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  1. I have recently acquired a Moto G Android smartphone with the Google Voice Search application. Can it be used to make phone calls using voice recognition on my Toyota Avensis Bluetooth in-car phone? If so, any advice on how to set it up would be welcome. My Toyota handbook does not mention making calls through voice commands.
  2. KenGJ - I have said that when my range gets down to 50 miles I can put 53 litres in my tank, whereas when your range is 15 miles you can only put in 41 litres. On that basis if I let my range get down to 15 miles I would be able to put in about 57/58 litres. As I said our cars seem to operate differently!! Toyota has advised me that when the yellow low fuel level light comes on there is about 7/8 litres left in the tank. My light comes on when showing about 50 miles range.
  3. Whitewagon - you say you filled up when your range was showing 65 miles and put in 41 litres. Your tank holds 60 litres; that means you had 19 litres in the tank when you had 65 miles range. More than 4 gallons and only 65 miles.....surely that can't be right? On the question of supermarket versus Shell fuel - it would need to be tested doing exactly the same journeys over a period of time using both fuels and even then would be affected by weather, traffic etc. I don't do the same journeys on a daily basis so could not realistically carry out such tests. Perhaps there is someone out there who could provide such data?
  4. I have the same model as you and I usually fill up with petrol when my range gets to about 50 miles. I can usually get about 53 litres in the tank and the range changes to about 460 miles. Clearly our cars operate differently in this respect so it might indicate that your fuel sensor needs checking. Incidentally, I would not let my petrol tank get as low as "15 miles range" as it might then be down to the dregs and I would not want the engine to ingest these impurities.
  5. I agree with all your post Robster, except your reference to getting more mpg using cruise control. Maintaining a set speed up hills will increase fuel consumption, compared with keeping engine revs at same level allowing car to reduce speed depending on gradient of hill. The same applies going down hills where cruise control will limit your speed and not let you take advantage of the hill. Reducing the revs downhill will use less fuel and with no engine braking allow higher speed.
  6. I own a 2010 1.8 petrol estate and generally drive with fuel economy in mind. On the occasional long journeys I get about 49mpg but for local urban driving I average 38mpg but this can get down as low as 35. When I fill up the range usually shows 440 miles. The tank holds 13.5 gallons which works out at an average mpg of 32.5. This suggests the computer does not use my driving data to calculate the range as I often get more than 500 miles from a tankfull. Using cruise control uses more petrol than manual drive, providing you are light-footed!
  7. The Honest John Website has been conducting a real mpg survey whereby motorists advise their average mpg. So far they have received more than 33,000 responses and these show that real mpg is only 87% of the combined mpg published by car manufacturers. Toyota cars are slightly better than average achieving 88%. Given the way the combined figures are obtained its not surprising real mpg is less. This survey result supports the case for the EC to make their fuel tests far more realistic. For the full survey results and opportunity to advise your own real mpg figures go to:
  8. Sorry, I probably did mean the TRC (Traction Control). Whatever, it's the button next to the fuel filler door and has a car skidding on it - presume its the TRC rather than ABS.
  9. In the current snow conditions I got stuck and was having difficulty getting out. Fortunately, I eventually remembered that the handbook states you should turn off ABS to enable you to rock the vehicle in order to free it. It worked for me thank goodness!
  10. I received a quote from my local Toyota dealer for a 3 year service plan - the cost - £871. I checked what I would pay if I didn't use the plan. My car is the 1.8 petrol. I do about 6/7,000 miles per year and the car is the 2010 model. Using Toyotas fixed price servicing, costs would total £831. This includes 2 intermediate and 1 full+ service and 3 MOT tests. There seems little or no benefit in opting for the service plan at an extra cost of £40. Admittedly, fixed service prices will undoubtedly increase over the next 3 years but I prefer to keep my money in my own pocket, particularly if the dealer went "bust" in the interim. Have I missed something?
  11. My handbook says the range in miles shown after filling up is based on average mpg achieved. Is this the average mpg achieved since new, or is it average for the previous tankfull?
  12. Sorry but I quoted the tyres supplied on my previous car! Tyres on present car supplied by Toyota are GoodYear Excellence.
  13. My car was supplied with Bridgestone Performance tyres from new. I understand that these are the recommended ones from Toyota. Presumably, Toyota think they provide the best overall performance in terms of stopping distance, cornering and stability, rolling resistance and mileage for this model. Why go against their 'recommendation'?
  14. KingToy

    Real Mpg

    I'm not suggesting that manufacturers fiddle the mpg figures. What they do is publish mpg figures that are obtained on the test bed and very few motorists are ever likely to achieve such figures. If this is correct (as proved on the Honest John website) then we might ask why on earth do manufacturers quote totally unrealistic mpg figures. I personally would prefer they quoted realistic mpg achievable by the average motorist.
  15. KingToy

    Real Mpg

    Manufacturers have been squeezing ever better figures out of their cars during EC tests, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and, consequently, VED ratings. Those EC lab figures bear no relation to the real world and very few drivers are able to get near them. For proof, check here: realmpg. This site allows you to enter your real mpg for your model and see what is the real average mpg that motorists get.