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  1. I was lucky (one of a number of ways I've been lucky so far) in that my service was done the week before lock-down. The only aspect of it that has gone awry is that on the same day I went for a golf club fitting and ordered two clubs which are now MIA. Hopefully once the lock-down is over I'll get a call to go and pick them up. And I still maintain that closing golf courses was not necessary and potentially does more harm.
  2. I do. Tony's comments were 'You get very smooth and linear acceleration, no gears to change, no clutches, no shift shock, it’s like acceleration by airplane on take off.' All of those apply equally to other CVT equipped cars. In that respect there is nothing special about HSD. I've been driving CVT equipped vehicles for nearly 15 years ever since my first Honda Jazz. The technology might be different but the driver experience is not. Although to be strictly accurate the first Honda Jazz with a CVT transmission did actually have a clutch. A helical clutch. But operation was by the ECU so no left foot action was required. And if you want to really press the point the first commercially available CVT was the DAF variomatic which went on sale in 1958.
  3. Apart from the dozen or more other vehicles (Eg; Honda Jazz) that also have CVT gear boxes ;) "How fast do you drive on the motorway? I don't know much about speed limits in the UK. What's traffic like in general - is it possible to set the cruise control, or is the cruise interrupted all the time?" I drive at 60 mph in lane one with CC on. I sometimes overtake solitary HGVs or queues of them on an incline but otherwise I'm happy to bimble along behind them. My last trip (a month ago) I managed 62 mpg. In summer I'd expect close to 70 mpg.
  4. I do get pretty good economy on my 50 mph commute but it feels like the car would rather stay on the ICE. I can almost imagine it sighing in exasperation as I persuade it to go electric yet again. On a 60 mph jaunt it's a different feel. The car will often drop into electric mode without me even trying - it almost feels eager to go electric. At that speed it's like the car is shouting "Look at me! I can do electric!" 🙂 Over the year that I've had the car I've tried letting it do what it wants (ICE almost all the way on my commute apart from a 30 mph section) and me forcing it to use the battery by lifting off the accelerator on the longer gentler slopes. The best economy seems to be from a combination of the two. So me forcing it into electric mode is reducing fuel consumption but it feels like the car isn't convinced 🙂
  5. Yup. I've noticed that 50 mph is a sub-optimal speed. I think it's too fast for the electric motor to help out for long but unlike higher speeds does not allow for maximum battery recharge.
  6. I've found that with the gauge visible I get better economy than without it. But then my natural tendency is not to hang around. I prefer to get to the speed limit as quickly as I can. Left to my own devices I will accelerate at around 3,000 to 4,000 rpm but when following the hybrid indicator 2,000 is the limit. I've actually started trying to follow the blue line when there's no-one behind me but I haven't noticed a huge difference there. I do find it interesting though that the line isn't trying to limit absolute acceleration. It's just trying to make you apply power more gradually under some conditions.
  7. AndrueC

    MyT app

    Bah. I'm still trying to get Toyota to sort this out. I'm in a (slow) email convo with them. As is usually the case they aren't paying any attention to what I'm telling them. They've three times now suggested I check my spam/junk folder and three times I've told them I don't use anti-spam software. I've told them I run my own mail server and have access to the logs for the time they specified and can show that there was no communication. But so far they don't seem to care what I tell them. So I've threatened them with GDPR for sending my reports to the wrong server. Frankly I don't give a damn about the reports but I don't appreciate being treated like an idiot and I don't like people who ignore what I tell them. And something is obviously wrong with their systems because they claim the reports are being sent successfully but they don't reach my server. I don't know where they think they are being sent but it sure as hell ain't to my server.
  8. I've not noticed any handling issues. Today I was a bit 'naughty' at a couple of roundabouts on the A43 and the car was absolutely fine. Gripped the road well and I had no concerns about it. I can't stand Lane Assist so keep it switched off. It keeps twitching the wheel and seems to insist on driving in the outside of every lane which is stupid. And, no, I never ever dozed off or even come close. I don't drive when I'm tired.
  9. You don't need to go to your dealer, but you do have to contact them. They will do something at their end.
  10. Maybe if you live in the far north. Temperatures in most of the UK rarely fall below -5c and then only for a few nights a year. By the time you've scraped the ice off your car you'll have warmed up and won't care if the cabin is a bit cold for a couple of minutes. It's also worth noting that running a cold engine at idle produces a lot of pollution and increases wear and tear. That is why standard advice is not to start the engine until you're ready to go and immediately drive off. And how many people would be prepared to leave their car on the road for ten minutes with its engine running and no-one sitting in it? Not many I bet. No I think Toyota will have assessed the UK market and quite correctly decided that it was a feature with limited appeal.
  11. I don't think it's a matter of being behind. The technology to do that is hardly revolutionary. More likely Toyota UK realised that almost no-one living the UK would want or need it. We just don't get enough really cold days to justify it. The colder parts of the US and Europe, sure. You could get frost bite waiting for the car to warm up on some winter days. But the UK? You barely have enough time to start shivering before the cabin is up to temp. Adding it to the product line would just bump up the price of the vehicle and do little to nothing to help sell it.
  12. I thought some Prius had a 'thermos flask' that stored coolant to keep it warm? Also don't some have motorised louvers for the radiator grill?
  13. Brackley probably doesn't have enough serious crime to attract serious officers. Around me it's mostly a handful of ASBOs. But I do think the Police could make a killing by putting a few temporary cameras on the A422. It's supposed to be a red route so I say make the fastards pay.