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Mick G

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  1. Just popped out and took some pics of the underside of mine (2009 TR). It is a 1.33 so the exhaust may or may not look different from yours. Not sure if the spring you're talking about is shown here but I've always thought mine was pretty normal though. If it's the one I think you mean, there's one on the drivers side too, it's just hidden behind the exhaust, maybe it's easier to see with the 1.33 exhaust. Hope this helps, Mick
  2. I've got an 09 reg 1.33 owned from new (40k+ miles) and I've been really happy with it. You'll need to work out whether an 09 reg is the same model as the 2010 you're looking at, it may not be. In answer to your questions... "Gear issues, selecting 1st/2nd in the cold" Yes, sometimes it can seem a bit hard getting it into first sometimes at low speeds but not so it's a major problem, just I think I'm needing to push a bit too hard. All other gear changes are really smooth. In the 4 years I've had it I haven't worked out the pattern for when it'll be a problem because it's so infrequent,
  3. Nice! :-) I had a Yaris Verso parked outside us last week. It never ceases to amaze me how much headroom those bad-boys have! Take it easy, Mick
  4. As Bemused2 / Mr Wilson says above, the Stop/Start is capabale of kicking in with the air con on (although I wouldn't expect it to last for huge amounts of time). Mine's been mine's been stopping nicely over the last week & I've had the aircon on a lot after getting it regassed (it's super-frosty and good as new again). Take it easy, Mick
  5. I'd be intersted in hearing how you get on with the air conditioning Ian. I've got the same 09 model (now out of warranty) and the air con con in mine sounds similar to you've described (tepid would describe mine). If I think a re-gas will sort it I'll get it done, if it's something more complex/expensive I'll live without it (there's not too many scorchers these days in South Yorkshire either). Take it easy, Mick
  6. Hey Adam, I just want to stress that this bit is only half of what's needed. You'll need to buy the other part designed for your phone. They're about £20 from Amazon. If you're still wanting it drop me a personal message with your address and I'll chuck it in the post. Take it easy, Mick
  7. Hello all. I've got a spare Brodit ProClip 653742 to fit a 06 to 11 Yaris. http://www.brodit.co....html?id=653742 It's a two part system so you get this bit to fit the car then you buy another bit to fit your mobile and screw them together to get a perfect fit. The problem for me is my partner's handbags have got really long straps and they're always getting caught on the holder. This is because it sits relatively low on the passenger side (see the photos on the brodit site). If your partner uses shorter strapped handbags (or you do) this might be fine for you. I've replaced this one with thei
  8. Double Damn!! I thought it was 3 years or 30,000 miles. I've now been putting off getting the 30,000 miles service until it's a bit closer to the MOT being due. I'm off on a trip and by the time I get back and a chance to get it serviced it'll be well over 31,000. I presume that will fall out of any leeway they give you on the warranty only being valid if you get it serviced evry 10,000 miles. I've been working on the assumption that as soon as I hit 30K the warranty had gone. I'll maybe need to give Paul's test a go when the ice clears up. Thanks a lot, Mick.
  9. Damn! Mine is exactly one month newer than yours so probably the same batch. Unfortunately a few weeks ago I passed the 30,000 mark so it'll be out of warranty now. Thanks for the heads-up though Paul, Mick
  10. I don't see any harm in mentioning it to the dealer Jetset. I drive the same journey a couple of times a week. It's about 5 miles city then 40 miles dual carriageway the 5 miles city again, then back again the next day, then the car will have been unused for a few days before the next trip. I can pretty much predict that it'll not stop/start for the first mile or two then it'll mostly do it from then on. If you're on trips of less than a few miles then maybe it's not getting a chance to heat up or charge up or whatever it does... Or maybe they can do a healthcheck on the battery. It's rare to
  11. Yes, that sounds about right. My 2009 TR is about the same. I guess it's time to get you down to Poundland for some cosy booties ;-) Take it easy, wrap up, and stay toastie, Mick
  12. ...or get a Toyota DAB unit fitted for not a huge amount more than that. It includes an internal aerial making the external one defunct and comes with plenty of DAB goodness ... (presuming you don't live too far out in the sticks and the external bit isn't leaking or anything). ..otherwise, yes that does sound a bit steep. Take it easy, Mick
  13. No worries, hope it was of some use. One of the first things I did when I got my 04 Yaris was stick an extra head unit in it. Mine came just with a cassette player so count yourself lucky :) ..oh yeah, and no steering wheel controls. Of course when they say 2004 onwards Kenwood are probably just covering themselves. A major-ish change happened in March 2003. A 2003 onwards Yaris covers 2 models, pre and post facelift. But if they say 2004 onwards they know they're only talking about post facelift ones. Your 53 plate could have in theory been made and bought and registered in early 2004, and e
  14. Sorry, I forgot to say, if you ask in the Audio/Video/Electronics forum, make sure you mention your car's reg year, model, current stereo setup etc as that may make a big difference to what can be done or what is needed. Later, Mick
  15. Dude, I've spent way too much time looking into this. I probably did less research when I got mine :) But as noone else is piping up... That looks like a good unit, seems to do everything. First up, the link you posted states "DAB aerial included" so that's a good start. A bit of a google brings up the instruction manual for that model at: http://images.kenwood.eu/files/prod/2067/5/Instruction_Manual.pdf Page 34/35 shows the aerial fitting instructions and it all looks pretty similar to how mine is installed. One weird thing is that I can't find any reference to this model on kenwood's UK sit
  16. Just checked my old emails and ... hang onto your hats ... it was 400 notes fitted!!!! OK, so I had a new car and must have been having OCD about not fitting a 3rd party unit :) That was in 2009 so prices may have gone down (although I doubt it). That said, I've no regrets about it, use it on every journey, have only found a few places where you can't get reception and they're really out in the sticks, kept the steering controls, and like I said it's fitted so you wouldn't know it was there. If you know what you're doing you can pick up the Toyota module and aerial and have it fitted yourself
  17. Hey Sam, I'm not sure whether you're thinking of getting the integrated Toyota DAB module. I've had one fitted and although it's quite pricey I've had my money out of it. It does need an additional aerial but this is included in the price and is just a little 3 inch bit of thin foil and clear plastic that gets attached to the inside of the windscreen, the garage fit it so that all cables are hidden in the pillars, and you wouldn't really notice it was there. I'm pretty sure that if you went for a 3rd party unit you'd still need something similar which may or may not come with the unit depend
  18. Funnily enough my incident was in Scotland too (M74). No, sorry about that. Hope Sunderland is surviving. I lived in Hendon for a few years in the early 90's. Had some great times. I didn't drive at the time which is probably just as well as cars tended not to stay outside your house for too long in Hendon in those days :) Take it easy, Mick
  19. In my 2004 1-litre I was on my way to a funeral. Very short of time and a great deal on my mind. Travelling in an area I thought I knew better than I did. Decided not to stop at one mororway services because there was another just aroud the corner. There wasn't. The next junction ended up being over 20 miles (I've just checked on the map). I'd say for about 15 of those the estimate was 0 miles left and the last bar was flashing by then (but not when I'd passed the last garage). If I made it to the next services all would be fine, if I ran out and had to walk to the garage I'd miss the funeral.
  20. Hey EamonX1, I don't know about the 2001 model so can't answer directly. There used to be an "Important Topics" section pinned to the front page of the Yaris forum and that had some great walkthroughs for doing this, I used them to do it in a 2004 model. I think that area has gone since they moved to the new forum system but perhaps someone else might know where they're hiding if they've not been lost for good. Using the search box on the Yaris forum to look for install player brings back 70 odd old threads. Maybe sifting through some of those might answer your qustion. Finally, if you don't g
  21. You say you have difficulty starting but maybe it's important to know what exactly happens when it won't start. When you turn the key does nothing happen at all? Or do you hear the starter motor trying to start the car but the engine won't fully start? If it's the former then the few times that's happened to me it's always a matter of thinking I've got the clutch pedal fully down but there's always an extra inch travel that I haven't used. Making sure that the clutch pedal is fully down and mine will always start. If it's the latter then I've had two incidents in 2 and a half years of the car
  22. Are you sure it was yestrday Dude? You know you shouldn't roll on Shabbos. Look, this won't be helping you get serious anwers to your questions so I'm going to stop. Someone else please help the Dude with his questions. Later, Mick
  23. Hey Dude, welcome along. Just a couple of things ... a ) my 2004 Yaris was definately susceptible to a bit of crosswind wobbling. I always put it down to it being relatively tall and narrow. That said, it didn't wobble all over the road all of the time, just if you were on a fast road and a big gust came along from the side you could definately feel it. I don't know how windy it is out tonight, just saying what mine was like. b ) Vehicles behind you shrouded in smoke? Have you ever seen Duel? You do realise it was halloween yesterday? c ) Although your car may have issues I hope the rug's OK.
  24. :) At the end of that clip youtube suggested a few other videos I may like. I had a quick gander at one (search youtube for "Toyota yaris 3 2012 spy"). You should check it out. Jeeez Louise!!!! Front view- Looks like it's been in a car crash. Interior view - Yep, definitely looking like it's been in a crash. Side view - Oof, that must've been a nasty prang. Rear views - Man, don't tell the insurance they'll write it off! The new-model 'disguisers' have definately earned their money with that one. Later, Mick
  25. Glad you've found something you like Chris. I still wouldn't swap mine for the world though, but horses for courses and all that. I hope you sort out a good "arrangement". :) Take it easy, Mick
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