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  1. Remove the mechanical key from the fob. Stick a flat bladed screwdriver in the hole that the mechanical key came out of and twist to separate the two halves. Replace the CR2032 battery. Push the two halves back together. Insert the mechanical key. Done. This was on page 568 of my manual in the Electronic Key Battery section.
  2. Use a 3.5mm headphone to headphone lead and plug it into the Aux socket. You can power the Echo via the USB socket. An alternative, if you have an Android phone, is to install the Alexa app on your phone and connect your phone to the car via BT. When you long press the voice command button on your steering wheel, it'll pop up on your phone which assistant (i.e. Google Home or Alexa) you want to use for that action. If you select Alexa, you can then use your phone as an Echo instead. Although I've not tested this setup with anything over than asking it questions, so can't confirm it'll steam music for hours etc.
  3. Yes. But in the scheme of things, the difference won't be genuinely noticeable. They improve the aerodynamics. Less of a difference at low speeds, and more at high speeds. They also add weight so some of these gains are negated. While they do make a tiny difference, and while all these tiny differences do add up, removing one isn't a big deal. The weather, the way the music on the radio unconsciously affects your driving style, tyre pressure, and so on, all make way way bigger differences.
  4. The ICE will fire up for a number of reasons. I suspect in this case it's because your battery is full. When it's showing all bars full the ICE fires up to allow for engine braking, in lieu of regenerative braking. Otherwise drivers would get confused when they brake gently or take their foot completely off the accelerator and nothing happened at all until they pressed the brake pedal half way and suddenly the friction brakes would come on suddenly and quite hard. You can force this situation by going into B mode, but the Prius will do it automatically when the battery is completely full. That being said, several other factors could also be at play here that will cause the ICE to fire up. These include the cabin temperature being lower than the temperature set on the climate control, a large electrical power drain (e.g. rear demister, fan on high, heated seats, etc), or the engine temperature too low (it likes to stay warm to reduce wear). Also, if you are pressing your accelerator more than enough to get the accelerator gauge half way, then also the ICE will activate. Even a gentle hill can require more than 50% accelerator to maintain speed.
  5. Yep. Last few days here in the UK have been the hottest for February since records began. More like end of Spring temperatures.
  6. Same here. Had two much warmer days here and for an extra 10mpg on my fault averages.
  7. No. The vehicle, on detecting a household supply voltage, will try and draw the full current, around 12 Amps. If you connected this to a 2 Amp maximum rated connection, it will at the every least blow a fuse or trip a breaker. It will likely destroy the 2 Amp rated equipment. At worst, it will melt the supply cables and cause a fire.
  8. Setup (to side of screen) -> Connectivity -> Bluetooth -> Charge Warnings.
  9. 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.
  10. I think you've made the right choice, all things considered.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Yeah - came here to say exactly that... B mode!
  15. 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