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  1. 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.
  2. As regards the original post, I don't understand how a faulty part of the exhaust system would cause trouble with the HV battery unless the heat from the catalyst is affecting the battery compartment. In instances like these, I find that it can be a useful ploy to act a bit "honest John" and just ask the diagnosing technician to explain how a faulty catalytic converter will affect the engines ability to charge the battery since you honestly find it difficult to comprehend. Its like saying that there's cornflakes for breakfast because your aunties name is Ethel!
  3. I don't really see the point in Toyota going to great lengths to produce a vehicle which is as economic and feasible as possible, to be bought by people who want to take off some of the tweaks. When one sits in the car travelling from A to B, using the worlds dwindling resources as sparingly as possible, is it really necessary for us to be able to imagine what our car looks like from the outside? I am basically a skinflint and I really don't want to spend my time and money on making the outside of my car more acceptable for others to look at. I see blingy wheels as something which makes the car less economical which contradicts my original aim of driving a vehicle which is more economical. I have never admired the prius as a thing of beauty, its appearance is more like a pimple on the road surface. What I do admire is the uncompromising excellence of engineering and the fact that a company is willing to manufacture a vehicle which looks less appealing in order not to sacrifice aerodynamic gains and savings. Having said all that, to each their own.I have seen hybrid cars with empty roof racks, I park near to one on most days of the week. I see them with low, unchecked tyre pressures, I see them with the more expensive low profile wide and high drag tyres.
  4. I was quite critical of the design of most hybrid cars bowing to fashion. IE wide wheels wide wing mirrors ( high drag) Under car aerodynamics being a bit naff( What the punter cant see doesn't sell cars). I've never understood why it is important to dress up a vehicle designed for efficiency and economy to seemingly undo some of that clever design in order to boy racer- bling things up. If owner wants the wide wheels and decked suspension ,those sorts of car are available elsewhere. Gold plating a shed is always going to be inappropriate, why not gold plate something which is already blingy by design?
  5. Yes... so if you see one snap it up quick! Sorry, I cant keep a straight face on this anymore. Any vehicle is as safe as the nut behind the wheel irrespective of who makes it. Lending credence to "make news" articles simply encourages more of them.
  6. Somebody once told me that 90% of statistics are just made up. :) The point is what does this statistic mean? Does it mean that prius plastic parts clips break easily and cost a lot to replace because Toyota only sells then as part of a large assembly and therefore owners put everything through their insurers and therefore lots of little dings and scrapes are on the insurers records because of weak trim clips? Its already been mentioned that prius cars are used on the very roads which incur the most accidents. As somebody else pointed out, its good to drive a Lada because they are hardly ever involved in accidents these days.... I agree. the statistics agree too!
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. Hmmm must clear the ( alarmed) garage out so i can park the cars in it!
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  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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