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  1. How far away (physical distance) are the wheels you took off from the car? Remember, its Bluetooth and it's possible that the car can still detect the sensors up to 10 metres away (30' in old money...). Also, the system is quite slow and it takes time for the car to realise that the sensors aren't talking anymore... Unless you plan on putting the OEM wheels/tyres back on (complete with TPMS sensors) each time just for the MOT because that is what you will have to do to get a pass.
  2. (ya beat me to it! That was a question that I was going to ask... 😉)
  3. I think you'll find that your granddaughter's Yaris is worth a whole lot more than just replacing 2 keys, never mind one! If it is a 2016 Yaris Hybrid Excel, it may come as a shock when you check sites like motorway and webuyanycar and find out what it is really worth!
  4. Just an update: My dealer has listened to my reasoning about this matter and, ostensibly he fully agrees with me and so he has forwarded all my stuff to Toyota UK in an effort to clarify whether it should have had this feature or not. Of course, this paragraph on the back page of the brochure will probably be cited if not... ☹️
  5. That just boggles the mind!!! What is wrong with people on this planet of ours???!!! 😵🤪😵🤪
  6. Ok Bob, let's meet in the middle and call it "damp" (it's paste)? 😉🤣
  7. It is on by default and even if you turn it off, it comes back on the next time you start the car...
  8. Tried that, nothing indicated... It's not just for pedestrians. It works with approaching vehicles as well... There is quite a detailed description in the manual of the various situations when it will work.
  9. The red stitching was dropped (sadly) from the 2021 "refresh" Launch Edition. I have red stitching in my 2020 LE...
  10. Sent this to my local sales manager after having a phone conversation with him... It'll be interesting to see the result... I'm still waiting for others with Launch Editions bought in 2020 to appear? Anyone?
  11. Crikey! You find out something new about these cars every day!! 😁
  12. Indeed, and that seems fine. There were a couple where they had a unit failure after prolonged use (year and over...) but I suspect that they must have been one offs rather than the norm... I may just get one! 😉
  13. Bob, are you sure that that is the correct model number as I cannot find such a model of CTEK battery charger? Is it perhaps the CTEK MXS 5.0 you were referring to? (Which, sadly, gets questionable reviews on Amazon...)
  14. Just checked through all my menu items in "Settings" and nowhere is there a screen for "RCTA"... ...and there is no mention of RCTA in any of the submenus either... Got me wondering now... According to the manual, it uses the same sensors as the BSM and that is functioning fine so it is strange why it doesn't appear on my menus anywhere...
  15. It's not beeps during reversing that I am looking for? It is the Rear Cross Traffic Alert system warning (in the reversing camera view)?
  16. This is just a kind of "straw poll" to see if anyone who purchased the new TNGA Launch Edition Yaris during 2020 (before the slight change in 2021) has found that this "RCTB" actually works on their car? Also, does anyone actually know the correct way to test for its functionality?
  17. I tested this "RCTA with braking" yesterday on mine and nothing is happening on my 2020 Launch Edition? Not sure if I am testing correctly but we just used someone walking behind the stationary vehicle with "R" selected... No indication in the rear view camera picture at all...
  18. Indeed, and that's mostly (I think) where Toyota put the thrust ('scuse the pun!) of its software engineers and its electronics to good use... What is even more interesting is the way that Toyota maximises the efficiency of the ICE by switching from Otto to Atkinson and back again on-the-fly to try and keep the ICE's efficiency as high as possible for a wide variety of driving conditions... ...and that's the clever trick that the new TNGA platform has up its sleeve... ...and thereby hangs the petrol over diesel "forté" and probably one of the keys to Toyota's success with its hybrid platform variants...
  19. It's that phrase in red above that I have a problem with and especially the word "lost"? It is not "lost" as such. It is very much a calculated commodity in the Toyota Hybrid scheme of things. Also, that word "just" in the second sentence is a bit dismissive of an extremely complicated and technologically advanced system don't you think? Just my opinions... I would really like to enact your "test" as you originally described it because I think you would be astonished at the result! (and not in a good way from your perspective...)
  20. One of the biggest differences that I have noticed between my previous Mk3 Yaris Hybrid and my new Mk4 is the battery technology and how Toyota has taken advantage of the change from Ni-MH to Li-Ion in the new Mk4s. Since I make regular use of the excellent Android App "Hybrid Assistant", I have been able to see this in practice. The thing about this app is that you are able to actually see the power consumption and reclamation in real time of the HV Battery in Kilowatt units on the display. You are also able to see the Kw output of the ICE in real time also for comparison... In the Mk3 (Ni-MH), the system used to follow a quite narrow window of between 40% - 60% (sometimes reaching 65% but not often) SoC during driving. Also, the reclamation either via braking or the ICE itself actually topping up the HV battery was much slower since this is the nature of Ni-MH batteries i.e. they take longer for a given input to recharge than Li-Ion. The Mk4's Li-Ion batteries are so much better in that they recover faster and can withstand a higher charge rate. They seem also to be able to release better power at lower SoC levels than the Mk3's Ni-MH batteries. With the Mk4, I have seen the SoC go as low as 25% before the ICE kicks in and reach as high as 76% during braking regeneration. For example, when I was out yesterday and I started braking going downhill, if I played with the brake pedal, I could get the HA app to show 34Kw being fed back into the battery before mechanical braking took over. This manifested itself in surprisingly hard braking given that it was only as a result of the electric traction motor being "reversed". The most I ever managed with the Mk3 was 20+Kw of reverse charge in that way. I think that this is just one of the reasons why the Mk4 Yaris is so much better/more efficient than the Mk3. i.e. the working range and available power from the HV battery is much wider because it is better technology. My own conclusion in all this about the Toyota Hybrid drive train methodology is that to over simplify such a complex system is to completely miss the point and sophistication of such a system.
  21. No but I would agree with Nick, Roy? You did over simplify it and left out quite a lot of pertinent detail in your summation. I doubt that your conclusion, if using the new Mk4 or even the Mk3 Yaris, would stand up. For example, the extremely thermally efficient ICEs that Toyota produce as part of their hybrid drive train. ICEs that can switch very cleverly and seamlessly between Otto and Atkinson cycle and this also has quite a bearing on final fuel consumption of their Hybrid vehicles. I believe that I am right in saying that Toyota are well up into the top 5 of world manufacturers when it comes to the thermal efficiency of their ICEs... Especially in their new TNGA platformed cars. Yes, their Hybrid systems seem to be overly complicated but they are like that for a good reason, they have the most experience worldwide on hybrid drive train production and I would argue that they are probably the best...
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