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  1. 423 miles, 32 litres. Almost exactly 60 mpg. So I think that's pretty official - a 1.8 Corolla Excel HB is better than 10% more efficient (in my hands at least) than a Honda Jazz. Nice one, Toyota 🙂
  2. The problem with software updates is that they can be hardware dependant even if not functionally because they might require more RAM than is available. Another issue might be licensing costs. It's a bit irritating that Toyota went with MirrorLink let alone the older version. I wrote - hardware manufacturers don't understand software. Touch 2 is actually quite good as such things go but clearly has rough edges and hasn't been updated much. They might also be hoping that it'll persuade people to pay for the sat nav functionality. One mitigating excuse is that car manufacturers want to get things right first time and will therefore not be keen to be on the 'bleeding edge' of software development. They also won't be keen on providing adequate update infrastructure. They usually get a third party to write the software and manufacture the head unit which in theory would improve the situation because as specialist in software development they will know how to do updates and bug fixes in a timely manner. Unfortunately what probably happens is that a bid request is raised and various companies vie for it and we end up with the cheapest bidder. But hey - I've seen a few of these infotainment systems now and Toyota's is far from the worst. It's actually quite good. At least none of the bugs I've found so far have been crippling. For the first six months of owning my Jazz the infotainment unit would crash on startup and then take two minutes (!) to reboot. So that's over two minutes driving without any music unless you listen to some ancient technology called 'analogue radio' whatever the hell that is :)
  3. There are at least two different versions of Mirrorlink. It's possible that the version implemented on the car is not the same as the one on your phone and when I last looked the most recent two were incompatible. There was a suggestion that the later version would eventually support the older version but I don't know if that ever happened. The impression I got from looking at it (and still get) is that it's always been a bit of a bodge and although several car manufacturers got behind it the truth is that car manufacturers are primarily hardware manufacturers and hardware manufacturers don't understand software. In recent years Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto have come to the fore and since they are backed by actual software companies (or at least companies that do software) they are better and have become the preferred solution. MirrorLink is the ugly step-child that no-one asked for and no-one really nurtured. Anyway your experience sounds like what my S7 Edge did when I tried to connect to MirrorLink on my Jazz. The Jazz definitely supported the older version though. Does the Corolla head unit not do anything? On the Jazz when you did that head unit would blank out then a message would appear. Either something like 'Do you want to link to this phone?' or in my case 'The version of MirrorLink is not compatible.' I think on the Jazz the phone was then supposed to be represented by an app but I never got that far. I don't think anyone on the forum I used to visit ever did. Update: From comments here. "this is some info for those who was looking for a solution how to connect new phone like Samsung Galaxy S8 via MirrorLink and found this blog via google. I’ve registered a case (CASE1001193) via Toyota support in order to find out official position and maybe solution. There is no way to connect newer phones because they are using protocol MirrorLink v1.1, but Toyota Touch 2 (released on 2013) is supporting only v1.0. Versions of MirrorLink are not backwards-compatible, what basically means that MirrorLink v1.1 does not support connection to device which has MirrorLink v.1.0 integrated." So it sounds that it too, like the Jazz, is using the old version and the newer version on your phone is not backwards compatible. Supposedly Apple CarPlay and/or Android Auto are coming to the Corolla eventually.
  4. Looks like the first calculator is using US gallons, which odd for a calculator. But British gallons are 1.2 times bigger than US gallons and 75 is 1.2 times 59. "..One imperial gallon is equivalent to approximately 1.2 U.S. liquid gallons." Actually that can't be correct since US mpg would be lower.'s as if it thinks you've entered the fuel in US gallons but then it's converted it to UK gallons for the answer. If only there was a measuring system where the units were internationally agreed and standardised. Wouldn't that be nice? :) Personally I only use imperial for driving and golf. And frankly at the level at which I play golf the difference between a yard and a metre is fairly academic anyway :-/
  5. Update: From reading up on it this is phone dependant. It's likely relying on the phone supporting the 'LAN' or 'PAN' Bluetooth profiles. My Samsung S7 Edge does but some phones might not, or might require that the user approve that option on the phone.
  6. Touch 2 appears to be able to get traffic information over the internet via Bluetooth, but it's not fast. I've just spent some time in the car going through all the settings and with the Map/Traffic set to 'Via internet' it eventually (after ten minutes) worked out that leaving Brackley (where I live) and heading toward Towcester was currently best done via a diversion to avoid the A43(*). I have also seen notifications with the default 'via TMC' option which use the Traffic Management Channel. I don't know which is best. To be accurate I don't know for sure if the map did use internet or dropped back to TMC, but it was getting the information from somewhere - possibly the far side of the Moon based on the time it took 🙂 Just to note: At no point have I changed anything on my phone or installed a Toyota app. I just paired the phone when I got the car and left it at that. (*)Attempting to drive past Silverstone is a bad idea when there's a Grand Prix on 🙂
  7. AndrueC

    3 Beeps

    Mine beeped several times last night and it took a while to identify. It turned out that my rucksack on the back seat was triggering the seat belt warning. It doesn't normally do that. At the time of the beeps it also shows a row of 'people figures' on the dash with one in red. I did notice that for a while as I was in rush hour traffic and paying more attention to surrounding traffic.
  8. I don't usually bother with the P&G. The road I commute on - the A422 in South Northants - can be a bit aggressive during rush hour so I don't feel that it's advisable. But I definitely avoid using the brakes and usually only need them when driving out of Banbury in the evening. And you're completely right about people who overtake. I nearly always catch up with either at the half-way point of Farthinghoe or the final approach to Brackley. Mind you the next few days are going to be worse than normal because with the British Grand Prix on this weekend there are going to be a lot of tourists pratting around. Saturday lunch time could be particularly annoying as I have a golf competition in the morning and will be driving back around midday. One of the Silverstone park and ride bases is just outside Farthinghoe and I drive past the entrance. Luckily Sunday I'm at a different course so will be going in the opposite direction to visitors. I'll get to laugh on the way back home looking at the stationary traffic on the opposite carriageway of the A43 🙂
  9. I think those getting significantly in excess of 60 mpg are doing a lot of urban driving. As long as you aren't allowing the engine to cool down between trips a hybrid can be much more efficient around town. Out on the open road the system doesn't offer anywhere near the same advantages. But another factor that seems to be at play is wheel size. The Excel with it's larger wheels appears to be at a nearly 10% disadvantage and I assume that your sport also has large wheels. Most of my driving is on free flowing A-roads and I prefer to drive as close to the posted limit as road conditions allow - apart from motorways where I typically sit in lane one with cruise control set at 60 mph. I also don't hang around when it's time to go. Most of the time I accelerate at between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. My commute is 12 miles each way, 10 of which are free flowing A road but with a 50 mph limit, then two miles of urban driving to get to my office. I only encounter moderate congestion in the evenings. But my Corolla Excel is definitely returning better fuel consumption on this tank and I fully expect to be over 60 mpg on a 'commuting' tank for the first time ever at the end of the month.
  10. AndrueC

    3 Beeps

    Could it be the notification that EV mode is no longer available because the battery is too low? I vaguely recall from the couple of times I tested EV mode that it does make several beeps when it drops out due to low battery charge. If so then I feel obliged to point out that due to the losses incurred in charging the battery from the engine (which for most of us is where most of the charge comes from) it's actually a bad idea to try and force the car into electric mode. I'm actually coming around to the idea that this applies to 'warp stealth mode' as well as using the EV button. Several online pundits have suggested that 'just drive it' is more efficient than trying to make it run on electric at every opportunity and it makes a lot of sense.
  11. And my mpg continues to climb. The car is now showing 64.7 at journey's end despite me not doing anything any different, and despite me now having used a third of a tank (normally the mpg has settled down by then). I'm beginning to wonder if it's because the car has passed 3,000 miles. If I remember correctly my Jazz had a drop in fuel consumption at around the same time. I might actually achieve my hope of a measured 60 mpg or better on my daily commute. If that's the case I'll have to retract my implied criticism because a jump from ~54 mpg with a Jazz to ~60 mpg with a Corolla is not an insignificant improvement.
  12. The only time my Corolla beeps is when the proximity alarm goes off. Which it does a lot when driving into my garage 🙂
  13. My car is currently reporting 64 mpg. Not seen it that high while only commuting previously. I might actually get a calculated mpg above 60 mpg when I fill up in a couple of weeks.
  14. My dealer delivered the car with 38 psi on front and back, so I reduced the back. Thinking about it I might be more aware of passing cars than I used to be and also my previous cars have been Honda Jazzes and they have a harsh ride (albeit getting better with each iteration) so that might colour my impressions.