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  1. 4 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 points
  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 😄
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  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. 3 points
    Some people either don't have the time, inclination or the facilities to undertake their own servicing - nothing to do with not having technical knowledge, which is a wildly inaccurate assumption. Yes, one can have servicing done by independents during the new car warranty period, but the onus is then on the owner to prove the servicing has been carried out to the manufacturer's requirements in the event of a warranty claim which correct servicing has a bearing on. Those who have a manufacturer's extended warranty, often find that to keep the warranty valid, the vehicle has to be serviced within the manufacturer's dealer network - certainly the case with Toyota. Also some manufacturers offer reduced cost servicing for out of warranty vehicles, which is also the case with Toyota. Toyota's Essential Care scheme offers the equivalent of an Intermediate service (silver service) from £99 and the equivalent of a Full service (gold service) from £180, depending on model. There is also a current offer of a silver service and MOT for £99. Worth bearing in mind that if one has a major issue with an out of warranty vehicle for which the manufacturer is approached as regards a goodwill contribution towards the cost of repairs, independent or self servicing will usually mean that goodwill is denied. Goodwill works both ways. Yes, some franchised dealers are better than others, and the same applies to independents. At the end of the day, whether one chooses to have one's vehicle serviced by either a franchised dealer, an independent or to do one's own servicing, it is down to personal circumstances and personal choice. Nothing else!
  9. 3 points
    As much as i love the 3 Toyota Hybrids I have owned (1xAuris Hybrid, 1xGen3 Prius and 1xGen4 Prius) and find they suit my needs very adequately, I think a Prius would not be for you and your needs, and although not owned or even been in a Prius Plus, I have doubts that would too. The Hybrids are good on fuel consumption, the Auris is doing 60+mpg in the summer, the Gen3 I had was doing 66mpg in the summer, and now the Gen4 is doing 75+mpg in the summer. They all drop about 10mpg in the winter months - car engine runs more in the cold weather. I find all 3 comfortable, the Gen4 the most comfortable. If it was just a family of 2 adults plus 3 kids, the Auris would be just ok, the Prius perhaps more so. The Prius plus, giving 7 seats would be better for your family needs, but you do take a hit on mpg (the standard Prius design is more aerodynamic). Its the carrying potentially 4 adults plus 3 kids that will rule the "standard" cars out. And when you talk of carrying 5 bikes plus 5 passengers your mpg will drop dramatically. Physically the Prius Plus is the one more suited to you but you would have to make a very careful decision, and not just done on a test drive (which you would probably love). I dont know what your budget is for this "new" to you car is, but I think you need to look at MPV still. Could you keep what you have got (or even purchase a newer MPV), for the bikes/extended family and buy a used Nissan Leaf mark1 all electric vehicle for doing your local runs to school, shops etc. Mark 1 Leaf should do about 140 miles in the summer and 80-90 miles in the winter on a charge - thats a 5 day week running about covered before a charge overnight. Just my thoughts, though I will have to go and wash my mouth out after talking about Leaf electric vehicles.
  10. 3 points
    Always remember, the alternative to a Hybrid car is either an ICE or EV. Downside of ICE is pollution, which is main reason getting away from ICE. Downside of EV is low mileage travel between charges, main reason I kept away from an EV within my budget. An Hybrid is a compromise. It is self charging, so no need to worry where nearest charge points are, it has an engine to keep me going in all situations except running out of fuel - and I would only do that if I was stupid, it gives good mpg and less pollution of the atmosphere due to running on petrol less. On that last point, my on board computer shows I running on battery in the summer 57% of the time,and in winter 43% of the time. Battery technology is getting better all the time, smaller, lighter, more powerful. Until the lower priced EV can do 300 miles on a single charge,and can be “refilled” to the top within 20-30 minutes, and charging stations are more common, personally I think an Hybrid is brilliant. Until then, life is a compromise, and Toyota, IMO, has got it right in bringing to the market now for 20 years Hybrid vehicles. You can be sure though they will have EV’s being developed and tested right now, but what’s the point on bringing out a Leaf or Zoe that can only do 100 or so miles between charges (first editions). And what cost and how frequent is a battery replacement that’s being used all the time.? I don’t know about the Yaris Hybrid, but the my Prius and the Wife’s Auris hybrids have a 10 year HV battery warranty so long as they are checked annually (free as part of a service, £40 otherwise). My Prius Gen4 was doing just over 80mpg summer and just over 70mpg winter. And I can drive past urban schools with playground full of kids knowing full well most times I can be running on battery, so less pollution then petrol/diesel. I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to drive a hybrid car to get full advantage of high mpg. I had to make changes as to how I drove, but always making sure I don’t hinder or road users. I read recently someone in a Toyota hybrid saying it’s painfully slow trying to get from traffic lights stop to 30mph in a reasonable time, using battery, without annoying others. I don’t even try. Sure, I use the battery to get the 1.5 ton car moving (thus save a lot of money) but once moving I use the petrol engine to get me up to a reasonable speed in a reasonable time - you can’t run forever on battery 1) it’s not got the power to accelerate quickly, 2) I am mindful the system is self charging and so accept there are times it needs to run on petrol. I choose the times to my advantage when I can. Battery cars seem to be the future, maybe hydrogen cars will rule (and Toyota market an hydrogen car), but until the day batteries have a good capacity, taking up less space, weigh less, are cheaper, can be charged quicker and more fill up places, Hybrid is the way to go.
  11. 2 points
    1971 Toyota Crown

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  12. 2 points
    Good morning everyone, Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey so far - there's been over 50 responses which has been fantastic - great to see such an active community. I've been pulling together some design concepts and prototypes and taking onboard some of the feedback I've read here e.g. MPG vs m/kwh. I'm on annual leave this week and will be posting links to a prototype and opportunity to feedback on my return! Thanks again! 🙌 Karim
  13. 2 points
    All cars are already fitted with a speed limiting device, it's the drivers right foot! Too much is being taken away from the driver, we'ii soon have cars that drive themselves......oh
  14. 2 points
    Have another chat with Trading Standards office, its you choice, but mine would be to reject the vehicle NOW.
  15. 2 points
    I had a loan Yaris Hybrid Icon Tech for a few hours, while my Avensis was in for a recall - I have to say I liked the Yaris a lot. The first thing I got used to quickly was the auto transmission and handbrake. My Avensis is manual and EPB. Liked the Infotainment system and quickly paired my phone to the cars Bluetooth. Much better than my car which is a convoluted procedure, and voice only. The radio has DAB and that worked fine. I stuck my USB memory stick in, and the stereo played my music fine. I had to reduce the bass a bit - the previous user must like a lot of bass. The general controls are very much similar to my Avensis and some parts look like they came out the same parts bin, even though the cars are 10 years apart. Storage is one thing that the Yaris is lacking. No centre console storage/armrest, only one cup holder for rear passengers, and tiny glove box. No map storage on rear of front seats. The front doors held my large water bottle. Rear space for is adequate. The boot not to small and there is a spare space saver wheel. I like that. I liked the instrument panel which was easy to understand. The handbrake and auto 'box totally different to my manual/EPB Avensis. Driving the car was a pleasure, especially in traffic. When driving the car feels a little sluggish, so the engine kicks in to help until the speed is reach. Then the engine settles down or shuts off, depending on speed. The economy seems good. I was getting mid 50's mpg. I did put a little fuel back in. When I got the car, it had a few spots of bird droppings, and I hate that on a car, so a quick was and it was all gone. The car was handed back cleaner. I also peaked at the engine. Overall I really liked the Yaris and would buy one with a higher spec, with electric rear window winders and auto lights. The lack of storage is the only downside, and the fuel economy makes up for the lack of pull (compared to my Avensis). Yes I could easily live this or the new Corolla Touring Sport (Combines the Avensis space with the hybrid tech).
  16. 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.
  17. 2 points
    Try both...my guess is the Yaris will be the choice. My wife had to make that choice some years ago..tried both..she chose Yaris..and is now on her third consecutive Yaris.!
  18. 2 points
    Hi. Regarding the Aygo... Pros: -nimble in town, short steering radius, easy to park anywhere -cheap to run, insure... Cons: -the clutch can be a little strange to handle, with its very high biting point, this might annoy a senior driver (no offense), and this part has always been a weakness on this car, check the amount of ads with a clutch replaced very early -a rather low sitting car, I noticed that the seat foam tends to collapse with time, I weigh 180 pounds and after a few years, I was sitting a few centimeters lower ^^ -the trunk has a high loading level forcing to lift up shopping bags, take a 5-door to load on the back seats -everything is cheap, although it is more recent than the 97 Micra, it might seem lower in quality I love the Aygo but I would go for a Fiat Panda or a Yaris, even a Yaris mk1 😃
  19. 2 points
    The latest episode of The Carina Journey has just gone public on my YouTube channel. Feel free to take a look, thanks.
  20. 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 ....
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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. 😄
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 2 points
    Thanks Jeff 👍 aren’t forums great,like minded people helping each other . POLITICIAN’S please note
  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
    Maybe next time you will be a bit braver with pedal lol There are times I can resist in pulling away quickly from the lights then settle back to fuel saving driving Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 2 points
    Totally random, but it's good to see a cooling water temp. gauge rather than warning lights.
  36. 2 points
    Bury your foot in the carpet in any mode and the car forgets it’s an eco friendly car. For me eco mode is fine, it is supposed to increase the amount of regenerated power to go back into the battery. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  37. 2 points
    I agree with everything you have said, except for the quote above. Our Yaris Hybrid does not feel a little sluggish in the slightest. The engine kicks in when it is needed and it often does. Ours is very very very quick off the line, and overtaking is easy and confident. Our Hybrid is one of the easiest overtakers we've ever owned. Not sluggish in the slightest. Mick.
  38. 2 points
    I fitted a new steering wheel the other day, so here's a little video about me bolting it on. Thanks for everyone that takes a look at my videos, many thanks.
  39. 2 points
    Further to Aaron's post, I think that there were a few modified piston, ring and head gasket part numbers in the first year of Prius production, 2009-2010. In this link :-https://priuschat.com/threads/excessive-blow-by-head-gasket.200698/ a Canadian owner, Mendel Leisk , lists the part numbers from 2010 onwards in post no.20. But just to confuse, by convention, the Americans call a 2009 car a '2010 model year' . So the exact year starts to get a little vague. This table is for US and Canadian market Prius, but I don't know why this shouldn't also apply to European Prius and Auris. Whilst any likelihood can be discounted in this case, just for reference, the OP's friend's car's mileage could be confirmed as genuine by reading estimated mileage total (in kms, actually) that exists in the engine ECU and is viewable through Techstream etc. This cannot be changed easily, unlike the speedo/odometer. It would be an easy car to clock as they hide their mileage so well.
  40. 2 points
    I admit I was a bit tired before. The bit about the pistons being different is the bit I’m wondering about. Considering Toyota engines are supposed to be legendary for their reliability. Previously I did buy a corolla verso that was 7 years old and 90000 on the clock, the clutch was worn and that only had a slight oil leak that was only noticed during a service. Never added oil between services, mainly down to doing less than 6000 a year. I sold the car to someone at work. All they had to do was replace the clutch and drive shaft, by that time it was over 130000 miles and it’s still not needing topping up with oil. In the my Toyota history is there any reference to any repairs?
  41. 2 points
    Both 1.5 and 1.8 Prius engines have been known to start using a little oil after 100,000 miles but I've never before heard of anything as severe as the one Joe described. Only one of the 4 Prius I've owned (plus 3 company cars) passed 100k, and it started to gradually use a little between services. By the time I sold it with 163k on the clock it went from Max to Min on the dipstick in about 7,000 miles, and adding 1 Litre was more than enough to keep it above Min until the next service. I've heard about a number of cars that have had similar (a little better to a little worse) loss at these mileages btu that's all. Certainly, I've never before heard of oil consumption that would raise eyebrows, never mind require surgery. Indeed, in the 1970s and 80s it was far from uncommon to have to top up new cars between services (which were often at 5/6,000 mile intervals then) in their first year!
  42. 2 points
    Prius plus is the car to go for. I had a couple of those back in the days when they came out both pre 2015 and the facelift model, both amazing cars, and differences really minimal, cosmetic mostly but the best thing on the facelift model are the LED front lights, they are so bright and with greater coverage ahead, once you get use to lights like that it’s so difficult to return to standard halogen bulbs on older vehicles, that really matters for a night drivers like me. If the interior space and boot are at priority no doubt Plus beats them all, and that’s why exist. Good luck with looking 👍
  43. 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.
  44. 2 points
    Let me start by saying a big 'thank you' to Suzuki! Nine months ago I took delivery of a Suzuki Vitara and in that nine months it's been back in the workshop nine times (it's in there now and has been for the last two weeks). Anyway I got so fed up with the hassle that I decided to get a new car. I live in the High Lands of Scotland and I need a car that isn't going to break down all the time. Anyway I ended up in a Toyota dealership and taking a C-HR for a test drive. I fell in love with it straight away and have ordered a new one, which I get on the 1st March. The dealer has kindly loaned me one until mine arrives and in the last few days I've come to love the car. It's just so comfortable, easy to drive and does amazing M.P.G. My grand daughter calls it a 'teddy car' because the back lights stick out like a teddies ears! If my last car hadn't been so rubbish I would never have found this amazing vehicle. I just hope that you other guys who own these cars feel as I do about them? Ian
  45. 2 points
    Still available new: https://www.toyota.co.uk/new-cars/prius-plus/
  46. 2 points
    I've tried all 4 of my Toyota hybrids on ordinary fuels, both from major supermarkets and major companies and also BP Ultimate and Tesco Momentum. No difference on any of them, performance or MPG Never had any fuel systems issues, never needed any magic cleaners or boosters.
  47. 2 points
    Hi All Many thanks for the kind welcome. Although this is my daughters first Toyota and indeed her very first car, I am a long time fan of Toyota and rather sadly a dedicated Petrolhead. My Toyota ownership has seen me previously own three Toyota Celica GT4 Turbo's all of which were Limited Edition Homologation cars. Sadly all are lonf since sold on to new owners. I am also a Mercedes fan and owner and currently have a fully restored Mercedes 300TE - 4-Matic 7 Seat Estate that is 32 years old and recently completed a full restoration. I also have a C55 AMG Estate which is a rare but much newer car and appeals to my youthful side ;^) My attraction to helping my daughter choose a Toyota was based on my previous experience with their legendary mechanical reliability. I hope not to be disappointed? So far the Aygo is proving to be a great fun car and I have to admit to being rather jealous of her purchase. It suits the Black & Red paint on Black Alloy Wheels and the Semi_Automatic Gearbox is surprisingly nice to use with such a small engine. A few teething problems around the rather disappointing SatNav have us both wishing we had read up on that before purchase. It is a disappointment. For a few pounds more, Toyota could have rounded off the deal by installing a more complete package that has a visible clock and working Time Of Arrival. Instead they have opted for a system that immediately has people asking, where is the clock? IF I can be of help with any questions, please ask away, I shall try my best. Have fun. Bruce
  48. 2 points
    An up to date photo of mine with its Winter Alloys on. I'm currently refurbishing some Mazda MX5 Mk1 Enkei Alloys for it (Photos are on my Thread for the Car), and they should be on and done for when i go to Silverstone in a couple of weeks time!
  49. 2 points
    Strictly off topic, I know but . . . the dealers have had full prices and specifications since early December. The Toyota ordering system allowed my dealer to place an order on 7th December but without a specific delivery date other than "May". Rumour has it that FWD demo cars will start appearing at some dealerships within the next few days. You will have noted that the European press launch took place in December in Spain which is why lots of reviews appeared around the same time. The press were able to drive both FWD and AWD versions. Whether these early ones come by sea or get wings I don't know. I am "RAV less" at the moment. My previous car was about to need money spent on it, new tyres, brake pads and discs etc. so I took the plunge as I had a good offer for it then. I am just hoping my other half doesn't realise that we really only need one car!
  50. 2 points
    So after the work this weekend I thought I'd have a quick play around with our sponsor decals on the car. I anyone would like to come up with a different design or have any thoughts please let me know, some computer renderings would be great 👍 it's coming along slowly.

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