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Phil T

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Phil T last won the day on December 8 2018

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  1. JBL owned by Harman owned by Samsung. Harman markets its products under various brands, including AKG, AMX, Arcam,[6]Bang & Olufsen Automotive, Becker, BSS Audio, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Martin, Revel, Soundcraft and Studer. There lies the answer, some good some run of the mill, but comparing my JBL to a standard Honda CR-V system the CR-V was much much better. As for parking aids (never used) and blind spot, I’ve found turning your head works just as well, being a motorcyclist it comes as second nature, it’s better known as a life saver. Now the cross traffic alert has come in useful backing out of blind situations. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pay for what you want, not what they think you want 🤮
  2. Checked out the Cross at my dealers today, some nice and some horrible points. The leather seats look like the old pvc settees, can’t do with those, black roof lining, cut your throat job. iPad on the dash looks ok, never liked the CHR version, and the ground clearance is great. Had loads of trouble with the Prius grounding out on the front corners. Brass Gold is growing on me, getting into the back seats is a pain, though there is a fair bit of room once inside, not that I’ll ever ride in the back, boots usable though the false floor looks pretty useless, I think that would be permanently removed. And what is that flimsy piece of plastic between the seat base and floor? Also the JBL system is very much over rated hifi it is not! But if it drives as well as my old Duke I’ll be very tempted, booked for a drive next week 😗
  3. And with a choke the wife had somewhere to hang her handbag 😬
  4. I'm glad it not me losing my marbles, with the torque of the electric motor I find it difficult to cut wheel spin when I need a quick getaway when pulling out into traffic. I chance a gentle pull out then floor it when the car is straight. With increasing traffic waiting for a gap is often impossible and as for someone letting you out 😱
  5. TonyHSD They are a bit noisey up to 40 MPH then little difference to normal tyres, but very reassuring, good in mud too. But after the Toyo's they seemed very quiet. I seem to have little in the way of traction control, if it's supposed to have it ,I might have turned it off, and I'm buggered if I can find any way of turning it on.
  6. My 2018 PHV came with Toyo's they would spin up in the dry! I quickly sourced some Goodyear Vector 4season and they are working great, wet or dry, and the last winters have been no problem. and mileage wear and fuel consumption are good too. Cheap too 😗
  7. I think the main problem with E10 is if it's standing around in you system for long periods as with a PHV, it forms an emulsion on contact parts and over long periods a varnish that is a pig to remove. E5 was bad with a motorbike that was stored over winter without draining the carbs, and it ate fibreglass tanks. Admittedly there are not many carbs about these days but injectors suffer to some extent and some plastic swells with the ethanol contact. My PHV, with covid reducing travel, has only been filled at Christmas 😆 the last two years. No problem so far but that was with E5, so I am thinking only part fill the tank, as I'm in no rush to frequent the Covid hot spots and I still have half a tank. There is always Super Unleaded, though not all is ethanol free, prices around Stoke on Trent are £1.37 to £1.54, quite a variation, though the cheapest is not much higher than some of the dear stations 95 unleaded at £1.29 - £1.33. Last time I filled up with Super Unleaded both the car (Passat at that time) and my bike ran worse. And look out for September harvest of the fuel corn, the roads around Shropshire last year were filled with tractors and the roads were like a green mud skating rink.
  8. I had OEM Toyos “Poxes” on the phv and they spun up in the dry! The wet was like driving on ice, so at 7000 miles (hardly any wear) I fitted Goodyear Vector 4. They grip in all conditions, economical, quiet, and cheap, what a revelation. I thought Toyota would fit at least decent tyres on their cars, never thought to check before but I will in future.
  9. 2018 PHV. I have some, what looks like crazing on the front windscreen. I thought it was dirt, so scrub and wash, and polish, and still this crazing. Driving into or with the sun to one side, it has little sparkles, which get worse according to the angle on the windshield. I looks as if it is inside the glass, as if on the laminate surface. Has anyone else notice anything like this. Very difficult to photograph if anyone is asking.
  10. It's the power unit that causes the interference to the DAB. Wrapping the power feed cable around a clip on ferrite ring should sort it out. One near the power unit and one close to the camera. I found the Nextbase power supply better than most but much better with extra ferrite rings. Looped through it works best. I've moved my mount onto the grayed area now I have replacement sticky fixers, the suction cup doesn't like the raised surface there, and it's powered from the interior lamp supply, with the power supply tucked into the headliner.
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    Air Horns?

    Anything more than a single tone IS illegal, several different tones sounded together IS legal, so Wolf-Whistle is not legal. As a note to taking the front bumper/bodywork (hardly a bumper these days) off. Fiamm's AM80 and similar can be fed down from the top between the rad. Keyhole surgeons should have no trouble! Fiddly but possible.
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    Cabin filter

    Thanks everyone for the information, yes the filter does stink, and that's without the help of the Peugeots ! Thanks Ten Ninety, saved me from explaining that one. Dimensions if your going to do the job 225 x 186 x 30 some are 1 or 2 mm different. If you search for the the late model years you are met with lots and lots of the earlier versions Check the dimensions. American video here. Drop door, damper clip off (finger job), push stop clips in right then left, givers more leverage that way, door drops down and it pulls off the hinges straight back towards you. You can do it with it on the hinges but it will probably drop off anyway. NOTE our filter housing has the slide in tabs on the right, clips on the left. Though it does have a clip on the right that does nothing. Note the orientation of the filter tray, the two ribs are at the bottom, and note the filter FITS in the TRAY. One Chinese video shows pulling the tray and filter out, then putting back just the filter! There is a rib going across the tray and this should slip in between the folds as you replace the filter. The filter has either up arrow or air flow on it. Replacements are between £8 and £50 so check what you are getting. Most ( some strange unknown brands crop up) apart from the Chinese versions are from OEM companies, maybe not Toyota but they should be of very good standard. Unfortunately Which has not got round to testing the Best Buy yet
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    Cabin filter

    With the African desert dust heading our way and following a pollution of Peugeots I was thinking about replacing the cabin filter with a carbon activated version, however, on removing the old one it's a grey colour and I cannot determine if it is indeed a carbon one or just dirty. As it's now 14 months old and there were just a few insects and odd bits in it, there was little dust coming off it. I cannot believe that Toyota would put an activated carbon one in as standard and the only marking on it I can make out is MUFT4. Looking for a replacement is a nightmare, not many sites list one and those that do show some odd sizes but I don't fancy dealer prices. So anyone know the correct part number and does a white (if it did start out white) clean filter look uniformly grey after 14 months, from the smells it lets in I'm sure it's not an activated carbon version
  14. Very Black inside now, amazing how much the little bit of white lifted the ambience, but heated seat switches you can see and reach! Are the rear seats really that far raked back. What does the radio do or not, with the change?
  15. Bit late but if this is a common problem. Take the door switch off and check for corrosion and poor operation. WD40 it and operate it buy hand see if there is consistent switching. The rubbers often get out of line and become squashed over the switch causing problems.
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