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  1. Its that time of year that i don't particularly like, it's not the rain, snow or ice, it's the inky black dark nights. My previous car, a Honda Insight Hybrid had terrible dipped beam, Osram Nightbreakers improved it a bit but they have appalling service life, blow after about 8 months. Has anyone got any suggestions to improve the Yaris dipped beam legally ? ,ie without fitting aftermarket HID's Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    2018 Yaris Hybrid Questions

    It took me a good few months and many miles to adapt from diesel driving (Honda CRV 2.2) to hybrid driving, and I won't go back now I'm 120k miles on. B mode is good but it's use is limited, I only use it on steep downhill to keep the brakes cool. ECO mode, I only use it on the winter and wet months, prefer the responsiveness over the extra 5 mpg out gives you. As regards hills, give it time and practice , eventually it will click and then it's a matter of keeping at or below the speed limit. Recently undertook a drive to Skye via Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands, took the hills with aplomb. Economy, I get 58mpg everyday and everywhere, could get more if I slowed down, turned AC off and used ECO mode, but 58mpg is good on my book after the CRV
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    £295 full service?

    I too have a Sept 2014 Yaris Hybrid - nicknamed SLF , for Spritely Little F***er , only bought it in Feb this year at 27k miles, put 9k miles on it already. I know how much the next service is now, Thank you. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Old Yaris Hybrid versus new smallish diesel

    I would choose Hybrid over Diesel every time, for exactly the reasons you state. There is something quite endearing about silent near zero emmision motoring, and the knowledge that Toyota's finest have produced a cutting edge motor and engine. If you drive within the limits and expected behaviours for UK motoring, the Yaris Hybrid is more than sufficient and capable. To date, I have done over 110,000 miles driving hybrids this last 6 years , economical and reliable for every mile. Full on EVs may be the future, but no competition yet to hybrids. As for diesel - blighted and damned to near extinction.
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    Yaris Hybrid RPM

    I had a Honda Insight hybrid prior to my current Yaris Hybrid. In both cases, determining the RPM at 70mph is variable with CVT gearboxes , dependant on the load. The Honda had a tacho, and would burble along all day at 70mph and 2500 RPM , get a bit of a hill and it would rise by 2000 rpm. Not missing the tacho on the Yaris , it's hybrid setup is way better and more advanced plus a whole lot more economical, the Honda though is way better on handling and startlingly quick acceleration in comparison.
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    Quick Google search Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    I'll get some pics and details after the weekend and post to this forum
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    I rarely turn the AC off ,a colleague has the same model, he never turns his on and he gets 62mpg. He has had problems with rear discs delaminating from the inside out, anyone else had that. He's fitted ceramic discs. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    Excellent answer, thank you Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    ECO was turned off, only really put ECO on during the cold & wet months. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Yaris Hybrid flatspot

    I have a bit of an annoying issue with my Yaris Hybrid, it's a 2014/2015 spec (big mouth version) based on the 1.5 engine. Acceleration is great from the off, no issue, though overtaking a dawdler, say doing 45 in a 60, goes like the clappers up to 60 then it's slow going acceleration wise beyond that, not that you should be doing over 60 in a 60, it's l like some nanny state limiter kicks in. On the motorway it's fine, cruise at 70, boot it to overtake and it takes off. Anyone else have this issue. By the way, I'm not a boy racer, I'm nearly 60 and like my 57.6mpg everywhere economy ! Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Yaris Icon USB audio

    My experience, it works well but some caveats. Got about 30gb worth of music ripped to MP3 at the highest bitrate for best sound quality. At first copied then to a SanDisk Duo 128gb memory stick, had all sorts of problems like taking about 20 minutes for the menus to come up first time (assuming there is a lot of indexing of MP3 metadata going on) to painfully slow scrolling through menus. Fix was , buy the fastest USB stick you can , be patient for the first few days while the track info is sorted. When ripping , create a hierarchical structure on the USB stick, ie, \\Music\Artist\Album , merge multi disk albums into one. Finally, copy a dozen or so favourite tracks into the root folder, that way the menus come up quicker initially while the rest of the tracks are indexed. Finally, don't pull USB stick out while the power is on, buggered one USB stick that way. Final final, if you must format the USB stick, go for FAT32 Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  13. My Yaris Excel Hybrid doesnt have the subscribed Sat nav module installed, so can't install apps , the stock audio player is good though playing tracks from the USB port. Just wondering as to what the limitations are re what it can handle. I have ripped 500+ cds worth of tracks and the head unit struggles for the first few minutes, probably indexing the tracks Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
  14. Where's the best place to pick up a 12v feed to power a Nextbase power supply for a front screen mounted dashcam. Sent from my SM-G960F using Tapatalk
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    Squeaky front seats

    I know it's only a minor niggle, but I have this irritating squeak from the front seats on my 2015 Yaris Hybrid, it's not metallic,it's a kind of squeaky shoe kind of noise. Anyone else have this issue and any tips to eradicate it ? Sent from my F8331 using Tapatalk