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  1. 3 points
    I'm surprised you say that, I had a 2000 and 2011 Yaris and with the rear seat slid fully back there was loads of room for four fair sized adults. Even when we went for a weekend away with 2 friends and we all had overnight bags, with the rear seat half way back all the luggage went in the boot and everyone still had enough leg and head room. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Yaris from 2012 onwards, I simply couldn't consider one as there's too little legroom in the back and headroom even worse. Not to mention the generous interior oddments space of earlier models became one very small glovebox and virtually nothing else.
  2. 3 points
  3. 3 points
    I got my Gen2 new in Jan 2007, and 12 years & 107K virtually trouble-free miles later have just handed it on to my newly-married daughter. I say virtually as a couple of years ago the ABS warning lights came on, but this turned out to be a problem with the sensor and not an ABS fault. I've replaced the 12v battery once and the exhaust system once. There's no way I would give my daughter a car that I didn't think was totally reliable. No technical info to share, but for what it's worth in my view if you've got £5K to spend on a 2nd hand car, you could do a hell of a lot worse than a Gen 2 Prius.
  4. 3 points
    No I am NOT going to break out in song........ Its what a difference this nice summer type weather in February is making to my mpg Here is my very latest Prius Gen4 mpg. Sunday 24th Feb was a return journey of 8.5 miles each way. Tuesday 25th Feb, we travelled about 18 mile to Warrington, then moved around that town, Wed 26th Feb Was a return trip to Sheffield area. Today 27th Feb Was 2 return journeys in the local area, largest of which was 5 mile each way, so mostly on cold engine starts. I very impressed with these figures, cant wait for the real summer to come. I just love my Prius.
  5. 3 points
    Hi, Your garage should not have made you a quotation or told you 'to keep an eye on it'. On my mk1 Aygo, the water pump started to leak very early. One day, I brought my car for regular servicing and I was asked to schedule a day rapidly to have the water pump changed. It was replaced under warranty. Your situation is usual with car dealerships. As long as the car is under warranty, there is nothing to worry about, it can wait. And as soon as the warranty has expired, everything needs replacing urgently 😄
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    The displayed range after a full charge is not directly proportional to your battery capacity, it is based on previous journeys and other data. Your efficiency will be down during winter due to lower ambient temperatures. The battery will generate heat while charging, but that's not enough. Li-ion batteries like operating temperatures closer to 20 degrees.
  8. 2 points
    The rear seats have great flexibility I agree, but I'm over 6ft and passenger space is limited compared to my previous auris and avensis. Good point, there are so many storage compartments in this model. Even one behind the steering wheel! How does this model hold up to rust? All I can really see is the rear beam has surface corrosion all over it but nothing a rub down won't cure. Also does anyone have a recommendation for a set of spark plugs? I've seen Bosch and ngk for sale around £30 for a set. Thanks
  9. 2 points
    Great purchase 👍 You don't see many of these Yaris these days, if your going to tinker with it the guys to talk to are Se7en Motorsport great guys and with the engine been a celica one they know them very well.
  10. 2 points
    our 04 Yaris 1.3 is due its test next week. The previous test showed advisories for rust just about everywhere underside. However the tester was very picky in this as he also listed as an advisory the bottom edge of a rear door that had a few rust bubbles in the paint. That definatelt should not have been an advisory. I have worked away with a finger sander and chipping tool on the rear halfunderside of the car and after cleaning it up have mostly done it with Hammerite and then Bitumin Underseal. Lots of superficial rust but no holes so the back half should be ok, No time to do the front but visually the back was much worse than the was worse than the front. So my question is who has had a Yaris fail the MOT through rust in the structural bits and where abouts on the car was it. Also was it possible to repair it?.
  11. 2 points
    The latest episode of The Carina Journey has just gone public on my YouTube channel. Feel free to take a look, thanks.
  12. 2 points
    Don't know where to post this as I found advice in several of the RAV4 sections of the forum, but having had the RAV4 dashboard light up like a Christmas tree, and having looked at all the excellent posts on here, was able to alert my mechanic to the fact that just because the ABS and brake system and VSC warning lights were on, this did not mean a complete breakdown of the entire ABS system, and that they might check the brake pedal actuator no matter what the code fault reading was. And the brake pedal actuator was indeed the culprit ... it makes such a difference even if you don't fix these things yourself to be able to walk into the repairers with a hint of where they might start looking. Thank you all contributors. 😋 Btw, having paid for the diagnostic and the minimum 1-hour labour (a reasonable total of £64), I had fitted the £28 Toyota genuine article rather than the £7.99 option. Didn't seem worth paying for the cheap option if I had to fork out another £64 sooner rather than later ....
  13. 2 points
    it's a Nextbase 380GW so you can Google for reviews of that. Obviously it's a front camera only so if you want front+rear or if it doesn't have features that you wanted it's not suitable. If you go for it I would definitely get the dealer to fit rather than Halfords.
  14. 2 points
    Hi we took out the new Toyota Corolla 2.0 for a test drive last week and we loved the drive. So we went to place the order for a Corolla Excel 2.0 in Bi tone red then the dealer said no spare wheel comes with the Excel hatchback even though there is space for a spare. The dealer said if we order a Corolla Design model or lower models in Corolla you can have a choice of a tyre repair kit or a space saver. We even tried the parts department and we found no spare wheel available. We have contacted Toyota asking if we could order or in the Corolla at a later date a spare wheel will be a option at a later date and the answer no as this will change the CO2 emissions because of weight. Which we can not understand as you can have a panoramic glass roof as a option which weighs more heavy than a spare wheel kit. So at the moment we walked away from the Toyota dealership without ordering a new corolla as we wanted a spare wheel get even from the parts department.
  15. 2 points
    Hi I have had a test drive today in the all new RAV4 it was the 2 wheel drive Dynamic full leather. In a word brilliant. Ultra quite in EV mode apart from a slight wine from the electric motor on moving off and on stopping, it wasn’t a problem AT ALL to start with I thought it was an emergency vehicle in the distance, I kept looking in the mirror expecting to see police/ ambulance . On the dual carriageway. It was very quite on full acceleration noisier in sport mode , back to normal driving mode and I was pleasantly suprised by the lack of engine noise that was present in my 2014 Prius Plus when flooring the throttle ,there was always lots of engine noise whilst waiting for the CVT to catch up. a vast improvement in the new RAV4 . When the car goes from EV to petrol engine and back again you can’t tell ,even if your listening for the change The cabin was very well screwed together the driving seat was easy to get my ideal driving position (6ft) comfortable and very supportive . Back to the dealers and parking up so quite in EV mode full rear camera . Very good test drive with dual carriageway and town work . next test driving Lexus NX on the same route, followed by the Audi Q3 Sport 35 TFSI S tronic They have quite a lot to do when you consider the RAV4 5 year warranty and 2 years interest free finance . Plus the RAV4 is an all new design
  16. 2 points
    As Konrad said they are excellent cars to buy used for someone that intends to hold onto them. very reliable naturally aspirated engine to minimise potential expensive issues down the line & reasonable economy very reliable auto box estates very flexible/practical long manufacturer warranty that is transferable to new owner cheap to run The downside for someone looking to buy is relatively few petrols around & even fewer available for sale 😛 Hopefully for an owner that translates into an easy sell when one does want to. 😄
  17. 2 points
    They do hold their value, I bought my 2012 Prius+ T-Spirit at 6 months old for £24k (IIRC new was around £29k) and still got £17k trade in 3 years later for it, well pleased, it meant I got my brand new Gen 4 for £11k. 6 months old seems to be the sweet spot for value, it lost £5k in first 6 months then only £7k in the next 3 years.
  18. 2 points
    The Prius+ is quite a bit more expensive. But you will get much more back when it comes to selling it. Taxi drivers and other professionals are keen to get their hands on them. It is such a solid car. We have both Toyota and Lexus hybrids. The Prius+ is the one that has held up the best. After 130.000 miles it still drives like new. Nothing has broken on it so far. Several previous comments on fuel economy. I can say that we have done a fair amount of mileage on the German Autobahn with the Prius+ fully loaded with and without roof box and winter tyres. The worst I've managed is 41MPG. That was cruising long stretches at 90-100 MPH. On UK motorway speeds, expect to get around 50. The only downside of the plus is lack of towing and that it's a bit dull to look at. But it is good to drive, in a relaxing way (it certainly is not fun) and you can munch through the miles on motorways or navigate city centres without effort. The TomTom derived built-in SatNav works but is not very good. Oh, and I almost forgot. I've used the plus for band gigs. Fitting drum kit and amps and cabs. No problem when you fold both second and third rows.
  19. 2 points
    depends on insurer - always best to check beforehand.
  20. 2 points
    I have now modified the Vac Gauge to suit connection to my Inlet, using std 4mm pipe. I forced a steel nipple into the main body with a piece of old Morris 1000 dizzy rubber elbow (never throw anything away!) Here is the new 4mm red silicone pipe I will re-do my carb and dizzy with (nice tight fit onto the gauge) 2sav
  21. 2 points
    That to me is totally unacceptable from the dealer and Toyota Greece. Who did you contact at Toyota Greece...... go higher up the management chain...... to a high level. Dont ask if 4mm is acceptable.....TELL them it is NOT acceptable
  22. 2 points
    Hi, It was indeed the same problem. This is what I found after removing the air filter box: No gear position sensor as far as the eye can see! After some searching I found it a bit further to the left and down, below the grey cable: (you can see the attachment point lit up in the bottom part of the picture). After reconnecting it the error vanished and everyone is happy :)
  23. 2 points
    Funny how things turn out - I had a test drive in an NX in 2014 and eventually decided against partly because the ride and seating were just too firm for comfort (odd for a Lexus - perhaps because it was the F-Sport version?). I wrote up some notes at the time: http://www.biwel.com/pmb01/PeteBs Lexus NX Test Drive.pdf - they were aimed at a Prius owning audience to some extent so some of the comments relate to that. At the time, I wasn't interested in a RAV4 for a number of reasons, but the new model does appeal, partly because as I get older my hips are starting to protest at how low the latest generation Prius sits to the road. A big downer for me is the lack of a Heads Up Display - something I've grown to use extensively for the last 7 years and almost 100,000 miles. One saving grace is the new digital dash on the RAV4, which means I can choose a digital speedo (I hate old fashioned dials - not had them for 19 years and over 300,000 miles), although I wish the speedo digits were as large as those on the Prius. That's something I'll have to weigh up carefully once I get a test drive in an AWD RAV4. It's a shame we don't get some of the features the US market gets (even at extra cost), like heated screen and washer nozzles, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats and digital rear view mirror that isn't blocked by luggage or rear passengers. US reviewers have generally been complimentary about the ride comfort of the new RAV4, but said the road and wind noise at higher speeds is higher than they expected or would like. Something else I'll be considering careful (and measuring with my decibel meter). Once I get my test drive I'll try to post some notes here too.
  24. 2 points
    Thanks Jeff 👍 aren’t forums great,like minded people helping each other . POLITICIAN’S please note
  25. 2 points
    Doubt it would bother them to be honest, have you seen the video? Low life thug prepared to pull up in the middle of the road, hold the traffic up while he steals the cat, not bothered in the slightest, plates on his car probably cloned so the chances of finding him would be slim
  26. 2 points
    Oh they do! Battery powered angle grinder, sod the noise it makes, several can be stolen off the likes of Hilux etc in a minute, just grind through and gone, causes thousands of pounds of damage. We keep all our Hilux locked up in the workshop at night
  27. 2 points
    The 1.33 can suffer from carbon build up on the valves/valve seats causing poor valve sealing and a lack of cylinder compression, symptoms can include: Poor startability / extended cranking Poor / unstable idle Engine stalling Lack of power Excessive oil consumption Engine rattle The official fix/modification was a big one consisting of modified: Rocker cover, Piston oil Jets, Piston Sub-Assy, W/ pin, Ring set, Piston and a strip, clean and rebuild of the Cylinder head in all about 20 + hours of work in a workshop.
  28. 2 points
    Bear in mind regard;less of other factors, the range will decrease in colder weather and should improve again in warm,er weather. So when comparing EV range, you need to compare with range figures produced (or estimated) at similar temperatures. I've spoken to a few (first generation) PiP owners who said they got 12 ish in the summer and 8-9 on cold winter days even when their cars were fairly new.
  29. 2 points
    It's stated in the manual that reduction in capacity is expected over time and use, and the warranty also states that this is not covered - unlike other manufacturers (maybe Nissan?) who do state a specific loss in capacity that will be covered by the warranty. I don't think the health check really takes loss of capacity into account. One thing I would suggest is to check your brake calipers are moving freely and lubricate the guide pins (slide pins?) at least every 2 years, especially the rear brakes. I gained nearly a mile in range after sorting out mine, though I had to replace all the rear pins as they were badly corroded. Regarding fuel consumption in its current state: I'd recommend starting the ICE during some higher speed/low traffic section to avoid any unnecessary idling during the startup phase. @altocumulus I'd say your observed reduction in range is down to the change in ambient temperature and road conditions in winter. It should go up again in the coming months. I don't know how you're putting up with no heat up there!
  30. 2 points
    What is covered under each service is detailed on Toyota's website - https://www.toyota.co.uk/owners/service-mot-maintenance/servicing - and this has been the case for a number of years. I've had service plans on each of our last three Toyotas, and have been aware from day one of each service plan, which services were included. A plug change is included as part of the Full+ service, but if your service plan was only for Intermediate and Full services, a plug change would be extra. To know what one is paying for, in my opinion, is an essential part of any purchase. Aside from the above, as your car is over five years old, you could have taken advantage of Toyota's Essential Care scheme, which reduces the servicing costs quite substantially - for the Auris £120 for a silver (intermediate) service and £200 for a gold (full) service. Also til the end of 2019, there is an offer of a silver service and MOT for £99. See the link above.
  31. 2 points
    Surprised how little interest there is on here, in the motoring press and in general. It is a good looking car with a very high spec even at the bottom end. Considering it's actually in the showrooms it is surprising there are no decent reviews yet in the main motoring press.
  32. 1 point
    This is not an issue, simply one characteristic feature to bear in mind when chosing one's car. As you say, the best thing is to test drive the car. When I lend my Aygo, many drivers stall. While most people will certainly get used to it, a young or old driver might dislike this and end up burning the clutch rapidly.
  33. 1 point
    is the boot size of any importance to your mother you probably wont get a decent size suitcase in the boot of the aygo as it is really small you maybe be better off having a look and have a test drive of an aygo before making any decision
  34. 1 point
    Looks like you have H11 dipped and HB3 main if two separate reflectors. Fog H11. Osram Night Breaker or Philips X-treme Vision are among the best, nearly always at the top of their game. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/accessories-tyres/76760/best-car-headlight-bulbs-2018 although the test is for H7 this is a very similar bulb to both yours. Avoid Chinese LED conversions, unreliable, dazzle and often poor light, same goes for HID conversions, please consider those drivers coming towards you. Lots of people rate PIAA, these very expensive bulbs nearly all rate poorly on test, and are beaten by the likes of Osram and Philips. PS Blue bulbs look fancy but give poor light.
  35. 1 point
    Hi Scott & Pete, just been in touch with Toyota & yes they are having problems with the MyToyota site. However, I've been sent a link which seems to be working & im currently downloading the zip file. Hopefully the internet will remain stable & the whole file will download. Just in case anyone needs that link it's, https://www.toyota.co.uk/tme#/my-toyota/eStore/purchased Scott & Pete thanks for your help & concern with this problem.
  36. 1 point
    Cheers! Found the necessary files.
  37. 1 point
    I am just saying some drivers need a proper spare wheel, and should have the choice of buying a full size as an accessory, the previous Auris estate had room for a full size spare.
  38. 1 point
    Last time we used a spare on either of our cars was 2005.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Hi, I've been a Prius owner for 12 years but just stepped up to a 2018 PHEV Excel. Working my way through an owners manual that makes War and Peace look like The Beano. I'll be browsing the forums for helpful shortcuts!
  41. 1 point
    That looks to be a bit more of a job than a smart repair, there are quite a few wrinkles in that wing. By all means call out one of the "Chips away" style companies but that looks more like a bodyshop repair Kingo
  42. 1 point
    Glad you got something sorted at last, Tony....a saga you could have done without of course.!
  43. 1 point
    he sounds a right pain, i have some surface rust already on my front lower control arms and at the bottom of my front struts and that is on a 66 plate, not the best quality bottom edge of the door is not structural and shouldnt even be put as advisory
  44. 1 point
    Hi Michael, I had mine done by The Wheel Specialist which is a franchise, they have a depot in Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Manchester around Derbyshire, In Feb/March 2018 had 4 wheels on my 17" Prius done, cost me £75+vat (£90) per wheel. I left the car with them by appointment 3pm on a Wednesday and picked the car up 25 hours later (they need them overnight). Tyres come off, new valves, beautiful finish and you can choose same colour or lighter/darker/black/blue/white etc. All signs of previous owners kerbing gone. Obviously you need to get home and back in the morning, dont think they do B&B yet 😀 Google The Wheel Specialist. They get 4.9 out of from previous customers, including me.
  45. 1 point
    Yes Its well known now that with ever more powerful lights like HIDS we all get dazzled now I dont understand why it is legal when in the old days u get nicked for too bright lights ...
  46. 1 point
    By way of an update and answer to a few of the points raised; I visited my local dealership today (Norwich)... They have a showroom car in - an icon in obsidian blue and demo due in first week in march. Speaking to the sales guy, he confirmed the dynamic was the same features wise, as the excel but had faux leather, bitone paint schemes, heated sports seats and upgraded 18inch alloys as standard. I was given a 10 min demo in the icon and I have to say I was very impressed. Obviously didn't get up to speed in that time, but the ride was very smooth, throttle, steering and brakes responsive and accelleration was verging on brutal when floored from a standing start. Overall a lovely car and all being well once the demo car is in (dynamic, AWD with the jbl speakers and panoramic sunroof) I will be ordering. I was told that current orders are due to be delivered 2nd week of May. I'm a company car driver, so adding the co2 emissions, decent mpg and sensible p11d value to the above makes the Rav4 a very compelling option. Sent from my LYA-L09 using Tapatalk
  47. 1 point
    I have a 2010 Yaris 1.3 manual and it is slowly losing power, when once I could zip up hills in 6th gear I'm now changing down to 4th gear. The car has only done 81500KMs I have had it from new, and it has a full service record. It is now starting to hunt whilst idling and sometimes cuts out on me when waiting at road junctions etc. Thinking the obvious I ran a full tank of petrol mixed with injector cleaner and this has achieved nothing, I am now running a second tank full to try again. I took it back to the agent and they said it was the fuel /air sensor and we tried a new one but it was exactly the same ( there are no dash warning lights showing by the way). The spark plugs are fairly new and have been checked and tested, the air filter is clean. Anyone experienced this before?
  48. 1 point
    Out of interest how old is the battery? The puff of whitish/greyish smoke is probably unburnt diesel from the failed start. I would have thought. is your car a 150 or 180 bhp model?
  49. 1 point
    I had a quick look online (at a well known auction site) and saw a set of 4 for £29.99 and free delivery within a few days. I use a magnetic pick up tool to remove the plugs as they can be quite far down inside the cylinder head. Some spark plug sockets have a rubber suction grip inside which works ok too.
  50. 1 point
    Yes, I felt that the Gen 3 was easier (according to the brochure Gen 3 ground clearance was 5.3" and Gen 4 5.1" - but of course that's not the whole story). I think the general setup in the Gen 3 will feel very familiar (plus you get more space in the front armrest box) The Auris TS will beat the Gen 4 Prius on rear headroom, not so sure about headroom - I could sit in the back of my Gen 3 ok but not the Gen 4. (both versions of the Prius beat the TS on rear legroom though) The boot is similar on the Gen 3 & 4 Prius - although in the latter the cars with a spare wheel will have slightly less than those without, and the Gen 4 lacks the underfloor space then Gen 3 had.


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