martswain

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    Martin
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  • Toyota Model
    Yaris GRMN Number 258
  • Toyota Year
    2018
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    Ayrshire

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  1. martswain

    Battery charge when car not in use

    I have also had a few hybrids, 2 Prius, one Yaris and a Lexus CT200. They have all been left for 60 odd days, however, always pulled the fuse that runs the equipment that is live with the ignition off (immobiliser/alarm etc). The cars were left in a locked garage which is integral with my house, so does not get too cold. The 12V batteries have always provided enough power to start the electrics and the traction batteries only lose 1 or 2 bars over that time, so they always started first time too.
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    Battery charge when car not in use

    My Yaris GRMN has just started after being left for 62 days, not even a flicker from the dashboard, it cranked normally and fired up within 2 seconds. A 12V battery should not discharge within 3 days unless lights or accessories have been left on by accident.
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    Hybrid energy meter

    I ran 4 hybrids over the last few years, never seen that monitor go below 2 bars and very rarely does it get to full either. Don't stress about it, just let the system look after the battery. If your force it into EV mode, the battery may go lower than usual, but that is a false economy as the engine will then run for longer to get it into normal range. In the end, I just left it in "D", never bothered with "B", "ECO" or "EV" in normal driving. "EV" only used for 20 feet trips into and out of my garage, just to prevent the engine starting for a very short period.
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    Hybrid in Neutral

    In my hybrid days, I always used N and handbrake, no creep or annoying lights for the person behind. If you use the brake pedal, I think it may stop the system creep, but the handbrake does not, if I am wrong someone will correct me I am sure. Using PARK means the transmission is locked and if you get shunted there may be damage. I vaguely remember something about the hybrid charging system being disconnected in N and after a while you get a message to engage P.
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    Switch on power without engine starting

    Don't put you foot on the brake pedal when pressing the start button if I remember correctly. I think there are 2 levels of "on" depending on how many times you push the button. You will be discharging the small 12V battery in this mode, not advisable for anything more than very short periods.
  6. martswain

    Touch screen nav cancel destination

    Hit the on-screen button that has 3 dots. A menu will appear. Press the STOP sign.
  7. martswain

    GRMN drag race against competitors

    If you get it right, the GRMN will beat all the other models off the line and after that, no contest. It's also remarkably cheap to insure, only £211 with AVIVA. That's for a 59 year old male, full NCD and 5000 miles a year.
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    GRMN drag race against competitors

    It's perfectly fine as a daily driver, fun on winding country roads and overtaking is much easier than in my previous hybrids. I am actually enjoying have 3 pedals for the first time in 23 years. Seats are very comfy too for my 59 year old backside.
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    GRMN drag race against competitors

    I have one, it's fun and very fast. There are a couple to be had as mentioned above.
  10. martswain

    Yaris Hybrid RPM

    Would never consider a Yaris Hybrid for mainly motorway use, economy isn't great and pretty awful in crosswinds.
  11. martswain

    Yaris 2015 Nav issue

    Pretty sure for all Yaris models in that year, NAV was an option. The head units have a NAV button, but the module may not be fitted. As for internet connection, don't think that became available until 2017 and even the most recent version is pretty limited on the Yaris, it connects via a smartphone and not with an inbuilt SIM as far as I know.
  12. martswain

    Maps and SatNav Question

    Some have updates included, some don't, it depends on the satnav version and that applies to the latest vehicles too. Register your vehicle on MY TOYOTA and you will see what you are entitled to, or not !
  13. martswain

    Alloy wheel question

    Don't forget to tell your insurance company, or you may end up without cover if you have any sort of incident.
  14. martswain

    Automatic Air Conditioning

    I had my hybrid for 4 years, before that a Lexus CT200H and two different model of Prius, from what I remember all those that had automatic A/C worked the same way. The GRMN that I now have works the same with a belt driven compressor rather than the electric one on the hybrid.
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    Automatic Air Conditioning

    If you are in AUTO with A/C selected, to cool the cabin quickly the system will select recirculation automatically until the desired temperature is reached. This can also happen if the outside air cannot be cooled enough to reach the selected temperature. You can check the system is working properly by nudging up the selected temperature (not in DUAL mode) and you'll see the recirc light go off.