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  1. 10 points
  2. I hope my wife has a Harty appetite for a Huge helping of humble pie. Apart from being a little embarrassed I think its in everybody's interest that this matter is resolved. So what caused the stops x 2. My wife did. Not being used to autos she forgot the "tuck left leg behind the right " yes double foot job🀬 . The garage had the car in and down loaded all available data and sent it to Toyota UK. They were really quick, I was told anything connected with braking was top priority. They were right. Toyota UK sent back to the garage pages of data and an assessment of the cause. Com
    9 points
  3. Got my 2.0 litre yesterday. Oh my word what a car. Drove back from swindon to Bristol and got 58.8 mpg. Wife took it out today and got 59.9 mpg on a short trip. Magnificent car.
    8 points
  4. If the Hybrid battery is full and you continue to regenerate the car will "waste" the excess power by using a MG ( motor generator ) to turn the engine over, it has to loose the regenerated power as it cannot store it so it looses it as kinetic energy via the engine.
    7 points
  5. I am delighted to say that I have today taken delivery of my new RAV-4, ordered in June last year, it came into the country late March, it's been in lockdown but arrived today. It looks great, i have only taken it around the block but so far its seems well worth the wait. I am very pleased.
    7 points
  6. Picked up the car on Wednesday in accordance with the social distancing regulations, so quite an unusual experience, albeit quite painless. The major issues were accessing the customer toilets, which are out of bounds, and the explanation of car controls from a distance. The car was spot on, everything as expected, and the handover went without a hitch. First impressions of the car: Scarlet flame looks majestic on the Excel TS The seats appear to be full leather (was expecting half leather) The car is already Apple CarPlay ready (was expecting it to be a necessa
    7 points
  7. Although I generally have no time for What Car - possibly the worst car magazine on the market - I get emails from them which I must have inadvertently signed up for and have not bothered to unsubscribe from. Having little to fill my time during the lockdown, I had a browse through a recent email which had a link to a video (I think it was produced at the end of March, so quite recent): β€œ2020 best plug-in hybrids (and the ones to avoid)”. Needless to say, I knew from the outset that the Prius plug-in would be one to avoid! The top 10 best plug-ins were of course, with the exception of 2 V
    7 points
  8. My car was due in for service next Monday, but all the local Toyota centres are closing due to Coronavirus and my centre therefore cancelled the booking. This is clearly a sensible move on their part to protect their staff, and one which I fully support. However my car's already at the recommended mileage interval and as a key worker I'll still be putting on the miles, going well past the usual leeway point. I was therefore pleased to get a very swift response from Toyota UK when I queried where this leaves the manufacturer warranty, providing reassurance that this will still be honoured
    7 points
  9. I feel I need to add a quick update. What a car! Ive had it 13 days today, covered just over 1000 miles in that time, most for work. Total average MPG 53.4. Had a job today in Wigan, 160 miles round trip from Wolverhampton, mainly M6. Set cruise at 70 (50/60 though roadworks) comfortable, effortless, cannot fault. I do find though that this car gives better MPG on A and B roads than sat on motorways. A previous day I traveled from Manchester to Derby dales and though Buxton and then to Stoke on Trent. I would say at least 50 percent was in EV mode. On motorways with cruise the R
    6 points
  10. At 11 years old I felt it was probably time to invest in a new battery. Although the old one showed no obvious signs in daily use of failing I had become aware that the Stop/Start rarely cut in. I had also done some 'unofficial' discharge tests on the old one such as turning headlights and heated window on and seeing how the voltage held up. The voltage seemed to head south pretty quickly hitting around 12 volts after just a minute or two and very quickly reaching the 11.8 region. It was OK like that for 10 to 15 minutes though in fairness. The original Exide battery gave no clues to its
    6 points
  11. So, 1 week and 700 miles later what's the verdict? Love it, even with the minor Multi Media niggles which will hopefully get sorted Tuesday. So far according to MyT my average overall MPG is 57 which I dont think is too bad at all for this time of year. Ive seen a high of 64 and a low of 48. Had a bit of a play today on some back roads to the shops and in Sport even this 1.8 aint slow, whatever the figures say, but even though it can do it I find the car and me much happier in Normal Mode. But forgetting the economy its just such a lovely car to drive, I was a bit sceptica
    6 points
  12. Mowing down pedestrians is part of the fun! 5 points for a 20 year old holding a McDonalds bag, 30 for a Starbucks take away coffee customer! Seriously, you do have to be careful, I am always ultra alert in shopping centre car parks etc, where it is normal for people to just step into the road without looking, anyway. What with the Auto headlights flashing on and off unannounced, so drivers pull out in front of you, it can be a lot of fun out there.
    6 points
  13. Buying cheap tyres is never a good idea to my mind. Tyres are the only thing ensuring that your car goes where you want and stops when you want.
    6 points
  14. Well, it appeared that the dealer made a mistake and the microphone replacement is for RAV4. Finally I have CarPlay and they installed it free of charge as promised.
    6 points
  15. Toyota Apple Carplay and Android Auto Retrofit Treads below; https://www.toyotaclubitalia.it/threads/mini-guida-per-upgrade-carplay-android-auto-corolla-my19.76217/ https://www.clubtoyotacorolla.com/threads/retrofit-car-play-y-android-auto.3324/ Taken from another site: Summarizing to make the RETROFIT of our Toyota: USB1 : http://streamtechdoc.toyota-motor-europe.com/techdoc3/retrofit/Harman_Intervention_Script.zip USB2 : http://streamtechdoc.toyota-motor-europe.com/techdoc3/retrofit/Full_upgrade_package_Harman_Panasonic_17MM.zip USB3 : http://streamtechdoc.toyo
    6 points
  16. I have the 1.8 and it's just alright, fortunately with the electric motor you get a pretty good acceleration from a stand still but as you accelerate more and more the less power you get. I would suggest to do a test drive with both engines and see which one you like most. However the consensus is this, if most of your driving is in the city and you're usually stuck in traffic and you don't go on the motorway all that often go for the 1.8. If you do go on the motorway a lot (and you don't want a diesel) you go for the 2.0 for the added power that you get. The 2.0 gets similar consumtion figur
    6 points
  17. For some reason, most of the British motoring press see CVT as some sort of insult to humanity. If they got over this irrational hatred, they might be less dismissive of the Toyota hybrids.
    6 points
  18. I would be very interested to know how long you had left the car parked up before your battery went flat. Could be a useful warning for other owners.
    6 points
  19. We bought an 04 1.3 T Spirit Yaris 3 years ago for my wife to drive as she finds the Avensis a bit bigger than she is comfortable with in tight car parks. Anyway I bought it in a rush but it looked good, the engine was immaculate and only 41k miles. It seemed very good until I took it for the MOT after 6 months. It failed on the back brakes and handbrake (needed new cylinders and shoes etc which |I did myself) but the tester said there were so many Advisories that it was not worth spending any money on. These advisories were all to do with rust :- Back crossbeam, suspension arms both sid
    6 points
  20. Hi all, Ive done an Intro in new members section but thought Id say hi here too as its here Ill probably tend to stay around. Collected my new Icon Tech 1.8 TS yesterday from Motorline Cardiff, shout out to Peter the Fleet guy, a fellow biker too, who made the hand over as painless as possible in this weird time. Bit of a culture shock with all the Tech but Im pleasantly surprised so far, some said I would find the 1.8 a bit flat compared to my previous Astra CDi but actually it aint bad at all and from the lights I dont think there is much in it, overtaking at higher speeds d
    5 points
  21. We had two cars with black paint - a metallic Nissan and a pearlescent Honda. Both showed every mark, nick and scratch, no matter how slight, and we said we would never have another black car.
    5 points
  22. Season 1, Episode 5 - at last, the season finale! πŸ˜€πŸ‘ The call came this afternoon - "your car is ready!" I've been to collect it, they've filled it with petrol and cleaned it inside and out, and it is now sporting a little led inside, a plate underneath and a couple of new window labels announcing it has a catloc to hopefully deter any tealeaves. Apparently the new alarm is very loud, but I hope never to hear it.And I've registered the new catloc - it's not an insurance scheme, but they've security marked the cat so I have registered that. I enjoyed my drive home and I'm glad to have my
    5 points
  23. And I welcome you to season 1, episode 3 of the saga of my catloc! I got a call today from the Aftersales Manager at the dealer. She told me that she's been fully briefed on what has been going on with my car (should have referred her to this forum!) Apparently they've removed the catloc and ordered a new fitting kit as when they fitted it first time it wasn't "guided in correctly" (this sounds like made up technobabble for they didn't fit it properly and wondered what all those leftover bits were for). She was very grateful for my patience, she is personally overseeing the job now and th
    5 points
  24. Ok, getting really anoraky nowπŸ˜‚. I'll be the first to admit that its unlikely I could drive like this all the time, but it does show whats possible 15 mile trip down to Newport this morning. Mix of dual carriageways, with some inclines but nothing very steep, and city streets, put " Hybrid Driving Brain" into full action, but still got up to 60/65mph crusing, and ended up with this:
    5 points
  25. Why would you 'charge up' behind someone slowing for traffic lights? That's bad driving. It's adding unnecessary wear and tear to the brakes, reduces your ability to handle the unexpected and wastes fuel. If you can see traffic lights ahead that you will have to stop for then lift off. That's far more fuel efficient, reduces (possibly eliminates if your timing is good) brake wear and means that if something unexpected happens you still have all of your braking force available to help deal with it. It also encourages you to have a far greater awareness of the traffic and road conditio
    5 points
  26. Specifications for the new MY21 Corolla were issued today Orders for MY20 Corolla not in stock or in production are now closed and orders for Unavailable MY20 Corolla will be switched to MY21 supply with orders opening in November ( subject to runout of MY20 models ) Demonstrators Showroom display and customer deliveries expected in November. Icon models gain 7" LCD Multifunction display, (replacing 4" LCD) & LED fog lights Icon Tech models gain LED fog lights Design models gain new 17" wheel design, New Interior trim, & Ambient interior illumination. GR S
    5 points
  27. Hi Guys Some good news for a change courtesy of Lincs Police β€œ5 men arrested & 2 cars have been seized in the early hours of this morning in Holbeach. This is in relation to our on-going inquiries into the thefts of catalytic convertors in the Holbeach and Spalding areas. Any info, please give us a call on 101. β€œ ow.ly/ekd650D57J6
    5 points
  28. Picked up the GR 2.0 today absolutely love it. Ash Grey bio. I’ll get some pics up soon.
    5 points
  29. Headlights quite inadequate on full beam - fit better bulbs Very poor internal storage - its a small car thing TPS switch almost inaccessible - How often do you need to reset the TPMS ? Time of Day only in 12h format - if we are stuck with it, why have no AM or PM indication? - Not an issue tbh - look out the window see if the moon or the sun is out Speedometer reads 10% high whilst odometer is spot on - 10% at what speed ? Turning circle way too wide - Not an issue it's on par with most cars i have owned but then again i live in an area that all the roads are tight re
    5 points
  30. I don't. There's rarely any need (nor much opportunity) to push the car that hard. Most people on the road barely tickle the accelerator anyway. When I'm in traffic I can potter around without ever entering the PWR range, even if I make a 'lunge' across a roundabout. Sticking to the ICE gives more than enough acceleration to keep up with most people around town. And there's not much point trying to go faster anyway since all it will achieve is arriving at the next set of traffic lights a few seconds earlier. In fact that's true on the open road. I pretty much gave up overtaking years ago
    5 points
  31. Too much work and hassle for small amount of HP gained. You said you just bought the car, which is why the best advice is, sell it and buy another. Besides, i would not try to get much out of a tiny 1.2 engine, considering the size, it does not have that much to give, and you would just be risking engine damage trying to get some decent increase in power.
    5 points
  32. Sell it and buy another one with bigger engine.
    5 points
  33. I had it installed last week (Android Auto). Some things are better, some things are worse. I end up using a mix of the Toyota system and the AA system. If the phone is not plugged in, the system works exactly as pre-install. Phone connects automatically to Bluetooth, USB song files can be played. Using the phone when plugged in: if AA is operating on screen, hitting the phone button on your steering wheel brings up phone menu on the big screen. You then have to select favourites etc using the touch screen. If the AA screen is operating, you can't use the pop up dash screen (behind t
    5 points
  34. I have a foot attached to my leg for my pump
    5 points
  35. Yes, but I don't care who made the promise. The sales person is employee of the dealership, which is official representative of Toyota. And we have here so many people from different EU countries with so many different dealerships that demand and expect the same thing - obviously this is not a single case of someone personally deciding on its own to take advantage and promise something...Obviously they were told so globally. And obviously, that leak proves the development of the update is already done. So Covid is not an excuse anymore. We are not talking about difficulties like
    5 points
  36. I used dental floss but it took about half an hour and I didn't manage to remove all the glue. The 1.8 is absolutely fine for all normal and reasonable purposes. I don't accept this modern fascination for power. You can navigate Britain's roads perfectly well with a lot less than 100hp. The Corolla has more power than that and consequently far more power than any competent driver actually needs. There's enough surplus power to allow for a little fun. You'll keep up with anything short of a rabid BMW or Audi and the sooner they naff off into the distance the better.
    5 points
  37. I can think of three good reasons that Toyota should do this for free. 1. Customer relations. 2. The environment. It's surely not a good thing that the gas is leaking out so readily. 3. Reputation. They don't want to get a bad name for supplying a poor quality product. They should want to repair it so that they understand the problem to ensure that it is an isolated problem. My Avensis is 12 years old, the A/C has never been topped up and it works perfectly. If yours isn't working after one year, it has to be covered by their warranty.
    5 points
  38. You just wait and see. Mpg's going to improve 10% the next 5000 miles. My own 2.0 is doing 63 mpg at the moment.
    5 points
  39. I have driven the Corolla on test drives with both engines, but don't own either. As well as all the above, which I agree with, here are some other thoughts: At least initially, drivers often comment that during spirited acceleration, all the previous Toyota hybrids to varying degrees, have allowed the engine revs to climb quite high and the engine to be quite vocal (some have described this as 'mooing'). Some find this off-putting, at least at first. This is quite a contrast to 'normal' driving where the engine is very, very refined. The 1.8 engine an improvement over the ol
    5 points
  40. I had a test drive with both engine sizes before ordering the 2.0 (well SWMBO told the salesman the engine size, colour and spec we were having when he asked me and I was not arguing with her as I was getting what I actually wanted plus additional brownie points for it looking like it being her choice!). I'm also a fairly relaxed driver but the 2.0 was chosen mainly due to the longer distance touring we like to do with bikes on the tow bar and a boot full of luggage. There is definitely more poke when the need arises with the 2.0, and the mpg is hovering around 55 with the engine yet to be r
    5 points
  41. Completely agree. Just look for example new octavia/leon/g8... Skoda even has usb-c outlet near the rear view mirror for dashcam. And their dash display (honestly, toyotas dash is garbage compared to others) and infotainment screen is waaaaaay nicer then ours. And here we are, debating whether we will get technology from 2014 in our cars. Small details are what makes a big difference in user experience. Honestly, if it wasnt for the hybrid drivetrain i wouldn`t even look at this car. And i am totally convinced that such details were a factor while selecting new car, for many.
    5 points
  42. 2019 1.8 hybrid hatchback. https://photos.app.goo.gl/TCfFgYR4SNCmie8X9
    5 points
  43. Do you use a mobile phone, do you use social media ? or have a debit or credit card if so all that you posted is insignificant
    5 points
  44. Toyota and other car manufacturers have spent millions of $s Β£s on Research & Development to bring a new model through all its stages of testing etc into production, let it be a fully plugin electric, a self charging hybrid or a plugin hybrid, using the best automotive brains and technology available to them. Therefore I think its highly unlikely that an individual would be able to improve on that, no disrespect intended. Enjoy your new lovely Toyota Corrolla.
    5 points
  45. My 2011 Auris with 79k miles broke down last week. The AA were very prompt to arrive and diagnosed a failed Inverter/Converter & towed the car to the nearest Toyota dealer. Fortunately I have an extended warranty so it was repaired at no cost to myself. The labour time was just over 2 hours. I believe I could have faced a bill approaching Β£2k. I'm reporting this in case anyone else suffers the same fate to their Mk 1 Auris as the interesting thing is that the dealer put in new unit which is listed as belonging to a Mk2 Auris. You can pick these up used on ebay for circa Β£25
    5 points
  46. 1.8. vs 2.0 we can talk about it for ages, +&- for both. I will go for 1.8 and here is why: bullet proof since 2016, very efficient, I drive a lot and 10mpg difference can equal 1000’s of savings in long run, power is enough, all you need to do it’s floor it in power mode, makes a difference, if anyone said that 1.8 it’s not enough powerful for everyday use even on motorway journeys, or they never floor it or they just want Prius to perform like golf GTi, its not possible. 1.8 perform exactly as any standard petrol non turbocharged and any turbocharged diesels up to 1.8 litres automa
    5 points
  47. Hi James, you must be one of the sensible drivers to get those sort of mpg figures. More then a few of the new Corolla drivers seem to want to put their foot to the floor every journey they make then grumble when they can’t achieve anywhere near the officially quoted mpg figures.
    5 points



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