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    Sat nav settings with a mind of their own

    I've had the random change to kilometers happen to me once. It was on a 2017 Prius Excel in the UK, with the latest Touch 2 Go maps and software available at the time. After I restarted the car, it reverted on its own to MPH. The only thing I can think of was that I was being impatient waiting for it to start, and tapping the buttons on the screen to get it to start navigating while it was still starting up and going through it's minute of being super-sluggish. May or may not be relevant. It's not happened since in 8 months of ownership. Not sure what volume control changes the volume of the traffic camera alerts, but given there are so many of them I turned them off, figuring it was better to just not speed. I use speed limiting cruise control (set to 10% above the limit, as that's roughly what the error is on my speedometer), and on the rare occasion I do go too fast in a given speed limit zone my sat nav verbally warns me "The speed limit is 70MPH" or whatever. I suppose the sat nav volume would need to be up for you to hear that though.
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    Should I buy a plug in?

    I think you've made the right choice, all things considered.
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    Should I buy a plug in?

    Just to balance this, and previous mentions of roof boxes being stolen or broken into... Cars also get broken into. So do houses. So do holiday homes, tents, caravans, and so on. Modern racks and boxes are secured with locks, so they're noisy to break into and too time consuming to remove and put onto or into another vehicle, compared to simply grabbing something from inside a car. No... Breaking a car window is far better for a thief. It's quicker, easier, more discrete, and more rewarding (laptops, phones charging, wallets, keys, tablets, etc), than breaking into a roof box high up on a car, making just as much or more noise, only to get all the light weight cargo like clothes and camping mats. Plus the thief can often see what's inside a car. A roofbox is a dangerous gamble. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but it's unfair to compare anecdotal "friend of a friend who heard from a neighbour who had a mate" type evidence to the fact that around a third of all cars made get broken into or stuff stolen from at some point in their lives.
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    Should I buy a plug in?

    Roof rack and roof box? I don't go on holiday often, but this worked well for my family (me, wife, 2 kids). It's only once or twice a year, right?
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    Non plug in vs plug in

    Yes - the plug in gives the same, if not better, economy as the normal Prius once it's battery starts to run down. The main difference is that the plugin has a much bigger battery, and the engine management is slightly modified to better take advantage of that bigger battery. During longer downhill stretches (longer would be more than a minute), the normal Prius battery would be full, but the plug in can keep charging, and thus become more economical. On the flip side, the plug in does have a bigger, and hence heavier, battery, which it has to carry around. This makes slight impact on economy, but no much. You also lose some storage space to the bigger battery. You will find many places that do have free chargers. I don't live close to you, but in my neck of the woods I could plug in at my place of work for free, or at the local swimming pool, or anywhere on an entire floor of a big multi-story car park in town. So while the electricity might not be free it home, you can find free charges elsewhere. But actually plugging in aside, you will generally still get much better economy with the plugin.
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    A Funny Thing Happened Last Night....

    Yeah - came here to say exactly that... B mode!
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    Cross climate tyres for Prius Gen4

    I meant it's not going to make a massive difference going from the ones that come with the car to Crossclimate+. They get the same energy rating as most of the premuum "Energy Efficient" tyres, and were developed from the Michelin Energy Saver Plus. They could even be more efficient? Sent from my SM-T813 using Tapatalk
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    Cross climate tyres for Prius Gen4

    I had Crossclimate+ on my previous vehicle. I found them superb, in all weather conditions, dry, wet, snow, frost, mud. If didn't have a hybrid, and didn't care about fuel economy back then, so can't tell you how they effect mpg. They were quieter than the previous tyres, but I forget what those were. Unless something better comes out in the meantime, I will definitely be replacing my Prius tyres with Crossclimate+ when the time comes. Tyres aren't going to make a huge difference to your mpg, and even if they are worse, you have to balance that with the potential cost/environmental damage caused by crashing and writing of a car or its repair, needing towed, lost time at work or with friends and family, stress, etc, all of which are statistically more likely with inferior tyres. Sent from my SM-T813 using Tapatalk
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    Screenwash level check

    Mine takes 5 liters. The warning light comes on for me when there is literally about 3 seconds of squirting left.
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    Parking sensor replacement after ding

    I never said I'd taken my Prius. There is no way in hell I would. But I have taken my and my wife's previous cars (both Kias) there, given we bought the cars from them and they threw in free servicing for a few years. They are the official dealership for Kia in Dundee. I was also forced to use them once with a previous Toyota, as my insurance company wanted to use them for repairs after someone crashed into my parked car. And really it doesn't matter. The kind of ineptitude they demonstrated would apply to any car under any circumstances.... I've had to deal with them maybe 30 times over the past 10 years, and in each and every time they demonstrated an insane amount of incompetence... things like leaving the oil filler cap off, cross threading an oil filter (so it leaked all the oil out onto my drive when I got home), claiming they test drove my car for 20 minutes (the problem only occurred on longer journeys) but the Dashcam shows them driving it for about 1 minute around the block. Failing to refit the side indicator or remove masking tape after a crash repair (for some reason it took them a further 2 weeks to do this). Forgetting to put the spare tyre back in the car. Misfueling my Dad's car (they put petrol in a diesel). Fitting a replacement rear side window to the car, and somehow not noticing that it wasn't tinted like the other side was (as standard on that trim level). Not reconnecting the positive cable to the battery (it was just hanging loose resting on top of the terminal). Fitting directional tyres backwards. I could just go on and on and on and on. 😄
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    Parking sensor replacement after ding

    Arnold Clark are so unbelievably bad here in Dundee. I can highly recommend Struans in Dundee as an official Toyota Dealership. Been with then on and off for years and never once have they been anything other than brilliant.
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    Just Google's own reviews. When I hit this search (on a desktop, anyway), it shows the reviews on the right hand side.
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    I haven't experienced other Arnold Clark outlets, just the Balfield Road Dundee one, so I can't comment from personal experience. There are others in Dundee that handle other brands of cars. A quick look on the reviews of Arnold Clark outlets around Scotland on Google, shows the Balfield Road one to be the worst I could find (3.5 stars average out of 5). The highest I could find was 4.1 stars average. By comparison, the Toyota and Audi outlets I mentioned above get 4.5 and 4.4 respectively. While a star might not seem much, it's actually worth 25% (given you can't award 0 stars)... 1=0%, 2=25%, 3=50%, 4=75%, 5=100%. It's just the utterly astounding level of incompetence they have shown to me. Not just once, but almost every single time I've been there (which was often, given I was going there with 3 different cars at one point for services, repairs, etc). My first ever visit there was for some repair work covered by my insurance when something hit my Toyota Yaris while it was parked. They called me to say the car was ready to collect after two weeks. When I got there, they said work had only just started today, and the message they left on my voicemail (which I played to them) should have said they had just started and to apologise for the delay. Whatever, I had an nice courtesy car... This is the best bit though... went to collect it a couple of weeks after that when they called me again and assured me it was complete. I joked on the phone with them that the last time they said this it wasn't finished... So they brought my car round for me, all nicely "hand washed" and vacuumed. Looked great (from the passenger side)! Until I walked around to the driver's side to get in. How the holy smeg on a bike anybody could have missed this while driving it to me, test driving it, hand washing it, signing off the repair, and so on... Just imagine my horror when the driver's side wing mirror is literally not present, there's just this black plastic hole with an electrical connector hanging down, dripping wet, and the side indicator is also hanging out by the wires, tapping against the side of the car in the breeze (this needed replacing as they'd broken the housing while removing it), plus the wheel arch and part of the wing was covered in silver duct tape (they called it masking tape). Took them another week to complete the job. And that was just the first visit. I've been there many tens of times since then, and this story right here is one of the times they did things really really well by comparison with what came after. If I wasn't laughing about this right now I'd be crying lol!
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    I've had 3 cars from the Dundee Toyota (Struans) and they've been nothing short of brilliant throughout the combined decade of ownership. They never messed anything up, ever, and always delivered more than I expected. My local Audi were similarly brilliant. Avoiding my local Arnold Clark (Kia), after 5 years of complete hell, each and every time I had to have any kind of dealings with them whatsoever, with either my car, my wife's, or my parent's car, was one of the major considerations in purchasing my next car. I simply don't want anything to do with them ever again. If I detailed the list of major (not putting oil cap back on), dangerous (wheel not refitted securely), and extremely costly (returning car with no oil in it, ceasing engine) mistakes they made, during that time, I'd be here all day.
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    6.11.2 Sat nav update available.

    Maybe the website just glitched and never offered me it for some reason.