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  1. According to US EPA tests (which reflect reflect real world driving better) and experience of others, the difference in fuel consumption is negligible and that extra 100 kg or so doesn't really make a difference. I've never noticed a difference in fuel consumption between driving on my own vs. with one passenger and luggage either (adult+suitcase would easily be 100 kg). And by 50 MPG I mean measured at the tank, because the trip computer will say slightly better ;)
  2. EV speed limit is 85 km/h, so the engine's already running by the time I'm on the motorway :) I get about 9-10 miles on a full charge, which suits my short commute fine - back when I had a commute! Besides that it works pretty much the same as a Gen 3 Prius, same 45 litre petrol tank.
  3. I only get about 50 MPG in my 2012 Plug-in on motorways too, that's with the cruise control stuck at 120 km/h (130 indicated), just under 75 MPH. It's closer to 60 if I slow down to 100 km/h, but sometimes I just couldn't be bothered :)
  4. My car's indoors when charging so I don't really have a need to use remote aircon when it's plugged in. The ICE will never start the remote aircon.
  5. I use the remote AC button on mine in the summer, but with no heating (without the ICE running) in winter it's not that useful.
  6. I believe it's capable of 3.3 kW max. There may be inaccuracies in smart meters and the likes.
  7. I think a lot of journalists just don't like them because they're different - the car doesn't make the right vroom-vroom noises that they expect and they seem unable to look beyond that. One thing about the Ioniq is that they must be doing something right, because fuel efficiency is still very good and comparable to the Prius. I'd be interested to see how they drive, but they're very rare around here. The large majority of Ioniqs sold in Ireland are the full BEV versions (which are also comparatively very efficient versus competitors). The hybrid/PHEV Kona and Kia Niro are more popular and probably have similar powertrains, but I haven't got to check them out either (I have no interest in crossovers).
  8. Yes, the current PHV has a "charge mode", but it's not really an efficient driving solution.
  9. Changing 2 of my 4 tyres from summer to all-season seemed to make a marked reduction in EV range, but if you need winter tyres for winter then I guess there's not much that can be done there.
  10. Toyota's recommended grease for the the caliper slide pins is their red "Rubber Grease" (sometimes called "Lithium Soap Glycol Base Grease"), you can get this from the dealer parts shop. I had trouble with the slide pins seizing, and the problem returned, until I used this grease - I checked the brakes 2 years later and they were fine. I don't think Ceratec (sold under Mintex brand in the UK/Ireland) helps prevent corrosion, if anything it seemed to cause further corrosion on the rear caliper piston surfaces for me. I use it between the pads and shims and around the bracket, but not on bare steel surfaces.
  11. Normal red paint (with no clearcoat) will fade if neglected. It's not a defect, just oxidation from exposure to the elements. Wax and sealant for car paint exists for a reason - if you expect car bodywork to be maintenance-free, you're in for a bad time :)
  12. You might get more useful figures if you go through the test with Dr. Prius app or similar. If the cat was stolen it'd sound like a lawnmower!
  13. It's not something I know too much about. There are a few companies in the US but they come and go depending on the market, I think there were incentives for PHEV conversions in some states (grants, HOV lane use, or something else) but this changes.
  14. I'm not aware of any upgrades available for the Gen 1 Plug-in, only PHEV conversions for the standard Prius. Maybe in time there will be more available.
  15. The car will only draw the amount of power it needs. It's the same as your mains sockets at home - you can use the same type of socket to power a 5W USB power supply as you would a 3 kW kettle or tumble dryer or whatever. But just looking at some rapid chargers in Sweden it seems they typically charge 1 SEK per minute - which is reasonable enough if you're charging at 40-50 kW, but at 2-3 kW it sounds like a massive waste of money!
  16. Yeah, they're happening here in Ireland too, and there's no sign of thefts stopping in California or other parts of the US - I hear about thefts on Reddit all the time. The suspicion here is also that the stolen cats are being smuggled out the country, although there are similar complaints here that scrap dealers are not strict enough with ID verification and the likes.
  17. Personally I wouldn't bother with built-in satnav on a car of this age - the interface is slow and clunky (on my facelift 2012) and updates are stupidly expensive. Just get a nice windscreen/dash mount for your phone and use Waze or Google Maps. The solar roof in the Gen 3 only powers the cabin blower when parked, I'm not sure how effective it really is. I find the HUD and heated seats are great features.
  18. The public chargers with fixed cables are generally rapid chargers, usually capable of 50+ kW charging. Since the Prius PHV can only charge at a max of 3.3 kW, by using these you would be seen as a nuisance to BEV owners who have rapid charging ability. I wouldn't recommend it. It's available with ChaDeMo rapid charging as an optional extra, but in Japan only. The Gen 1 PHV can also use these chargers with an adaptor, but with the even slower charging rate you'd be even more of a nuisance. I only get about 8.5 miles (14 km) range indicated with mine right now in winter (average temps 5-7 degrees), but I suspect the all-season tyres are not helping.
  19. Boot space in the Gen 2 PHV is awful, besides the cost (€37k new in Ireland!) it really puts me off the car. Besides that it seems like a nice bus - better ride, handling, interior, heat pump, etc. Regarding the heating, I believe the ICE still kicks in for front windscreen demisting. Some say the LCD instrument cluster and HUD are harder to see in sunlight compared to the VFDs in the older Prius.
  20. No English speaker will know what a "Solatpack" is, so not sure that would help. Toyota call it "Solar Roof".
  21. Don't know about the UK, but here in Ireland they often load insurance on Jap imports or some will refuse outright Should be the same The Prius sold in Japan is mechanically identical (they're all coming off the same lines as ours), the only things that are likely to be different are external parts like lights, front bumper (unless number plate holder is separate part), etc. There are people in the UK who specialise in converting the MFD to English, but I've only seen such services offered for Gen 3 Prius so far. Toyota deliberately don't allow the language to be changed to discourage grey imports No battery warranty will be valid in Europe. Compare to a UK Prius where you'd get up to 15 years with annual Hybrid Health Checks. History checks are available for Japanese cars these days: https://carvx.jp Japan has traditionally had standardised car models for taxi use, mainly the Toyota Crown Comfort and Nissan Cedric Y31, and now the Toyota JPN Taxi which is also a hybrid. Although the Prius is used for taxis there, it's not as common as these models, and when I was last there in 2018 I didn't see a single Gen 4 Prius taxi - they were all Gen 2 or 3 models, so they're probably not buying them new. Due to new accessibility requirements (wheelchair access, automatic passenger doors are also common in taxis there), I don't think the gen 4 will be a popular taxi in Japan.
  22. How many miles are you doing in 2 months? Your cat could be toast from that amount of oil consumption. I think I've seen that error caused by a misfire in other Toyotas - incomplete combustion will throw off emissions too.
  23. Mainly just oil and filters like any normal petrol car. The battery fans should be cleaned out every few years - plenty of videos on YouTube on how to do this. There are two coolant circuits - one for the engine and one for the inverter. Considering the age of the car the coolant is probably due a change by now for both, if not done already. But speak to your Toyota dealer about the Hybrid Health Check and the hybrid system warranty, which can be maintained up to 15 years now. You should be able to get this done separately from servicing.
  24. My brother's 2009 Auris was also letting in rain water, even the back seats were getting wet. After seeing this thread and similar, I determined the leak was coming from the nearside rear corner, and could see it was wet more around the vent than the light cluster. I see some people talking about sealing from the inside, but wasn't sure how that could be done effectively as you can't get to the seals from the inside. So I removed the rear bumper - surprisingly not that hard (just awkward), just two bolts and 8 of those plastic fastener things. I could see on both sides the foam seal around both vents had disintegrated, and was missing in parts. So I removed the vent assemblies (which can only be done after removing the bumper - they only push out from the car), cleaned up the surfaces, and replaced the foam with silicone sealant. I put some silicone around the nearside light cluster seal too just in case. I also stuck a dehumidifier in the car for about 12 hours or so, and it collected about a litre of water. Of course now it's stopped raining, so I don't know if my work has been successful. NB: The bolt thing holding in the spare wheel was totally seized from rust, so be sure to sort that out before you're stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre and no WD40!
  25. I assume they mean sealing where the vent assembly mates with the car body, i.e. replacing the foam seal that has undoubtedly disintegrated - not sealing the vents shut. I just did this on a 2009 Auris, the foam seals were in bits. Replaced foam with silicone sealant - vents still function as intended but hopefully won't let masses of rain water in.