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DrNBC

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  1. Splendid! Thank you for the top tips. Gerg, you are correct, it is an Icon, so there is no keyless entry. I am probably overstating the issue here as we are only gone for 2 weeks. But nonetheless, it is always good to know what is recommended practice with a car like this one. Cheers Fellas!
  2. I have been meaning to post this for a little while, not sure why I have not. I am not sure if there is anything that I should do regarding the vehicle as we are leaving on holidays for a few weeks. I apologise if this is a ridiculous question but I would sure hate to have not done something and we get back to an un-driveable hybrid! Cheers!
  3. I feel like a tool asking this but is there a difference between these two manuals? They both came with our 2013 Auris HSD Icon and I can't really tell what the difference(s) are if indeed there are any. This particular car does not have the Sat Nav component to it. Any help is appreciated.
  4. Cheers Greg. I'll definitely look into this.
  5. It was great. The safest and most economical five miles I've ever driven!
  6. Just picked up the new (well, new to us) Auris. Really like it. Here are a few photos:
  7. It is surprising how often one hears this comment in the UK. Is it a function of can't or don't want to?
  8. This is the type of bulb I had on my 1989 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton. Back then most pickups had one bulb for high and low, usually 60/50. You could get "off road" bulbs of 100/80, which, needless to say, were not street legal. I'll take extra notice of the quality of the light and will report back next week.
  9. Thanks! I haven't picked it up yet. Looks like it will be Tuesday. Fortunately we didn't have to go too far, only 5 miles. I've read all about your epic search and road trip. Sounded fun! I was close to going to Southampton to look at a Prius but this one popped up locally and we really liked it.
  10. Just bought a 2013 Auris HSD. Picking it up on Tuesday. Test drove it during the day so I could't see what the headlights were like. Are they really as poor as some people say. With how gloomy it can get here and how dark many country lanes are, you'd think having decent headlights would be of paramount importance to drivers in the UK. Our old Ford Focus had different bulbs for high and low beam (excuse the foreign terminology - I am Canadian). Is it the same thing for the Auris hybrid? I keep hearing about Osram Nightbreakers. Is this what Auris drivers tend towards purchasing?
  11. Thanks! I stopped reading reviews of the Auris/Prius. The biggest complaint(s) seem to centre on the fact that they are boring and not fu to drive. But if you want a car that is reliable, safe and has low running costs, they are great. ****, their cons seem to to pros for us! Try this link: youtu.be/qZhbHcjYgjU Put the requisite https:// in front of it and you'l be good to go.
  12. I am picking it up on Tuesday. They have a detailing backlog. Apparently they do a full 8-hour detail. And we thought it was clean when we took it out!
  13. Thanks. I'm sure I'll have some more questions once we collect it. Many thanks to unclepoo for the suggestion. It made complete sense. We were trying to shoehorn a Gen.3 Prius into our budget which couldn't really accommodate it. Hopefully in a few years time...
  14. Really liked the 2013 Auris, so much so that we bought it. Pick it up on Tuesday!
  15. Thank you for the advice. I found a 2013 Auris 1.8 VVT-i Icon e-CVT HSD 5dr for sale nearby. Going to look in the next hour or so.
  16. I have been having a look at cars in the area. It is the strangest thing. There are quite a few Gen. 2 cars available with less than 50,000 miles. There is the odd 2009 with 40,000-ish miles that are affordable. The jump to the 2010/2011 is quite high and most of the cars in the area (SE England) tend to be around £10,000. There is a decent 2009 (09 Reg) T Spirit with 49,900 miles that is around £5500. The jump to a similar mileage in a 2010 is around £4000-5000 more. I took out a 2011 10th Anniversary model today. Had only 35,000 miles on it. Was in great condition, but the asking price is a shade under £12,000. :(
  17. Thank you for your response. Was that an expensive aftermarket fit for the head unit?
  18. It seems that the 2011 10th Anniversary limited edition has USB. I've been told that it is essentially a T Spirit with some special changes to the interior/exterior. Any experience with this particular model?
  19. Test drove a 2010 T3 this morning. Very low mileage, but it had a leaky roof. Not sure why. I know that the T3 is the base model, but does anyone know when Toyota put USB ports in the Prius? I think that it is more likely with a T Spirit, especially one with Sat Nav, but is there any sense of when Toyota did this? 2011 maybe? Thanks.
  20. Good idea. We could go as high as £9000 if it is the right vehicle. In terms of options, I quite like the Park Assist feature. Leather seats (we have a muddy dog) would be nice but not essential. Also, I do not have much of an understanding regarding iPod (USB) and Bluetooth connectivity. How does one play music through an iPod or iPhone on an older model? Are "after-market" (apologies for the North American term) USB or stereo installs difficult? Is this much of an issue for drivers?
  21. Hello all. I am strongly considering purchasing a used Toyota Prius to replace our existing car. I have a great deal of questions regarding years (generations), options and a few technical concerns. It would be greatly appreciated if I could get the opinions of Forum's Prius owners. The most pressing question centres on the year or generation in which to purchase. I have come across a few low mile '08s & 09s as well as an abundance of newer '10 & 11s, some with 100,000+ miles. Seeing how this will be our first hybrid, is there a general rule regarding age and mileage (repairs, battery life, etc.)? As much as we would like to be purchasing a new one, current finances and the price of these cars is almost prohibitive. If I could get a sense of what people think regarding older Prius cars, it would g a long way toward informing and narrowing the choices.
  22. They do seem to be a bit on the expensive side here in the UK!
  23. Hello. Just the requisite quick post introducing myself to the forum. I have joined as I am strongly considering purchasing a Prius (used) as our next vehicle. I feel there are many questions that I would like to pose to the forum members, which, I hope, will help inform my final decision. I look forward to the dialogue! Cheers, Robert
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