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  1. 5 points
    The day finally came on 13th July 2019. My new car arrived to the dealership on Friday and after they added the Toyota protect to the outside and the inside, we picked it up on Saturday. I have to say, the pictures don't do the car justice in this case. I'm so glad we went with the red color because it's stunning! It looks great on pictures but has an extra WOW effect in person. I went all in on the car, 2.0 hybrid, panoramic roof, HUD. JBL and Adaptive suspension were the only things I didn't go for. I'll add some pictures so everyone can see 🙂 As for the car itself, coming from a 2006 Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, this feels like a space shuttle 😄 The level of noise in the car can't even be compared, the ride comfort, acceleration, ease of driving. I really feel like I'm driving in a premium class and brand car.
  2. 4 points
    I've just taken delivery of a 2019 Corolla Design 1.8 Hybrid TRK. TRK indeed! The dealer suggested that if I couldn't use the useless tyre repair kit, I instead use the breakdown cover if I have a puncture but in rural Scotland that could be a very long wait for a repair. I was quoted silly money from the dealer for a space saver steel wheel so I found the wheel geometry somewhere and it's the same as an Auris Space saver. So I purchased the Auris one and it fits both the wheel studs and under the boot floor. I placed the order on Friday at 4pm and delivered via DHL the following Tuesday. Purchased from The Wheel Shop. https://www.thewheelshop.co.uk/toyota-auris-space-saver-spare-wheel-17-and-tool-kit.html Don't forget you'll need the retaining bolt.
  3. 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!
  4. 4 points
    The Most fantastic dealer handover experience I have very had. Amazing effort from Shelbourn Motors Portadown. Thanks to Richard & Steven. I’m loving my new Rav 4. Hope you don’t mind the pics.
  5. 4 points
    Which, oddly enough, was how I came to purchase mine last year. At the time, steep initial depreciation on the PHV plus low demand meant that at 12-18 months old there were quite a few PHVs available for less money than an equivalent Gen 4 ordinaire. In the time I was searching, it wasn't unusual for the cheapest Prius Excel with <10k miles on Auto Trader to be a PHV. Not sure if that is still the case, as I haven't checked prices recently. That said, nobody sane buys a new PHV because they want to save money. Nobody sane buys a new BEV for that reason, either. As Geoff said above, going 'green' is not an economic decision. However, very few new car purchases are economic decisions or else we'd all be smugly tootling about in Dacia Sanderos or trying our luck in the classifieds with a bit of bangernomics. I bought my PHV because I found it aesthetically pleasing (or at least less ugly than the standard Gen4), I wanted the adaptive headlights (which turned out to be hopeless), I wanted the joy of driving in EV mode for extended periods and I had a serious thing for that carbon fibre tailgate! Even though I paid less than what an equivalent standard Gen4 would have cost me, I fully expect the PHV will cost me more in the long term because its depreciation will almost certainly continue to be steeper. However, I do not care, because it brings me joy every day.
  6. 4 points
    What you have there is known in the industry as 'creep-groan'. Its a low-frequency high-intensity self-excited oscillation of the pad-disc system. Its due to stick-slip between the pad and disc and depends on the pad/disc characteristics. It is a very common phenomenon and not a defect. You may find that as the pads bed-in and glaze slightly the noise will diminish. Don't worry about it.
  7. 3 points
    1971 Toyota Crown

    © Gaynor Evans

  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
    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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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 🙂
  15. 3 points
    Just a quick hello to all that may remember me from a while back, Ive not been on here due to serious illness ..... ie the Big C I still have the same 2 cars as my profile, I will try and get back on here when I can soon. Regards Pete.
  16. 3 points
    I am absolutely amazed at the true MPG of my 2020 Corolla Hybrid (Canada). My 3rd tank today yielded 60.92 mpg. It was 52.5 mpg at my last fill. This week I was commuting for 4 days to my 2nd job which is a 90km Highway round-trip, mostly flat. I love this car!!!!!!
  17. 3 points
    Same method as the Mk1! I am using trim removal tools, but flat bladed screwdrivers or tools will do. Insert and push the tool between the the vent and the dash. Slide a second tool if needed, then push both tools up. Don't be afraid to use a bit of pressure. The vent should pop out. Here are some other pictures showing the vent - View of how the vent is held in - View of the other control mechanism - The tools used to remove the vent. Replacing the vent just needs a light push.
  18. 3 points
    Yeah. After a while it showed a message showing that the engine needed to be running. I went for a drive. I have to say that I'm really impressed. After over 30 years as a software developer I have to admit that I don't think I've ever come across a company that has made it so painful, irritating and annoying to update their software. It truly is an awesomely bad experience and Toyota should be proud of their achievement. Oh and the update seems to have broken automatic zoom. When I arrived back home all it would show me was a bird's eye view of the town. Thoroughly well done, Toyota. NB: This post might contain some elements of sarcasm.
  19. 3 points
    Part number 161A0-29015 £266.01 + vat from your local Toyota dealer, includes gasket but you will need Super long life coolant part number 08889-80072 for 5Lt
  20. 3 points
    There is very little scope for power increases from a naturally aspirated petrol without having major engine work done. The Sedox link posted above suggests a 10 bhp improvement which is about the limit of what a remap can achieve with this type of engine.
  21. 3 points
    Also see https://blog.toyota.co.uk/whats-different-about-the-new-toyota-prius-plug-in
  22. 3 points
    Availability/Spec is set by the factory and in the UK is largely dictated by Tax on emissions levels, where a wheel is not available it is usually because the addition will impact Co2 figures 1.2L Hatchback Icon: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Icon Tech: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Design: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Design with Pan Roof: - TRK as standard - SW is an option 1.8L Hybrid Hatchback Icon: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Icon Tech: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Design: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Design with Pan Roof: - TRK as standard - SW is an option Excel: - Only available with TRK 2.0L Hybrid Hatchback Design: - SW as standard - TRK is an option Design with Pan Roof: - Only available with SW Excel: - Only available with TRK 1.2L Touring Sport Icon: - Only available with SW Icon Tech: - Only available with SW Design: - Only available with SW Design with Pan Roof: - Only available with SW 1.8L Hybrid Touring Sports Icon: - SW as standard - TRK is an option Icon Tech: - SW as standard - TRK is an option Design: - Only available with TRK Excel: - Only available with TRK 2.0L Hybrid Touring Sports Design: - SW as standard - TRK is an option Design with Pan Roof: - Only available with SW Excel: -Only available with SW Any one who has a Hatchback with TRK can order a Spare wheel kit from Toyota as an accessory which include the wheel, tyre, tools and all the trims required to change the boot from low floor to high floor. Part numbers are: GBNGA-SPARE-CO £100 +VAT GBNGA-SPARE-C1 £340 +VAT Toyota obviously say that it is best to order the car with Spare wheel as it is a FOC option where possible Note the kit does not fit 2.0 HB
  23. 3 points
    You are all overthinking this. Firstly, Toyota don't make brake pads - like most Toyota parts, they are sourced from an outside supplier. Secondly, there are really only two big friction material suppliers in Europe, they supply the friction material which is pressed and bonded to the backing plate. Within the braking industry there is lots of rebranding, so the pads branded as 'Bosch' are manufactured by a third party - most likely Pagid. The Pagid brand is owned by TMD Friction, which also owns the Textar, Mintex, Don and various other brands. The upshot of this is just make sure that the components meet R90 standard (means they are within +/- 15% of OE spec). Personally I have never had a problem with TMD parts (Mintex, Pagid, branded).
  24. 3 points
    Collected last night, all seems good. Enjoyed using the adaptive cruise on the M25 !
  25. 3 points
    In the interests of dodgy science, I've done some more playing with Charge mode as well. 1. It appears to be a terrible idea to do the 'fifty-fifty' approach of charge/EV mode on normal journeys away from motorways/dual carriageways, if you are seeking to maximise economy. That makes sense, because by doing so you will actually reduce the time spent in EV mode. I routinely see well above 60% of the journey with the engine off when in HV mode, so forcing the engine to run for 50% of the time is bound to have a negative effect. On my commute of 32 miles, it seems to trash economy by 10-15mpg. 2. It is a far less terrible idea to do 'fifty-fifty' on the motorway, which is the approach Tony has posted about. A brief experiment on a mainly dual carriageway journey netted me 85mpg on the way out using HV mode and 81mpg on the way back doing a 'half and half' with charge mode. That's not a saving, but it's close enough with all the other variables involved, and far closer than what I managed on my commute. It should also be noted I am sad enough to have spent years learning how to maximise HV mode economy in a range of hybrids. For someone who is less interested in all that nonsense and just wants to drive, I could well imagine switching between Charge mode and EV mode would yield better results to the point of it being more economical.
  26. 3 points
    Every time you turn the car off the odometer is displayed on the MFD screen. It's not difficult to work out when the next service is due, by just looking at the odometer each time you turn off the car, when it's a 10,000 mile interval is it. 🙄
  27. 3 points
    R134a is conventional AC gas and not particularly expensive however being a Hybrid you must ensure whoever recovers and regasses the AC system uses the correct ND11 oil ( usually means a separate AC machine just for Hybrids or a machine that can recover and inject multiple oils ) as a hybrid uses an electric compressor and requires ND11 oil as it is not electrically conductive, normal cars with belt driven compressors generally use ND8 oil which is electrically conductive and will most likely short the compressor.
  28. 3 points
  29. 3 points
    I have installed the media and I have to say it's fantastic. It's just like the one in the video I mentioned above. Everything works, and I'm happy: the hybrid information is displayed correctly; steering wheel control works as original car media; reverse camera image looks bigger now, thanks to the bigger display; sound seems slightly better than original car media; call quality is better; thanks to the 4 gigs and 8 core cpu, media is very snappy. cold starting takes about 2-3 seconds, faster than original car media; GPS lock is fast, around 3-5 seconds. Why did I buy it? Because I can use Waze, Spotify, Google Maps, Youtube and other nice Android apps without messing with my dashboard looks. The best thing of all? Installation can be made by anyone, it takes only 30 mins. No need to cut any wire, just plug in the existing wires into the media. Costs? Around 400 USD (~318 pounds): Android Media for Toyota Auris - 290 USD (~225 pounds) DHL shipping (3-5 days from pickup) - 40 usd (~32 pounds) Import Taxes - 70 usd (~56 punds) If there is somebody interested, PM me and I will give the seller's contact information.
  30. 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.
  31. 3 points
    My previous Avensis Executive 2.0. A sudden Lexus infection made me sell it for a RX300 which was a bad decision.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
    As a fellow tinnitus sufferer, this was an important choice for me when I was looking. However, I didn't come to any definitive conclusion as to whether either the Toyos or the Bridgestones were better in terms of road noise. On my first test, I remember being impressed at how much quieter the PHV was compared to the Auris HSD I'd arrived in, which was similar for road noise to a Gen3 Prius (i.e. terrible). That first PHV had Toyos on. I then tested one on Bridgestones that seemed rather less impressive, so I thought the Toyos were better, until I tested another one on Toyos that seemed noisier again. I never did a back-to-back test, nor did I do any db measurements, so it's not a scientific conclusion. I ended up with a car on Bridgestones, which do generate a fair bit of noise on some surfaces, but in my experience that's the case with most modern cars. When I got my Lexus GS, I was lured by the promise of quiet thanks to reviewers using phrases like 'church like' and 'silent'. In reality it's nothing of the sort. Yes, the tyre noise is better suppressed than the Prius, but not by as much as I was expecting given the relative size and 'class' of car. On poor surfaces, it's still really loud. I've had three different brands of tyre on the GS over the years, none of which have made any noticeable difference to noise. The only vehicle I've driven recently that I could genuinely call 'quiet' regarding road noise was a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV, probably because it had about a foot between the tyres and the arches!
  35. 2 points
    just to let others know.... I have a Touring Sports with Keyless fob. I've read about thieves sending signals to your fob in your home to start your car. I bought a Mission Darkness Faraday bag for Keyfobs from Amazon for £17 to keep my keyfob in overnight. I tested this faraday shielding bag with the Faraday test app, and it gave so much more shielding that other faraday bags out there I also went to Settings on the car and disabled SmartEntry&StartSystem (so now I have press the Start button with the fob to start the car): I think this further reduces chances of KeylessEntryTheft While I was there, I changed setting such that my double clicking the lock button on my fob, it Double Locks the door locks. I suppose that's also good right? But I don't know why that doesn't come as default! Hope people find this helpful. Do leave comments if I've done something whacky! I'm new to this forum, and find people Really friendly!
  36. 2 points
    Get your garage to check the oil pressure by fitting a temporary gauge, making sure it matches manufacturers specifications and confirming the relief valve is working correctly. If the relief valve is sticking shut it could cause excessive pressure to blow the filter.
  37. 2 points
    I am the delighted owner of a Prius Gen 4 PHV, which was bought second hand a few months ago. We paid less for the 11000 mile Excel (with optional packs) than the cheapest standard Hybrid and with 4 year guarantee left on it. Reasons for choosing a hybrid were drive-ability of electric cars, economy, different stand-out styling, Excel extras and safety features - all without range fears. The Plug-in was a bonus. I agree that nobody would buy a new PHV without an amazing discount unless they were company car users or in the congestion zone in London, but at the price we paid it is proving a real saver on fuel costs. On a 100 mile run with a full charge up before setting off it averages about 140 mpg. We have yet to do less than 1000 miles on a tankful of petrol (about 7 galls is most needed). Weekday running of about 120 miles is simply electric costs at about 3p per mile. We plan to keep the car for several years, until BEVs or hydrogen cell cars come affordable. OOI another option if the sums work for you is to lease, especially for business users. p.s. I also drive a 1.0 litre Skoda Octavia that is averaging 50 mpg in mixed driving so standard hybrids are under threat. Cheers Tony B
  38. 2 points
    Hi Anthony. I think you will find it is to turn the interior sensors off if say you leave somebody in the car but you leave it for a short while to pop to the shops or whatever. The car detects movement on the inside so this will make the alarm sound so just by pressing this button, it will not stay in or out but just pressing it deactivates the internal movement sensors so if you are wanting to lock the car with even say a dog inside but you feel the need to lock your car up, the engine will still not start, the button only works on the movement sensors. Regards, Mike.
  39. 2 points
    3,400 Corollas were recalled in the US and just over 2,600 in Australia. In Australia it was just the 2.0 litre petrol models with the direct shift CVT, and presumably the same for the US models. https://www.tflcar.com/2018/12/toyota-corolla-hatchback-cvt-recall/ https://www.toyota.com.au/news/toyota-australia-recalls-corolla-vehicles-to-replace-cvt-assembly There was also a service bulletin affecting 2014-2017 Toyotas with CVT's where the fix was a software update. https://www.toyoheadquarters.com/threads/2014-2017-toyota-corolla-and-im-cvt-transmission-software-update-ssc-jsd.1350/
  40. 2 points
    I would be agree with that sentiment, the corrosion woes of the eighties and before had been sorted out, and from a Jap-car perspective, cost considerations did not seem to be such a ever-present concern (they probably were, but it didn't show as much to me). The Japanese cars built in Europe were still using local content made to Japanese designs, rather than vendors being invited to submit their own 'solutions', largely for cheapness (efficiency?), and the Japanese were still closely tied to their long-established suppliers, so designs were more evolutionary, with the result of reliability and simplicity. I used to work in the computer industry back then, and the ease of maintenance and reliability of the Japanese products (esp. mainframe computers) was almost astonishing when compared to everybody else's, they were only ever replaced because they had been rendered obsolete by new technology, not because they had ever become unreliable. At the same time I was a regular visitor to SKF, then the world's largest bearing manufacturer, they had set themselves the new quality goal of a specific set of tight tolerances in some of their bearings, they considered these to be a 'super-high' spec. that would need more expensive manufacturing equipment for them to make, but this level of uniformity and tight-tolerance was apparently completely routine for the Japanese bearing manufacturers at the time, this was acknowledged by their own engineers. I think it was in 1999 when Eiji Toyoda, then head of Toyota, made his ' We engineer our little cars the same way we engineer our big cars, we can not afford to continue doing this any more.' speech. And at our local Nissan dealer, the chatty parts dept. bloke said to me, (in about 2009), that the warranty costs for Nissan vehicles had gone up four-fold since their tie-up with Renault had come about. But then Nissan was a loss-making concern for several years before Renault stirred it all up, so changing the 'partner' arrangements with long-standing suppliers (Calsonic? Koito? etc.) was inevitable, or they would sink. Also, in the nineties the Japanese domestic economics were going down the pan into a 20 year period of damaging 'stagflation', if I remember correctly. I put mega-miles onto a few, secondhand, Japanese cars of that era, they just went on and on! I think in many ways the Koreans have maneuvered themselves into the position the Japanese car makers once had, certainly a lot of their cars seem to have a thorough, OCD-style, element to their engineering. I'm just surprised they don't dominate the reliability tables, they look like they ought to.
  41. 2 points
    Well it's time to change ,the car now just sits on drive and short journeys been faultless in the 45 k I've owned now on 86k buying a used Lexus rx450 h only thing I could find to beat my avensis on kit and appeal everything else was bland toyota wise .sat in RAV4 felt like my avensis but higher and wife didn't like it so that was that .
  42. 2 points
    I did as Mike says above on an old Corolla E11 years back with duct tape, and then took a photo in case I needed to make some in years to follow. Where you end up blocking the headlamp will not be where you initially expect! Also, drape a coat (or disconnect) over the headlamp you are not working on to make the beam you want to see more obvious. Your angular headlamps will be more of a challenge, I reckon. To remove the 'uptick' on the Corolla beam pattern the masks ended up like this, fwiw :-
  43. 2 points
    I wanted something that would sit near to the cars screen so I choose this one from amazon. Miracase moving life
  44. 2 points
    Yes - there's a threaded hole right underneath the carpet where you would expect it to be. Small operation with a pair of scissors :) I was fortunate in that I had a retaining bolt left over from a previous vehicle (Kia) that was the required length/thread size.
  45. 2 points
    YES: It is NOT a normal gas, see my earlier post, it has 1234YF gas, have a deal with your dealer, they are best placed to do it properly as they will have the correct equipment
  46. 2 points
    The symptoms point to the system being slightly low on refrigerant which I suppose after 5 years isn't unexpected. I would suspect nothing more than a simple regas is needed... Hybrid 2014 model year, I wonder if that will use R134a or R1234yf. Have a look under the bonnet and look for a sticker. The later is much more expensive and as such might be worth shopping around.
  47. 2 points
    Bear with me here..... Do you remember compact fluorescent bulbs we had back in the 90s and 00s. They were ok but had lots of drawbacks like they take a while to “warm up”, they were quite large, full of mercury and it was very difficult to use a dimmer with them. They were introduced as they were “more environmentally friendly” using old technology. Basically quite a few drawbacks and they weren’t particularly popular. Then in 2010s the world was properly introduced to LEDs. These bulbs can easily replace traditional bulbs, were available in many colours, used less energy and lasted much longer. The only drawbacks was the high price though now they’re much more popular the price has plummeted and they’re absolutely everywhere. My point is that if the world was offered a genuine alternative to a traditionally powered car that could travel at least 300 miles per “tank” and only took 5 mins to fill up again the market would absolutely explode within 5 years.
  48. 2 points
    It's not the gas that's different but the compressor oil that goes round with the gas. The compressor windings are saturated in the oil so it has to be correct ir burnout will happen.
  49. 2 points
    Have had this car for over 10 years. It's comfortable, reliable and well made. Occasionally it needs some TLC.
  50. 2 points
    When a Toyota pure EV is produced I reckon it will be a good un, that's what Toyota do.

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