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  1. They don't 'work' on a diesel in the sense that they don't actually do anything useful, but you apparently can get ones to fit on diesel to make a dump valve type noise if that's what floats your boat 😄
  2. It was a problem where I used to work. They had a fleet of vans for the engineers to use, some leased and some on hire. Quite often a van would go back to the lease/hire company and someone would forget to take it off the Dart Charge account. The first we knew about it was when we got charged for a vehicle that we hadn't used for weeks. On one occasion I think we were charged for a van that went through on the back of a transporter!
  3. The question is, why does it keep failing? Toyota have been using variable displacement aircon compressors for over a decade and they are not known for failing AFAIK.
  4. Hi Andy, I paid someone to fit our dashcam in the C-HR, but watched how they did it. They ran the cable down behind the A pillar trim on the passenger side and into the fusebox below the glovebox, then used a piggyback fuseholder onto the fuse which supplies the steering lock & immobiliser.
  5. And that is what the chap that I was discussing/arguing about this with on Facebook couldn't get his head around. Of course a hybrid system neither creates nor destroys energy (as he seemed to think the car manufacturers were claiming), that would be impossible. It simply turns some of the enormous amount of energy normally wasted by a standard internal combustion engine & drivetrain and turns it back into a useful form to propel the car. Because an ICE is inherently so inefficient, a well-designed hybrid setup can quite easily recover enough of this energy to more than cover the energy used in carrying its own weight around and therefore significantly improve overall fuel consumption. He kept coming back to 'but if a hybrid system recovered more energy than it used that would be breaking the first law of thermodynamics', which is both totally misunderstanding what a hybrid does and how the first law applies in this case.
  6. What particularly made me smile was his idea that presumably when you press the brake in a hybrid the regenerative braking system somehow thinks to itself 'Right, I'm going to recover some of the energy from slowing down the mass of my hybrid system, but I'm definitely not going to touch any of the energy from slowing the rest of the car down, that energy is nothing to do with me, if i recovered any of that i'd be breaking the laws of thermodynamics, I'd better leave that bit to the friction brakes..'
  7. Thanks for all of the replies! Always interesting to hear different viewpoints and experiences. Until summer last year I had no personal experience of hybrids, however I knew a few people who did and they really liked them so when my wife needed a new car we thought we'd try a C-HR hybrid. So far we have been very impressed with it, and I'm perhaps exaggerating to say that we always get 60 MPG, but we generally at least 55 with no problem. Of late I seem to have encountered quite a few people who are 'anti-hybrid' for whatever reason. Often the reasons are pretty strange and illogical. For example someone I work with previously owned an Auris hybrid, but said she didn't like it 'because the petrol engine kept starting up all of the time'. So what did she replace it with, an EV? No a 1.2T! A relative of mine considered a Pruis but discounted it after looking under the bonnet of one because 'its got two engines, twice as much to go wrong..' What really prompted my post though was someone I encountered on Facebook recently. I was idly glancing at an ad for a Merc plug-in (no intention of buying one btw) and spotted an absolute essay of a comment below it. Someone had gone to some considerable time and trouble to write a lengthy post about what a total con hybrids are, and that they actually use more fuel than a conventional ICE. They quoted all sorts of laws of physics and even gave an equation to demonstrate their point. I should have known better than to engage with an obvious pillock but sometimes I just can't help myself! Their point was basically this: A conventional car uses X amount of fuel to cover a given distance. Due to the additional weight of the motor, batteries, inverter etc, a hybrid uses X + Y fuel to cover the same distance, with Y being the extra fuel required to lug the electrical gubbins around. Although the hybrid can recover some of the energy of Y, it can't recover any of X..so it actually uses more fuel than a normal ICE.. I replied saying that, yes although the hybrid may well be heavier, it can recover some of the energy of both 'X' and 'Y' in his example. Over all the greater efficiency more than makes up for the extra weight, so despite the extra weight you still tend to get much better fuel consumption than a conventional petrol. His reply to this was various patronising emoticons and 'No it can't recover more energy than it uses, that would be breaking the first law of thermodynamics'. I tried to explain that that isn't what the first law of thermodynamics says at all, and that I wasn't suggesting that the hybrid system somehow creates energy out of thin air, it merely recovers energy from the ICE that would otherwise have been wasted as heat. He wouldn't have it though! I think we have all met the type who constantly refers to 'the laws of physics' but when asked to explain any of those laws clearly has no idea what they are talking about 😅
  8. More of a general rant than anything specific to the Prius, but does anyone else encounter people in everyday life who will try to tell you in great detail that hybrids are a con because they can't possibly achieve better fuel consumption figures than a conventional petrol engine?! They then often go on to give various spurious 'scientific' reasons of why they are right. Clearly myself and various friends and family who easily achieve 60+ MPG in our hybrid cars are all just imagining it!
  9. I'm very tempted by the plug-in hybrid version of the Ioniq. If I had the cash for a Tesla I'd probably go for one, but I don't at the moment. Plus, living in a rural area the power supply can be a little unreliable. It's nearly 20 years ago now, but we once had a power cut which lasted two and a half days and the one consolation was that our petrol and diesel cars still worked as normal even though nothing electric did! As I now run a business based at home I reckon a plug-in hybrid would cover about 90% of my annual mileage purely on electric.
  10. I used to spend quite a lot of time in Cyprus and I was once chatting to a taxi driver there about his E Class Mercedes. I commented how clean the car looked despite over 250000 km on the clock. 'Yes, but it's on its second engine rebuild and third gearbox!' he said 😱 I asked how do you earn a living when it's being repaired so often? 'It's OK, I use my wife's Corolla' he replied 😆
  11. Peugeots too. The 1.9 XUD was a tough old engine but they seemed to leak oil almost from new!
  12. A key difference is that the T&Cs of the paid-for extended warranty covered everything by default, except for a specific list of exclusions. The T&Cs of the Relax warranty cover nothing by default, except for a specific list of covered items. Having said that, there have already been mentions on here of items being replaced by dealers under the Relax warranty despite not technically being covered by the T&Cs. Toyota customer service have also repeatedly said that Relax covers 'any manufacturing defect' despite the T&Cs saying nothing of the sort. Who knows what to believe?!
  13. I'm surprised your code reader won't read and clear the code? Being a 2003 petrol car (your profile says 2013 by the way?) it should be EOBD compliant so any code reader ought to work.
  14. On cars with evaporative emission control (ie any petrol built in the last 25+ years) I thought it was intentional for the filler cap to be totally sealed with no breather? The venting of the tank is then done via a charcoal cannister with a certain amount of negative pressure being totally normal. The amount of negative pressure is regulated by the emission control system. I don't think the filler cap is at fault here.
  15. I have known this type of control fail in the same way on other makes of car too though, so it does appear to be a weakness of the design. Not necesarily just heater controls, we had an Astra G where the radio volume control was this same type of 'clicky' control knob and when turning it the volume level in the display would jump up and down randomly, in just the same way the temperature level does in the Avensis.
  16. Perhaps, but I'm not sure there is a permanent solution as such. Considering how common this appears to be with the T27 Avensis temperature control won't the replacement just do the same in a few years anyway? Konrad's method of dismantling and cleaning the contacts properly is worth trying, as I think it is just dirt that causes this.
  17. Normally it shouldn't ever need to be replaced, there is no regular interval for replacement. It's only if there is a particular fault, eg it becomes noisy that it would need replacing.
  18. Dealers will not generally commit themselves to say whether anything is covered by the warranty or not until they have looked at the car. Just as an example it may be that the DAB signal is being blocked by a badly fitted dashcam. Until they see the car they won't know that. If the issue is caused by a manufacturing fault it will be covered by the 5 year warranty.
  19. It seems to be a not-uncommon problem. I had the drivers side quarterlight seal replaced under the original 5 year warranty on our 2012 Avensis a few years ago. It made a really annoying whistling noise at anything above about 60 MPH. I'm pleasantly surprised to hear that Toyota replaced yours under the Relax warranty though. Having read the T&Cs of Toyota Relax I was quite concerned that it didn't appear to be very comprehensive and wouldn't cover such issues as this.
  20. yossarian247


    No it's purely trim, nothing structural at all. When I say 'boot floor' I'm referring to the carpet-covered flat panel that lays over the top of spare wheel to give a flat floor to the boot. It's simply a case of lifting the existing panel and the various pieces of moulded trim out and laying the new pieces in, together with the wheel. No tools required at all to do it as far as I remember.
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    It was around £290 mail order from Fish Brothers Toyota. That was for the full kit including spacesaver wheel & tyre, jack, wheelbrace, modified boot floor panel and modified trim parts to go around the wheel under the boot floor. If you're not bothered about the 'official' Toyota kit though it should be possible to get a suitable wheel, tyre and jack much cheaper from Ebay for example.
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    I bought the complete spare wheel kit for our C-HR last year. The only downside (other than the cost) is it raises the boot floor slightly so you do lose some boot space.
  23. How long have you owned the car? Just wondering as you mention the previous owners used it for city driving. You may find that with longer runs and getting the engine properly hot the DPF, injectors, and EGR will begin to unclog themselves and performance will gradually improve.
  24. I must admit my experience with diesels tends to be more with Peugeot and VW rather than Toyota, but generally speaking a diesel engine will start and idle perfectly even with the MAF totally disconnected. Usually the only symptom of a bad MAF on a diesel is reduced performance, and sometimes poor fuel consumption. I'm quite surprised that your car ran so badly with the MAF disconnected, but that is perhaps a Toyota thing? I had a similar result once when trying a 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine with the MAF unplugged, but at the time I put that down to it being a petrol engine.
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