Mick F

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  1. Mick F

    Power loss

    I don't know if you all know, but I spent a career in the RN. Retired in1996 after nearly 30years. We owned a Talbot Horizon for some years in the 1980s and after coming home from sea, the car had only been used locally for short journeys for months on end. I drove it after getting home and noticed how sluggish and poor the engine was. I considered taking it to Talbot to sort it out even though it was out of warranty. We had a journey to do up the A38, and we were short of time, so I went as fast as I could. On the way back, the engine began to feel so much better. The total journey was about 100miles and almost flat out both ways. it was only a 1.3, so "flat out" was a little above 80mph. From then on, the engine was fine. All it needed was to be used for longer distances and given some work to do, and not just for ferrying children to school. I got the impression that the engine had "coked up" and a good blast had cleared it all out. Mick.
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    Wind Noise

    What was wrong with the original one? Why replace it? Which ones make the noise? Our's is fine, and it is the original one from brand new. Mick.
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    Wind Noise

    No answer? Our aerial is exactly like YarisHybrid2016's one in his photograph above. Mick
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    Replacement Smart Key Fob

    The key fob includes a "real" key too. If you only have one fob, you need both the electronic package unit and the mechanical key as a combined unit. Mick.
  5. Eco de-sensitises the accelerator pedal and cuts back on the heater ventilation. It also makes the steering lighter I think. Great for in towns, but no point out in the country especially with steep hills like we have round here. Round here, our battery frequently has all eight bars green. We don't need any more regeneration. Mick.
  6. Hardly ever use Eco Mode. Tried it, but no point in it where we live. Normal 2014 (64 plate) 35,000miles Yaris Hybrid. Ours is an Excel model if that makes any difference, but I doubt it. Mick.
  7. I agree with everything you have said, except for the quote above. Our Yaris Hybrid does not feel a little sluggish in the slightest. The engine kicks in when it is needed and it often does. Ours is very very very quick off the line, and overtaking is easy and confident. Our Hybrid is one of the easiest overtakers we've ever owned. Not sluggish in the slightest. Mick.
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    Wind Noise

    We don't have noise in our 2014 Yaris. DAB radio. Which years does this happen on? Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    PS: Main issue, it the pitifully small petrol tank. We had a 1.6 16v Clio up until a couple of years ago, and that could have gone both ways on a full tank, whereas the Yaris had to fill up before the return journey as it took more than half a tank to get there. Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    Drove up from Cornwall to Bedford on Friday, stayed overnight, and drove back Saturday (yesterday). Reset the MPG readout before leaving home. 290miles each way. A30/M5/M4/M25/M1 there and back. 60mph or so as indicated on the speedo (56mph or so on the TomTom) and returned 57.8mpg over the whole return journey. The most economical car I've ever owned ............... including a diesel. Mick.
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    Fuel additive performance boost

    I understand that with diesels, but the OP is about a Yaris Hybrid. Mick.
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    Fuel additive performance boost

    Up until a couple of years ago, we ran a Fiat 500 Twinair 85bhp. Absolutely super-dooper car and went like a pocket rocket, but the huge two doors were a pain in the wotsit and the boot space wasn't good. Sad to see it go, but it wasn't practical for us. However, I digress ........... sorry. I always fill up with supermarket fuel. Never ever an issue over all the cars and all the mileage. From first owning the 500TA, I monitored the fuel consumption from full tank to full tank so I knew the MPG we were getting etc. I tried Shell RON99 premium for a while and tried to detect an improvement. To be frank, there wasn't a ha'porth of difference. Best smoothest performance improvement we ever got was changing the spark plugs. Mick.
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    Space saver spare tyre or tyre repair kit?

    What is the gunk actually for? It's a simple plug-in device that you use rather than jacking up the car and using a wheel-brace to change the wheel. Given the personal choice - that I now have because I've bought the space-saver and jack - I would jack up the car etc. If I was less able, I would be tempted to use the gunk and the connection devices, but the way I see it, you pays your money and you takes your chance. The space-saver is the best bet of both worlds. If you can't do it, you phone someone who can. Doing it that way, you can at least save the damaged tyre and get it repaired. Use the gunk instead perhaps, but there's a chance you'll still have to phone someone but I suspect they'd rather have changed the tyre in the first place. Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    We're down to 48mpg now. Hills and cold weather are the enemies of fuel economy, closely followed by shorter journeys on rural roads. Mick.
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    occasional beeping

    Question: Are these speed limit warnings set by GPS speed or speedo speed? I suspect GPS speed. Mick.
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    Yaris EML

    Excellent suggestion, and it sort of rings true. I'll bet the old ECU is playing up and throwing its toys out of the pram. Mick.
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    Space saver spare tyre or tyre repair kit?

    Got mine from eBay ........ £60odd in 2017. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/sis.html?_nkw=TOYOTA+YARIS+2013-2016+SPACE+SAVER+15"+SPARE+WHEEL+%26+TYRE%2C+JACK+AND+SPANNER&_id=162386218560&&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2658
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    Space saver spare tyre or tyre repair kit?

    Ours came with the kit, which we still have, but I bought a jack and spacesaver from eBay. Imagine getting a small repairable puncture and filling your tyre with gunge, then taking it to your local friendly tyre repair place. They would remove the tyre, then have to clean the rim, and maybe ditch the gunged-up tyre, when all it probably needed was a simple repair or a tube fitted. Spacesaver for me every time. Kit includes a tyre inflator, so that's worth keeping, but the gunge is just plain silly. Mick.
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    Yaris EML

    What brings the EML on? Must be a few things that create the alarm I would think. What about oil pressure, big-end wear and cylinder compression? What sort of life did the previous Yaris have before it was broken up at the breaker's yard? Do you know anything about the history? Mick.
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    Recall

    No recall outstanding on ours. We had the airbag recall sorted last year. Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    That's heating, not cooling. Yes, the heating comes from the engine's water pump system. Auto Climate Control does both heating and cooling, but the air conditioning part of it is electrical. Turn off the whole lot via the Off switch, and I would agree that there could be more power available and certainly better economy. Turning off the air con wouldn't make much difference. Mick
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    Does having the aircon on do much to the power available? It's electrically driven, not taken off the engine. Mick
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    Yes, I was well aware of that when we bought ours! Also, previous car was a 2011 Fiat500 Twinair with zero VED too. Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    Never ever have to demist the windows. Never ever had to with the past two cars either due to having aircon. Leave it on permanently, never turn it off, and it will dry out the car internally and the windows never mist up. Mick.
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    Yaris Hybrid owners, what MPG are you achieving?

    I don't use that site, but pay attention to the Ave MPG display on the dash. Sometimes, it's not been reset for months. We seem to be getting circa 50mph though it has been down to 48mpg and as high as 55mpg. Hills round here kill any fuel economy figures, though on a long run up the motorway, we'll get 65mpg+ Winter, plus hills, plus short runs are the lowest. Mick.