Ten Ninety

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  1. Ten Ninety

    PHV Charging

    I only use a 3-pin charger so I don't know about lights on the Chargemaster unit. On my car, when the plug is inserted, the green light on the car port always flashes when charging is scheduled for later on. It has never failed to charge on the schedule, apart from when I forget to physically plug it in! The blue lights are just the state of charge indicators - I think they'll come on when you approach the car with the key even if it's not plugged in.
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    Prius Gen 4 top rated.

    My PHV rattles and buzzes now. It didn't when I got it in September. It's not quite as bad as my Gen3 (which rattled just as much when it was on 15s as it did when it was on 17s) and it doesn't really bother me. It may even be something that I've put in one of the storage boxes - I'm just too lazy to empty everything to find out. I also suspect that I am at least partially responsible as I regularly play bass-heavy tracks at excessive volume on the JBL stereo. If the bass is rattling my fillings, it's probably rattling the dash fixings loose as well!
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    Prius Gen 4 top rated.

    Good. I'd give mine 10/10 and 100% for reliability too. It is impossible to overstate the feelgood factor of driving a truly reliable vehicle. Sadly, this never seems to feature in magazine reviews, where the glitz and glamour of a damped cupholder or a fake stitched-leather dash top are considered more relevant to judging a car's 'build quality' than whether it will actually run for a year without anything breaking.
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    New Prius coming in March?

    Thanks for posting. Those images confirm that the facelift is a step backward in design. However, given the apparent popularity of the horrifically bland (and terrible) Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota probably think they'll sell a few more by getting rid of all the interesting angles. I hope this strategy fails, so the Gen5 can go back to looking properly challenging again! As an aside, that article seems to be another illustration of the vast chasm between the motoring press - and its chronic obsession with driving rapidly for 'fun' - and what buyers are really interested in. Who in the world, outside a tiny group of journos with nothing better to do, actually cares whether you can entertain yourself by drifting a Prius on snow?
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    Cross climate tyres for Prius Gen4

    The disadvantage is purely aesthetic. The Gen3 in particular takes on a bit of a shopping trolley look with tiddly little wheels. However, the Gen4 seems to wear them rather better and the very latest (2018 on) 15" wheel covers with the extended black strakes do a very good job of disguising their tiny size, as do the two-tone wheels on the PHV. For some reason, this country has an obsession with cars that look 'sporty' and people are prepared to put up with all the disadvantages of large wheels just to make their car look 'better'. An annoying side effect of pandering to this market is the difficulty of buying a luxury or top-spec car that doesn't have stupid big wheels on it. My Lexus GS would be considerably better to drive on 16" wheels as opposed to the compulsory 18s fitted. Credit to Toyota for offering the 15" option on the Excel version of the Gen4.
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    2017 PHEV battery degradation

    Toyota's electronics manage the battery charging to maximise life. When we see it as 'full' it really isn't. Similarly, it is never allowed to get near being properly 'empty' even when the battery graphic says it is. There is therefore no need to do any battery 'management' yourself, nor any need to worry about charging it fully and driving til it is empty. I'm surprised to hear Tesla doesn't have a similar system in place. That said, even with automatic management, the PHV battery will degrade slowly over time. I think there's something in the manual which suggests this is likely to manifest as reduced range, but not reduced performance. However, at what point any such range reduction will become noticeable above the daily impact on range of temperature and road conditions, is uncertain. The cars are all too new to have any meaningful data on this.
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    A Pleasant Experience Today

    In days gone by, I'd have put new tyres on the rear, but that was when I drove more enthusiastically and ran a greater risk of the car losing stability on a wet corner. These days I'd put them on the front. I'd rather have better traction pulling out on a wet roundabout and better aquaplaning resistance on the steering wheels. If the rears are really bad enough to cause a loss of stability under braking - even when we have ABS and stability control to keep the car in line - then I'd say those tyres need changing as well!
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    PHV Adaptive High Beam - Do Yours Work Like They Should?

    The blue light is a bit pointless in the way that it operates. I suppose it's done that way because the lights don't actually 'dip' at all, but it would be more reassuring if it changed when the shuttering activated. After adjusting the beams up, I don't use AHB at all any more. In fact, I rarely bother with manual main beam other than for the occasional joy of lighting up something that's half a mile away.
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    Prius PHEV Gen 3 vs PHEV Gen 4 vs Gen 4 ?

    If you want to save money, just keep the Auris. With such low mileages, I can't see how it could ever make financial sense to change the car.
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    Should I buy a plug in?

    I would agree with all of that. However, there's a couple of things worth bearing in mind: Second-hand (as per the OP) the cost equation becomes rather more favourable for the PHV because its initial depreciation is so steep. After 18 months, they can actually be had for the same money as a comparable Gen4 ordinaire on 15s. At the time I bought it, mine was cheaper than any of the 15" ordinaires on sale. That still doesn't make a totally convincing financial argument, as the PHV depreciation curve is likely to remain steeper, but it's nowhere near as negative as the from-new comparison. For my mileage and journeys, I'd estimate my fuel savings as around £500 a year compared to a standard Gen4. When I can get a charger installed at work, that will add a few hundred quid more to the saving. Of course, that's just my use case, but I'm happy with those numbers. Regarding 'saving the planet' you're absolutely right about resource usage but for me, despite an appalling lack of concern shown by government and media until very recently, local pollution is as important to address as long-term climate change or over-consumption. The PHV lets me drive into town and back without emitting anything from the tailpipe. On my commute, I can ensure it emits nothing in any of the built-up areas I pass through. I like that. A standard Prius is good in this respect compared to most other cars, but it can't come close to the PHV. All that said, I actually bought mine over a Gen4 ordinaire primarily because the headlights looks cool and it has a carbon-fibre tailgate. Which just goes to show that there's more to car buying than logic and sense!
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    I'm glad it doesn't have privacy glass - I know it's good at keeping the car cool in the summer but I think it spoils the look of pretty much any car. Give me style over practicality any day of the week - that's why I bought a PHV!
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    Should I buy a plug in?

    Welcome to the Hypersonic Red club, Mick! I think it's a great colour and I hate red cars. It seems like it's really three colours in one as it can look like anything from dull brick red on a cloudy day to sparkling crimson in bright sunshine to a fabulous orangey pearl in the evening 'golden hour'. Mine also has a fourth colour - dull brown - but that's because I never wash it. From what you described, I think you've made the right choice in going for the Gen4 ordinaire over the plug-in. Enjoy. Both very fair points, but the problem with the Toyota system isn't actually the traffic information - which, as you say, comes from TomTom anyway - or even the maps, which are updated pretty well. The problem is with the routing algorithm, which is beyond hopeless. As a knock on effect, the traffic info also becomes useless because the device will be showing you traffic info for the stupid route it's decided, rather than the one that you'll actually choose to follow!
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    Indeed. There is no legal redress for buying a car based on false information in a brochure. However, if the manufacturer knowingly continues to publish information after admitting that it is incorrect, I suspect that would put them in breach of UK advertising laws. We'll see whether Toyota are true to their word on making the changes to the PHV brochure. If they are, it will restore some of my faith in them being merely incompetent rather than dishonest.
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    The Bridgestone Ecopias on my car are no better than the Toyos for noise or grip. From test drives, I thought the Toyos were marginally quieter although that was far from scientific. I don't much care about grip as they're adequate for my driving style, but it would be nice if someone could make a quiet, ultra low rolling-resistance tyre. I suspect those two attributes do not go well together.
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    When you use a screwdriver to do the adjustment, you get a bit of a 'click' each time you turn that equates to one tooth moving. I counted 15 each side. I would suggest using a screwdriver rather than a spanner - it's dead easy poking it down the 'funnel' each side.