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  1. In the UK I think the T Spirit spec cars got LED DRLs and all models below got halogen. Our 2012 T4 has halogen DRLs for example.
  2. Sounds like it could be the alternator that has failed. The 'water in fuel' light on these is often a red herring caused by low electrical system voltage due to a dead or dying alternator. That fits with the battery light coming on as it is a sign that the battery isn't charging, ie due to an alternator fault. To move the car in the meantime either take the battery off and charge it at home or swap the battery temporarily with a charged one from another car. It will very likely need a replacement alternator.
  3. Yes, the first time I DIY-serviced the Auris I was pleasantly surprised how generally easy it is to do routine maintenance on.
  4. Right, it is in fact at 2900 rpm at an indicated 70 mph, so slightly lower geared than I was thinking. The Auris still manages to be a more refined motorway cruiser than the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi I used to own though.
  5. Hi Konrad, The Auris 1.6 6 speed is a bit lower geared than that by the sound of it. From memory 70 MPH is about 2750-2800 rpm but I'll check on the way home later! I can't say I really notice any engine noise at motorway speeds. You are more aware of general road and wind noise in the Auris than our Avensis, but then my Auris is an early mk1 hatch. I've not driven a later Auris Touring, it may be improved.
  6. Agreed, and my Auris 1.6 Valvematic was filled with nothing but 5W30 for the first 100k or so of it's life with no apparent engine wear or ill effects. I've started using 0W20 in it recently as I can get it at a good price on ebay and it does give very very slightly better MPG, but it is minimal. I also notice a very slight increase in oil consumption with 0W20 compared to 5W30 but again it is minimal. Not enough to worry about in either case, and not enough to ever need topping up between 10000 mile oil changes.
  7. There's a thread about fixing it here: As above, the most cost effective way to fix it is to solder in a new LED or find someone who can. Alternatively as long as the audible click still works it is not an MOT failure and you can just live with it if you wish.
  8. Does it get particularly noisy at a certain rev range? I remember the early Peugoet HDi engine for example was very refined at low revs but started to sound like an old van at the exact point you hit 3000 rpm. The reason was apparently that it used mult-stage injection for maximum refinement below 3000 rpm, but above that the ECU switched to traditional single stage injection for maximum power, hence the clatter.
  9. I've noticed the speeds limits on our TomTom are sometimes wrong too, but they do eventually get corrected (sometimes years later!). I'm not sure where satnav manufacturers ultimately get their speed limit data from but I've never bothered to report it.
  10. I've found the MPG display on my Auris tends to be about 2-3 % optimistic, whereas on our diesel Avensis it's miles out in the other direction; 5-10% pessimistic . On thing I liked on the VWs I owned in the past was that with a VCDS cable and software it was possible to adjust the calibration of the fuel consumption display to get it more or less bang on accurate. I've never found any way of doing this on Toyotas, even with Techstream.
  11. It's probably best you start a new thread of your own with the issues you are having with your car.
  12. Hopefully he's fixed it after almost 14 years 😉
  13. I think glow plugs are a red herring here. The suction control valve is a more likely cause of poor cold starting on the d4d engine. Although the glow plugs would stay on for several seconds on old indirect injection diesels this just isn't necessary with common rail direct injection. I've owned a variety of VW TDi, Peugeot HDi, and Toyota D-4d cars and the glow plug light staying on for at very most a couple of seconds is perfectly normal. There's quite a few threads on here about the issue with SCVs if you search. Eg
  14. Absolutely agree. In a similar vein, one of my bugbears is scrappage schemes. Admittedly some of them don't now insist that the part exchange vehicle is scrapped, but a few still do such as Ford's scheme. To me a vehicle should be scrapped when it reaches the end of it's useful life.