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  1. Indeed, the ice kick in while reversing in ev itโ€™s scary loud and worrying ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜‚ Another time when switching between ev and ice can be noticeable is when driving in high winds., then there is a greater air flow resistance from the car body and the drivetrain gets loaded similar to when accelerate faster.
  2. Thatโ€™s what I am talking about ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ . These systems does not work properly on any car any brand and model. I do travel 200 + miles per night every night and I can tell you that almost all cars with newish bluish headlights are going on high beams and cause so much trouble. , plus the drivers standards seems kind on the lower side these days. Every single night I got blinded by those cars/drivers, itโ€™s not very pleasant at all. The worst of all are those that can change light pattern and especially if they drive behind you at dark country lanes, the feeling is like some children are playing with powerful torches behind you and straight into your side mirrors, and unfortunately these are not auto dimming and you can understand what I mean. Auto lights ๐Ÿ‘Ž
  3. As the post above explained. Here you need to look at your power meter when driving and see in which zone you are at any one moment. When accelerate best to stay in ev+ petrol and when you reach your desired speed ease the accelerator a bit to remain in EV zone while maintaining the steady speeds. If you need extra speed do not worry to push into ev + petrol zone and then release again to remain more time on ev, this technique is called pulse and glide , you can research about it in Prius forums. When joining motorways or fast a roads push the car into power zone ( petrol +ev) , more you push faster acceleration in shorter time better for efficiency than if you keep in eco zone all the time. Regards
  4. If we are talking about fwd version self charging hybrid versus awd self charging hybrid I believe the fwd will be more economical in all situations. The rear axle mg can indeed produce more power while regenerative braking is activated however self charging hybrid has small battery that is topped up quickly and then no more power can be stored. The plug in hybrids can benefit from long downhill and a lots of regen energy. ๐Ÿ”‹๐Ÿ‘
  5. I had bad vibrations on 3 years old Auris diesel 1.4 with only 22k miles. No obvious reason, visual inspection done, Tyre balance and wheels checked, engine mounts checked, suspension checked, absolutely nothing. I couldnโ€™t bother and returned the car. Auris /Avensis tend to suffer from this lines and to date no one has found exact reason. , perhaps most people just gave up and sold the cars passing existing problems to the next owner.
  6. With these new upgrades Toyota just nailed all other cars in this segment 100% this time. ๐Ÿ‘
  7. The trend of using screens in cars, a lots of them and in some cars as large as home tvโ€™s It couldnโ€™t be more wrong and dangerous. One screen mid size to adjust car settings while stationary and to go dark when in motion itโ€™s perfectly fine and enough. Obviously the screen game is like the larger wheels with low profile tyres., no one need them but everyone wants them. Here is my favourite screen option on car with screen, does Toyota has that option? .๐Ÿค๐Ÿ–ฅ
  8. When you order a new car and sign the deal and you have the car few months later delivered , why sellers are changing the deal you had signed before? Is that the case or I misunderstood something?
  9. Everyone free to agree and disagree with everyoneโ€™s comments. ๐Ÿ‘ AC system is always under pressure, working or not, pressurised gas and oil in no air closed environment , no need to run the compressor to keep seals lubricated. When compressor is operating create higher pressure and heat exchanges , here is where gas is lost a tiny bit., therefore more you use ac more gas will find its way out. Seals has no issues at all., just a myth like many more in auto industry. AC in cars no need to be ON all the times or at all., although in standard cars with compressor driven by auxiliary belt the compressor is always working at minimum capacity (3%) in Toyota hybrids all that is controlled by the ac ecu. If you car has no manufacturer defect or defective part fitted even you have never used your ac for years , once you press the button ac should start immediately and provide icy cold air. When ac not able to provide enough cold air is a first sign for low gas in the system, second is ac stop working at all, all that will be because of a gas loss. If the gas is lost in a two year old car driven or not used ac or not there is definitely only two options, accident damage or manufacturer defect which should be dealt via warranty repair.
  10. Indeed, anything auto on modern cars except transmission can cause a lots of issues. The biggest problem is that drivers relay too much on modern tech and automation in cars and expect the car to do everything for them, well if this is the case then why not book an Uber drive!? Yes automatic lights can cause critical situations as above, however we should never flash at anyone to ask them to do anything, flashes only to show our presence at certain conditions, any other flash by any car are illegal and not helpful. In England people just flash for everything.
  11. Nice car ๐Ÿš™ , it seems like you people enjoy Corolla s around there, there is another one behind ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿš—
  12. If AC system has low gas pressure but remains still operational it may only blow cool ( not icy cold) air through central vents or one side only. Keep using like that and after a certain time the system will stop working completely. Also it is a normal occurrence the system to loose some gas over time and usually more you use the ac more often you have to regas.
  13. For the regass they will charge you ยฃ130 + donโ€™t remember exact price , this as periodic maintenance which its fine. From what you describe, your car is likely to be low on gas and re gas is the first step. When they connect the automated machine to the car the machine will perform a vacuum test for 20 min to double check the system for leaks, here it is important in an event of a failure to ask exactly what is wrong, what has caused it and push for warranty repair. If anything wrong and warranty repair is authorised you may get refund for the re gas too, or only been charged once for test and gas. If test pass ok then t(e system will fill up ten right amount of gas and oil and will complete your ac regas process. They have to manually test the temp of air blowing from air vents , which at lowest setting should be around 4-7Cยฐ
  14. Itโ€™s not a scare thing but true. My dadโ€™s Passat turbo petrol still original after many years and miles, he always keep it running after arriving at destination and he never drive off before the rpm drops down to normal idling. He often enjoys 100mph on the motorway. His car is fast and there are no speed limits
  15. Cyker has replied and explained even better than what I would have ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
  16. Air conditioning can only be used when necessary, summer months for example and should last long years even with minimal use. Using ac all the time to prevent seals dried or gas escape is only a myth as there are many more myths in car industry. Regas can be done every 2-4 years as periodic and preventative maintenance, cabin filter change every 20k miles or two years , I will highly recommend to change pollen filter with each yearly service or every 10k miles. There had been cars that never had ac turned on for years and after I press the button the ac kicks in and blows ice cold air. My current car has its ac re gassed back in June 2020 and the ac been used rarely ever since with some long periods without any use at all and at the beginning of this summer I started to use it often as obviously itโ€™s too hot and the ac works as good as new and can freeze you inside the car if chosen lower setting. No argument.
  17. Yes it will last the lifespan of the car. Here a tip to extend turbo life , works in all turbo engines: Always wait at least one minute when you start the car cold before driving off and always wait at least one minute before you turn the engine off after a long journeys over an hour for example or more. ๐Ÿ‘Œ
  18. It seems as good as it can go for a small turbo direct injection engine. I personally wouldnโ€™t mind a Corolla with that engine if I donโ€™t use it for work and travel so much, but as my normal car it would be great and fun ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘
  19. Hi David and welcome, this read has a bit of not true in it and perhaps itโ€™s based on old auto journalism and their misunderstanding about hybrids and particularly Toyota which are very different and the only hybrids that really work well. Hybrid battery has warranty of 100000 miles and 8 years, today this can be extended even further. Battery life and drivetrain is at least double, plenty of examples. Toyota hybrids are also the cleanest ice cars by all mean, not only as low fuel consumption, low emissions, but also as low maintenance cost, parts replacement, heat radiation, brake dust etc. Serf charging hybrids can come close to bev as running cost but that will depend where you charge your ev and the price of petrol which currently is very high and unstable. Bev doesnโ€™t need to travel much to offset the cost over ice counterparts, those number you given are really out of reality, no offence , I had read exactly that in different articles previously, however itโ€™s not true. Bev are great and the way forward, the batteries and current tech are not and a battery gate will follow in near future. Bev can only be viable and environmentally friendly only if they are efficient, small, lightweight with small light batteries and long ranges unaffected by much from other factors like ac , heating, motorways., currently all bev suffer the same and only very few are really efficient. Conclusion: there are tons of information regarding hybrids, bev, fcev, phev wrote by people who has no idea about cars and only write nonsense that sells and earn them a living. Real information can be obtained from car enthusiast, car owners who had learned and tested their cars for years. You had made the right choice having a Toyota hybrid, enjoy it โ›ฝ๏ธโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ For the the EV button you can use for adding pressure to your tires using an air compressor, to reposition the car on parking spot or move around a car park , driveway. You can also use when you have more battery charge to force the car to stay in ev mode. When you car is cold and you want to start and remain in ev mode without ice kick in you will need to start the car press ev button and immediately press heating fan off button, otherwise the ice will kick in. Regards
  20. Using E10 itโ€™s not a problem, the problem is that many petrol stations sells rubbish quality fuels that causes engine knocking, engine noise, poor fuel consumption and less responsive throttle. All that more pronounced with smaller and less powerful engines , but can also be felt with large cars, it will depend how much you know your vehicle. Highly recommended to change garages , fill up full and do fuel calculations full to full, reset dashboard readings, compare both results, try to notice from which garages the engine is smoother and the transition between ev and ice seamless. , stick with that fuel ( garage) for best consumption/ performance ratio. Correct Tyre pressure also can upset the average consumption by 5-10mpg, wind, rough asphalt, hills , cold temperatures.
  21. All used car sellers and particularly the big names like car giant always had poorly repaired cars even not written offs they still does not worth their money . Also Toyota used approved cars are no exception, plenty pretty much from all dealers. When a car accident is a normal thing the standards for repair in uk are pretty low.
  22. When low on gas the car ac tent to send cold air mostly to the centre of dashboard and both sides are basically not as cold. Top up gas and change of pollen filter are the first steps indeed ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
  23. Looks better than original ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
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