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  1. Hi I had something similar and will be honest here. I had issue switched mine, crackling sound when on the call. Sometimes it would disconnect. I had poor quality of sound. Remember it is going through radio frequency so not great for connecting via this method. personally I sent mine back for full refund and not worth the hassle in my opinion. As most of us choose the cheaper option I am a sucker for that and stopped wasting money and bought a proper OEM Toyota touchscreen that does everything. or you can buy a module that fits into the back of the original stereo if I am led to believe you have?
  2. Hi konrad, Thank you for the information above and I certainly was unaware of these models as I did not do further research as I am usually do. Yes your right the VVTI is a better spec and uprated engine and will decide on the future of this car. My aim is to get some idea from my mechanic on what to do and if it looks to be an expensive fix then I will most definately look at getting a T-spirit. I must admit that I do not check my engine levels and now that you have mentioned it I will look at this during my lunch hour. I cannot tell if th EML is luminated on start-up. i will also check the EML lights up or not and if it does not then will get my mechanic to check this when he puts it on diagnostic if it will show up with anything.
  3. Hey - thanks for your message. The fuel is somewhat an issue and will be taking it to a local garage - a good one! to investigate... Am surprised as I had 2.0 litre version T-spirit and gave me 320 miles full tank. Very odd why my current T3-X is producing poor mpg. Someone mentioned about fuel injectors clogged up? Don't know how accurate that could but will also mention the lambda sensor when I go and see the Mechanics today. Thanks dee
  4. Thanks Konrad just me driving on my own. Tyres are at right pressure psi. Air filter and sparks yet to be changed this month as it is due for service. Brakes seem ok although they seem uneven when I brake. May get them changed as well as the discs and pads. completed 219 miles on full tank and this is no way correct. Had the car for 3 months and is a 2 owner car including myself. hope the injectors are clean as this might be a cause too. cheers dee
  5. On average I get about 200 miles on fuel from full to empty on a 1.8 petrol engine. Had regular service and recently oil and filter changed by the dealer. i am not sure where to start with diagnosing the cause as I expect this car to give me a return of 300 miles on a full tank. has anyone got any idea or something I can do to get this rectified? thanks dee
  6. When I got my Toyota D4D 2.2 it was smoking on/off. It turned out to be the turbo unit after all. An expense that I avoided by selling it to a car dealer. That is what I did to avoid huge expense and went back to a petrol 1.8 Avensis.
  7. Nice! I have done similar work too...very easy to do...
  8. Hello , I have the same issue with those warning lights and according to AA there are no immediate faults within the car itself after he had plugged in his diagnostic tool. My issue was when I unplugged the parking switch to get to the stereo is when I got these annoying lights. I unplugged it so that I can remove the covering to install a new aftermarket stereo. I have also noticed my start up battery can run low but charges right to the top except one bar. I am told that it produces 14.4v and other days 12.4v. I am still tempted to change it as it is 5 years old. I think the centre should erase those errors or a Toyota dealer. Any hybrid specialist do have the tools to perform those fixes.
  9. Hey guys - cheers for the advice and comments - thumbs up! I called AA again but this time a different engineer arrived yesterday. He fully tested the battery in the boot and also plugged in a full diagnostic. No issues with the car as such. Good to hear. Battery is at 12.4v and above. I told AA that I simply drive 2 miles each way and that's it! The engineer suggested that I may not be charging the unit everyday and am not driving the car for longer period of time. This could be the reason for the battery failing. I also installed a touch screen display stereo and in doing that i disturbed something as I now have 3 errors on the dash board. AA confirmed - nothing to worry about, since I never had the errors in the first place! The error codes need to be reset by Toyota. Although I am tempted to buy a good quality ODB2 scanner tool. On the whole good result and is due for service so will get Toyota to clear the codes at the same time. After the service I am putting it up for sale to consider a 2010 Prius with some better upgrades!!!
  10. Thanks for your reply. I just Checked on the Toyota service history online and the last battery was replaced in 2013. I believe it was only changed twice in its whole 12 years of its life. So I guessing it is time for another. It is rather strange for the battery to just die on me. The only change I made to the Prius was that I installed an aftermarket stereo. That’s it!
  11. Thank you guys I was also thinking of changing the battery as I think it was changed about 4-5 years ago. I always check to ensure nothing is left on and I even switch off the interior lights. I am thinking of taking a gamble and getting one tomorrow and hope it is that and nothing else.
  12. My Toyota Prius 2006 T3 decided not to start at all. I was not able to unlock the car with my key fob. I had to resort to the manual key and once I got in the car the dash lights did not come on. When inserting the key fob nothing happened. So at the moment the car has been stand still for 2 days. I called AA road recovery and came and jump started the car and switched on. To my surprise AA don't go further into diagnosing the problem as they only perform basic fix. In other words, they simply jump started the car which is something I would have performed. So I asked what is the issue and answer was to take it to a dealer for a proper check. The AA guy also suggested that if the car does not start in the morning that it could be the secondary battery (the on in the boot) I am at a loss with this one and don't know if I should go and buy the secondary battery tomorrow and hope for the best. Has anyone experienced this issue and if you have what was the outcome. Thank you guys!
  13. I will write up a full instructions guide on how to do the install as there are a few modifications that you need to make note. For now I have displayed some pics of the installation below. TBC.
  14. Thank you Joseph, I have sent my cheap and unreadable scanner back to the supplier. Very informative information you have provided and much appreciated! I will look at that as i really want to get into the Hybrid technology and does fascinate immensely. I Have a good laptop i can use as a diagnostic tool to work with so definately better option than the handheld scanners. I guess I do need to be aware of the scanner's compatibility before I buy again! thanks Buddy. Dee
  15. Glad you said Nexbase because they are also a very good brand and worth the money. I looked at much higher value ones and Nexbase did come out quite well in reviews and performance. I will test mine at night and see what it is like as I have yet to to test it at night.