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  1. Finally today was the collection day! Here's my 2.0 Design HB ordered 1st Feb
    10 points
  2. Thanks everyone for your comments so far. For the past 30 years I’ve owned Audi/VW vehicles, 5 with manual boxes and 6 with DSG boxes. I’m now retired but used to travel extensively throughout Scotland using mainly A and B class roads. One of the main criticisms of the DSG box was that it was a little bit “jerky” when emerging from junctions but with a light right foot you could eliminate that issue. Otherwise, the DSG was excellent over undulating and winding roads which some automatics might struggle with. Anyway, my needs have now changed as I now travel mainly on urban roads with occasional trips on the motorway. I did have a doubt about the CVT box on the Yaris Cross but after an interesting test drive I decided it was the car for me. I couldn’t believe that the car returned 76 mpg over a very short trip on the motorway followed by an urban route through the south side of Glasgow. Really impressed with Toyota and look forward to getting my Yaris Cross in the not too distant future. Please keep the comments coming in. Cheers
    9 points
  3. I was looking to order a Yaris Design in scorched orange for next March(ish) hence my username when I joined the forum 😄 However after much online searching I found a Launch Edition 71 plate (so MY21.5) in excellent condition with protection plus pack and front/rear dash cam installed. So I'm the proud owner of my first automatic and my first hybrid. I'm really enjoying it after driving manual cars for many years. It's not orange despite what the log book says but I love the red with contrasting black roof. I'm pleased with the mpg too for my short local journeys. I did read lots of posts on this forum before deciding, so you could say that many of you had an input in my decision 😘
    8 points
  4. Collected! Nice to be back in a Corolla, I’ve had a VW Up for the last 3 months, this now feels like a limo..
    8 points
  5. Very pleased with this after four month wait from order to delivery, Dynamic Premium PHEV. Great timing to save on petrol, reliably delivers all my local runs on home charge up to 50 miles.
    8 points
  6. Finally picked up today after exactly 6 months waiting to the day. Dead chuffed 🙂
    7 points
  7. What worked for me is: First you push towards the body of the car, mainly on the upper side of the side cover (blue arrows). You'll notice that the upper right side of the plastic cover pops a little bit outwards (purple arrows are the hooks that maintain the cover attached to side of the tail light). Then you have to play around carefully to try to get the third hook to disengage from its position, pretty slowly, and considering as well repeating the process of the first step, but with the bottom section of the plastic cover. You'll end seeing that all the three hooks are detached and you can then play around with the plastic clips that attach the cover to body of the car through the mounting points of the tail light (last pictures). All the steps should be done with patience and care, the clips are quite delicate and the plastic used a little bit soft. The whole design is little bit lame! All the water drainage path (cyan arrow) is intended to go behind the tail lights and the rear bumper, and around each of the screws that attached these elements to the body. It's just a disaster waiting to happen... I more or less cleaned the whole assembly last week and it's filled with pollen and leaves all over again. I'll try to find something that blocks the access to seeds, pollen, flowers, insects, etc, and allows water to go through...
    7 points
  8. Yup. It always has been. Remember, the first car (ignoring the French steam powered 'trolley') was electric and made in Britain. I'm an engineer and a geek since childhood. I knew even then that electric is the way forward. If you were around back in the late 70s and 80s, we thought we would have depleted earth's oil resources by now, and the world succumbed to acid rain, so the thinking of Plan B was always there. The problem we had in the past was cramming in batteries with enough power (it was lead acid back then) and having compact control systems that could finely modulate high enough currents demanded by the powerful electric motors. There are so many benefits of electric motors in terms of power delivery, power:weight ratio, and service life. The biggest problem with still have, is with the power source. Whether this is batteries, hydrogen or something else. So far, nothing comes near fossil fuel in terms of power density (unless you want to carry some enriched uranium and a reactor in your car). BUT, that doesn't mean we should give up and just say it's impossible. We've made huge advancements in both battery and control system technology and I'm sure we will come up with progressively better tech. For instance, we now have incredibly good semiconductors that can handle incredibly high currents, incredibly fast and with incredible precision. That has meant that we have been able to move to 'synchronous', or brushless, motors that have only one moving part and no brushes that wear out and that can be super powerful with very small losses. And before I get slammed and stereotyped: I'm not a tree hugger. I'm as much a petrolhead as many. I work on cars, I tune engines, drive round tracks and love the noice! At the same time, I'm also a pragmatic realist that love technology. Steam and combustion were really important stepping stones for us, but that's what they are. We have some cool things ahead of us. Not least from Toyota.
    7 points
  9. Finally here! Love it! Ordered 4th Feb. (1.8)
    6 points
  10. When I passed my test in 1975, petrol was around 73 pence per gallon (16 pence per litre). So it has gone up a bit since then ......
    6 points
  11. Just been contacted by the dealer to collect our Design Yaris next week! We ordered mid Jan 2022, never had tracking work on MyT but original estimate was May-Jun so quite happy 🙂
    6 points
  12. Yes but driving for a few minutes with the windows open gets rid of much of the hot air inside the car, and the air con then doesn't need to work as hard to cool the car down initially. Both the AA and RAC advise this practice to cool a hot car down quickly. I find the windows only need to be open for around 0.5 miles.
    6 points
  13. That’s completely wrong about Toyota hybrids, perhaps left over general opinion from uneducated auto journalists. Toyota hybrids are light weight, efficient and easy and nice to drive. They have gradually improved over the years and currently if you about to purchase a car different from full ev then there is no better choice new or used. Except obviously if you have a specific needs like ultra small petrol manual, or large pick up truck or perhaps a sport or high performance car. For commuting, business travel or for a trade like taxi, delivery, fleet Toyota hybrids are the best and here is why: 1. Drive nice and easy 🚗 2. Minimal maintenance cost 💲 3. Most efficient ⛽️🔋
    6 points
  14. Rattles in ours are normally lipsticks, loose shoes, sunglasses or perfume bottles scattered around. Not mine I may add. 😬
    6 points
  15. https://mag.toyota.co.uk/2023-toyota-corolla-revealed-with-latest-hybrid-electric-tech/?fbclid=IwAR03931yOJFikNYSGLq7Bpm-BDf1PdRRlOZTlcahkyv5bTWlENlbCsY6a_k A word of caution as mentioned in the link exact UK specs will be revealed later so do not take this as verbatim for UK cars or any other market to be honest
    6 points
  16. I have to admit, I’m learning a hell of a lot here from this discussion. I’m hearing some of the thoughts I think myself, and then some counter arguments, and then responses to those. Actually very very insightful as a 26y/o interested in where we’re genuinely headed in terms of car technology. And rare to find online discussions that are productive and full of real world info even where people disagree. So glad I joined this forum.
    6 points
  17. It is technically a CVT but not in the traditional sense where it is driven by tapered bands. It is connected to the differential by gears and not by a chain. It uses the MG1 input motor to control the ratio of the epicyclic gear train. Mine has zero lag and in fact it feels more like launch control taking off from a junction. I’ve got the Yaris but I’ve got a Cross on order (November was suggested by the dealer but I’m not holding them to that). I took my neighbour for hers on Sunday. It’s every bit as good and looks the part. I’ll be fitting steps and mudflaps soon which I’ll document.
    6 points
  18. Your buyers remorse can't be as bad as Fourbanks' "bought from the wrong marque, everything about the car is wrong, I didn't see this coming, but I'll make a thread about every little snag" remorse 😁
    5 points
  19. Well, I am pleased to say that this 19 years old Yaris has passed again. The tester was very helpful and informative. Just surface rust again on some underside components, the same surface rust that I paid good money last November to have wire brushed and waxoyled. A simple enough job for a long established garage with "fully qualified motor technicians" one might think. But no, the incompetent charlatans had brushed a thin coat of black paint on the inner cills without any prep from the look of it, which they claimed was underseal. Even if it was underseal , still wrong as all this does if applied on surface rust is seal the rust in and make it worse, which is very different from my request to wire brush and waxoyl. Indeed it's showing through the black paint already. The good news is that all it needs is doing properly now before it becomes more than just surface rust. Of course, the problem now is finding someone to do this simple job which I would do myself if I could . I think the best plan might be to see if I can hire a ramp for a couple of hours and employ a reasonably intelligent chimp to do it , they certainly could not do a worse job of it. So yet again the old tricks of the motor trade are alive and well, charging top money for work not done ,and the bit that was done , done wrong.
    5 points
  20. If you really,really want the Touring Sport and you can afford it then just buy it Sam. Your ticket marked "LIFE" does not have a return option !
    5 points
  21. Who says a Yaris can’t be a tow car
    5 points
  22. Is there anything about your car you like? I'm sure every thread seems to be you whinging about something.
    5 points
  23. TBH I don't understand the obsession with leather; It smells funny when it gets wet, you slide all over the seat when cornering, it's like sitting on lava in summer and liquid nitrogen in winter, it marks easily - esp. e.g. light-coloured leathers and jeans! My favourite seat material is still the unusual plushy stuff my colleague's old Passat had - So comfortable! I've never seen another vehicle with it alas...
    5 points
  24. Take the sun visor off, then you can use the card as contactless. 😃😉 All tips are foc.
    5 points
  25. Arrived at the dealership this morning just in time to see my dynamic awdi being unloaded from the transporter, had to look away in case it the driver miss judged it!!! Don’t realise how dirty they get in transport. Only taken eight months one week to arrive “not long “ PDI now then it’s mine. sorry to sound gloating.
    5 points
  26. Maybe an alarm upgrade is required on the Yaris - this alarm seems to offer decent protection.
    5 points
  27. 2014/15 was around the time the more expensive gas began to be used in new cars. For example our previous i20 (2015) had the more expensive gas (1234yf). Should be a label in the engine bay possibly on the pipework or on the underside of the bonnet, saying which gas the car needs.
    5 points
  28. just an update: Funny enough, the £107 from dealer 1 has cost me £47 at dealer 2 and it arrived in just 3 days. They explained that the cover does not need to be painted, it comes already in the model colour. Super customer service, when I paid the part, the gentleman went inside and brought me the invoice. -Oh, thank you, but where is the mirror cover I have just paid? "-It is in you car, I have just fitted." Isn't nice when someone goes an extra mile for customers?
    5 points
  29. Was such a great feeling to pick up the car on Friday, really happy with the performance, it did 50mpg from Dublin to Belfast today. And the 2.0 absolutely takes off, especially coming from a Golf to this. I nearly hit 90mph when I overtook somebody on the motorway, I really didn't appreciate how fast the acceleration was.
    5 points
  30. The alternative to a "pouch" is to put the key into low power mode. The key will then no longer respond to "pings" from the car. i.e. in low power mode, keyless is effectively disabled and the radio relaying stealing hack will be ineffective. Pull the car door handle with the key on you and with the key in low power mode and nothing will happen. The car won't unlock. Pressing the unlock button on the key, brings the key out of low power mode. It's an easy and convenient alternative to "permanent" changes via diagnostic kit. This doesn't work for earlier Toyota systems (certainly up to about 2011/12), but does seem to work for 2016 systems onwards (possibly earlier). It does work on yaris cross. It is detailed in the car handbook for at least the cross, but basically: Hold the key lock button in and while holding lock, press unlock twice. The key led should flash 4 times to indicate low power mode. If the second key gets very little use, low power mode is also useful for prolonging the battery life of the second key, by putting the second key into low power mode. (Note, the above is different to some cars going into "low power" mode and disabling keyless, which it does if the car's not been unlocked for approx 7 to 14 days (model and year dependant). You then have to unlock the car by pressing the key unlock button).
    5 points
  31. Speaking of fuel consumption in the motorways, I have managed 62.2 mpg from portsmouth to Heathrow 😁. I have the 1.8 corolla TS. Driving at 70mph with active cruise on.
    5 points
  32. This is one of the main reasons why I bought a Hybrid.. After testing driving a Corolla with a HUD, it felt like a mini game for me and it pushed me to drive in a better a more gentle manner and it really was a pleasure to drive on busy roads, made me more patient.
    5 points
  33. Been in similar situation- had non dpf VAG pd diesel, which was torquey and fun to drive. Had Ceed albeit 3 pot turbo petrol, good. Have 2 litre hybrid and it is the best current option. It would do 50 mpg easily in mixed driving conditions. It won't beat diesel on motor way ie if you do 70 mph on motorway with hybrid and diesel car, you will find diesel better to drive but hybrid will always beat diesel in urban areas, and it won't have dpf related problems.
    5 points
  34. I was once asked to go out with a driver who complained about poor MPG, I asked him to drive normally along a route we often used. He took off like Stirling Moss, we only went a few miles and asked him to pull over. I hit him with a few choice questions about his style of driving and asked was he showing off or was that normal? He was quite put out, I asked him to drive "normally" back to the dealership. On the way back I didn't think he was going to stop for a roundabout, he didn't, he went over it!! I asked him to pull over again, he did and I got out. I said he drove like an idiot and driving like that he was lucky to get the MPG he was getting, I also asked him never to come back and complain about MPG as I would never put another member of staff in the car with him. I walked back Now then, I am not saying you drive like that, but it is amazing how people "think" they drive. The best way to drive ANY car to get good MPG is anticipation, look ahead, back off the throttle sooner, try not to use hard braking, if you are looking well ahead, you should be able to hardly use the brakes. I do 40 miles a day, some A roads, some dual carriageway, I can get between 65 and 74 MPG in my Corolla and I don't hang about, I get up to speed and back off the throttle, you would be amazed how much you can save by being a little gentler on the car and anticipating the road ahead. My AC is never off and I am nesh, I like the temperature at 22 in the winter and 19 in the summer, I don't worry about those things, better than having a window open
    5 points
  35. Have you considered a Auris hybrid car? No DPF is the first advantage, but lots more
    5 points
  36. It’s for a car with 5 stud wheels. They have an extra locking wheel nut.
    5 points
  37. I think the point some are missing here is the OP's observation that activating the indicators without any other control input is enough to cause the car to accelerate toward the target speed. The car will do this even though the immediate result is to reduce the gap to the vehicle in front below that configured in the ACC settings. Presumably if the driver doesn't steer the car there will come a point where the ACC decides to back off again.
    5 points
  38. Tempted by this, looks like some significant upgrades, haven’t even picked up my MY22 model yet and already got an eye on its replacement.. 🙄
    5 points
  39. I've already waffled on for quite a while, but also worth pointing out that I chose this particular example because it also thematically sums up the personal motivations many different people have in this discussion, particularly in terms of emphasising the "benefits" of ICEs vs the drawbacks of emmision-free alternatives, whilst largely ignoring/minimising the health consequences (particularly of diesels). I will chose another hyperbolic analogy, and I preface this by saying I am not targeting anyone in particular or their lifestyle choices, only taking a very specific tack to make a point in this discussion - it is like a caravanner saying "well I *need* a diesel, because otherwise I can't go on holiday".... then following it up with "so I don't really care if my grandkids or their children have a significantly higher proportion of respiratory disease, and live a life of higher illness burden, probably dying younger than they otherwise would have" ...... is 2-3 weeks per year in Eastbourne really worth it...? Now, no non-psychopath would ever genuinely think like that, but we all are intrinsically prone to a thought process that forgives our own transgressions due to personal priorities, whilst demonising other people for circumstances where we are not fully informed of all the facts (otherwise there would be no such things as tabloid newspapers!!), but seeing as everyone's vote counts for the same, to make genuine health/environmental change a genuine priority at a geopolitical level, society as a whole needs to accept certain personal and economic sacrifices in the short term, but the full benefits of these will not be seen in many peoples remaining lifetimes.... (and I say this in the full knowledge that many millions of people in this country alone live at the lower end of the economic bell curve, and would be impacted exponentially harder by economic downturn) This is not a simple problem!! 🤣
    5 points
  40. In another thread you wrote this - “I did check at the weekend at the dealers on the GR sport and the ones in stock were the same” Clearly not a ‘bodged job one off’ if they are all like it. Sell up. Move on.
    4 points
  41. Obsidian blue metallic has plenty of sparkle to it, it can appear quite dark until the sun hits it then it changes completely. On this pic you can see the different shades it gives..
    4 points
  42. It seems that the op really should have done his homework before purchase rather than afterwards!
    4 points
  43. The topic is about Hybrid Driver Scores and the OP drives a HEV ... it's not about MPG so the PHEVies can reasonably play too! 🙂 But, there seems to be very little correlation between Hybrid Driver Score and economy. Over two legs of the same journey, my wife returned a HDS of 99 and 37 mpg while I (or rather radar cruise) managed an HDS of 85 and 48 mpg - both legs were of the order of 100 miles along UK motorways ... I doubt that looking at HDS on single journeys is really meaningful - if we want a league table we'd need to work with averages over a month at least. But, TBH, it would be more 'fun' to see who can get the lowest HDS on a single trip over 30 miles, say. (no, I'm not being serious ... 😉 )
    4 points
  44. Thing is, once bonnet is opened, alarm will go off, but they stand there with baseball bats and machetes to warn people off. What chance have you got - other than to shoot the wankers in the head. If you have a firearm of course. 😡
    4 points
  45. Picked the car up today. Very pleased. First impressions: extremely smooth and relaxing to drive. Coming from a 240bhp A4 I was worried I’d be bored but it makes you drive much more sedately but still has a decent bit of power if needed. Quite nippy away from the lights too. First trip on the motorway and was surprised at how good the lane tracing and adaptive cruise was. Will be very handy on a long trip. Seats are supremely comfy. Road noise is so so. Definitely not as quiet as the Audi but that’s probably also due to the Toyota engine being much quieter. Noticed I was running on ev mode for a decent chunk of the motorway earlier - really cool.
    4 points
  46. Hi Cyker, Dealer name with excellent customer service is Toyota Yeomans Worthing. Put a nice customer review on google for them. A not very nice to the dealer who sold me the car at Toyota Marshall Horsham unfortunately. Shame Yeomans did not have the car I wanted when I wanted, but for services and any parts I will come to them.
    4 points
  47. The starter battery is charged from the HV battery whenever the car is in READY, the engine doesn't need to be running. However, the car has all sorts of conditions for when it'll run the engine. When the engine is cold, it wants to warm all the emissions kit up for best operation. Whilst it's doing that, it tries to use the battery for propulsion, as the engine is running inefficiently to warm up as quickly as possible. I suspect that's what you might be seeing.
    4 points
  48. i don`t know why people worry about things they read, if its never happened to you chances are it will never happen just drive as normal and enjoy the car fretting about things that may never happen is pointless .
    4 points
  49. Yeah, I find it weirdly pleasant how driving the car just relaxes you. I don't know if it's magnetic waves affecting my brain or something but I just feel super chilled in the car, don't feel so annoyed at the terrible driving of other people, just leave them space to get themselves in trouble without it affecting me and roll on. It's less "YOU $$*$&% *$&$£&£($ MOTHER*$&£"^" and more "*shakes head* *sigh* Pillock." That said I do still sometimes just plant the accelerator while laughing maniacally, e.g. when I'm first at the lights, but that's just a statistical anomaly... (This thing is soooo fun to drive )
    4 points
  50. I'm not sure about exact dates, but mid 2009 is when Auris got 6th speed on 1.6 engine, and also when 1ZR-FAE replaced 1ZR-FE. But being based on 1ZR-FE, might mean the gearbox sits. I don't think you will get any better MPG due to high wind resistance when using 6th. Only advantage might be some 200-300 rpm drop in 6th speed, as opposed to 5th, on highway. I doubt anyone here can give you a straight answer, if you are lucky and have access to the gearboxes, you can make a quick cardboard template of old and new, and see if it sits. Looks similar, but can't be sure without a template. There's also the difference in clutch setup, old one seems to be using a normal fork, 6 speed seems to slave cylinder inside the clutch (must be nice when it start to leak). I think i read on someone doing similar thing on Avensis forum, but it was a diesel. No issues apart from shift up/down getting a little confused as it does not know there's a 6th gear. Left is 6 speed, right is 5 speed.
    4 points
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