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  1. It's gonna suck fuel like crazy. My own 1.2 CVT has resently been pulling a 500 kg moving trailer. Quite big and non-aerodynamic. Fuel consumption was only 25 mpg. The car is allowed towing 1100 kg, I can only imagine how that must feel...
  2. There are so things that you never should do with a CVT. It's VERY important that your car holds still, when moving the gearstick from reverse to drive. Any movement is transferred to the steelbelt, and if it slips, bad luck. The steelbelt is hold in place with a very high pressure, something like 3-4 tons. That generates a very high friction between the cone shaped pulleys and the belt, and the car can drive. Since you're looking at a 6 year old car, you don't really know what of driving the CVT has been used to. Slow and gentle, or from A to B as fast a possible?
  3. It's very important to change the oil, no matter what Toyota says. 40.000 miles is a okay, but never 100.000. Imagine going 100 mph or towing a 1000 kg caravan. The only thing that makes the car move is a 1 inch steelbelt, protected by a thin oil film. About oil replacement : I've seen some YouTube videos, and the oil is poured from the top, through the engine bay. The trick is to know wich bolt to remove. Measurement is a tricky procedure, the amount has to be just right. The software must be reset to learn that new oil has been added.
  4. Correct, there are just a torque converter. The gearbox performs some sort of lock up, but only if engine load is low. If you start from 0,and accelerates up hill, revs will stay at 3-4000 rpm, untill the road levels out. Every thing is controlled by sensors, and is a driver you dont have any control over the gearbox, and can't force it to do anything, the software doesn't approve.
  5. The gearbox felt the same after oil change. But it took several hours for the dealer to perform, so it isn't a DIY job. The oil must be heated to check the correct oil level. The gearbox software must be reset, so it learns that new oil has been added. The gear ratios changes over time, as the oil wears out. The steelbelt is very poor at handling low rev torque, thats why revs very easy gets a little high, when driving under heavy load, accelerating up hill, towing heavy trailers etc.
  6. Oil change to the gearbox is essentiel for a longer life without failing. Do not buy a used car without knowing if the oil has been changed. I had my own oil changed at 40.000 miles, and will continue to do so. The chance of a breakdown is drasticly reduced, if you keep that in mind. If you're planning to tow caravans, I would find another car for the job. I like my own CVT, but it does feel a bit fragile, especially when I know the gearbox is ruined if anything happens. My car has done 61.000 miles so far in 3,5 years.
  7. Can theese guys help? Upgrading is 99% illeagal, but just about the only choice you have, since Upgrading or replacing engine components is too expensive, if they excist in 'racing versions'. I checked my own 1.2T engine, and one thing seems weird. My car redlines at 5500 rpm. Their dynotest goes up to 7000 rpm to find maximum hp. According to Toyota, maximum power is present at 5200 rpm, something is not right. Upgrading airfilters, spark plugs, engine oil, gearbox oil, exhaust, might give you 3-4 hp, but can you feel it?
  8. I didn't have spare bulbs, but my local Toyota dealer only charge me 60 GBP for TWO bulbs, so the price x2 in Switzerland.
  9. 2300 mile long trip to Switzerland and Italy has ended. I've calculated all my fuel reciepts, and ends up with an average 45,2 mpg. All kind of driving has been included, a lot of motorway, German 'stau', heavy mountain climbing, slow city driving, daily family excursions. I don't think thats too bad? A nonhybrid with CVT? Only one trip going over a mountain in Switzerland in 2.250 m., that was truly a nightmare. Painfully slow, very heavy climbing, and at one stop to shoot photos, eveything just smelled really hot. And fuel running through like dropping a stone in water. In Switzerland, one of my headlights died, so I went to a Swiss Toyota dealer, since HIR2 bulbs can't be found anywhere. 70 CHF or 60 GBP for just one bulb. Insane, totally madness. Where has you been going this summer with your Auris?
  10. I'm still interesred in the new Corolla. This years holiday took us to Switzerland and Italy, and a lot of driving in the alps. Now my own CVT powered Auris can be quite a struggle up hill for mile after mile after... Revs sits at 2500-3000 rpm at 30 mph or higher when accelerating. But is the hybrid much better, becaurse the battery will drain much faster than the car can regenerate, leaving the 99 hp engine to do the job - or what? We like the alps, so if we choose the Corolla hybrid, we will go there for sure. Any experiense?
  11. But do you feel the accelerationen less 'revvy' than with the Auris. Is it easier to get up to 50/60 mph, or overtaking a car on the motorway, without revs running wild? Motorway driving was one of the main reasons why I didnt choose a Auris HSD. But if battery power has improved, maybe revs are better controlled?
  12. Now that aint normal for sure. I dont think the CVT is slipping, that would make very ugly noises, and your gearbox would be totally ruined!! The way CVT and engine manegement works, is to heat up the gearbox and oil as fast as possible. To do that, the engine uses higher revs when beeing cold, and drops down to normal after a few minuttes. Your revs is way to high, and still nothing is happening. Acceleration is weak, revs are high, thats not right. Maybe, just maybe, the software has gone bad, and needs a reset or reinstall. Any way, take the car to the garage as soon as possible.
  13. Has anyone sold their Auris HSD and got the new Corolla instead? 3 years ago I didnt like the Auris HSD, to many revs, to little battery assistance. Now I have tried the Corolla 1.8, only for a short drive, but I find that things has improved a lot. I didnt get a chance to try it out on the motorway, but normal city driving and country roads up to 60 mph, seems very easy to handle. Now, this was only a short drive, so maybe some one will share their own experienses?
  14. My 10% has come back, and you wont believe how. I has often bought fuel system cleaners, probably without any effect at all. This time I got a Fuel Injector Cleaner, and what a difference. Something has been clogged up, and has now been cleaned out. The improvement in fuel economy is so significant, that my own variation in speed or driving style, can't make such difference by it self.
  15. Since the service. I drive the same route to work every day, samt speed, same traffic. It's very clear, that something has changed.