Joseph D

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About Joseph D

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  • First Name
    Joseph
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    Male
  • Toyota Model
    Prius T4 (Gen 2)
  • Toyota Year
    2006
  • Location
    Other/NonUK
  • Interests
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  1. Joseph D

    Should I buy a plug in?

    Oh, right, I see what you're saying. You think it should have read "The fuel consumption on our car is in the high 70's to over 80MPG." That would make sense.
  2. Joseph D

    Should I buy a plug in?

    To me that is low fuel consumption. Perhaps you meant the fuel economy was high?
  3. Joseph D

    Dead 12v battery

    Yes, this is exactly what these indications mean. Time for a new battery, or at least get it checked.
  4. Joseph D

    Wheel nuts replacement

    Exactly what I thought. 😋
  5. Joseph D

    Alarm going off on Gen 4

    It depends on how flat the battery is, but if it is so flat that there are issues, then no, a 50 mile run is nowhere long enough. A completely flat battery would take a drive of 16 - 20 hours to fully recharge. It is because of this behaviour, I regularly am using my CTEK (MXS 5.0) on our Prius. In fact, it is on the charger as I type this, as has been, for the last few days (this charger goes to maintenance mode automatically), as the car is not being driven regularly at the moment. If you are not driving your car daily for at least 20 - 30 mins duration, and you have an automatic multi-stage battery charger (with AGM setting) then my advice is to use the charger regularly rather than just have it sitting in the shelf looking pretty.
  6. Joseph D

    Error codes Toyota Prius T3 2006

    The problem is that the cheaper scan tools are only generally capable of reading the generic codes set by the engine management computer(s) as these are the minimum that must be readable by generic scanners. But, in order to read all of the Prius computers a more capable scanner is required. Unfortunately, this costs more. You also need to decide whether you want to have a compact hand-held or are happy to use a laptop based solution. For the latter there is an OBDII –> USB cable/dongle called VxDiag VCX Nano for Toyota that works very well and is reasonably cheap if you already have an old laptop you can dedicate to a diagnostic laptop. Otherwise it is buyer beware, and make sure the scanner you get is capable of reading all computers, can access the freeze frame data (FFD) and if it can access live data is a very good feature too. For all this capability you have to acknowledge to need to pay something.
  7. Joseph D

    Error codes Toyota Prius T3 2006

    The warning lights only serve to tell the driver there are errors/problems detected by the system indicated by the lights and have set DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes). In your case the ECB, and VSC systems. There could be 101 possibilities, so you need to have the codes read to pinpoint where the problem is. Once you have the codes, if you tell us what they are, we can help you further.
  8. Joseph D

    Engine vibration

    So, by this, do you mean Bridgestone changed the engine mounts and used their brand rather than Toyota OEM mounts?
  9. Joseph D

    Collected my car today

    One thing to remember about the Climate Control, is that you get best effect when all vents are open. You should also ensure that all vents are not directed toward the driver or passenger. I make sure my centre vents are directed upwards and straight ahead (through the gap between the seats) and the side ones upwards and directed to the gap between the seat and the pillar. I then just use the temperature control on the steering wheel to make adjustments. I generally aim for a setting between 18ºC and 22ºC If it is getting too warm, 0.5ºC down, if it is too cool, 0.5ºC up. I very seldom have to be adjusting it. I also only use the the temperature as a reference point, in that if it is 22º I don't expect that the car will actually be 22º, but rather somewhere in that vicinity. When using the Climate Control, A/C is always on, Recirc on (except for clearing the windscreen on cold mornings – not often here), and AUTO on. Never have problems with it and never have to fuss with it. I control it solely using the On/Off and Temp Up/Temp Down buttons on the steering wheel. I get (on average) 61 MPG (UK) or 4.6 L/100 km, so doesn't affect FE.
  10. Joseph D

    Collected my car today

    According to the posters profile, they have a 2006 T4, making it a Gen 2.
  11. Joseph D

    Collected my car today

    Why do you want to do that? You realise on auto, it won't use the A/C if it is not needed. Just set it on auto, select the temperature on the screen and let it control the climate itself AUTOmatically. (Make sure all 4 dash vents are open, so it can work at its optimum.)
  12. Joseph D

    How often do you change oil - prius 2011

    Agreed, but the OP did say they changed the oil every 6 months, so less than 5000 mi, to which I think Kithmo was responding. I took Kithmo's comment to mean the OP may have been better off sticking the the Toyota schedule of 1 year OCI.
  13. Joseph D

    prius parts

    That is the joy of owning a JDM. I could probably find one but it would cost probably around NZ$200 - NZ$250 (£105 - £130 at todays FX rates) and then, by the time you add the shipping cost, it would make it unviable. How ever you buy it, unless you can get one from a locally dismantled JDM, you will be importing it, and shipping costs are a killer.
  14. Joseph D

    Since the "Beast from the East"....

    This is exactly right. Don't be afraid of getting quickly into the power zone, getting up to speed, then get out of the power zone. On average you will use less fuel following this practice. Keep on improving. Oh, and btw, all other road users will thank you for it.
  15. Joseph D

    Gen 3 fuel tank size.

    Sounds like it is pretty close. I can get 100 km (62 mi) (with 4.5 l/100 km (63 MPG) average showing on the MFD) from when the car starts flashing the last pip + "Add Fuel" message. The flashing pip is the start of the reserve, which I have worked out is around 4.5 L or 1 imp gal.