can be fitted with the new CVT you previously mentioned with the 1st take off gear.
  50. 2 points
    Ooof! Big Numbers Day 🎱 2sav


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