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  1. I wonder where the supercars are on that list. Statistics can be quoted out of context. As has already been pointed out, a lot of prius mileage is completed in the most dangerous roads there are. The article just says that the prius is the car most likely to be involved in an incident. I suspect that there were no Prius cars involved in incidents exceeding 200 mph... ever.... so does that make the prius the best car to ride the autobahns?
  2. The gen 2 is well engineered to be reliable. Certain aspects of later models aren't quite so battleship grade as the gen 2 ,however engine and software development makes the gen 2 less economic than the later models. We both loved our gen2 and found it to be ok for long journeys even though it often sounded a bit too frantic at 70mph...it didn't seem to do it any harm.
  3. Hmmm must clear the ( alarmed) garage out so i can park the cars in it!
  4. The universal answer to everything, good or bad! 🙂
  5. wass

    TPMS on PHV

    Its rather like when you've just washed the car, it starts to rain---when motorcycling , the only time it rains is when you went out without your waterproofs and when you fit winter tyres, the weather stays mild.
  6. I found this 5w30 trick was happening on every service. So much that I would deliberately travel around 200 or so miles after the (dis) service and then change the oil for the correct grade in order to get the car running on the right specification of oil. There's nothing you can do about it . If you change your own oil and cancel the service regime you commit the mortal sin of not having a FSH.Its a no win situation which i have been at a loss to fathom. One has to pay for a clever ***** to service the car with the wrong oil and then stamp the service book and then one has to carry out the service oneself in order to ensure everything is done properly.I once refuse to buy a 2nd hand car on the grounds that it had a FSH completed by a certain dealership. The salesperson even offered sizeable discounts however, I knew most of the guys who would have been "completing" the "service".This was a certain Jaguar dealership.
  7. The fact that they do not appear to be encouraging all electric vehicles all that much could indicate that we are getting preached to from the gospel according to London again. IE public transport although not terrorist proof is statistically, fairly good (sometimes) in London during business hours , where the law makers live. Most rural areas( where not all that many voters live) have little or no public transport so it isn't an option.
  8. Should I buy a plug in? Hmm. In the cold light of day, a plug in costs about £7000 more than a non plug in prius. So how far will you have to drive before you've made up the difference? Well, just to make things really simple lets assume that you never ever buy petrol for the PHEV and all of your journeys are made using electricity which you've nicked by plugging your car into a street lamp. If petrol costs 1.28 per litre and you get 60mpg out of your usual prius, your £7000 buys 1203 gallons of petrol which will get you 72000 miles down the road. Just looking at these very simplified figures, PHEV doesn't make sense yet. Petrol needs to get a lot more expensive and electricity needs to get a lot cheaper, also car owners need to hang onto their cars for longer and drive more shorter journeys with 1 1/2hr intervals between journeys ( for recharging). So for the sake of payback, I dont think the PHEV is viable. For the sake of saving the planet, the PHEV actually consumes more of the earths resources in order to manufacture it. Charging up the PHEV consumes still more of the earths resources and installing the infrastructure to allow charging to occur in more locations entails consuming more of earths resources. In the meantime the conventional hybrid will continue to use earths resources and will continue to do so.My guess is that PHEVs need to catch on in a big way to acheive the potential of reducing the overall use of resources.
  9. Its a common trick for garages to re-fill with the cheaper oil. As everyone says: 0w20 is the right oil but would you believe it? most garages dont stock it! I once challenged the garage which refilled my car with the recommended alternative and was told they had refilled the vehicle with the recommended oil although when pressed, they declined to tell me what grade that oil was. I started to buy my own oil and use the stuff they fitted during the service as a flushing oil. I would drain it off after 200 miles and reinstate my fuel consumption by refilling with 0w20. I suppose I could've saved myself some time by giving my oil to the garage to refill for themselves ,however , having been seen off by their shoddy tricks once, I thought it better to personally see to it that the right oil went in. Oh the things we do to get those official stamps in the book eh?FSH means so much to most people and yet means nothing at all to me
  10. The whole tyre discussion is littered with hopeful misunderstanding. The most grippy winter tyres are going to be more draggy and less economical. The wider the tyre, the more drag it will create. Narrow eco tyres will return good fuel consumption but one must take care in wet or frosty weather. However, I successfully drove a morris traveler rear wheel drive on 145x14 tyres through snow up the the hubs ( 6 or7" deep) not because the tyres were all weather or studded but simply because there was good tread on them, they were slightly over inflated and they were narrow and displaced the snow and slush more easily than wider tyres. So .... buy cars with narrow tyres, make sure your pressures are ok and forget about all weather tyres in UK, they are a gimmick, they doubtless do work but in the most part , are surplus to requirements because narrower tyres would probably do just a good a job. Toyota spend millions on developing fuel efficient cars and then we, the punters, spend millions on the cars kick economy gains into touch by fitting high drag wide wheels and tyres. How daft is that? Do I want to fit 17" wheels on my car? Not when I can fit smaller wheels and it costs less and grips better in challenging road conditions.
  11. Not when the press get their teeth into it. Journo propaganda wins or loses votes.
  12. It really is a sad state of affair when common sense has taken second place to economics. The police weren't able to respond due to lack of resource. Lack of resource due to lack of budget, Lack of budget due to budget cut. Budget cut due to politician hankering after re-election. News papers/ journalists have their place. Adverse publicity persuades politician hankering after re-election to see common sense and forces politician to stop their easy fix budget cuts in favour of actually doing the country some good. So we see lumps of wood falling off lorries and police unable to respond in the manner they would like to.... we have a chat with a journalist. There's nothing quite so daunting as the phrase "questions will be asked in the house". It shouldn't have to work that way but unfortunately , it does.
  13. 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.
  14. It will be interesting to see how Toyota who have amassed a lot of expertise and experience with petrol electric vehicles use this to develop electric only vehicles. I suspect that Toyota will be market leaders once electric only vehicles become the norm. Batteries replace fuel tanks. Motors, drive trains, control and charging systems, ancillaries, are already well up the development ladder. I would imagine that a fair amount of Toyota weight saving tech will be brought into play too. I have seen very little of superconductor or fuel cell technology being utilised as yet but I can imagine that it will be called upon in the not too distant future. The future is bright , the future is techy!
  15. So do I , this is probably why they spray cars in dishwasher white.