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  1. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid (XP13) has an EV button under the hand brake, and many owners do not know what it is useful for. It forces the car to run on electricity alone, but very often the car cancels the EV mode. But I have found an useful purpose for it. If you want to move your car just for a few yards, just switch on the Hybrid Synergy Drive, and then - within seconds - press the EV button. This keeps the IC engine from doing a cold start in order to warm up. So you may be able to move the car a bit and then switch it off again. I have a motorcycle which sits in the garage, traversally parked in front of my car. If I want to get out my bike, I have to get in the car, start it, drive reverse for seven or eight yards, get out of the car, get my bike out of the garage and drive the car forward again. Doing this usually lets the IC engine start for two times. If I switch the car to EV mode, I can do it on electricity alone. I hope this may be helpful for one or the other. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  2. Some things to mention: 1. The small 12 Volt AGM battery is charged when the hybrid synergy drive (read: the car) is switched on. However: Do not leave the gear selector in Neutral, as the car does not charge the battery in Neutral. You can leave the car standing there for half an hour in order to refresh the 12 Volt battery. The combustion engine may switch on every now and then, so don't do it with your garage doors closed. 2. The car can be jump started with an auxiliary battery or power source by connecting it with two remote starting connectors under the front bonnet. It is not necessary to remove the battery for that. 3. I would suggest replacing the wiper blade with an original Toyota spare part. I just bought a no name blade and had difficulties attaching it, because the wiper arm comes from one side. 4. Toyota offers a Hybrid battery check which entitles you for one more year of warranty coverage for your Hybrid battery. Frankly, I do not know if this really is necessary. 5. If you haven't got it, go and get an users manual. It is available online somewhere. Ah, the last point: Have fun! Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  3. I have a 2016 Yaris Hybrid, and I am astonished about the many small differences in the features. My car is made for Germany, and it has the smaller rear lights. The bigger lights were introduced in 2018, I think. During that facelift, the cockpit, the steering wheel and the car stereo were modified like it is shown with the loaner car which Konrad showed to us. My car has the style comfort trim line. Style includes a two tone paint job with black top, 195 mm tires on 16'' wheels and tinted rear windows. Comfort includes a cruise control, power windows in the rear doors, a height adjustable passenger seat, an arm rest and keyless entry. So, if I look at the details of this loaner car, I would think that it has the same trim level as mine. But mine has the same upholstery, but it has a pocket for maps in the rear of the passenger seat (there is no pocket in the rear of the drivers seat). And probably the most relevant difference: Yaris Hybrids in Germany come without a spare wheel. They have a space for a wheel, but this space is filled with a form piece made of styrofoam. It hosts a small electric air pump and a can of rubber spray, which is meant to fix a puncture. My car also was not delivered with a car jack. Fun fact: The car stereo head unit in Germany is mirrored against the UK version. My radio has the switch for the emergency lights on the left side of the head unit. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  4. Somewhere in this forum I have written a tutorial on how to reset the tyre pressure warning in a 2016 Toyota Yaris. One thing to mention: I have a set of summer wheels and a set of summer wheels. The wheels I do not use are stored with my tyre dealer, I don't exchange them myself, this is done by the dealer. In spring, I got my summer wheels mounted, and one day later, I had a tyre pressure warning. So first I panicked, then I checked the pressure and found everything okay. Then I reset the system and did not see the warning light again. Last week, I dropped my car at the tyre dealership and asked for mounting my winter wheels. And I asked them to reset the tyre pressure warning thing properly. The lady at the desk replied: "Yes, we know this problem. We never forget to reset the tyre pressure warning system. But often this has to be repeated once, maybe even twice." Later, I took my car, and the light was off. The next day, the light went on again, so I had to reset the system. I do not know why, but this seems to be a common bug. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  5. Colour is a matter of taste, but I made a strange encounter when I looked for my Yaris Hybrid. The first car I drove was dark blue metallic, just like the car shown above. If you would have asked me earlier I would have said: I love blue metallic! But when I saw the car, I was not impressed. It is my personal theory that there are colours which suit for big cars and colours which suit for small cars. The next car I drove was white with a pearl effect, with a black top and tinted rear windows. If you would have asked me earlier I would have said: A barbie car, and a little bit pimp. But when I saw the car, I was pleased: The colour job made the car look light and elegant, precious and expensive. I bought it. (The picture shows the car with its winter tyres. The summer wheels are the same as the blue car shown above) But after all, it is a matter of personal taste. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  6. Does your wife has one of the brand new 2020 models? My 2016 Yaris Hybrid has 11.8 seconds for 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) in the specs sheet, and I think that this is what you can expect for a car with 1.2 tons and about 100 hp. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  7. This seems to be rather common. I had a Citroen C3 Pluriel (which definitely cost more than an Aygo), and only one key was with remote control. A second remote key would have cost me 250 Euros. Now I have a Yaris Hybrid with keyless entry, It has two remote controllers as a standard - but fully loaded it costs about twice as much as a standard Aygo. Best regards from Bavaria Sampleman
  8. Oops, I made a mistake: The keyless entry sensor has only two lines, not three. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  9. Hey guys, my 2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid (German model) is fitted with a tire pressure control system which alerts you when one of your tires is losing pressure. I had issues with that system recently, so I'd like to share my experiences, maybe they are helpful to others: The system is based on sensors in the valves of the tires. They transmit their readings by radio frequency to the onboard computer. In order to work together, the valve transmitters have to be registered with the onboard computer. The computer can deal with up to two sets of tires. As far as it seems, the tire pressure warning light in the cockpit has three modes. As soon as you start the car, the light briefly lights up to show that it is working, then it goes off again - this is the normal behavior: No warning light, no problems. As soon as the light goes permanently on, the tire pressure of one or more tires is out of the normal range. And as soon as the light is flashing, the system has problems reading the sensors. You most probably come in touch with the system when you change your winter tires with your summer tires, like I did yesterday. My car was factory equipped with 195/50 tires on 16 inch rims. When I bought it in October 2019, the dealer put it on 175/65 winter tires on 15 inch rims. I stored the winter wheels with my tire dealer. Yesterday he exchanged the wheels again. And today I had a tire pressure alarm, which was both with a flashing and a permanent light. So I had both to reconnect the sensors and set the right pressure. This is what I did: 1. Locate the secret button. There is a little black pushbutton hidden under the dashboard, it is marked "Set", and you probably won't find it without a torch. 2. Start the car. I have a Hybrid, so I start the Hybrid system. If your Yaris is not a Hybrid, just switch on the ignition. 3. While the warning light is flashing, press the set buttons three times. Do not hesitate too long, three times in one second is a good try. The warning light starts to flash slower, then it stops flashing and starts to run permanently. This is a good sign. Leave your car on at least for two or three minutes. Then switch it off. If you switch on your car again, the tire pressure warning light should not flash anymore. Most probably it is on permanently now. Hint: When the warning light is on permanently and not flashing, the computer can read the sensors, but something is wrong with the pressure. 4. Setting the tire pressure: You put the pressure on your tires which your users manual recommends (or which you want to have). Then you have to calibrate your tire pressure warning system to store this pressure as "normal". This is how it is done: 5. Switch on your car. The warning light starts to light up permanently. Then press the set button a few seconds, until the warning light flashes three times. Then leave the car on for two or three minutes. Then switch off the car. You are done. You probably have to repeat this procedure when you change to wheels with a different dimension and/or with a different tire pressure. Or when your pressure sensing valves have to be replaced.
  10. I have a 2016 Yaris Hybrid with keyless entry and keyless start. I can't guarantee for that, but as far as I know, keyless entry models have different door handles. If you look at the door handle of the right front door, it has a long part which moves out when you pull the handle and a short part which stays in place, it basically houses the mechanical lock cylinder. If you look at the end of the movable part of the handle which points towards the front of the car, you may see three horizontal lines engraved in the surface of the handle. They are about one inch long, and all three are parallel and in one row, so you basically have three lines like this = (sorry, cannot explain better). These three lines indicate the location of the finger touch sensor. So if your car has keyless entry and you have the key fob in your pocket, then you simply touch the handle with your finger on the spot with the three lines, and the car locks itself. If you pull the handle, the car unlocks itself. Please note that the system needs a 3 second break between locking and unlocking the car. It is my understanding that cars without keyless entry have door handles with a plain surface, without these three engraved lines. My Yaris also has a switch at the rear hatch for locking and unlocking the car: The button for unlocking the car is shaped like a rectangle and feels like rubber. The button for locking the car is smaller, it is round and it is located at the right side of the unlock button. I assume that cars without keyless entry do not have the small round button. Maybe they have an entirely different handle for opening the hatch. My personal opinion about keyless entry is: awesome! It works pretty sensitive. It will only unlock the car when the key fob is located closer than 3 feet to the handle. So, just imagine that you are standing at the right side of your car with the key fob in your pocket, and somebody approaches your car from the left side and pulls a handle: No chance! The car is only unlocked when the key is near the handle you are using. The system also detects if your key is inside or outside the car. You cannot lock the car if one key is inside the car. The car will alert you with a signal beep. I am not sure if it is easy to disable the keyless entry. My car (2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid Style Selection - German model) folds away its rear mirrors as soon as the car is locked. I was thinking about disabling this, because in 9 out of 10 occasions my car is in a garage where folding the mirrors is not necessary. So I wanted to avoid wear and tear in the mirror folding mechanism - but the onboard computer does not offer this option - even for the Toyota dealer with special software.
  11. As far as I know the Yaris Hybrid basically uses the power train of the Prius 2, only adapted to current emission standards. The engine noise on spirited acceleration is worse than the noise produced by contemporary Prius or Corolla Hybrids. The reason for that: These cars have the bigger 1.8 liter engine which delivers more torque at low revs. Actually, my 2016 Yaris is not a particularily quiet car. At 80 mph its cabin noise level is 71 dB, which is okay, but not quiet. What I love most is this relaxed driving. Below 50 mph, the car feels as if the engine delivers power only for a brief moment and then goes back to idle speed. This feeling is hard to describe - especially when you aren't a native english speaker;-) Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  12. I have bought a Yaris Hybrid one year ago and searched a lot for reports on failures of this car. There were two things which were mentioned: Rust and worn out wheel bearings. However, these things seem to happen, but they do not happen very often. All in all, the car seems to be pretty reliable. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  13. I once had the experience with a car stereo in a 2005 Citroen C3. When I inserted an USB charger into the cigarette lighter socket, the FM radio signal almost disappeared. It felt as if somebody had removed the antenna. I found out that the USB charger caused the problem. I bought a different model, and the problem was gone. I could tell you the brand of the charger, but this may not be useful, because I think that "Wicked Chili" is a German brand for stuff imported from China. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  14. It may be a question of price, but I never owned a car with parking sensors (I had some rentals equipped with that, though), and now I have a Yaris with reverse camera. It makes parking backwards really easy. I do not really miss the sensors on my car. On the other hand, sensors in the rear may help you parking in reverse faster, because you can watch in the mirrors while you listen to the beeps. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  15. Maybe I can entertain you with some strange figures from Germany. I have a 2016 Yaris Hybrid Style Selection which comes with 195 tires on 16 inch wheels. It was not my intention to use the car mainly on the Autobahn, but as Corona broke out, I entirely quit using public transportation, I have not been sitting in a train since half a year by now. So I have been visiting my mum three times, which is a 700 km journey (one way), and I frequently travel from Augsburg to Munich and back, which is about 65 km, about 45 km of it being Autobahn. The car isn't exactly what you would call a racing car. I read that the top speed is limited to 165 kph. Actually, mine runs slightly faster. The speedometer reads up to 182 kph until it doesn't get faster. Given the fact that speedos always overexaggerate slightly, I think that the top speed of my car is 175 kph (about 106 mph). The government recommendation for Autobahn travelling speed is 130 kph (81 mph), and the car seems to be designed to be driven not faster than that. At 130 kph the engine noise almost fully hides behind the wind and tire noises. If you go at 140 kph or 150 kph (92 mph), the engine noise is always present. Driving fast shows quite drastically in fuel consumption. When going through the city, I have a mileage between 56 and 62 mpg (4.5 to 5.0 liter per 100 km). If I add some Autobahn driving with 130 kph, I reach 5.5 liter on average. This may sound small, but compared to 4.5 liter, 5.5 liter are 20% more. When I really use the top speed, my average goes up to 6.5 liter per 100 km (43 mpg). My previous car, a Citroen C3 Pluriel, had an overall average fuel consumption of 7.5 liter per 100 km, and beating along the Autobahn would have lifted the fuel consumption to over 9 liter per 100 km. So, at high speeds, a Hybrid still is econmic, although it cannot beat physics. When I park my car at the office, it gets warm. My parking space is located directly in front of a rack full of radiators and ventilators from a big air condition system. So, when I come back in the evening, the car often is heated up to 27 degrees centigrade. This is good for the fuel consumption, because the engine is pre-heated and does not have to run so often. The other day I saw how much a Toyota Hybrid saves me money. My Yaris runs about 550 km on one tank. My Citroen could about do the same, because its tank was bigger. Just recently I stopped at a fuel station and bought a tank refill for my Toyota and a 24 bottle crate of Bavarian beer. And I realized that this is what I would have paid for a tank refill for my Citroen - without the beer. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
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