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  1. I see you can fold the power fold mirrors in / out with a push of the button but it looks like they are not activated when you lock / unlock the car? Is that correct?
  2. Habu

    Ordered One :)

    After a test drive I thought bu@@er it and ordered one. Sure I'll lose out on economy after 3 Prius and my current CT200h but what the heck. I've gone for red with leather, nav and stripes plus parking sensors when they're available and black tints which I'll try and organise before collection. Ordered today (25 July) with collection circa 7 September. :). Bring it on. Now just have to wait for TRD to release their 'zorsts for the UK market. Ordered from those nice chaps at RMB Northallerton, North Yorks.
  3. Habu

    Brochure V Actual

    True enough re the brochure but the web site says electrochromatic too. I've had a good look at 2 cars and they are deffo unpowered. Would be great if the glass did turn dark though. Please let me know though, Kingo. Cheers
  4. I've noticed that the brochure suggests that the rear view mirror is auto dimming but it appears to just be a 'manual' mirror albeit a sexy frameless one. Are there any other discrepancies that people have noticed? Habu
  5. For those of you who now have a gen 3 facelift model AND also had the pre facelift model before that are there any differences in build quality? The principle reason I left Toyota after 2 Celicas and 3 Prius was that I felt the gen 3 Prius build quality was poor particularly the interior plastics and their ability to mark too easily and rattle / squeak too much. Has anything changed for the better with the facelift model or is it just the same? Much as I love my CT200h I still miss the Prius. Cheers for any help. Peter
  6. ...well in my local centre. I've taken a couple of shots to give you a brief (and grainy) idea of some changes. The changes are minor but enough to stand out, especially the back end with those rear lights. Inside it's very black indeed. The dash material still feels like the same old plastic :( Lights were auto and there's no dual zone climate that I could see. I didn't get the thing powered up so I couldn't see if the door mirrors are auto fold. Likewise, couldn't see how the head unit looked. Must go back again. new tail lamps Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr Tail lamps lit up - sweet :) Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr New nose with DRLs, larger (and black) mouth with repositioned front fogs Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr LEDs (on TS anyway). Note the great sweeping side light :) Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr Interior (sorry about the quality). It was actually black with 1/2 leather trim Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr Centre console. No sign of dual zone heating. I'll have to go back and get a shot of the thing powered up Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr Nose Untitled by Brutus_Cleo63, on Flickr
  7. They'd have to be stood next to you which kinda defeats the object :) You couldn't stand next to the drivers door (with the fob) and the front passenger open the car from their side. It'll stay locked.
  8. Toyota GB now holding off issuing facelift cars to the centres until the end of the month. :(
  9. Facelift Gen 3 Prius now showing on UK Toyota site. My dealer is expecting his two tomorrow. I'll be down to see the new bits and, hopefully, some improvements. http://www.toyota.co.uk/cgi-bin/toyota/bv/frame_start.jsp?id=CC2-Prius-landing
  10. I've just spoken to my local Centre, RMB Northallerton, who advised that their two Gen 3 facelift models are en route and should arrive next week. I'm keen to see the new model in some detail as I've still a soft spot for the gen 3. Has anyone seen a new model at a dealer yet?
  11. Sorry, didn't get the chance to see the front and rear end properly (or the reg) so not sure but my money would be on it being an original one.
  12. Just seen my first Gen 3 plug-in trundling around Bradford. It was in the light blue metallic colour and liveried up as per internet screen shots. Pity it was going the other way as I'd liked to have seen it in a bit more detail.
  13. Habu

    Bye Bye Gen 3 :(

    Hi again. Just my second, and probably last for now review of the CT200h against my previous Prius now that I've taken off the rose-tinted, new car experience, glasses. Ok, the CT is still, especially with the leather trim a wonderfully luxurious place to sit. All interior materials are high grade and the equipment has a quality feel to them. There's neat little details too like the seals along the vertical line where front and rear doors meet. Revised CT pros: - deffo smoother transmission and still no lurching, juddering as I got from time to time with the Prius - deffo quieter as there appears to be greater insulation against engine and tyre noise. You can hardly hear the ICE even when you floor it. - handling is sporty especially when in sport mode as the steering nicely weights up. There's limited body roll too. Good for hustling along B roads. - seats are very comfy indeed but the rear has no central armrest a la Prius. It's a great place to be and drives beautifully. There are 3 colours of leather for the seats and doors. I went for ivory-cream which works well with the dark grey exterior. - great sounding hifi (I have the upgraded one that came with the nav pack). Speakers have good sound too. - beautifully built and awesome finish on the paint. Possibly machine polished at the factory? - same insurance and servicing as the gen 3 Prius - great, clear dials which change colour (blue or red) depending in what mode you're in. Same with ceiling lights and rotary knob. - electrochromic rear view mirror works very well and the water repellent front glazing is incredible. Ice doesn't appear to stick to it like is does over the rest of the car's windows. - Lexus dealer experience is much more up-market than Toyota. - front and rear parking sensors along with the colour reverse camera work very well. I like the fact the reverse camera screen also show a plan view of the CT and which bit (e.g. front right corner, centre rear, etc) is closest to the object. - dual zone HVAC works well. I think the other half is part lizard as she needs the temp on high on get side whilst I have it on about 22.5. - probably the best by far halogen headlights I've had on car. Pity only most expensive CT model comes with LED lights - I don't get other drives either mouthing "wan@er" 'cos I'm in a Prius or miming something with their closed hand. I don't think other drivers have realised, yet, that the CT is like a Prius. - so far, with around 2500 miles on the clock and averaging (as per Fuelly) around 48mpg. Hopefully this will rise with a few more miles on the clock and warmer weather. I've always found my Toyotas to be fairly good at achieving the suggested mpg. With my gen 3 I often beat it so hopefully the Ct will improve even though it is slightly worse on the fuel consumption. Bizarrely, the 30 minute mpg screen (it that makes sense) only goes as high as 60mpg even though the car can beat it. Possibly to do with Lexus software as other Lexus models would never get up to 60mpg? CT cons: - interior cubby space is quite limited. You get trays in the boot like the Prius but inside the car is limited. This could be quite an issue for some people. - boot space and boot opening are small. Don't know how they compare to an Auris. With my gen 3 I could place a mountain bike in the rear with removing the front wheel, turning the handlebars, etc. Can't do this with the CT as the opening is quite small. - no rear central armrest or drinks holders. Not an issue for me as there's only ever me in it most of the time but for, say a family, it could be. - cheapest CT is slightly more than most expensive Prius (not excluding Prius options like solar roof and advanced tech packs) but I guess it would have to be. - not as pretty (in my eyes) as the gen 3 Prius although I do like the nose and side of the CT. Back is, eerh, a bit fugly and boy does the boot / rear window attract road crud. Overall, a lovely car to sit in, smoooooth and quiet drive and with great techy bits. I do though miss the HUD and better mpg (although I'm sure the CT will improve). Would I have another CT? Oh yes! Would I have another Prius? Quite probably yes if the 2012 facelift gen 3 addresses the low rent interior plastics. The interior plastics were the main reason for moving to the CT. Now if the Prius had the same interior materials as the CT I'd be back in a flash :)
  14. From the top of the M62 at Saddleworth all the way down to Deansgate in central Manchester I'd be disappointed if I didn't average at least 80mpg. I've done this journey many times and regularly show the full 100mpg for the 30 minute drive :) Different matter going the other way. I'll rephrase mine: Manchester, Manchester, good afternoon. Pirate 1 departing Leeming passing FL50. TAD 124, back box 125, main Go!. Squawk xxxx.
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