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  1. Surely an underground car park will be lit thus giving some illumination. If not lit, then car lights would definitely be needed, thus gearstick illuminated. If car park inadequately lit, then turning the car lights on would seem to be a must, thus gearstick illuminated. Thats assuming driver knows where the light switch is 🙈 Apart from that, a manual car does not (normally) have any light shining on the gearstick, so it seems a bit of a luxury for a e-cvt stick to be lit. Having said that, it’s a nice touch in my Prius, but if the bulb blew, I don’t think I would be in a rush to replace it. Now let me think, is it move stick to left or move to right, and is it push forward for reverse and pull back for forward, or is it the other way round. Doesn’t really matter, because as Steve said (above) the display on the dashboard shows me.
  2. Both my wife and myself have had 1.4 diesel mk2 Yaris, actual size was 1356 if I remember correctly. Wife’s was 58 plate and mine a 59 plate. I do believe both were pre dpf, so no faffing about with that. Wife’s was 5 speed g/box bit IMO needed a sixth gear. When I got mine, a T-Spirit it had 6 speed box which was a lot better IMO. Both ran perfectly, mine was doing about 62 mpg and the wife’s 58ish (I put that down to the 5 speed box). What I liked about the TSpirit was the back seat could be slid forward to give more boot space, handy for when two going on hols. Rather uniquely the TSpirit back seats could recline slightly giving rear passengers a comfier journey. The dashboard in Yaris is very good, digital speedo, shame when they went back to round displays on later models. There was a recall on my 59 plate car, but not the wife’s, to do with the turbo charger. Many cars were checked, a few had a new turbo charger fitted, mine was one of them. Only other problem we had was a new water pump required on my TSpirit.
  3. Glad you sorted but we never knew what your problem was anyway.
  4. Parts-King on this forum will help if you give him the right information ie IN no/reg no. He is a parts manager at a Toyota dealership.
  5. What a coincidence this is, not that I in the situation as Jon, but it was just last night after hearing arguments that “we” are in global warming and the concerns about that. My thoughts went onto recycling, then specifically cars in such situation Jon finds himself in. A very nice car not worth a major sum financially, but worth a lot to the owner and probably many years life left.......... then it gets thumped... but not heavily, but everything goes haywire. In the case of this Rav 4 it could be on the road again relatively cheaply, potentially be in use for many years, effectively be recycled to a useable product. A situation the government needs to look at in relation to insurance companies and their actions.
  6. The replies above, Sam, imply a single filament bulb could have been fitted instead of a dual filament. It’s common to have a bulb which has 2 filaments, one for the rear light, and a larger wattage filament for a brighter brake light. Can you remember what bulb you said you changed, and what did you fit.
  7. It would too much of a coincidence to say what you did with the electrics is not linked with this problem. It’s finding the source of the problem that will be the difficult bit. Know a good auto electrician??
  8. Would fitting different sized wheels be of interest to the car insurance company?
  9. Well, I look at that list again and again, but I cannot see how there is only £5.43 plus vat for engine oil. Is there an explanation?
  10. It’s definitely worth using quality products, your car will appreciate it. Pity you didn’t list what was included for the £80. A large part of the cost I suspect would be the engine oil. You can buy genuine Toyota oil on EBay, just make sure you purchase the grade Toyota recommend. Oil filter - important, air filter - important, even the cabin filter, if fitted, is important. Check out if a special tool is needed for the oil filter, I haven’t a clue what type of filter is fitted.
  11. I had 59 plate Yaris diesel and it was just pre def so didn’t have to faff about with that, always did about 60mpg. May have differ years f were fitted to different models, but pre 2010 you may be ok.
  12. So, this is your second winter with this car, did you experience worse mpg last winter? Most hybrid owners I hear suffer a drop in winter. Reasons, takes longer for engine to warm up, then cools down quicker so has to run to warm up again, usually more use of heater and lights, batteries don like the cold(same with AA or AAA batteries).
  13. A search on the internet would give you contacts for Toyota EU
  14. If it’s to change the key fob battery, you can do that for a couple quid......... but I suspect you wanting a new key fob?
  15. Of course, increase in performance is non-standard and your insurance company then has an interest. I would have thought big increases in performance are best obtained by buying a vehicle already manufactured to give what you want. I just look for easy ways through life.
  16. Do you main headlights turn on, everything switched on that you can. I don’t know the answer but something inside telling me battery. Are connections tight and clean.
  17. Sam, you may have been better not starting a new thread for this. The problem you had, and now have may be related, by starting a new thread the continuity has been broken. Someone may read this, but not read the other and doesn’t know history which may, or may not, matter. Just my thoughts,
  18. Have you had any recent problems at all recently or in the past.?
  19. Hi Sam, I decided 30 months ago to “off load” my Qashqai diesel for an Auris Hybrid. I really wanted a Prius (all Prius are Hybrid) so 6 months later I bought a Gen3 Prius, gave the Auris hybrid to the wife and sold her Yaris diesel. So, two diesels passed on for two hybrid cars. 6 months after getting the Gen3 Prius I decided I loved Prius hybrids so swooped the Gen3 for a Gen4, i extremely pleased knowing as wife and I drive around there is less pollutants going in the air, at the moment my Prius tells me I driving over 50% of the time on battery, so no pollution for a lot of miles. And the other benefit is more mpg. Today, the outside temperature has gone into double figures, even tonight 12deg C, and tonight I got 73.8 mpg on a 18 mile return journey. That’s better then your Aygo (wife had a Citroen C1, same as Aygo). Converting diesel cars to petrol will be a really expensive excercise IMO. Sure I could see conversions done on a small scale by enthusiasts but large commercial scale - nope.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.