Catlover

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    Prius 2016 Excel 15" wheels, Auris 2010 Hybrid T-Spirit (wifes).
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  1. Catlover

    User Manual

    Hi. Ike, it’s a bit daunting having to read so big a manual. Even if you read it through from to back I doubt anyone could remember it all. I simply take it in stages, and probably you are going to do the same. I pick out the bits are most importance in my mind, how do I get in and lock up, switch location for lights, wipers, radio etc, how to adjust mirrors, bonnet and boot release, fuel cap, checking fluid levels etc. Then as time goes on I read a bit more, out to the car, sit in to work out the sat nav etc. I had my current car now 16 months and still don’t know all the hidden menus on the dash. It was only week ago I had to ask on here how do I put the clock back an hour.... I’d it it last year, and forward 6 months ago but I couldn’t figure it out this year. I saw an old Austin 7 on the road the other day, it was turning left, and out popped a amber coloured arm from door area. I thought how simple that was, but of course progress has been made we are told. its the same if you got a computer. We might turn it on, write a letter, go on the internet, etc, but if you want to learn all that Windows 10 or Apple iOS does, the manuals to do that will reach hundreds of pages too. Just relax, take it easy, read what you want to in stages, that is what I do.
  2. When Toyota announced the new Corolla was going Hybrid but with a choice of two engines I was very interested to note that one, the 1.8, was 130bhp, and the other was 2.0 and 185bhp. Individual choices, but to me the 1.8/130 is plenty powerful enough. The most powerful car I had in the past has been 150bhp diesel. 30 months ago I chose to go hybrid with Toyota, for both economy and low emissions (thinking of climate change/air pollution). So, I thinking why have Toyota brought out a 2.0 hybrid producing 185bhp? I still don’t know Toyotas thoughts, but my own thought is that it will appeal to those who want a fast moving car, perhaps of a younger generation, perhaps having a job that requires them to travel many miles in a day, perhaps they live in a predominantly hilly area as opposed to a flat area........ must my thoughts really. Whilst most reports from Corolla drivers indicate they getting mpg worse then Prius Gen4 (which has better aerodynamics), There have been a few comments from Corolla owners that have indicated Toyota have managed to better mpg at higher speeds. I just can’t remember whether this has been from 1.8 or 2.0 engines. I suspect the 1.8 setup may be the same as the Prius, maybe with some mods they have developed, I don’t know. But I can’t relate 2.0/185bhp power plant somehow being super economic, especially if used to its max potential of performance (not suggesting anyone doing that). But, it’s always been the case that economy is related to use of the right foot, and if you want economy you need to be lighter with the right foot. I am after economy, but I don’t hold people up on the roads (though keeping max speed limits in mind). I don’t travel 30mph in a 40 limit if it is safe to do 40. Neither am I a sloth when moving away from traffic lights, but equally, I not intimidated if I have a Beemer or Jag behind me. I don’t have the need to streak away. I rarely change the Eco-Normal-Sport buttons. I used to stay mostly in Eco, but during fine summer moved over to Normal mode. The difference I noted was Normal was more spritely, but that was lowered simply by less right foot pressure.... but proved useful to accelerate a bit more quicker when needed. Now winter I moved back to Eco - damper more slippy roads. Sport mode I find useful on very busy roundabouts etc when you need to make a quick move when a gap appears in the traffic, or similar situations. I find the on board computer manages situations very well, but I have had to train myself to drive differently then I used to, and I was eco minded then. Hybrid, to me, is a compromise.... electric cars can be very sprightly, I think manufacturers do curtail performance for longer use before recharging, and that has to be wise at this moment in time. Batteries are large and heavy, technology will reduce weight and reduce size that’s for sure. Until then life is a compromise. The hybrid concept I think is the best way to go at this moment, problem is there is still a big weight, the engine, under the bonnet, PLUS a large heavy battery required, so compromise massively there too. Bottom line is..... if you want economy, you can get it from a hybrid, if you want power that is also available, there is a fine balance if you want both to its maximum potential.
  3. Neils.... you say Bottom line: the car needs some tweaks to perform its best in every day driving. Toyota have been building Hybrid cars for some 20 years, and after 20 years you would think they know how to manage a hybrid system. Let’s suggest they do (a safe bet I reckon). So, maybe it’s the driver, who could very well be owning his/her first hybrid vehicle (like I was 30 months ago), that needs some tweaking. To run optimum performance an ICE needs to be within certain temperature parameters, heat. The heat is produced only when it is running..... you know all this, yes..... and that’s why your hybrid engine runs more when cold, and this colder weather demands the engine runs even longer. When the engine in a hybrid is warm enough (as determined by Toyota) the computer allows the battery to take over and the engine stops. A stopped engine will start to cool, the computer senses this and starts the engine again. Especially within a first journey of the day it’s easy to see why the engine keeps cycling between running and not running, and when the engine is running it is usually charging the Hybrid battery (useful later in the journey). When the engine is deemed by the computer to be warm enough not to run, the hybrid battery will only kick in if there is enough in store, however if there is not enough in store the engine will continue to run until there is. So, all the driver has to do is relax and drive the car. You will read how Toyota hybrid owners say “it’s the most relaxing vehicle I ever driven”, and I am one of them. The e-cvt transmission is a part of that experience too, seems to be a unique auto gearbox among most car manufacturers. There is not much a driver can do in the situation you have described, but once the engine is running within the operating temperatures and there are enough bars in the Hybrid battery there are things that the driver can do to get better performance. I think I am right in saying the new Corolla hybrid has been out in USA before UK, so go on YouTube and look for videos to show driving tips. If there is not many for the new Corolla then look for Prius Hybrid driving tips..... there will be loads, I know because that’s what I did 30 months ago..... and still do on occasions. I always view the Hybrid to be a very useful compromise between an inefficient petrol engine and a full electric vehicle. EV has its drawbacks at the moment (recharging availability), Remember the Hybrid concept has its flaws too - the engine weighs a big chunk, and so does the Hybrid battery. So there is the compromise..... inefficient petrol engine or lack of EV charging points. I am happy with the compromise...... even in these low temperatures I still getting high 60’s mpg on relatively short journeys. I do try to keep off MWays and not to use cruise control. Hope this proved useful Neils.
  4. It no advisory on the MOT. Seems strange.
  5. Not only is the Auris Hybrid battery within the load area, it’s actually just inside the off side rear, so any rear end bump makes it susceptible to splitting as Douglas above has said. Doigal, the Toyota supplied Auris 12v battery IS a common shape.... it’s looks like a “normal” 12v battery, with standard top hat connections.
  6. I should have gone to spec savers 😄
  7. If in August, MOT time, and just 1000 miles ago, there was no advisories re brakes/discs/pads then I think you are pretty safe to keep going.
  8. Pretty sure you cannot display red lights to the front of a vehicle, but there again maybe you not going to be driving with them on.
  9. I added OR AGE CRACKS at end of 1st paragraph. That related to tyres Do discs/pads have potential age related problems?
  10. Good job you were not in a pure EV, you would have needed to do a full charge at least once during that length of journey. As a hybrid, I doubt very much it would have run many miles as EV at those type of speeds.
  11. Have you tried looking on You Tube. Seems like there is a video for everything these days, and there is. It’s as Bob in post above says though
  12. Your Auris has a computer, what car doesn’t these days, but a very sophisticated one in the case of Toyota hybrids. You, the driver, has little control over what the computer does, it’s programmed. So, the computer is programmed to run EV only when certain criteria is met, mostly it protects the engine. So when the engine is cold the computer fires it up to get it to a decent temperature. You may be able to press EV Mode, if enough HV battery bars showing, and run with engine cold BUT only up to a predetermined speed limit, which is relatively low, then the engine will kick in. This is so you cannot be going ,say, 50mph on a stone cold engine then it kicks in. In the cold weather, like we been getting just recently, it means the computer will be ensuring the engine is running more, thus keeping the system at a determined temperature. So EV will be running less. Even when the engine is warm an computer allowing EV to run more, the engine will be cooling off, and when it cools to a predetermined temp the computer will kick the petrol engine in again to produce heat. Things you the driver does that can effect the amount of time that engine is running include use of heater to warm the cabin up etc. You the driver can in certain circumstances force the vehicle to run EV. The HB battery needs to have a few bars. If you cruising at say 50 mph on a fairly flat road and the engine is running, if you take your foot off the throttle for a brief moment, then reapply gently you may find you are running EV. Acceleration, if any, will be slow, more then likely over a period of time you will gradually loose speed, so you accelerate using engine, then repeat above. It’s called Pulse and Glide. Try You Tube for some tips on Hybrid driving.
  13. What makes you ask the question? What is or isn’t happening that you expecting to happen.
  14. I find my Gen4 Prius always returns better mpg when off MWays. Dome 5 journeys today totalling about 45 miles and the dash mpg shows just over 70mpg. No MWay miles. Outside temperature on outward journeys 4-5 degC, coming back 7-8 degC. MWays and cruise control are a killer IMO