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  1. I have left a Yaris Hybrid for well over 2 months and the hybrid battery never fell by more than 2 bars, the 12V battery also held it's charge and the car started first attempt. Does the screen showing the hybrid battery charge still work ? Do you hear any relays clicking when you power-on the car ? Have a good look at all the fuses and give the relays a gentle tap.
  2. The minimum voltage required to charge a battery is 13.8 Ideal range is 14.2 to 14.5 v It should not be above 14.7 v Info is here
  3. Of course, tell your insurer if you change to a non-standard size of tyre.
  4. I believe LED light modules also need to have automatic leveling and integrated washers as do HID lights, but stand to be corrected.
  5. The fuel consumption falls dramatically in winter when the cabin heater is used a lot and the petrol engine runs to provide that heating and to keep itself warm too. As for the misting, make sure you don't have the air recirculating for too long and use the air conditioning to dry the air, that actually has very little effect on consumption, having the heater too high certainly does.
  6. Or died waiting................
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    As your new Yaris has both regenerative and normal braking, it does take a bit of getting used to. Try lifting off the throttle earlier and then a longer period of light braking, you can then recover more energy than a late hard stop. You'll soon get the hang of it ! Anticipation and smooth driving reap their rewards in hybrids. PS. I had 4 hybrids before I traded up to the mental GRMN.
  8. Average MPG from last time you started the car until you stop it, as simple as that. Same with "Since Refuel" which is even more obvious or "Since Reset", the last time you pushed the reset button. Don't over-think it !
  9. Same here on the GRMN, it's exactly as it says, since you last started the vehicle.
  10. Stick it in "D" or "R" as necessary. "EV" mode is useful for moving short distances, such as in and out of a garage, but on the road it can force the traction battery below the optimal level which means the petrol engine then runs longer to get back to the normal charge range. Do not stress trying to keep the traction battery at a particular level, Toyota have spent millions of Yen on making hybrids work without too much driver intervention. "B" mode, only use on steep or long downhill roads. If you have Cruise Control, use it whenever possible, the system can adjust the throttle much better than you, so economy improves. Once up to the lower speed limits (30/40) briefly lift off the throttle to encourage the care to go into electric mode, then gently re-apply throttle to maintain speed. When slowing down, anticipate more and use a gentle press for longer to maximise regenerative braking. Don't be surprised if your rear discs get a bit rusty, they only get used when the pedal is pressed pretty hard or below about 10 MPH. You will notice that winter economy is significantly worse than summer, it likes to keep ITSELF warm and if you like to be toasty too, that will exacerbate the situation. Air Conditioning use make hardly any difference to economy. I have had 4 hybrids, all from Toyota/Lexus and the Yaris had the greatest variation from summer to winter economy.
  11. My battery lasted the 4 years that I owned my hybrid, no sign of it failing when I sold the car.
  12. The Thai Yaris and the saloon version, ATIV, are all 1197 cc. The Thai Vios have all been 1497 cc for many years. Check where it was built !
  13. Very interesting experiment and it validates what I have always thought about Toyota/Lexus hybrids, just bung it in D or R and let the computers do the rest.
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    Sat nav

    Buy a cheap Satnav with updates for life ! The built-in Toyota version is pretty clunky and map updates are very expensive.
  15. I had my Yaris hybrid for 4 years, rear disks replaced due to corrosion after about 10 months. What accumulates around the rear wheels is rust-dust rather than anything from the pads ! The brake system was checked for balance and the situation improved slightly after a bleed of the system. As the handbrake actually uses the rear pads, to keep the disks relatively rust-free I used a couple of seconds of the handbrake every now and then when I noticed a build up of rust.