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  1. 5 points
    Not my experience. I’ve found smaller wheels make a huge difference to ride quality, not least because most car makers these days choose stiffer spring settings in the mistaken belief that buyers prefer a “sportier” (read harder) ride over a more compliant/comfortable one. As a result I always spec the smallest possible wheels on any new car I order, which is simplest antidote to it. The massive wheel/skinny tyre combinations standard on most modern cars make no sense whatsoever. Drive a mid-range family car of twenty years ago with small wheels and fat tyres and you’ll be astonished at the degree to which we’ve become acclimated to rotten ride quality.
  2. 4 points
    2010 Auris RS 1.8 6 Speed Manual
  3. 4 points
    At last, it has arrived. Excel with no extras, ordered 26 May and collected it on Sunday (thank you to whoever it was who cancelled their order). Spent most of Sunday afternoon setting things up and most of Monday installing the dashcam which is a VIOFO A129 Duo, with hard wire kit. I've only done around 100 miles so far and I am quite impressed. Its the first auto I have had so I am sure it will be great once I stop stamping on the brake to change gear, but at least I know the brakes work dam well. The only 2 things I thought could of been better, the indicators are not LED's and the spare tyre would look more in place on my motorbike. Just got to work on getting the MPG up, currently at 39mpg, but it's early days.
  4. 4 points
    Finally found a lovely Pearl White ex-demo Prius Plug-in Excel. Just seven months old and a little over 5k on the clock. As usual, it involved a lengthy trip of over 300 miles each way, but worth it I hope. On the way back now and on nearly 90 mpg since the battery emptied. I’m sure it won’t remain as good as that, but I’ll report back when I get home tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who gave me advice, particularly Jay.
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    Current status on 2wd Rav Design is all pipeline stock is allocated so all orders are factory build, build ETA is currently Feb 2020 with Delivery from April 2020. 4wd Design is Sept - Oct 2019 build Nov - Dec 2019 delivery.
  7. 4 points
    If you're concerned about residuals, it might be best to avoid the PHV completely and stick with the Gen4 ordinaire. PHV values might end up riding the wave of interest in electric cars and hold up well. However, they sell new in pitiful numbers and seem more likely to remain misunderstood by most buyers who remain fearful of any car that has a plug, which will keep values depressed. I can't imagine having five seats will have any great impact on sales. It may make a difference for some, but I'd imagine that if you needed five seats, you'd almost certainly need more luggage space than the comically tiny boot will offer. Therefore I don't think it will impact on values of the 4-seater much. As regards holding out for a 'bargain' in a few months, that logic might not work because logic doesn't seem to apply to used PHV prices. It may be different now, but a year ago I found prices - like many low-volume cars - to be incredibly random. It wasn't unusual to see differences of up to £4k between dealers for cars with the same plate, colour and mileage. More bizarrely, having monitored Auto Trader for a good 6 months, I found that advertised prices for some cars would often go up over time! The amount of time a car had been for sale also seemed to have zero impact on the dealer's willingness to 'do a deal'. I tried a few of these and they were happy to let me walk away without even bothering to negotiate, despite me pointing out that other cars were advertised for considerably less. To be honest, trying to buy a PHV was the most frustrating and depressing experience I've ever had buying a car, as all the familiar 'rules' for buying used cars just didn't seem to apply. I got there in the end, but only after hundreds of miles travelled and many weeks of trying. I hope you have better luck, and a more enjoyable time!
  8. 3 points
    Ever since I have owned a car, I have done my own oil service. This is the first time I have done an oil change with my current car. It was last done July 2015 before I owned the car. I did some research and bought the oil filter removal tool - The other problem was getting the correct oil (0w-20) which is quite expensive. I bought my oil from Euro car parts at £30 plus the oil filter. My earlier post below mentions the "wrong" grade by some of the major sellers. My drive is raised about 1.5ft above the ground level of my house, so I can access the under side without using ramps or jacks and stands. The under tray hatch is secured by three push fasteners - same as on the engine covering. Just push the centre of the fastener in, then pull the the outer to remove. Very easy. Old filter and gasket. Oil filter housing with new gasket plus the new oil. Sump plug before draining. Location of the oil filter under the car. Note the additional new fibre washer on the sump plug. The new filter also came with a smaller plastic attachment and seal for a different type of fitting. These were not needed. When everything was replaced, tightened and checked again, I reset the fasteners by pushing the centres out, then placing them with position after closing the under tray hatch. Press the centres home to secure the fasteners. Then refill the engine with the new oil. The key point is, Toyota saw fit to add the hatch to the under tray, instead of having to remove the whole lot, like other cars. That is a major time saving point! The only thing I may need to do in the future is the auxiliary belt. When I last checked it, the belt was fine. Probably get a spare.
  9. 3 points
    I have written on another topic on this forum regarding the replacement of the windscreen on the new 2019 RAV4. My RAV4 was 2 months old when a stone hit the windscreen on the 11th August causing the usual damage but also cracks across and down the screen. One crack was in the drivers view which means the police could charge with dangerous condition. If you are involved in an accident the situation would be a lot worse. The windscreen companies that Saga uses are Auto Windscreens and National Windscreens. Both have poor reviews on TrustPilot which are much worse that Autoglass. I was pushed into Auto Windscreens (AW) carrying out the work. So today, the 10th September, 1 month later the dealer completed the work. Here’s why.... 11/8 .. Damage registered with Saga on their windscreen damage phone number who is actually AW call centre. They found that they had to use a genuine Toyota Windscreen as no other companies make them. I checked with the dealer and the screen was available (~£275) on 2 to 4 days delivery and in stock in the UK. AW gave me an appointment date of 20th August. It takes them 9 days as the screen has to come from their central office in Birmingham and they source the screen through a Toyota dealer, then send it to Scotland. 20/8.. I took the car to the depot and received a call 20 minutes later to say collect the car as they need a trim for the top of the screen. Then given another appointment for 30th August. Again because of AWs logistics system sourcing the part through their system, Toyota dealer and Toyota logistics. 23/8.. I checked with the dealer on the availability of this top trim part (£140) and found it could be sourced in 2 working days. AW take 10 days. The dealer advised that it is not only the top trim that is needed as there are a number of parts which Toyota define as not reusable. See the attached diagram with the parts highlighted yellow and note the legend in the bottom left of the diagram. So rather than let AW discover they need more parts and waiting another 10 days, i ordered the parts (£120) and informed AW that I would take them along. AW manager advised they would remove the other parts from the old screen and fit them to the new screen. That is not possible! The dealer advises that some Toyotas have been I their workshop with the parts needed for the bottom of the screen missing after a screen replacement (screen fitters unknown). 30/8.. Took the car to the AW depot for screen replacement and TSS ADAS camera calibration. Went to collect the car, screen replaced but they said it doesn’t need calibration as the option does not show on their diagnostic gadget. The fitter drove it around and it recognised white lines and speed limits and said it is ok. The fitter actually didn’t have the software or it was out of date. I looked at the trim/ seal from the bottom of the screen and it was wrecked and total not reusable. I booked the car into the dealer straight away for calibration but as on holiday for a week booked in for today, 10th September. 10/9.. The dealer calibrated the camera. Time taken 1 hour so cost was 1 hour labour. So be warned if you have a broken windscreen. Make sure all the relevant parts are replaced by the fitter and use a reliable fitter or the dealer. Ask the insurance company to use a genuine Toyota screen and make sure the camera is calibrated statically. It isn’t dynamic calibration on this car by driving it about for an hour or so.
  10. 3 points
    Hi all I'm new to this forum and I am proud owner for a year of my Toyota Avensis 2.0 D4D with only 38k miles on the clock and here are some pictures. Love the car, I love toyota since my dad got his Avensis from 2004 and then Auris and then Avensis from 2014 (Red) which was my favorite. Here are some pictures of my car.
  11. 3 points
    Personally speaking,I spend 45-60 hours a week driving a 26 ton vehicle powered by diesel so have more than enough of them to drive a diesel car but in all truth I've never really understood the urge to run a diesel car unless you regularly tow caravans or boats. I understand that there has,for some years now until recently at least,a general trend in favour of diesel through salesmen and even government 'nudges' so it's no wonder a lot of people went down that route,including my parents but even so you couldn't convince me out of my petrol into a diesel.Not that I am now laying back with a smug grin now that diesels are losing their popularity like they're infected with the plague because the future is undoubtedly becoming darker for my beloved petrol engined cars aswell. Does it make sense? I think you pretty much answered your own question in that original post.At least,in your own terms and according to what matters to you it definitely doesn't add up but another man's poison etc means it still may make sense to someone else with different concerns although it's hard to imagine how it could but I'm sure it does to someone who does very high mileage or a lot of towing or carrying heavy loads. Again,for myself I always far preferred the way the petrol engine delivered it's power to the diesel (yeah,I know modern diesels are much smoother and higher revving but I'm bombing around in a £600 car that's nearly 18 years old,I like old cars and just not prepared to lay out thousands and thousands to buy a diesel that runs like a petrol despite being able to afford it).Petrol engines are lighter,generally handles,brakes and steer better than their equivalent diesel version.Parts are cheaper,petrol is a little bit cheaper and always has been I think and even now my cars is doing an avg of 40-42 mpg which is fantastic considering I've always been happy to get 30mpg out of any of my cars. If you do decide to part with your diesel has it lost a lot of it's resale value since the whole 'dirty cheating Volkswagen/anti-diesel' movement has swung into action ? In the now approaching 28 years I've been buying and owning cars which is now healithly passed the 75 owned mark (my T22 is 79th,I believe making the old Celica technically number 80.Bought as a parts car though makes it debatable so I don't count it).Over that span of time and the full list of cars I can say with 100% certainty that resale value has never once been a consideration,not even a passing thought but I know that the vast,vast majority of people approach car ownership from a common sense,adult perspective so resale value definitely is an important factor. I do feel sorry for all those people who bought diesel cars just as the consensus swung hard against them.Most people would have believed it made more sense because of the obvious generally held opinion that this was the case and who's to say they were wrong.Also just because the consensus has swung 180 degrees that's no reason to accept that the consensus has been corrected from previously being mistaken because the general consensus changes almost always because certain interested parties and their spokesmen tend to want it changed for their own particular agenda.If diesel was such a nonsensical option,more expensive for average use,more epensive to maintain and a lot less cleaner than believed why were they backed by so many parties who were accepted as having a clue. I'm not going down the conspiracy path but simply saying that you really should do your own homework and ultimately you're own thinking when it comes down to what actually makes sense for you rather than go with the weight of opinion as that has the habit of doing a 180 in a heartbeat without accepting any responsibility for those that believed in it and listened only to find themselves on the wrong side of the fickle court of public opinion (which isn't worth a litre of diesel if you ask me ).
  12. 3 points
    In my experience, very high tyre pressures will create less road noise, as less of the tyre is in contact with the road, but it will create more noise from bumps and potholes etc. Low pressures will increase noise as the tyre tends to flap about (a bit like when you have a puncture) but less noise from bumps. Ride will be improved by lowering pressures, as the softer, flexing tyre sidewalls take up the shocks from bumps and potholes, but cornering will be severely compromised. Of course all the other things you mention are correct, poor handling excessive tyre wear, as well as extended braking distances too, although handling and cornering at speed are not things that apply to us Prius drivers really. 😉
  13. 3 points
    Hi, my name is Andrew. I have been the proud and highly satisfied owner of a 1999 RAV4 GX since it was 6 months old. With over 188,000 miles on the clock and still running beautifully it's getting a bit tatty: lacquer peel on the bonnet & roof and lots of stone chips, I was thinking about a change. Guess what? Don't laugh, but I have just bought exactly the same model, spec & reg with amazingly good bodywork. That's at least another 10 years of happy motoring for me then 😂
  14. 3 points
    Possibly because motoring journalists in the UK are twenty years behind the curve, still obsessing over 'handling' and 'power' when such things have precious little value on today's overcrowded roads. They have been wilfully ignorant of hybrid technology for years, they have absolutely no interest in driving efficiently and they place zero value on reliability, preferring to be seduced by soft-touch surfaces and technical trinkets that bejewel the interiors of the German contingent. The PHV offers them nothing that they understand. Alternatively, it might simply be because Toyota/Lexus refuse to pay them the necessary backhanders to get positive reviews, which would at least provide a rational explanation for the otherwise inexplicable favour shown to so many ugly, poorly-built, archaic products from JLR, VAG and the rest of the German contingent. Except that if the ICE is cold (which it will be if you've been in EV for a while) then you'll fire it up at the bottom of the hill but it won't actually contribute to forward motion until it's gone through its initial warm-up cycle again. During that time, the battery will still be propelling the car even though the engine's running. Whilst this cycle doesn't last a particularly long time, if it's not a very long hill you could find that the battery has actually propelled you up most of it anyway. Even on longer hills, the ICE will remain cold after that initial warm-up and will therefore be running in its least efficient state whilst you're asking the most of it to drag the car up a hill. In terms of overall fuel economy, it is therefore not a good idea to invoke HV for 'occasional' hills on an EV journey. It might be a different story if the hills are more frequent, as the ICE could potentially reach its warm state and remain there. However, it's not really playing to the strengths of each mode - the gutless-by-design ICE will need help from the battery going up steeper hills in HV mode anyway, whereas the torquey nature of EV is more suited to handling inclines. These days, if I'm in HV mode and manage to 'earn' some EV range from regen, I actually choose to 'spend' that on an uphill stretch. Based on completely unscientific but extensive sad-man-with-nothing-better-to-do-on-a-boring-journey testing on my commute, that seems to yield better average mpg for the journey. Of course, fuel savings aren't the be all and end all. If you just want to spend more time enjoying EV mode on flatter stretches, using HV to go up hills will give you just that. All of which perhaps demonstrates another great positive of owning a PHV - there are many different ways to gain pleasure from driving it, none of which are 'right' or 'wrong', and always something new to try out. After a year, I'm still not bored with mine!
  15. 3 points
    This link refers to a conventional Prius gen. 4, and it's a French website, but if you allow Google to translate it for you, then it does give some extra insight on what is under the skin of that car (and your car?) from a sound deadening point of view. The Google translated version might eventually end up giving you a headache - or you might find the occasionally idiosyncratic text charming! https://hybridlife.org/threads/toyota-prius-4-2016-insonorisation-dorigine-details-et-photos.1408/ I did put this next link up a while back, this is a Czech soundproofing/audio-upgrade company website. They have thoughtfully taken photos of their upgrades as they take place. There is no gen. 4 Prius, but plenty of Toyota hybrids and others to examine - if you have time to spare! https://www.ahifi.cz/autohifi-montaze-do-vozidel-toyota/
  16. 3 points
    Now I’ve had the PHV for a massive 5 days it’s time for some reflections on the new beast. I realise now that I never had any great affection for my RAV4 Hybrid. It did the job, was practical, well built, reliable and very efficient compared to my Forester 2.0 XT. However, it was a little bland and edging towards ‘white goods’ territory like a Kia or Hyundai (personal experience of wife’s previous Hyundai i10 - nice little car but soooooo dull) The Prius PHV is something else. Can’t put my finger on it, but I think it oozes character, personality or whatever you want to call it. I may be smitten! It’s such a great drive. Not perfect - the soft ride can be a smidge wallowy on really poor rural roads, the previously mentioned road noise can grate, and the low ground clearance has been testing when pulling over on some of the almost single track roads here in Dorset. The power is perfectly adequate and belies the max 120 hp; and I speak as someone whose last car but one was a 240 hp twin scroll petrol turbo. I carried two passengers in the rear yesterday and they commented on how comfortable it was. They couldn’t believe that a car of its size had achieved nearly 100 mpg in the last 400 miles. Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’m confident it’s qualities will continue to impress me and hopefully it won’t be a case of the novelty wearing off. It amazes me there aren’t more on the roads. I’ve only ever seen two. I’m convinced that as a nearly new car it represents great value for money. Comparing it with run of the mill and over-priced products from the Germans, it’s amazing value. How on earth does What Car give it ** ?
  17. 3 points
    Yea at present all 2wd have an expected build from Feb 2020 and delivery from Apr 2020 Quickest eta's are Design & Dynamic JBL 4x4 with production Sept-Oct delivery Nov-Dec Dynamic 4x4 Pan or Premium production Oct Delivery Dec Excel 4x4 & Excel 4x4 JBL production Nov Delivery Jan ( except option trim colours, delivery Feb ) Excel 4x4 premium production Dec delivery Feb
  18. 3 points
    Whilst different tyres may have different noise levels, it's my experience that the amount of sound insulation in the car is a bigger factor than the tyres. My Avensis is noisy-ish (Nokian all-season), my BMW 5-series is almost silent (Continental summers) and in my elderly Mercedes S-class I can't hear the (Continental winter) tyres at all.
  19. 3 points
    I looked at sound deadening for the GS a while back and wasn't able to get any definitive sense of whether it would deliver worthwhile improvements. There was a school of thought which suggested that a significant amount of road noise is transmitted directly through the suspension components and the body itself, as well as indirectly through the windscreen and side glass. On that basis, adding extra deadening to the wheelarches would therefore not make a dramatic difference. It's also worth noting that the PHV supposedly has more soundproofing than the standard Gen4, which had considerably more than the Gen3 (which really did/does have a road noise problem). Even if deadening is effective, that may mean there are fewer gains to be made than for the older models. However, all of the above is based on internet piffle and supposition rather than hard facts, so I'll be interested to hear what you discover.
  20. 3 points
    I had supposedly one of the quietest (drive by and general consensus) tyres. Michelin Primacy, on my Gen 3 when I had it and the road noise was terrible. In contrast I had Toyo Proxes on my Prius+ which were rated as a noisy tyre and they were the quietest. I have Toyo Nano energy on the Gen 4, which are nice and quiet on all but the roughest surface and are generally slagged off as a noisy tyre. These are all 17" low profile versions of the tyres. I also have tinnitus and I think this plays a big part in how I interpret road noise, something to do with frequency and harmonic vibrations I reckon.
  21. 3 points
    Attached photos of ‘dirty’ Prius after 350 miles use.
  22. 3 points
    Hi Paul. Glad you happy with your PHV. Re road noise. Tyre design does make a difference to road noise, but so does the surface of the road. Sometimes the road noise is very low in my Prius, sometimes very noisy and sound can change as you drive along. Sometimes I think the change of surface is deliberate so that a noisy road can “waken” up the senses of a driver - a safety feature. Re car colour. My Prius Excel is the Hypersonic Red. I wanted that colour and as I was buying second user it was a hard search. Not only did I want that red, but also an Excel which has 17” wheels as standard and I wanted 15” so that made the search even tougher. I love the Hypersonic Red, I did when I was looking for it and still do, and I no youngster either, I am now 72 but consider myself very modern in many ways. MPG - of course I do not have a mains rechargeable battery, it our recent holiday in Gloucester resulted me getting 77mpg going there (Chester to Gloucester) using M6/M5, but coming home we stuck to the A roads (beautiful countryside) and did just over 88 mpg, photos posted on this forum of dash readings. Enjoy your “new” car.
  23. 3 points
    Just back from Stage 2 of collecting car. Completed 292 miles from Thirsk to near Dorchester without charging the battery and achieved 77.5 mpg on hybrid system alone. The journey consisted of a lot of motorway, a hour delay at virtual standstill and some snail pace whilst waiting for an air ambulance to land on part of the M18 we were on and a long stretch cross country to avoid bank holiday weekend traffic. Very pleased as at least 30 mpg better than my RAV4 hybrid. My normal use will largely be short journeys of no more than 15 miles each way so I can’t wait to see what mpg figures I can manage. First impressions are that it’s a very smooth drive with perhaps a little too much road noise (on Toyos BTW). I can live with this as I blame the dreadful UK roads and not the car. My son who works in the technical side of civil engineering (he runs a lab that tests materials involved in all aspects of road construction) tells me that things are finally improving and road surfaces are in the main much better now and finally approaching continental levels of smoothness, so tyre choice will not be as critical in the future. Being on the slightly elderly side, my wife and I are going to have to get used to climbing out from the recumbent position of the Prius, rather than falling out of an SUV like our Rav 4. The steering is excellent as is the cornering and general road holding that come with the new TNGA platform. The manual seats are annoying when you’ve been used to electric adjustment. It may be just that they are different, but the driver’s seat feels just a tad insubstantial compared to the Rav and I ended up with a bit of back ache which I did not normally suffer with the Rav. However, I seem to remember that it often takes me a few weeks to adjust to new car seats, particularly on a long journey. The infotainment ‘sounds’ great, even if very ‘Toyota’ in its implementation. As is the normal Japanese practice when it comes to these things, they are at least 5 years behind the Europeans. To be honest, in a number of test drives, I never tried the radio, usb, etc as I consider it secondary to the ‘car’ stuff. I was very pleasantly surprised quite how good it is. Finally, I have to say how impressed I am with Hodgson Toyota Newcastle where I bought the car. In view of the distance from my home in Dorset to Newcastle (well over 300 miles) I negotiated the deal almost entirely over the phone, having emailed photos of my car. Jack Hodgson, the sales manager, was honest, straightforward, transparent and a pleasure to deal with. Their car was immaculately prepared compared to some of the dross I’ve seen and a very fair price. I was beginning to think that most Toyota dealers were unprofessional, lacking in transparency and very slightly disreputable. Hodgson Toyota restored my faith and I wholeheartedly recommend them. Very finally, I’m so glad I went for Pearl White. As Jay says, it really suits the shape of the car. I used to dislike white cars, but I think it depends on the individual car’s shape and bulk. Coincidentally, having only ever seen one PHV on the road (Spirited Aqua), I was amazed to be nearly run over by a Hypersonic Red one at a motorway service stop on the way to Newcastle. First red one I’ve seen and very bold. Probably one of those colours where some days you love it and others you hate it! BTW, it was driven by an elderly gentleman like myself 😩
  24. 3 points
    It’s a woman’s voice - can you really stop a woman talking? Tell me how? 😄
  25. 3 points
    One possibility is if you go past a side road with 20 mph signs at the entrance, or particularly pass an entrance to a 20 zone on a roundabout, the camera can see this and think you are entering that zone. It normally corrects after a while, as Si says, from the SatNav data or if it passes another speed limit sign. In the menus I think you can turn off the beep but still have the visual warning, and you can also set a threshold before it starts warning.
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    Is that a (orange) warning light for your tyres on the right there? Could the car be alerting you to low tyre pressure? That may not be it but it's a place to start (don't forget to reset the sensor after any corrections).
  28. 3 points
    Well, after multiple attempts to have this fixed, (most companies couldn't even be bothered to reply), I decided to do it, with lots of help from my brother in law. This decision was inspired by a Youtube video by, Mad Fox, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F7CySrt4Co Thanks to Mad Fox for the video. There are other videos by Peter Finn on Youtube, that helped. FOR MY CAR a Toyota Avensis, 55 plate, 1.8 VVTi Hatchback (ZZT251R-ALMEKW 1ZZFE 01.2003) Tooling. General hand tools, good quality gear puller - with thin claws, torque wrenches, to cover values of of 16 to 118 Nm. (M10 x 1.5 thread, long bolt, with large washers and large nut, to assist in squeezing the gears / bearings in).Parts used. I bought the two bearings, input shaft rear, PFI P/N B25-238D - cost £11.62 and output shaft rear NSK P/N B25-163ZNX.C3, cost - £19.73. Toyota ones will be more expensive and will most likely be the same. Also need Loctite 242, or equivalent, to threadlock certain parts. Gear Oil GL4 75W90, 2 x 1 litres is enough, 1.9 litres used. 2 x aluminium crush washers required for the gearbox drain and fill plug, Toyota P/N 90430-W0001, (or source similar OD 24mm, ID 18mm, Thickness 2mm). Silicon gasket - Toyota P/N 00295-01281, or equivalent spec, -60C - +200C. Only the output shaft bearing was worn, almost to destruction but it's worthwhile doing both once access is gained. The bearings were replaced with the gearbox still fitted to the car. For access, the left wheel, engine and gearbox trays were removed. We also removed the battery and air filter box, so that we could remove the forward and nearside engine mounting bolts, to lower the gearbox a little. Watch the video by Mad Fox above on the basic steps of the job. It's not too hard a job to do and could potentially save you a lot of money / your gearbox. I will try and attach a video of the issue with my bearing and some stage photos. Torque values Fork Bolt 16 Nm - with threadlock Bearing Cover 27 Nm - with threadlock Output Shaft Bolt 118 Nm - staked Outer Gearbox Cover 18 Nm Oil filler and drain Plug 39 Nm 1.mp4
  29. 3 points
    Thanks guys. I soldered everything back together and noticed he’d chewed through an earth wire nearby too, fuel pump now spins up and she starts. 👍👍👍
  30. 3 points
    REVvvvvvv up your engines ,scotty says nooooo ,would I put a can of degreaser in my old worn out oil ummmm Nooooooo.watched my neighbour put a tin of forte engine flush in his rustscort mk4 years ago . the bottom end was a knocking within the week but hey it's up to you if you want to listen to the snake oil salesman.
  31. 3 points
    Good news! In Poland since few days it is mentioned in price list document - Android Auto & Apple Carplay option for about 200£ (1000PLN) https://pdf.sites.toyota.pl/spec_nowa_corolla_ts_kombi.pdf I've got additional info from Toyota Motor Poland - that connect option is possible for car that will be produced since October 2019 There will be also an update available in 2020Q1 for existing cars for about 500PLN
  32. 3 points
    Normally the owners manual actually advises against the use of fuel additives. There is no need for oil flushing agents on a regularly serviced engine. On a neglected high mileage unit then maybe, but even then its debatable. At under 10k miles its a complete waste of money. These extras are a high-margin little earner for the service dept.
  33. 3 points
    Let us hope Toyota tech digits are extracted soon and our "state of the art" Toyota models can catch up with inferior competition who do offer smartphone connectivity? My one and only disappointment with my car.
  34. 3 points
    Like previous posts, towing the the trailer had absolutely nothing to do with the unfortunate event of oil loss. That car is more than capable of towing that weight. When changing the oil filter previously the large o ring may not have came off with the old filter and was stuck on to the car, and so you might have ended up with two o rings which when under pressure could caused the oil leak. Therefore gradually losing oil and eventually the filter working loose and blowing off. That could be another explanation for your oil loss.
  35. 3 points
    Any one watch Formula-E, the alternative to F1 petrol driven cars (although they have a Hybrid system). Formula-E, all electric F1 type cars, came on the scene about 4-5 years ago. They race mostly in cities, not race tracks, around the world ie Rome, Paris, New York etc. When F-E started, drivers had to pit about half way through to change cars. Their batteries would not last a full race and stopping to charge is not a viable option. SO, a spare car with a full charge had to be available. When a driver pitted was up to race strategy built on how well the driver had "looked after" his battery. This year a car can, and does, a full race on one battery. You see, technology has advanced to make batteries smaller and more powerful. That technology in F-E is transferred to road cars. Further, a race driver can choose if he wants, to run (race) over a different part of track to normal racing line, and pass over a booster station within the road surface. SO, he gets a battery boost meaning he can put his foot down more, because he has extra energy available in the car to do it. Going off the racing line will cost him time, so he has to weigh up the advantage of an extra power boost, against the disadvantage of taking a second or two longer. Point is, the battery charge came from a "charging station" under the road surface. Thats where F-E is today - that technology will be available in electric road vehicles "tomorrow", its there, being tested and refined in racing situations where reliability is key to being successful, its not fairy story, its real. Just think where that technology could be............ M-Ways (inside lane?), approaching roundabouts (cars slow enough to pick up large chunk of charge), entrance to supermarket car parks (extra slow speed, bigger charge picked up). How would that suit the house/flat holder with no drive and no easy prospect of using a "home" charging point.? Problem solved. The start of the industrial revolution is what, less than 200 years ago. Just imagine what will be done in the next 20-40-60 years. Mind boggling
  36. 3 points
    My car is kept in a locked garage overnight and private car park at work so I just don't worry about it. There're some good hints there but personally I like keyless entry and wouldn't want to have to go back to holding my keys 🙂
  37. 3 points
    Very interesting experiment and it validates what I have always thought about Toyota/Lexus hybrids, just bung it in D or R and let the computers do the rest.
  38. 3 points
    My previous Avensis Executive 2.0. A sudden Lexus infection made me sell it for a RX300 which was a bad decision.
  39. 3 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.
  40. 3 points
    Like some others on this forum, I am not entirely convinced that Toyota is so far behind everyone with EV tech. Their hybrid program has included nearly all if not all technologies require to build a totally electrical car. They have one of the most slippery bodyshells on the current prius and this includes quite wide tyres and a radiator grille-( both items known to cause drag). They have electrical motors able to power the car along, they have kinetic battery recharging technology, electrical power control technology, charging technology and battery technology and mass production experience. Putting a Toyota next to any one of its EV competitors highlights their competitors weakness. Nissan , for example are only successful with small cars with big batteries. Tesla have cracked the range, power and battery issue but the cost of the tech is astronomical.Renault have fallen rather short of the mark made by Nissan but have also gone along the route of putting big batteries into a small car. Nearly everyone else is trying to use their petrol engined chassis as a lack lustre EV or hybrid. Only BMW have really had a good go at things but their very space efficient I3 is a bit of a draggy little lump at cd 0.29. My impression is that for the time being , Toyota are keeping their powder dry whilst battery and motor technology slowly improves to the point where producing a vehicle which will carry 4 persons and their baggage 300miles between fuel ups ( charges ) is commonplace and affordable.
  41. 2 points
    The Mrs has been using are touring hybrid for a 7 mile m5 run and an 10 mile town and out on country lanes for a week now and is getting 59 not on trip. As soon as she’s hitting slow traffic it boosts the mpg. We are definitely saving on fuel. Talked my mum into getting a 67 reg Yaris few months ago she loves it and getting more mpg than us, by the sounds can’t be sure for definite as she doesn’t care. Her words she’s doing more on the fuel, it drives lovely and it’s red. But she doesn’t do motorway driving really. I would say your be better off
  42. 2 points
    Saw this today on Twitter -
  43. 2 points
    Well I'm back with another episode of my Carina car show, this episode was filmed a few months ago, and I appreciate the views.
  44. 2 points
    Hi, yes it’s a rust buildup and may be more from the inner side of the discs so not visible through the wheel. You can try few harder stops in Neutral while driving downhill like that you are not using the regen and only breaks so easier to clean them of. The car been sitting for a while in dealership so it’s normal behaviour. Regards
  45. 2 points
    ECO also slightly reduces the strength of heating and a/c cooling to save a little extra fuel. I've used ECO mode almost 100% of the time since I got my Gen 3 Prius in 2012 (Gen 3 was the first Toyota Hybrid to get ECO/PWR modes from 2009). To start with, I only used it on snow/ice, as the more gentle introduction of power makes pulling away easier to achieve without wheel spin. Soon though, I just found I preferred the way it mapped the throttle, which suits my generally relaxed driving style. I can still accelerate rapidly when necessary by pressing the pedal further. Very rarely I briefly switch to PWR (Sport in the RAV4, but it's the same thing by another name - I guess the term Sport mode doesn't sit well with the Prius ethos) when pulling into very fast moving traffic. In the RAV, I also occasionally select Sport mode because it adds a G force map to an All Wheel Drive display that shows torque and slippage on each wheel individually - it's not particularly useful in normal driving, but interesting. When friends have driven my cars, I've always started them off in ECO, then switched to Normal, and they've all opted to stay in Normal mode without exception. On the various chat forums I frequent, several people over time have stated they've standardised on Normal mode after a period in ECO and found that their mpg hasn't been any worse, one or two even claimed better mpg. I guess we each decide what works best for our own preferences,
  46. 2 points
    Logic would suggest you are right in assuming that performance tyres would be noisier than eco tyres, but logic doesn't always apply to tyre choice. In fact, I'm not sure it's possible to draw any general conclusions about which type of tyre is quietest, or indeed to get any accurate idea of how noisy a particular tyre will be, without actually fitting them to the car and testing yourself. On thing that can be said with certainty is that the official manufacturer noise 'ratings' on a tyre are worthless because they measure external drive-by noise, not internal cabin noise. Some tyres with a lower noise rating may actually be noisier inside, because the tread pattern might direct more noise towards the car rather than away from it. Even reading reviews and magazine tests where they measure internal noise isn't going to yield any really useful info unless they happen to test exactly the same tyre size in exactly the same make and model of car. There are just too many variables. A quiet tyre on one car could be noisy on another, depending on which frequencies are transmitted through the different body and suspension structures.
  47. 2 points
    The Touch 2 with Go is actually two separate units: Touch 2 this is the DA ( Display audio ) unit as fitted to most Yaris Go navigation this is the MEU ( Media extension unit ) that can be added to the above to give additional media and navigation functions Both units have separate updates the XE#### firmware is for the DA unit and it is not published for general consumer use however you can access it via Toyota's public access site at www.toyota-tech.eu you will need to register ans some access is chargeable ( you can pay by hour, week, month etc ) the latest version being XE3953 if you have a fault or a good relationship with your dealer then you can get this done by them as a favour or under warranty. The MEU is updated in conjunction with the bi-annual map dates if you have a car under 3 years old or a fault with the navigation then you can approach your dealer for a free update under the 3 year "map guarantee" or warranty otherwise the update is chargeable. I have had a good read through the update guide for the DA and have found why you are having issues to update a DA unit with a CD player fitted with a MEU you need to move the lead from the USB out of the MEU and into the DA as you cannot update the firmware in the DA through the MEU, to do this you have to remove the DA from the dash & disconnect it form the car swap the plugs rebuild, update, then switch all the leads back. I suggest speaking to your dealer and seeing if they will do this for you or using the website above and following the relevant technical service bulletins step by step.
  48. 2 points
    OK, it is 1 point of reference & therefore suspect but European deliveries/sales of RAV4 were up 41% in June 2019 over 2018 http://carsalesbase.com/european-car-sales-analysis-june-2019-models/#more-54243. If it is a trend you can understand why lead times are stretching ...
  49. 2 points
    Rather like Mike, I'd concentrate on the oil side/aspect. IMHO, I don't think your towing a trailer had anything to do with the problem. There was no increase in engine temperature, which would have suggested the engine was working harder, and even if it were, the fan(s) would come on, or you'd ultimately stop to allow things to cool down. Questions: Regular oil changes? I'm wondering if somehow an oil line could have become blocked, or the pressure relief valve was misbehaving somehow. When did you last check the oil level prior to the fateful trip - any possibility of fuel leaking past rings causing increased oil level and higher pressures in the crankcase (although I can't see how this could cause the oil filter to burst). What was the oil level after you'd switched the engine off, as you lifted the hood, or had most of it been lost? Good luck with tracking down the problem
  50. 2 points
    Like everything else, range will be improved, Hydrogen is here in the UK and more stations are planned. The Police are taking Mirai because they need to reduce their carbon footprint in London, EV are no good to them, the cars are hot swapped and cannot wait for charging to take place. When the supermarkets can see an opportunity to MAKE and sell Hydrogen AND make money they will be on it, then you will see production expand. Toyota have released all the patents for fuel cell technology so it can be expanded and improved, it is here, it is not going away. I for one am quite excited by it...can you tell? lol as I was with Hybrid in 1997, look where that is now



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