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Everything posted by MikeSh

  1. The sample size on a forum like this isn't big enough. Sites like Honest John, etc, are probably better indicators though it can be hard to find data on specific models. As others have said Toyota are generally high in reliability and their hybrids have about 20 years of experience behind them. The number of Prius used as taxis tells you something. You are more likely to be disappointed with some other aspects of the car than it's reliability, so check carefully for the functions that are important to you ... Eg. Our 2018 has cruise control but no speed limiter, which is infuriating to me 😬
  2. Batteries are very sensitive to high and low temperatures so most BEVs use the cooling (and in some markets heating) system to keep the battery in acceptable limits. Natural cooling is often not sufficient.
  3. Some of those cases are the car itself. With tight emission controls, start-stop systems, ABS and traction control it's very easy to find the car not actually going as hoped. Our non-Yaris has start-stop and we always turn it off after starting (it's not 'sticky') as it's a nightmare.
  4. It's suitably vague. Owner's manuals seem to be doing this more and more, though I suspect it's more that they aren't putting the time and money into them to get it clear and correct rather than any deliberate ploy.
  5. Just shows how you have to be very specific about which car you are dealing with. This sort of detail can change with a software update these days.
  6. Not on mine (MK3, hybrid, facelift). Per my earlier post, they only come on if a back door has been used.
  7. I've just done a couple of tests on my 2018. If I just get in alone, start and drive the rear belt lights don't illuminate. Ditto with a front seat passenger. If I open and close a back door before getting in and driving the three lights come on and go off after a while. (About a minute perhaps but may depend on when the car starts moving too.) Doing up a belt turns out the light for that seat. There doesn't seem to be any weight detection, but I'd probably need a passenger in the back to take their belt off during a journey to check that.
  8. I think they also depend on if a back door has been opened.
  9. Most just have drain holes in the bottom - usually just slits in the seam where the inner stamping meets the outer skin. There's nothing for the user to do.
  10. If you aren't too bothered about appearance (and going to remove it before selling on) just use some clear Gorilla tape or similar.
  11. My included Toyota cover expired recently and they wanted £70+ to renew. I did a bit of digging and instead went with Start Rescue who seem to be highly rated. £25.56 including recovery and home assist. Couldn't see any point in paying £45 more.
  12. Company bean counters are only interested in the total cost over the lease period. Those numbers don't usually bear much resemblance to list price or what private buyers consider, and specs are largely irrelevant. The OP will have been given the car that is capable of doing what is needed and is cheapest for the company.
  13. Possibly, but it would be a lie. Perhaps this dealer employee was being honest (though asking £100+ suggests the dealership bosses are milking things).
  14. Bacteria is correct. Viruses don't multiply in warm damp places, but bacteria love them.
  15. Mine offered it for £35 the other day. I didn't think that was stupid expensive (it was in for a C service, so I was set for a big bill anyway) and as the car is 4 years old and I don't know if it had ever been done before I took it.
  16. I can see the point of repeating speed limit signs on the dash, but some of this other stuff is just distraction. If you don't know what kind of road you are on ... 🤪
  17. It's being a problem for pure EVs as well - for the same reasons. In some cases they now switch the high voltage battery on for a while on a schedule to keep the 12V battery topped up. Aside from having a higher capacity I'm not sure a lithium battery in itself actually solves the problem - it will just last a bit longer before it's dead.
  18. OK, that suggests the problem is the beep system and not the switch, etc, that decides when reverse is selected. If Frosty's suggestion comes up blank you'll probably need to find the control box for the system and check voltages, trace wiring, etc, to work out what is wrong. Hopefully just a bad connection connection somewhere, in which case just wiggling the wiring might fix it - for a while at least.
  19. Are the reversing lights still working?
  20. On many cars, including my Mk3 Yaris, the clock setting is in the instrument cluster/driver's settings menu - accessed through the steering column controls - not through the media display.
  21. Just hose it out if you're worried. If that causes a problem be thankful it was on the drive and not pounding along the motorway in pouring rain. (I have been known to occasionally spray the engine bay while washing the car for this reason.}
  22. What many people don't realise is that rapid charging is expensive. Cost per mile can easily exceed petrol prices in some cases, so unless you can charge at home or at a free/cheap supermarket the much vaunted cheapness of electric vehicles pretty much goes out the window. A bit of demand pricing will stop casual users charging when loads are high.
  23. National Grid have assessed this and it isn't a problem. It may require some adjustments but it's not going to be overnight and is considered perfectly manageable when you consider that plant is being changed all the time anyway. The local distribution - ie. in the street may be the bigger problem.
  24. That is actually one of the main problems. Small family size cars, probably the most popular size, can have a decent size fuel tank but are just not big enough to take a large enough battery for long journeys, with current technology. Solid state batteries may be the solution, but they seem to be a bit like fusion power generation ... Soon, very soon, maybe sooner.
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