Geoff P

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  1. Take a look on E bay there are a number of item to use to stop cat theft or at least to make it more difficult. Sheets of steel, cables, clamps with cables. Cheapest is the sheet of steel (with vents - important), then clamps (DIY fit) then a chap in London who will fit a run of cables over the whole of the cat area on a Prius for £170 all in and other cars. Search on E bay for Catalytic clamps, catalytic anti-theft or similar. I have fitted a sheet of steel (bought through E bay designed for the Prius) and will also purchase a clamp and cables once I know the cat diameter on my Gen 3 Prius (anyone know?). Glad to see a thief was flattened whilst stealing a cat - wonder if that could be made automatic with unauthorised lifting of the car by jack, or perhaps a small explosive charge!!!
  2. Never received a reply - says it all really! Geoff.
  3. Just been out to the local shops - in the dark, about 5 miles fairly slow (max 30) and was wondering why I was be flashed by cars coming the other way when normally this doesn't happen. Got to B&Q car park and checked the headlight - covered in mist which was spreading the light. I have LED headlights (Dipped only) and, of course they do not get hot, so any mist or snow on the lenses will not disappear as would happed with hot lenses. Something to remember - wipe the headlight glass before you start off on misty or snowy days, or use your windscreen washer as that will also turn on the headlight washer. Saves being flashed at Geoff.
  4. Just checked on E Bay. Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited bulbs are available in the following types: H1, H3, H4, H7, H8, H11, HB3, HB4 and they are all legal. As I say, better than anything else on the market I think having used them a lot on previous cars. Geoff...
  5. Sorry all, seems it is now CatClamp and, try as I may, I cannot contact them in this country - USA only is my guess. Whether they will supply to an individual in the UK I do not know but have E mailed them to see - awaiting a reply! CatClamp UK web-site comes up but is stated as being insecure and the E mail address is dead as well. Geoff.
  6. Having just covered my 2012 Gen 3 cat with a sheet of galvanised steel I though it might also be an idea to fit a Catloc as well - a universal one if I can get it although the company selling them seem to do so for commercial vehicles although a universal one should fit almost anything. Without having to get under the car - again - can anyone tell me the circumference of the cat and whether it is round, oval or some other shape. I believe it is round but I cannot remember for certain and without removing my metal sheet I cannot measure the circumference - HELP! Thanks, Geoff.
  7. Suggest you try Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited - best bulbs I have ever used. Have a small amount of Zenon in the bulb which gives more light. Don't last as long but should do about two to three years. Used them in my previous Citroen C5, Bx, Mercedes A class. Cannot do better. Buy on E Bay about £20 pair. Unlimited seem to be better than Lazer their latest bulb. Both H4 and H7 available. Never buy from Halfords - their own bulbs are expensive and rubbish. 60/55 watt are only allowed on UK roads not 100 watt unless the rules have changed lately. Fitted HID is illegal unless you also fit self levelling headlamp assemblies and headlight washers. Wrong lights are now (officially) an MOT failure. Geoff.
  8. Bought a sheet of steel designed for covering the Cat (Gen 3 car) from E Bay for £42 including delivery. Sheet is designed to fit over the cat area and is bolted to four large bolts holding brackets already under the car and that are fitted very tightly. Sheet has vent holes and a central drain hole. Galvanised steel with holes already drilled to fit, just make sure it doesn't touch the exhaust at the back - mine did but with a bit of very minor bending after fitting it no longer touches the exhaust. There is no additional noise. Yes I know it will not stop the determined sub-human piece of brain dead s--t from getting at the cat but may make others who are after a quick theft, go and look elsewhere that is easier. There is a similar sheet of steel on E bay - without the vent slits - for £20 - collect only. Not sure if that might make to cat overheat as the flow of air is important. It is of slightly thicker steel. There is also someone in the outer London area will supply and fit a Catsafe for £170 all in - might be worth looking at. See E Bay again. (yes I got it wrong earlier) sells Catsafe for about £125 upwards - fit it yourself. Perhaps then spend an additional £42 and fit the above sheet of steel as well. Double cover!
  9. Must admit I am surprised the cooler air intake isn't in the wheel arch or under the car somewhere - keep the battery a lot cooler, or would it over-cool it on freezing days. Thanks all for the many replies - been interesting reading. Geoff.
  10. You can always try a Catsafe unit - clamps and cables. Clamps fitted either side of the Cat with special bolts then cables running through the clamps and around the chassis and locked together with a special fitting. Cheapest about £125 most expensive well over £300. Fit yourself or get you local garage to do so. Don't forget to tell your insurance company who shouldn't charge you extra - anyway you could ask for a reduction as the Cat is less likely to be stolen! Geoff.
  11. Final (?) questions of course are what is the price of each type of replacement battery and how long lasting are each type - my 2012 Prius (non - plug-in) seems to have a battery as good as new and my previous V2 Prius also about 7 to 8 years old also had a superb battery? Geoff PS. Lots of good and interesting answers to mull over - thanks.
  12. I cannot believe that there is not some to fix it in such a way to make it very difficult to remove - hardened steel bars around the cat bolted through the bodywork accessible only from inside the car, the cat in a steel shroud, again only accessible from inside the car with a fan system to keep it cool if needed, - an alarm system fitted to the cat or removing the cat destroying it unless it is done in a particular way. Best answer of course is 50k volts through the thing but that would put you in prison for not allowing it to be stolen and injuring/killing the thief!
  13. That's interesting - obviously the plug-in is a lot more economical than the normal hybrid - thanks for the information but do you have to have a special charger point or simply plug into a 13 amp socket (eg in a garage on on an exterior wall)? Any idea how much it costs to charge via plug-in on your electricity bill? Geoff.
  14. My Prius Gen 3 Hybrid - not plug-in - gives me about 50 to 55 mpg now in the winter and was giving me 60 to 65 mpg during the summer. Most runs are over 10 miles (unless I am popping down to B& Q that is!) and some upwards of 120 miles each way Average I suppose would be 20 to 50 miles each time. It seems to have a good battery even though it is now seven years old - with - touch wood, no problems. Not having heated seats I have purchased a pair of 12v heated seat cushions (base and back) at the cost of £16.95 the pair, high and low heat controls as well as off with a single 12v plug Works very well. I have changed the wheels from 17" to 15" with corresponding correct new Avon tyres - much more comfortable and a lot quieter on the road as the deeper side walls absorb the bumps and the noise. Little things I wish it had - auto folding wing mirrors when you turn off the ignition, front parking sensors (although I have fitted my own) and decent interior foot lights (although again I have fitted my own), headlights that come on when the wipers are working and dual air con - but you cannot have it all I suppose although my previous Citroen C5 (2010) had all these things but it was Euro5 diesel and the tax was high! And yes I have informed my insurance about the changes and additions. Geoff.
  15. Thank you all - I have noted that the earlier Gen 3 Hybrid and the Gen 1 Plug in Hybrid are now about the same price secondhand. Mine is a Gen 3 Hybrid 2012 with only 30K on the clock (genuine mileage) so doubtful if it is worth while changing to a Gen 1 Plug-in as I do a mixture of mileage but probably more distance than just local (I live in a rural town not in a city) although, I must admit, a Plug-in appeals! Geoff.