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    Frank
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    Yaris Hybrid
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    2016
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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, tr
  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 necessa
  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
  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
  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
  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,
  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 paral
  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
  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
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