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  1. Hi, There have been a few thefts of cats in my neighborhood as recently as last week. My car has so far been left alone but given the general rise, I want to fit a tilt sensor so if it's jacked up I will get an SMS. My house has CCTV that's visible so maybe this is acting as a deterrent. It doesn't help however for the times I'm away from home. Does anyone know of such a device that's not too expensive?
  2. I think the engine is spun by MG1 (the car knows it's generating power from coasting so this cost is "free"). AFAIK no fuel is injected (FF meter reads 99.9).
  3. Maybe for downhill segments? I was in Cornwall recently on holiday and more than a couple of times maxed out the battery, but too fast for it to stop using the engine.
  4. I've got a hybrid Yaris, and there are several options in there related to keyless entry, auto-headlights sensitivity, whether the lights flash when locked/unlocked or not, and the timing of how long the auto-internal lights are on for before switching off. All options "stick". The auto-light sensitivity does make a difference, but as far as I can tell merely affects how long the activation condition must exist before they switch on, not the threshold itself (i.e. you need to be under trees in a dark part of the road for longer before they come on).
  5. I read somewhere that the replacement was simply a new inflator, but with the same issue, and so in a few years, the problem still exists? When will this issue actually be fixed, if ever? Apparently, getting a replacement inflator now bumps you to the back of the queue for a fixed-design inflator later?
  6. I bought my Yaris Hybrid due to the mechanical simplicity. Environmental concerns were second, and then only because this meant lower fuel consumption! I must drive automatics, and my previous torque-converter automatic was a reliability nightmare. My hybrid has just rolled over 40k in 3.6 years, and is as good as the day I bought it. She needs a bit of TLC inside and out, but you could put it back in the showroom.
  7. Anything between 45 and 70 MPG (real), but it depends how hard I drive it and what kind of driving (it does best on long motorway runs). Town driving I get anything between 20 and 55 MPG. Last summer I could have got over 600 miles from a single tank, but I didn't try.
  8. No problem! It's an interesting read anyway!
  9. I'm a bit confused - his link is for the NHTSA which is a US Government body. He says the recall info for the UK is available from that link but I don't see it. Apparently from the date I would be a "Group 9" priority, but it for US cars, not EU/UK...
  10. Received my letter today. It said "not to do anything" and "we'll contact you"?????
  11. The current Yaris Hybrid may have a smaller tank vs. the standard Yaris, but it will do 600 miles on a single tank! You just need to drive a long way on a motorway to do it.
  12. Just pushing the button with your foot off the brake should switch off the car. If you hold your foot on the brake and switch it off, it switches off the hybrid system and transfers to the 12V battery IIRC (auxiliary mode to allow the radio to continue working, the same as if you switched it on without your foot on the brake).
  13. IANAL, but that gov.uk link (here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aftermarket-hid-headlamps/aftermarket-hid-headlamps ) has some interesting wording. First it says: =========== In the Department for Transport’s (DfT) view it is not legal to sell or use after market HID lighting kits, for converting conventional Halogen headlamps to HID Xenon. If a customer wants to convert his vehicle to Xenon HID he must purchase completely new Xenon HID headlamps. =========== Clear so far... Note also it is only an opinion of the department, and not legally binding. It then says: =========== The Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989 regulate the situation in the UK. Under these Regulations, HID/Gas Discharge/Xenon headlamps are not mentioned and therefore they are not permitted according to the strict letter of the law. However new vehicles have HID headlamps. This is because they comply with European type approval regulations. =========== So under UK law, HIDs of any source are not legal. Also clear. Under EU Type Approval (which the UK must accept), they are legal, so we defer to EU law: =========== For the aftermarket, a used vehicle cannot obtain type approval because this only applies to new vehicles. However DfT does not think it reasonable simply to ban HID in the aftermarket. Instead the Department makes analogies with new vehicles. It seems reasonable to require HID in the aftermarket to meet the same safety standards as those for new vehicles. The same level of safety should apply. =========== So it's illegal under UK Law, legal under EU Type Approval for new vehicles only, but then the Government choose to ignore UK law, and choose to bend EU law, and so make the sale and fitting of HIDs legal, and should (not MUST) comply with all the safety standards of new cars, *****which they just said can't happen under EU Type Approval*****. So they actually say it is legal to fit them, because they also state it is not possible to get type approval. Test case required, me thinks.