lordgrover

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  1. Heh. It's the other way round. Toyota modified the injection system for Subaru.
  2. Nearly three years... have to decide whether to keep it or switch to something else. Maybe it's time to look at the new MX-5 gen 4.
  3. My Toyota dealer's salesman said that the only difference between them is the engine, so why do you say the Subaru is better? The engine is the same. There may be a slight difference in geo setup but they're otherwise identical. As above, made in the same Subaru factory.
  4. Wait until it freezes. You'll have great fun closing (or not) the windows once open. A royal PITA, but relatively simple fix once you know the trick. Will try to find a link to it later.
  5. My test drive was in an auto. Bought manual. Jotted a few thoughts here: CLICK.
  6. Tip for driving: Drive it like you stole it! GT 86 comes alive when pressing on. FWIW stick with stock wheels and springs - they turn into a stiff ride when you mess about with them. Fine for the track but not so much for commuting and fun in the lanes. Enjoy.
  7. WOrks okay on mine if using factory message app on phone. If I switch to Textra it doesn;t work at all.
  8. MIne has always been so. NB have nexus 5, not iphone. Crank up volume on TnG and it's audible.
  9. Hehe. Each to their own. What were you, chief sweeper upper? Learn how to drive it properly and you may be rewarded.
  10. I did a mini review here: CLICK. Also tried a turbo charged one last year: Taken from here: CLICK. I've since had an AVO cat-back system, tein springs and a remap by Fensport. A little about it here: CLICK (4 August post).
  11. I know what he means though. My 350Z had bags of torque - not as much as the TVR obv, but plenty for traffic light GP. The 86 is more about poise and agilityy though - more fun in the long run. Enjoy.
  12. My GT86 fitted with Touch & Go was advertised as DAB Ready, whatever that means. I'd like to make it DAB Working but local dealer says nothing available (yet). Does anyone have any idea of the best way to achieve this? NB. It is a £750 option as-is so I'm not prepared to swap out for a whole new head unit.
  13. They've been touted about the various forums for a while now. Even if they did float my boat, amusingly expensive. Thanks for heads up though.
  14. You're comparing an Almera, a small family car, with what is marketed as a premium product, 2+2 sports coupe? On price? I'm comparing it with the other cars I was considering; TT, Cayman, M3, 1M, Scirocco, etc and even the 350Z I traded in - all appreciably more expensive for little more other than badge.
  15. What's that you've fitted, a 70s air horn? Nice one mate - enjoy.
  16. I ran mine in over four days. Decent runs gradually building the revs. Avoid motorway/constant speed/revs for the first few hundred-1,000 miles. Nearly 4,000 miles and sweet as a nut now.
  17. Similar or worse for me. Toyota World Bristol South are hopeless. Never again. Never.
  18. Sorry, can't help. IME dealers vary widely. Some are hopeless, others less so. Get a second opinion and/or contact Toyota customer relations.
  19. New here myself, welcome. I see you're on t'other site too. See you here or there.
  20. If anyone's interested, I've popped a review of my 86 here: click.
  21. I saw a couple of articles on PH; GT 86 vs BRZ and Toyota GT86, after some of the early articles like Toyota FT-86. It fell short of the concepts I'd been drawn to here: Designed for the Enthusiast but I was still attracted to it. FT-86 Concept -------------------- I'd recently had a TVR Griffith and a Nissan 350Z GT. The Griff was quick and fun and the Zed was a bit more practical and still had some grunt. I felt I'd done the moar powr thing and I needed a change - the BRZ seemed to fit the bill nicely. I'd gone for the Subaru option because I perceived the brand had more 'cred'. However, no dealer within 40 miles and I didn't like the look of it nor the equipment levels. The mouth is upside down and looks a bit weak, the side/DLR/fog light arrangement is messy and looks 'softer' alongside the Toyota. There was also talk of the Subaru being set up differently with the Toyota having more bias to oversteer, which I'd become used to with the Tiv and Zed. Not sure how true this is in real life, but I swallowed it at the time. Toyota is was then. When the demos started to trickle into the dealers, the only option locally was an automatic. Not my first choice, but the salesman did his best to convince me of its merits. He failed. The seat was snug and the driving position pretty good after a few adjustments; seat adjusts (manually) up/down, forward/back as usual with no additional lumbar adjustment. The steering wheel felt great and adjustable up/down and in/out. The rearview mirror looked odd - it's rimless/borderless. I like it. Electrically operated (and heated) door mirrors are quite a good size allowing for good rear visibility driving as well as reversing and manoeuvering. The whole thing felt quite taught/tight even pulling out of the car park. Not hard as such, but stiff - in a good way. Pulling away from the first set of lights a few things became apparent. It wasn't terribly quick, and the 'fake' induction 'growl' sounded ridiculous. Like there was a tinny little speaker in the footwell. Not the best of starts. It was a slushbox (torque convertor stylee auto) so perhaps the 'launch' was understandable - kickdown and in-gear acceleration while not blistering was acceptable. Fortunately, it was quite wet for my test drive. I warned the salesman I'd hit the second or third roundabout maybe harder than he may be used to, but he was keen to win the order so was okay with me trying it out. Cornered nicely and pretty flat and a little wiggle even with the safety nets full on and me not trying too hard. I smiled. Again. By now, I'd forgotten about how twee the piped induction growl was and had grown to like it. Over the next few roundabouts I first tried sport mode, then all off. It was very wet, very quiet and hardly a soul to be seen. It was a hoot. I was pretty much giggling like a small child. There was no drama or screaming of tyres, just balletic poise as I danced in slow motion. The salesman knew he had me, and I knew I couldn't not buy one. Played it cool when we got back - I waited three or maybe four minutes before I asked how much money he'd like me to give him. So much for my negotiating skills. Ordered six speed manual, Alcantara leather (heated seats), Touch & Go audio/satnav all dressed in Ginger paint. That was 4 July. Picked it up on 1 September. A few niggles and complaints regarding the dealership but that can wait. The handbook said to run it in over the first 1,000 miles, not exceeding 4,000 RPM. Clearly, I knew better than the giant Japanese multinational so once it had 100 miles on the clock (maybe two hours?) I started upping the limit a few hundred revs at a time with the ocassional unstressed blip towards the top of the dial. I'd booked the week off to play with my new toy and so got in and drove. The first day found me in the Brecon Beacons; some great roads, especially for this car and importantly on this occasion, pretty much flat so less stress on a running-in engine. In the Principality The following day I went on one of my favourite runs in the Cotswolds and Fosse Way. To be honest, the TVR and Nissan had bags more grunt so the long straights and steep inclines were barely noticed - the 86 struggled a little. It's better suited to the bends and twisties of Britain's B roads than arrow straight A roads; the very roads on which I struggled with the TVR because it was unpredictable (in my hands) and would bite me in the ***** every now and again. The 86 feels lighter and more nimble, despite being 150kgs heavier. The next day I went down to Dartmoor and Exmoor and then on to Woolacombe, North Devon. Great roads for the Toyota, not dissimilar to those in the Brecons, though the scenery is rather different and rather fewer sheep. More cows though. Seaside On my way back from Devon I went through 1,000 miles. Job jobbed Gave it a quick chamois down and took a polaroid up on the Common after a hard couple of days, running in. Shagged out Six weeks in and I'm still loving it. What I thought of in the test drive as 'modest' acceleration has become the norm - for many it won't be enough. For what the car's about it's plenty. You could say it's a bit crap at being an estate car. Not too clever as a people carrier either. More power is a trivial issue, if it were the intention the combined might of Toyota and Subaru would've produced a 250+/300+/500+ BHP monster, but they didn't - because that is not what was called for. They decided a small, (comparatively) light-weight 2+2 with modest power, limited grip and excellent handling was what they wanted, and that is what we got. Cheap, reliable motoring with a bit of fun thrown in. If I want full-on, drag racing, expensive to run/insure slaaag I'd look at a GTR or M-car - this is not it. Nor is it meant to be. Surprisingly for a Jap car, it attracts a great deal of attention from many different people. I was used to small boys (yes, I know ) pointing and staring at the Griff - most blokes looked away, trying not to appear interested - envy? I dunno. Women in general fairly non-plussed. The 350Z is a good looking, muscular car which was well regarded by most, but a bit too common to be of much interest. A few women in the office said they liked it, which I thought was unusual. It may be the colour that draws the attention with my 86, but everywhere I go people stop, stare, point and comment. They walk up to me in the filling station to ask what it's like. Astonishing! It's a mass produced Japanese coupe, but they've got something right. Toyota GT86 2.0M 11/10
  22. My car was due for delivery on 1 September, it was delivered to Toyota World Bristol South on the Wednesday prior. I emailed them to request a few things were checked including the maps as it was becoming an issue on several forums. I didn't receive a reply but that's not unusual for them. They rarely return phone calls either. When I collected the car the maps were still dated March 2011, amongst several other issues. I was told they'd not had a chance to check it out but would get back to me. I should have rejected the car there and then, but I accepted their assurance (as I was like a kid with a new toy). As I'd not heard from them I called them a week later and was told they still hadn't heard from Toyota and would chase it up. Several emails, calls and weeks later still nothing. The dealer 'Principle' got involved and assured me it would be resolved ASAP. It was booked in to have the updates though they said it may take a couple of days, but I could borrow the principle's GT86 auto in the meantime. I accepted this and agreed to drop my car off and pick up the loaner at 0800 the next day. The principle didn't turn up until 0820 so by the time I left I was late for work. As I'd not heard anything by 1500 I called to find out how they'd got on and they said they'd had a problem. As the car had done more than 1,000 miles it had exceeded some arbitrary limit built into the system to allow a FOC update - it was now chargeable. When I finished laughing I was told they'd have to get a authority and codes from Toyota to perform the update and would get back to me. Again. More time passed and I was told they'd got approval but it couldn't be done for another ten days or so. When I'd established they weren't joking, just taking the *****, I told them where to stick it and I'd take it up with Toyota Customer Relations. This is now nearly four weeks after delivery. I was told their response time is 2-3 days. I was disappointed with that - once someone has found it necessary to escalate to CR I'd expect them to take it seriously, but no, not Toyota. To be fair, that's probably a standard, scripted reply and I was called back within a few hours. I was given a case number and told to book the car in with any Toyota dealer to get the update FOC using the case number as a reference. The other dealer in Bristol, Toyota World Bristol North (another Sytner dealer) didn't know anything about it and would get back to me, once I'd given them the case number, telephone number and name of the CR contact. A few days later they called back to say they'd not done it before and it may take a couple of days. In addition, they didn't have the 'equipment necessary' so I'd have to wait for that to arrive. When they contacted me again they said it would be another week or so. I couldn't believe what a farce this was becoming so again spoke to CR and another dealer Platinum Bath. They weren't familiar with the issue either, but sounded a little more knowledgable and helpful. Nearly seven weeks on, finally booked it on Monday for the update to be done today. Got there at 0800 - it was done by 0840. All parties happy (at last) and rather less than two days. Well done and thank you to Mark at Toyota Platinum, Bath. However, I shall NEVER buy a new Toyota again. A more incompetent, useless, lying bunch of %$(tards I've never met.
  23. I'm a bit confused by some of the comments about a perceived lack of power/torque. You could say it's also a bit crap at being an estate car. Not too clever as a people carrier either. More power is a trivial issue, if it were the intention the combined might of Toyota and Subaru would've produced a 250+/300+/500+ BHP monster, but they didn't - because that is not what was called for. They decided a small, (comparatively) light-weight 2+2 with modest power, limited grip and excellent handling was what they wanted, and that is what we got. I've done the loadsapowr thang with the TVR and to some extent the 350Z, but this is delivering exactly what I, and I suspect many others want. Cheap, reliable motoring with a bit of fun thrown in. If I want full-on, traffic-light drag racing, expensive to run/insure slaaag I'd look at a GTR or M-car - this is not it. Nor is it meant to be.
  24. I'll pop a post here once mine is finally sorted. You'll need patience, tissues and to suspend your disbelief when the tale is told. Not that I'm over-egging it at all.