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  1. I have read that supermarket fuel is suspect and isn't the same brew as branded stuff. I pay the extra and avoid the supermarkets. And for food as well but that's another story!
  2. The dealer is 12 miles away and by the time you've been back and got messed around it's more trouble than it's worth. The headlamp in question had poor beam pattern as the bayonet fit bulb wasn't twisted into place. The car was supplied by this dealer with a fresh 10k service, then when I pointed out the defect at the 20k service, they assured me it had been "adjusted " Just showed that a main dealer over two services hadn't even attempted to check the lights! I have similarly given up on getting them to sort the creaking driver's seat! So I have no confidence in dealers at all. All my previou
  3. I had similar but less extreme experience with my main dealer, shoddy preparation, shafted me for a tank of petrol and couldn't manage to diagnose a loose headlamp bulb. They're so stupid coz I'll buy Toyota cars for ever now I'm converted, but not anything from that dealer
  4. I suppose that if a bit of old fluid is left in, it will get diluted by the new stuff anyway. Good point about the caliper pins, I was wondering how often to do them
  5. As I understand from reading various posts, not from hands on experience yet, doesn't that method leave a lot of original fluid still in the system? There's a procedure with Techstream to open the valves in the controller, though there is a non Techstream method as well. I'm going to get Techstream soon as I intend to replace brake fluid 3 yearly as I simply don't trust the dealer to do it even if I ask them to! (The car is still in the dealers clutches at the moment because of the guarantee)
  6. Even though there's no shaft seal on the compressor, there's numerous o ring joints that might dry out so the advice to run the AC for at least a few minutes a week all year round will keep oil circulated. Here's a silly question: why is the compressor mounted on the engine block? Surely it doesn't need to be and necessitates using flexible refrigerant pipes
  7. There's less manufacturers making diesels, the extra crap installed to get through emissions regs makes them less reliable and expensive to repair. I still have a pre DPF second car, Isuzu engine Vauxhall which does 50mpg. These were the last from the era of good diesels! My hybrid gets 60mpg plus in a much more pleasant and reliable manner. I looked at everything on the market before this and there was simply nothing else to buy. Drove a Citroën C4 for 500 miles recently, 1.2 GDI engine with annoying stop start, gutless, sounds like a diesel at tickover and full of problems like carbon choki
  8. For anyone who worries about the last penny of purchase or running costs, the cheapest way to keep costs down is to buy a known reliable car nearly new and keep it for the maximum economical time which in the case of a hybrid Toyota would be 10 to 15 years, there's many nearly 20 year old ones out there. Also look at what the taxi drivers go for. Another thing that hasn't been mentioned is the fact that the engine is twice as thermally efficient than a conventional engine due to the Atkinson cycle. The whole thing is a work of genius!
  9. The hybrid does without clutch, alternator, belts, gear clusters, turbos, brake bands etc etc, economical on the motorway equivalent to a diesel, quiet, smooth, reliable. I'm totally sold on them and wouldn't change to standard petrol
  10. The cost of a replacement battery might be around £1500? It's got a good chance of lasting 15 years but obviously could fail earlier. If the owner prefers to do their own service, they will save a good proportion of the cost of a new battery over that time and know that the car has been serviced properly. So it's not illogical to stay away from the dealer. I realise that it's not a simple decision and definitely most people don't want to get involved. Myself I might end up having dealer service and do my own extra maintenance in between, but this is a wee bit obsessive I know!
  11. I tried today to reproduce what you are doing and mine just revved steadily and cleanly. If it's not a major problem you could just keep an eye on it for now but if it were mine I'd have a look at any fuel filters and see if the plugs show any clues. Is it worth getting techstream and seeing what live data it might show?
  12. This might be total rubbish, but could it be blocked vent in the fuel cap? Restricting flow at high consumption. I have to do a few faster journeys in a few days and I'll see if mine behaves the same, can you describe speed at which you are flooring the throttle and what speed the symptoms happen?
  13. I'm not familiar with the Auris diesel but on other makes I've owned (pre dpf) over time a build up of sludge can happen in the inlet tract between the rgr valve and manifold, and into 2manifold as well. This is a mix of soot from the exhaust mixed with oil vapour from the crankcase. This can severely reduce airflow and cause rich or smoky running. My spare Astra diesel was marginal on emissions tests until I cleaned this out and now runs beautifully clean
  14. Slightly sideways comment, I have a long steady hill where the throttle can be kept steady and if starting with a fairly full battery, some ev assists the engine which holds a steady medium revs. When the battery runs low, there's no difference in speed or any throttle input but the ice revs considerably higher suddenly. Now the ice is supplying most power to move plus recharge the battery. Really, if you're trying to accelerate hard while battery is low, the engine revs much harder to make up the power. I'm always careful about overtaking, not because of a lack of power but because of the
  15. You're in the Prius forum which might be why you got no replies. You can reckon on average mpg of around 60, more in warm weather less in cold. If your regular use is under 10 miles you won't get great mpg like any car but still better than non hybrid
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