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  1. Thanks: that make sense. Happier now I understand why it's happened.
  2. Thanks: good to know it's standard. Now the only question is when I'm going to be able to rack up 500 miles by. That's an awful lot of trips to Tesco.
  3. Took my 2017 Prius to local main dealer for annual service: everything was fine, except that on collection was told they hadn't been able to carry out the hybrid health check, and asked me if the 12v battery had been changed. It had, last spring, under Toyota warranty. I couldn't really follow the story, but apparently the attempt to carry out the check had thrown up some codes that prevented it. They've cleared the codes, and asked me to bring it back after another 500 miles when they will rerun the health check. I was assured that they system was OK and that I wasn't going to lose any warran
  4. Yes, in a 2016 BusEd+. I'd call it a creak rather than a rattle; it does sound like something plastic rubbing against something. Not there on smooth roads; definitely builds up on roughened surfaces. So far dealer has said can't hear anything so won't get inside to see. I need to find a road near to them that sets it off. Annoying rather than intolerable, but it shouldn't really happen at all in an expensive modern car. I've tried to press that panel down while driving but didn't seem to make any difference in my case.
  5. I believe that it's a good idea to run the aircon from time to time (but not all the time) during the winter to keep the seals and pipes lubricated; can seize and/or leak if you don't. I didn't do this with the first car I ever had with aircon and it had to be regassed when the first spring came round. But I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't run their aircon at all during the winter and never have a problem.
  6. I have a 2016 BusEd+, and every time I turn it off a message pops up on the MFD asking me if I want to turn off the theft sensor. I ignore it unless I'm on a ferry, and when I do turn it off as far as I can tell it seems to work; last year had a roughish crossing from Castlebay to Oban and happened to be one of the last on; looking down from the rear deck other alarms were going off but mine wasn't. I thought this was standard. I don't think you can activate it from the Touch and Go screen.
  7. Similar setup: 2016 BusEd+ with Touch 2 Go and Galaxy S9. I use this little app to turn the tethering on and off without faffing around with settings as the phone sometimes forgets: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.nicumaru.bluetoothtetheronoff Works fine. And this to set the volume on the phone whenever it connects to Touch 2 Go. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.darken.bluemusic
  8. I had a battery fail early on in lockdown; emailed customer services who were very helpful and ended up arranging for the AA to fit a new one free of charge. I was very clear that I wasn't a key worker and not an urgent case in any way, but they seemed happy to do it regardless. Toyota roadside assistance membership helped.
  9. 12v battery in my 3-year-old, 30,000 mile just failed. Same very light use as everyone else at the moment, a few miles to the supermarket each week. But it's held its charge for a couple of weeks at least in the past. Got it started with a jump start pack and ran it for a bit to charge, but tested it and clearly a sick battery. I don't think it should have failed so soon, especially as before the lockdown most of my journeys were 25 miles or more. Toyota customer services agreed very quickly to change it free of charge and arranged to do it at home through Roadside Assistance. Very pleasa
  10. Well, I'd love something this ambitious and daring. Ok, it's no Talbot Lago and it's got some practical difficulties but it's confident and striking and reflects the innovative side of the Prius. Rather than killing it, let's hope some of its DNA finds its way into production models.
  11. HughL

    Phone mount

    I feel responsible now! Hope it works ok for you. Mine hasn't fallen off after 12000 miles of mixed roads. I think I will try Jay's wiring solution too as mine is rather ad-hoc and far from elegant.
  12. HughL

    Phone mount

    Looks like they are including an adhesive pad as well now. Seems still to have the sticky gel suction cup, though. The Amazon listing also says its got a longer arm now, so mine might be an older model now. You are definitely right about the quarterlight on Gen 4. I'd be worried about the cable not detaching and the phone crashing to the tarmac whenever I opened the door. I've seen a few Uber drivers locally who seem to have it fixed like that, though, so maybe you can get away with it in practice.
  13. HughL

    Phone mount

    Apologies if my reply was misleading. The iOttie doesn't use any form of adhesive to mount to the dash. The suction cup itself s a very sticky silicon material that clings on its own without need an adhesive pad or strips. Combined with the suction, this enables it to stick to textured surfaces on its own. It would stick to the windscreen too. The only thing you have to make sure of is that it's clean when you use it. If it's not, wash under a running cold tap and then leave to air dry (important) and it gets all its stickiness back. Mine didn't leave a mark on the dash of my Gen 3 when I remo
  14. HughL

    Phone mount

    I have used an iOttie Easy One Touch 4 in Gen 3 and Gen 4. Sticks solidly to the top of the dash as well as the windscreen. Had mine for a couple of years: seems robust and has never come unstuck. Didn't leave a mark on the dash when I took it off one car to move to another. Fairly rattle-free, too. Not cheap at £25 on Amazon, but good value. Friends have bought them and liked them. They do a version with a charging pad built in too. I looked at the cupholder type but you have to take your eyes so far off the road to peer more or less at your knees; seemed very unsafe to me.
  15. My experience with the G4 display and polarised sunglasses not so happy with my G4 BusEd+. HUD becomes almost invisible, shadowy blotches on the touch screen and parts of the dash displays regardless of brightness. Happily, doesn't seem to affect the speedo which is odd. Same with the touchscreen & HUD on my previous G3. Effects roughly the same with prescription Zeiss polarised, standard RayBans and both high-quality Persol and cheapo off-brand overclips. As with all things polarised, depends on the angle of eye-to-source and the way the polarisation is angled in the glasses so YMMV,
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