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  1. That’s works out twice as much as my Start Rescue, and there is mine and the wife’s car on that.
  2. Typo error……. Should read £130, still a good deal.
  3. This thought process I have difficulty with, especially with a Toyota hybrid car. The engine is being used approx 60% of the time (hybrid battery 40%). So change oil at 10k car miles equates to 6k engine miles. Change oil at 5k equates to 3k miles. Much too soon. The service interval for a non hybrid petrol Toyota car is 10k miles…..and that is an engine running 100% of the time. A waste of money, and more important, a waste of this earths resources. And oil is not cheap, and it will only get dearer in this crazy economic world situation we are in, then add to that the cost that wars are adding to the price.
  4. Your car no longer comes under the Toyota Relax warranty unfortunately. That went up to 10years. The good news is the hybrid battery does have a warranty up to 15 years so long as you get it checked out annually at a Toyota dealer. If you continue having the car serviced at a Toyota dealer the Hybrid battery health check is free, otherwise it costs about £45…. Worth it. The hybrid battery consists of cells that are individual and can be swapped out individually, meaning if you get a hybrid battery problem it can be resolved at fairly low cost. But get the annual check, at least to 15 years. The 12v battery is in the boot (no space under the bonnet), and for safety reasons (splitting in an accident and acid “flying” about the cabin area) replacement needs to be an AGM battery (Absorbent Glass Mat). Cost about £30 from Toyota dealer (Yuasa is a good make), and Toyota dealers price is VERY competitive (usually). Go on You Tube and search for Toyota Prius driving techniques. The hybrid engineering in the Toyota Prius is the same in the Auris you have. Lots of videos, mostly from USA, showing how to hyper mile Toyota hybrids. Simple techniques that will get you up to 65mpg in the summer and 55mpg in the winter….. it’s all in the driving techniques. Maybe you will do the same as I did. My first Toyota hybrid was a 2010 Auris. Loved it, six months later I passed it onto the wife and got a gen3 Prius (all Prius are hybrids), 2010. Loved it, six months later traded it in for 66 plate gen4 Prius…..that was brilliant…… best car I ever had and probably best car I ever will have had. Hyper mailing I got 96.x mpg over a single 50 mile journey, and 92.x mpg over a single 100 mile journey. Many times in 80+ mpg, always disappointed if I couldn’t reach 70+ mpg. Those were in summer months, 10mpg less in winter. Keep tyre pressures to at least manufacturers stated, or maybe up to 3 psi more. You got 17” wheels which I found uncomfortable ie potholes, speed bumps etc, on the Prius I had 15” optional fit tyres/wheels and they were much more comfortable, and tyres cheaper. 15” is an option for your Auris. Keep it serviced, look after hybrid battery as others have explained, especially cooling, and ENJOY. 👍
  5. Hello Pat, sorry you are having problems with the gearbox. We all would like trouble free cars to drive, in reality there are going to be problems some time during a cars life. As already stated some of these can be put to poor driving or poor maintenance. Some not the current owners wrongdoing. How many km/miles has the car covered??? How many owners has it had??? How many service stamps on the service record??? When did you start to own the car??? Have you had any other problems??? Or know if the car has had any other problems anytime???
  6. Hi Trevor, we both in our 70’s now, I just turned 75, and our mileage is not like it used to be pre covid, and I don’t think it will go up substantially, so I took advantage of the high prices given for used cars. For example the Auris hybrid which was my first hybrid, we had it almost 5 years and got £700 less than I paid for it. My CitiGo is 2015 with 34k miles. It’s the 75bhp petrol model, wife’s is a bit older 60bhp. They very nippy, surprisingly so, yet still got weight in the car, more so I think then the Aygo I was thinking of. Hi Chris, yes I was enthusiastic about the Prius Excel, and still am. Best car I ever had (and likely to have). Again, for the mileage we now do it was a lot of money tied up in a car, so again, took advantage of the high used car prices. Within reason, I not too bothered what I drive, big-small, lots of toys-not so many, I have no hang ups. Actually I like driving the CitiGo. The wife said she wanted a smaller car too, and plumped for a CitiGo while I was driving mine back home up through the centre of Wales after I bought it (Bridgend to Chester). Yes, I loved the Prius, sad to see it being driven off, but memories will last.
  7. I had a 2016 gen 4 Prius Excel until recently. Got it when 20 months old and kept it for 3 year 9 months. I was told it had 3 year free upgrade of maps, which would have taken it to sep/oct 2019. My local Toyota dealer did it for me whilst under the three year free. I stopped updating it when I had to start paying for it. Perhaps your on a sililar scheme but you need the dealer to do it free. best ask them.
  8. Because I was changing from a 66 Prius Excell to a 15 Citigo the premium came down, same with wife from a Auris hybrid to a Citigo, hers came down. No asking for it, it came down. However they do charge a £15 admin fee for changing details such as cars. Fair do’s, it is stated in the policy details and I was aware of it. if I remember correctly the premium came down for both of our cars this year, and then we started the joint policy so it came down a bit more. Each year I have checked with the the internet businesses and invariably I find the price, like for like, cheaper than the reminder I get from LV, so I always renew via the internet. Works for me, though it does sound silly, but I just do it, no huffing and puffing, I just do it.
  9. Re car insurance when swopping cars. I am with LV, as is the wife, it is a family policy that gives extra discount. Recently we have changed both cars on different days. The day before exchanging mine I rang LV to say I was changing and was told on the day of exchange both cars involved in the transaction will be insured from 00.00 to 23.59. So on that day I had the whole 24 hours where both cars were insured. No hassle of timing the swop, no hassle hanging about counting down the minutes making sure you don’t drive off too early risking not being insured. The same when 10 days later I rang LV to notify of the wife swooping cars. We both been with LV for 8 years or so now, they give good service, even when one year I had a my fault claim, and the prices are VERY competitive for us two.
  10. Thats fine, Sol, if you can get a £129.99 unit for £52. Just show what profit margins there are.
  11. That is fine if you want to spend £99. You dont need anything that powerful to kick into life a Toyota hybrid. Notice it will start a 6 litre petrol or a 3 litre diesel, you are not even turning an engine in a Toyota hybrid...... you are firing up a computer and a few other important bits, none of which needs anything so beefy. Save money and get something for around £40-£50
  12. Have a look on eBay or Amazon, lots of protection stuff for doors and corners of cars. Sick on, just make sure area is dry, clean, free from polish. I just put black carbon fibre lookalike strips on the area that gets kicked by heels on exit and entry to cars. I did the wife’s car first, perfected the skill and then did mine. 😄
  13. The bottom one - could be your sandwich box on the rear seat.....maybe the drivers side.
  14. Yep, I got a colicky clutch pedal. 😁 Yes, but mine is a stop/go system and I know from the past they need a healthy battery for them to work at all situations. There again, at the push at a button I can disable stop/start until the next fresh start.
  15. Gerhard, I think you may have got the message now……… just relax, let the car computer handle everything, do not stick at one speed cruising for too long, accelerate and decelerate gradually (though nothing wrong with an odd brisk acceleration), don’t worry about hybrid battery bars, they look after themselves, no harsh breaking for a few hundred miles of normal (non MWay use). Personally, I wouldn’t bother changing the oil at anything but the Toyota recommended miles (they designed the car so know best), plus, remember because the car is running on hybrid battery up to 50% of the time, the 15,000 kilometres to first oil change is actually around 8,000 km engine movement ie approx 5k miles.
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