Ten Ninety

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  1. They probably looked up the answer on this forum. 😁
  2. I've been putting miles on the Lexus recently as my PHV is well past its service mileage. However, I had to use it yesterday and after being unused but plugged in for nearly a month, it started up fine. Whilst that is hardly definitive proof that leaving it plugged in does charge the 12v, I am still inclined to believe that it does, as suggested by the testing carried out by Priuschat users. Don't read anything into that Toyota blog not mentioning this - when it comes to the PHV, Toyota UK barely know it exists, let alone how it might actually work. I think the 12v has long been a bit of a 'weak spot' for most Toyota hybrids. If I'd have left any of my previous Toyota hybrids for a month, they'd have been dead. I don't know if it's because there are more things draining charge (like keyless entry) or just that the battery is specced lower than a traditional ICE car because it doesn't need to crank a starter. Either way, it doesn't seem to like being left for very long at all, hence Toyota's recommendation of running hybrids in 'Ready' for an hour a week.
  3. Good point, and one which I had completely forgotten about. The extra power is a bit deceptive when you're driving though - it takes off very sharply and then runs out of puff very quickly. I avoid overtaking where possible these days but in Suffolk there's a widely-held belief that the national speed limit is 35mph, so it does happen. Attempting a pass - even at those very moderate speeds - when you've forgotten you're in EV-City mode, can provide a certain level of unexpected trouser browning. The sharp take-off also has its downsides when pulling out into traffic. When running on electric, I find it hard to avoid wheelspin if I want a 'brisk' getaway, even with Eco mode selected (which is notably sharper in EV than it is in HV mode). The Bridgestone tyres probably have something to do with this as well, but after 20,000 miles in the car it still catches me out. I actually managed an unintentional and embarrassingly-extended smoky burnout the other week when trying to take advantage of a gap in traffic. Goodness knows what the traction control thought it was doing, and goodness knows what the poor chap who had to brake for me thought of a smokin' Prius!
  4. For some time, my assumption has been that motoring press reviews are more dependent on the level of hospitality / expenses / gifts / outright bungs offered by the manufacturer, than any objective assessment of the product. I have absolutely no evidence to back that up, of course, but it is the only explanation I have for their illogical and uninformed opinions. It would appear that VAG and JLR offer a better class of bribe, as models from all their brands are invariably lavished with praise despite their many, many failings. Mercedes aren't far behind, whilst Kia and Hyundai have also seemingly bought their way in recently. BMW must have cut back on their hospitality budget, as I've detected a little more criticism directed at them recently. Toyota presumably prefer to spend their money on engineering proper cars that don't fall apart, although someone might have splashed out a bit for the Corolla launch as that gets positive reviews despite having the same drivetrain 'flaws' for which others are criticised. As for Lexus, I can only assume that someone from Lexus ran off with some editor's wife - or perhaps several of them - as the brand never seems to get much by way of favourable press. Which makes it all the funnier when the magazines report on the 'Driver Power' survey or whatever it's called, and have to note that Lexus have come top. Again.
  5. Yes, there's a few scrapes, mainly from when I first started using it. With a bit of practice it can be done with less wiggling around, which reduces the potential for damage. Anyway, I consider a few scratches on some paint nobody sees to be a price worth paying for my back's health. Others may disagree.
  6. No charging point is required - a 3-pin is more than adequate. There is also no 'cost' to the additional weight, although that is a logical assumption to make - the Prius PHV actually appears to return better mpg than the Prius ordinaire even without charging from the wall. The PHV has no spare wheel option, poor boot space and (pre-facelift) only four seats. Other than that, it's pretty much all upside compared to the standard car - more kit, more soundproofing, more entertainment from fiddling with settings, more fun from driving in EV mode (the joy of silent acceleration hasn't worn off for me yet) and, assuming you are able to charge at home, considerably better running costs. It's less wilfully ugly than the original Gen 4 but less disappointingly anodyne than the facelift. And it has a carbon fibre tailgate, which obviously seals the deal. Maybe those positives aren't worth the difference in purchase price new but when you can get a PHV for virtually the same money as a standard car on the used market, it's a bit of a no-brainer unless the spare wheel or space issues are dealbreakers. Essentially, you get all the joys of the wonderful standard Toyota HSD system, plus the extra joy of more miles in EV mode. What's not to like? True, but still damning by faint praise. 🙈 Don't you start! 😁🤢
  7. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N0SVAZW/
  8. My car caused a problem after a few months of regular use, with severe pain very low down at the base of the spine. I only realised it was the car after going on holiday for two weeks and being 'cured' after a few days of not driving it. On return, I adjusted the seat back so it was much further upright than I would usually have it, and that solved the problem although my shoulders now ache a bit instead. I also have a device that I can clip into the door hook on the frame after opening the door, which then acts as a handle to lever myself out (or in). The hook is solid enough to take your whole weight which makes it a lot easier to lower yourself into the seat, or haul yourself out again. Not as good as buying a taller car, but still some help.
  9. Apparently, the original PiP charges the 12v whilst charging the traction battery, whereas the PHV waits until the traction battery is full and then charges the 12v. However, that information was from people on Priuschat doing their own measurements and not an official source.
  10. My car was due in for service next Monday, but all the local Toyota centres are closing due to Coronavirus and my centre therefore cancelled the booking. This is clearly a sensible move on their part to protect their staff, and one which I fully support. However my car's already at the recommended mileage interval and as a key worker I'll still be putting on the miles, going well past the usual leeway point. I was therefore pleased to get a very swift response from Toyota UK when I queried where this leaves the manufacturer warranty, providing reassurance that this will still be honoured even when the formal schedule has been missed. Nice to know that in these difficult times, Toyota are doing the right thing for both their staff and customers.
  11. I believe the 12v will charge as long as the car is in Ready - EV or HV mode. The ICE does not have to run. I also read on Priuschat that when you plug the car in to charge, the 12v gets topped up after it's 'filled' the HV battery. Therefore, even if you're doing very low mileages, as long as you're plugging in regularly the 12v should be fine.
  12. Thank you for testing - at least we know the Euro spec is no different now for the headlights. White pearl is a fabulous colour for these cars, it really sets off the shape.
  13. If you do get a chance to see whether the headlights respond when turning the wheel to light up the corner, and whether you get anything other than standard dipped beam below 37mph, that would be interesting to know. You make a good point about the system possibly being disabled by a previous owner, but it is actually working above 37mph. I also got confirmation from Toyota UK that this is how it's 'supposed' to work in the UK, despite the UK sales brochure suggesting otherwise.
  14. The light sensor sensitivity adjustment you're referring to doesn't affect the sensitivity of the auto high beams to oncoming traffic. It's just the setting for how sensitive the auto dipped beam is at coming on when it's dark. The problem of responding late to oncoming traffic is an inherent problem with all AHB systems, as witnessed by the increasing number of cars which are late to dip.
  15. I use it every day, because in the UK Toyota crippled the specification and deleted the climate prep option which allows you to automatically pre-heat (or cool) the car when using a timed charge. They left it in the owner's manual of course, just to mock us. Maybe your European spec includes climate prep, in which case I imagine the key fob wouldn't be used a lot. I'm also interested to know whether you get the crippled headlights in Europe. In the UK, despite the false advertising in the brochure, when in auto mode the headlights don't steer around corners and the main beam doesn't go 'wide' at low speeds - it doesn't actually do anything at all until you reach 40mph. If you have a chance to test the car in the dark, perhaps you could let us know.