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  1. The noise rating for tyres is the external noise of the tyre, and as far as I understand it lower external noise doesn't always mean lower internal noise because of variables such as sound frequencies and the direction that the noise radiates. Tyres can also get noisier as they wear. Finding quiet tyres is a bit of a minefield but I did notice a definite drop in noise levels inside gen 4 with 17" wheels when I changed the factory-fit Toyos for Cross-Climates. The Toyos had 16k miles on them so wear could have accounted for part of that.
  2. So anything they can do to hold a few years brand loyalty will be worth it as there will be a good choice of models by then. Also can't help wondering if this is partly a PCP mitigation; presumably if it pushes up residual value it lessens the depreciation balloon, but I don't know if Toyota are as exposed as other manufacturers or indeed if if it's really a consumer debt risk for banks rather than individual manufacturers.
  3. I'm not sure that matters; it's probably a public policy hedge against the charging infrastructure being only 80% viable and not 100% and I suspect that by 2030 hybrids will be a smallish niche and most people who can will have defected to all-electric (and probably subscription business models). The depth and breadth of Toyota's all-electric offering in the next 5 years may be what will really count.
  4. A change of business model possibly: now that the world is much more service-and-subscription oriented, and less ownership oriented (see Volvo's model), there's higher value in cementing relationships, even if you don't quite know what to do with them. If I was Toyota, I'd be looking at a potential post-Covid long-term decline in purchasing for both individuals and fleets, and wondering how to maximise the value of the network of physical locations that dealerships represent. I'd also be thinking about making it easy for people buying now who with an eye to 2030 are thinking seriously "is this the time to go with an all-electric solution?" and who might then make the leap to another manufacturer. Toyota doesn't have anything to offer *yet*, but at least one arch-rival (VW) is rolling out a whole range. Suddenly, Toyota has de-risked the decision: it will have an all-electric offer before my car is ten years' old so I stay with Toyota without having to worry. And, more importantly, *I haven't bought a VW* (and so become brand-loyal to VW). Constraining a competitor is a non-trivial benefit in a good business strategy. A couple of years ago, Toyota was looking seriously at what it could do with connected cars and how that could strengthen drivers's relationship with the brand. I don't know if the thinking got anywhere or there's a lot of services waiting to be rolled out, but again cementing the relationship might create value that could be used in a number of ways in the future.
  5. Nothing in this forum (I checked before posting) but you are of course quite right to make me aware that I failed to check others. My most profound apologies for the inconvenience caused.
  6. Just heard about this and wonder what others think: I doubt Toyota would do it if the maths didn't work in their favour so I hope it doesn't mean dealer service prices will be going up. But for me, it does de-risk decisions about whether to change the car before the 5-year warranty expires and what to do about extended warranties. I guess also some testament to the faith Toyota have in their engineering and manufacturing. I tend to take my cars to main dealers in any case, as they've been a bit odd (Citroens when they were Citroens, Subarus, and now hybrids). Toyota warranty – how Toyota Relax cover works
  7. Thanks: that make sense. Happier now I understand why it's happened.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 warranty coverage. Has anyone else had this happen? What was the outcome? Any info gratefully received: TIA. PS the loaner was a manual Yaris. Decent enough little car in itself, but I'd forgotten how tedious all that pointless mucking about with gears and a clutch was in town traffic, and how smooth and seamless and flowing the hybrid driving experience really is.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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 pleasant surprise. I'd made it clear that I wasn't a key worker and had no special reasons for any help and honestly was expecting them to say "when the lockdown is over take it to your dealer." AA patrolman said they'd been very quiet for the most part; mainly keeping delivery vans on the road. So now I've got a nice new Bosch battery with 5-year warranty. To my mind, that's very good service with no fuss and much nicer than anything I experienced in 20-plus years of (looking back on it, deeply mistaken) brand loyalty to a supposedly more "prestige" manufacturer. I've no off-street parking and often can't even park in the same street, so hard to get it on to a charger. I'll guess I'll have to fire it up for 15 minutes now and again to top it up.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 removed it after a year, and so far doesn't seem to have marked the Gen 4 dash either. It stayed on right through the summer, even when the inside of the car got very hot. I've had other similar ones in the past, but they weren't as good. I've got mine fixed to the dash top right of the wheel and it doesn't get in the way of anything (sits behind the A-pillar so doesn't even intrude on the windscreen) and is easily within reach if you do need to touch the phone for any reason. The arm is extensible: I've got it about half-way out and there's maybe a couple of inches of travel left. Haven't tried to use it for anything heavier than a large phone, though, so I don't know how it would stand up to a full size satnav. Here's a snap. As you can see, I haven't done anything fancy with the cable but it stays out of the way when it's plugged into the phone.
  20. 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.
  21. 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, but my partner is 10" shorter than me, has the seat in a very different position so very different to the touchscreen angle, uses different brands to me and it was worse for her than it was for me. Angle less different on other displays so about the same for both of us; HUD definitely near-invisible even at max brightness for her too. I was irritated enough to invest in a pair of non-polarised prescription sunglasses specifically to keep in the car so I don't have to keep tilting my head the read the satnav or the HUD. I'm 64 and creak a bit, so it's definitely harder to get into and out of than the G3 (which is similar to the G2 in that respect) but, once in, very easy to find a comfortable position for all-day-at-the-wheel journeys. I've been in the back of a G4 taxi for a longish journey and at 5"10" didn't find it unpleasant at all, although definitely snugger than the G3. Storage space inside a drawback to begin with, but got used to it. That said, even if I'd known about the various issues mentioned here I'd still have bought the car to replace my G3 as (for me) they are comparatively minor compared with the overall experience of calm, quiet, flowing driving, low costs and lowish emissions.
  22. You may also benefit from having breakdown cover for things like punctures, which is when I've used it. Especially if you've just got an repair kit and not a spare.
  23. Had CrossClimates fitted to my Gen 4 (17" wheels) about 2 weeks ago and have now done a few hundred miles on them under conditions that are fairly typical for me: mixture of motorway and A-roads with a bit of suburban stop-start. Definitely quieter, even on the horrible concrete sections on the M25. The weather hasn't really been cold enough to feel much difference in grip, but they were fine in some heavy rain. I think the MPG has a taken a small hit, but probably not enough to worry about compared with the cost of a skid. I've increased the pressure a small amount over the recommended. When I lived in Scotland I ran full winter tyres on Subaru Legacies and Outbacks, and had a few winters down here in the South on the same setup so I'm keeping my expectations moderate. As the Prius is quite a bit lighter, though, I'm expecting it to be more tractable: Outbacks are quite hefty and physics is physics. The traction and stability control on the Gen 4 Prius is probably quite a bit more advanced than my last Outback too.
  24. Thanks: I bet it was bus lanes cameras that sent mine doolally. Ban was proposed, but never happened. Clear current guidance from Ask The Police (Police National Legal Database): https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q367.htm Not sure what the status of mapping locations, as opposed to devices that actually detect radar, might be if a ban is ever enacted.
  25. More than just Gatso. It covers red light cameras as well. Not sure about box junction ones, though. There's a section of the Battersea Park Road where mine went absolutely ape**** with a combination of speed and signal cameras and bleeped multiple times for about 3 minutes in stop-start traffic.
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