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    Colin
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  • Toyota Model
    Yaris Hybrid Excel Premium 5Dr 1.5CVT (2017)
  • Toyota Year
    2016
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    Yorkshire

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  1. ... and the exact difference between legal and illegal (HID or LED) kits is? (When their dip beam cutoffs are as accurate and intensity levels are the same) They are only a menace if they are misused. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
  2. There was an "E" Mark on one of the attached tags but whether that denotes full approval is anyone's guess... On a further check this morning, the marks I'm seeing don't look like proper marks with the normal format. If this is a concern to you, then don't buy them. It is not to me. I just want to see properly at night when I'm driving. Ironically, just after I took those shots (further down the road) I narrowly swerved and missed a pony that had ran out into the road from a field and the only reason I was able to do that was that I just managed to spot him at the last moment at the nearside edge of the dipped beam. I'm pretty certain that if I had had the standard bulbs in, things might have been completely different... I replayed the footage on my dash cam and was very surprised at how close I came to actually hitting him but luckily I had plenty of road on my offside to use... (reported to 999 when I got home but someone else had already reported it...) Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
  3. This is dip beam alone... Main beam added... Fog lights alone... Fog and dip added... All on!
  4. I've posted elsewhere how happy I have been with the Optiwhite HIR2 replacements from my local dealer. Well, even these bulbs have their limitations in certain light conditions so I have been trying to find reliable full LED upgrade bulbs for my Yaris's headlights and also the front foglights (to match). Boy did I find some really good ones at £35.99/pair and as a bonus, they come with a full 2 yr warranty for each set. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078YS7D9Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B078YSG9W1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Now someone eagle eyed is going to spot straight away that according to the manual, the fogs should be H16 and that latter link points to a page for H11/H8/H9 bulbs. That's because there seems to be some confusion amongst suppliers as to just what an H16 base actually is. I've come across 3 different variations and they are all completely different! So, not wishing to leave anything to chance, I found the right bulbs by comparing measurements and bayonet orientations. The bulbs in the second link fit perfectly in my own 2017 Yaris Excel Hybrid and the bulb bases I exchanged them with that came out are identical and marked as H16. Go figure! So what are they like in use? In a word, AWESOME!!! The headlights on their own are a massive improvement over even the Optiwhite bulbs they replaced. The light sources seem to be perfectly positioned as the beam cutoff in dip is perfect but with a wonderful improvement in foreground illumination in front of the vehicle. Switch to main beam and they stretch way further down the road than the Optiwhite's ever did. The foglights? Absolute night and day! Again, the light sources (CREE LEDs) seem to be perfectly positioned as the diffusion from the castellated reflectors stays true to the original and gives an amazing low spread beam across the front of the car. I tried both sets on down a country road at night when there was no other cars around and you may as well be driving during the day! They are that good. The quality and build of these bulbs seems to be first class to my eyes and each bulb has a built in small fan at the rear to help with air circulation and cooling. I can't recommend these highly enough. I'll try and get some night shots at some point to add to this post but thought I would get this up first in case anyone is looking right now. Oh and lastly, I wonder how many people knew that the foglights are actually manually adjustable? It's fiddly but it works... (toothed side supports at the back of the light)
  5. Joe is right. That's exactly how I did mine and it was very easy to do tidily.
  6. That's normal behaviour for that panel. Mine's never been moved or detached since new 2 years ago and does exactly the same thing (as in your video). It's the same panel that holds the TPMS reset switch and I've always thought it a bit rubbish the way it's made and mounted. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
  7. That's a tip my late father taught me many years ago. Always try and tighten a stubborn screw a little before attempting to loosen it... Good tip. I've nearly always found it to be effective. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
  8. Indeed, facing north would be a major issue Chris! Something I hadn't factored in was that I always reverse into my drive and end up always facing south... (and) You're very welcome.
  9. If you're comfortable with leaving the bonnet unlatched when your car is stood outside your house, then yes, it might be an option. My way does the same job with the car fully locked and immobiliser armed. (plus not having to have an outside socket somewhere to plug your charger in...)
  10. It only feels "fiddly" because Toyota saw fit to mount the OBDII socket on a very "bendy" plate. When you push it up, it does connect properly trust me. As long as the blue led is flashing on the panel, it's working properly and charging the 12V battery. There's a knack to connecting it one handed which you'll get used to after a while. It really is the most convenient method of charging the battery without having to tear other things apart. I plug mine in and out on a regular basis because like you, I am retired and don't use the car so much these days so it can be standing idle for a week or more on occasion... Sent from my Pixel Slate using Tapatalk
  11. I did precede my conversation and stressed to him that I didn't want to know about extreme circumstances but rather in normal day to day average use conditions and I am confident that he framed his answer in that regard (after speaking to someone at Toyota GB's Technical Department).
  12. I get what you are saying Bob but like you, I have come across poor Toyota technicians but also good ones. I'm currently fortunate enough to live close to what I consider to be good and reliable ones who don't give you any BS if they don't know the answer but rather they find out from authoritative sources first before responding fully.
  13. Like I said in my follow up, it works in ordinary daylight; even shade so North facing is not a problem. I just lay mine on the dash top and the indicator showing that it is active, flashes straight away even on the dullest of days.
  14. Trickle charges the 12V battery even in ordinary daylight (no sun) and keeps it in good health.