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  1. My battery lasted the 4 years that I owned my hybrid, no sign of it failing when I sold the car.
  2. 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 !
  3. 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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    Buy a cheap Satnav with updates for life ! The built-in Toyota version is pretty clunky and map updates are very expensive.
  5. 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.
  6. GRMN started first time once again after 61 days !
  7. I've tried all 4 of my Toyota hybrids on ordinary fuels, both from major supermarkets and major companies and also BP Ultimate and Tesco Momentum. No difference on any of them, performance or MPG Never had any fuel systems issues, never needed any magic cleaners or boosters.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Hit the on-screen button that has 3 dots. A menu will appear. Press the STOP sign.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.