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  1. I would consider buying a new car stereo from any brand. My 2016 Yaris Hybrid has a fancy hybrid drive status display as well as a handsfree phone mode and remote control buttons on the steering wheel. If your car has a basic trim level it probably hasn't anything of these feature. So you would not lose anything by ripping the old radio out of the dashboard and putting in a new one. I would not like to lose the hybrid status display, so I'll stick with the Toyota factory solution. And my radio isn't broken. Most radios of today do not have a CD drive anymore, they use USB memory sticks or SD cards instead. So one card for just a few bucks can easily store 20 or more Audio CDs. Besides that many modern radios of today have a bluetooth interface for connecting with your smartphone. This allows you to use your phone hands free, listen to music from your phone and use your phone as a satnav. If your car has remote control buttons in the steering wheel, just see an expert - there are aftermarket solutions for adapting the remote control to the radio. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  2. Just one question: Does your radio offer the opportunity to plug in a CD changer? If so, there may be available either a rather cheap aux in cable or a more sophisticated digital media player, because an Audio CD changer interface always contains wires for a direct, analog Audio input. I had a Citroen with a factory installed radio, which was set up to control a CD changer. However, the changer was not installed. So I found an aftermarket solution for about 85 Euro, which was a small box (the size of a pack of cigarettes) with a cable to plug into the CD changer interface. This small box featured an USB socket, an SD card slot and a 3.5 mm audio socket. Besides that it had a Bluetooth module and a microphone. This device allowed me to play MP3 from USB or SD card, plug in just any music source (walkman or whatever) - and the Bluetooth interface could be paired with my iPhone for streaming music, using the phone as a satnav system or a handsfree phone - just brilliant. Some vendors also offer rather cheap adapter cables to plug into the changer interface, which add a 3.5 mm socket for aux in to the radio. Then you simply can connect your phone via a cable to the socket and listen to every sound it plays - including Spotify. I do not know your particular radio, so the first step should be to find out if it is designed to control a CD changer. If so, try to find out the exact type of the radio and search for strings like "digital media player". If your radio can control a CD changer, you need a media player or a cable exactly for this type of radio. I do not know if this may help, but my media player had the brand name "Yakumo", and I got it over eBay in Germany. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  3. I have learned that "Hypermiling" is a driving style which is entirely focussed on reaching as many miles per tank or barrery fill as possible. When Hybrid and electric cars hit the market, they were advertised a lot by praising their low energy consumption. The community which sticks to Hypermiling tries every trick in order to squeeze more miles out of their tank. One trick often used with Toyota Hybrids is the "pulse and glide" driving: You accelerate quite rapidly until a certain speed then you let the car roll, while eliminating the regenerative braking with your accelerator pedal. As soon as the car has lowed down, you accelerate again. This saves you some fuel, lets your passengers want to vomit and drives the people behind you crazy;-)
  4. The winter tyres were not included from factory. I bought the car 2nd hand, and the dealer gave them to me as an incentive. Having a second set of wheels with winter tyres is quite common over here in Southern Germany - although there hasn't been any snow around this season yet. Toyota has moved the switches for the seats. On one slightly older Yaris Hybrid (2013 or so) I saw two switches right on the center console, next to the shift stick. Then they moved them into a block of switches located under the hand brake (which is not so ergonomic, to put it mildly). Now they are located next to the switch for disabling ESP and for enabling the ECO mode. So, if you do not know where to look, you may not find the switches for the electric heating;-) As far as I know, the heated seats are used very much by members of the hypermiling tribe. In order to reduce fuel consumption after cold starts, they switch off the car heating system completely and rely on the heated seats instead... Okay, not my cup of tea. When I want to have it uncomfortable, I take the bus;-) Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  5. Colour is a matter of taste. When I searched for my Yaris Hybrid, I initially ruled out the plain white colour, because I found that this made the car look cheap - like a fleet car for a nursing service for elderly people. But then I got my 2016 Yaris Hybrid with black top, privacy glass (tinted rear windows) and pearl effect white - and it really looks like an expensive gem. My car is a German model, and its trim level is called "Style Selection". On the picture you see 175R15 winter tires on silver alloy wheels. They were included in the deal. Actually, the car stands on 195R16 summer tires on silver and black alloy wheels which make the car look even better. I do not know if the accessory packages are comparable between Germany and UK, but there is some package called "comfort" which contains electric windows in the rear doors, a cruise control, an arm rest at the drivers seat, keyless entry and a passenger seat which is adjustable in height (standard is only height adjustable drivers seat). I wanted as much space as possible in the front row, so I made this feature mandatory for me. The car also has seat heating in the front, foldable mirrors, an auto-tinting rear mirror and some safety assistance systems - I do not know if they are included with every later Yaris Hybrid. All Yaris Hybrid I saw had a pretty nice multimedia stereo set with rear view camera and handsfree bluetooth interface for your phone. I am not entirely sure about the privacy glass, maybe this was an option which was ordered separately. First I was hesitant about this privacy glass, because I know cars with annoyingly dark windows, but this privacy glass works nicely - you can see through very well. My car definitely came without two options which are not part of any package but have to be ordered separately: The satnav and a board for separating the trunk into two parts. The satnav is a module linked to the car stereo. So, right now the car stereo has a button for the satnav, but it does not work. The board creates a small compartment under the trunk, and it lifts the bottom of the trunk to one level with the rear seats when folded down. This is nice, however the trunk itself isn't very big, so I do not want to spend 125 Euro to buy such a thing. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  6. I'd like to come back to my questions. First, the beep tone - or no beep tone - when switching off the car. It seems that it has something to do with the key. Sometimes the key symbol in the left gauge of the cockpit shines yellow, and sometimes it shines green. The car has a keyless entry system. Does it seem reasonable to you that sometimes the car cannot detect the key (maybe because it is in the pocket of my jacket, and the jacket is in the trunk)? Apart from this beep sound, I have never encountered any problems with the keyless entry system. And about the right procedure of handling the car during stops in traffic, which last several minutes: Can it do harm to the car when it sits there for a quarter of an hour with the Hybrid system activated? Coming from a conventional car, this seems odd to me. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  7. Hey guys, I have two rather strange questions about my 2016 Yaris Hybrid with the keyless entry system and the start button. When I switch on the car, I stomp my foot on the brake and push the button. The car boots its electronic circuits then it beeps once, the "Ready" light goes on and I can drive. When I want to switch off the car, I stop, put the transmission in park and press the start button. Now there are two scenarios: Either the car beeps once, then it shuts down. Or it shuts down immediately without beeping. Can anybody explain this? The next thing: Waiting for a few minutes at a railroad crossing. On conventional cars, I simply switch off the ignition, so the engine dies. When the train has passed and the gates are lifting, I start the engine again. When I do this with my Yaris Hybrid, I simply could stop, set the shift lever to park - and do nothing. The engine will stop anyway, and aircondition and lights still operate. Or should I switch off the car entirely. What are the pro's and con's? Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  8. If you want to buy a Yaris with automatic transmission, go for a Hybrid. It has an automatic transmission without the drawbacks. Toyota launched the Yaris Hybrid 2012, and at least in Germany, more than 50 percent of all recently sold Yaris are Hybrids, so the used car market offers plenty of occasions. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  9. Ohmygod! This looks weird! House prices in Bavaria depend on where in Bavaria you want to live. In Munich expect to pay at least one million Euro, and the sky is the limit. In Franconia (250 km northeast of Munich) prices start at 40,000 Euro;-) Best greetings and have a nice weekend.
  10. Could you please explain the whole thing to me? I have never heard about a cat stolen in Germany from just any car. This whole discussion gives me the impression that getting your cat stolen from your Toyota Hybrid car is a common problem in the UK. What are the thieves doing with all the cats? Why are only Toyotas affected? Thank you for clarification. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  11. When I bought my three year old Yaris Hybrid with 28,000 miles on the clock, I spent 13,400 Euro - which is an awful lot of money. For that money I could also get a Yaris 1.0 with manual transmission in basic configuration brand new. If we talk about money, it is rather unlikely that you can pay the premium for a Hybrid from the money you save at the petrol station. This is even more true when you do not drive very much. I definitely wanted a car with automatic transmission, and I wanted a very reliable car (Toyota Hybrids are known to be very robust and reliable). My previous car had cost me 5,000 Euro and I drove it 60,000 miles before I sold it again for 1,600 Euro. That means that I expect my Toyota Yaris Hybrid to serve me at least 150,000 miles without big problems. In the end I paid 2,000 Euro more than initially expected because I opted for an almost fully loaded car with nice things like keyless entry, cruise control and reverse parking camera. I probably would not have bought this car without its promising low fuel consumption. As a matter of fact, I am slightly disappointed about my current fuel consumption. But I am not at all disappointed about the car itself. i love it. Even my wife loves it. And she usually hates cars,-) Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  12. With all due respect: I think that this is a flawed statement. A Toyota Hybrid offers a seamless CVT transmission without the mechanical weakness of a CVT, it offers the ability to drive fully electric at least for a while and it blends the engine in and out without annoying the driver. This is pretty awesome. If I would have been in the market only for low fuel consumption, I could have bought a Turbodiesel. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  13. I am from Germany, and when it comes to buying cars from UK (i.e. made for the UK market), the main point not to do it is one simple thing: UK cars are RHD. Although it is not forbidden to drive RHD cars in Germany, it is regarded highly awkward. Which leads me to my question: Cars made for the Japanese domestic market are also RHD. Is it possible to import a Japanese car to the UK and get it road legal there? Is this done frequently? How much do you have to change on a car made for the Japanese market in order to get it on an UK street? Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  14. I got my Yaris Hybrid in October. In Germany the car is rated with an overall fuel consumption of 3.7 liter per 100 km (76 mpg UK) according go NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). Everybody knows that NEDC gives unrealistic figures, therefore it was replaced by WLTP (Worldwide harmonized light vehicle test procedure). I am not entirely sure, but as far as I know the Toyota Yaris is rated 4.8 liter per 100 km (59 mpg UK) according to WLTP. Well, I knew that NEDC is rubbish, but I had expected 4.5 liter (62 mpg UK). Actually, my fuel consumption right now varies between 5.2 l/100 km (52 mpg UK) and 5.7 l/100 km (49 mpg). Let's face it: 5.7 liter per 100 km is 54 percent more than what was advertised by Toyota for this car. If I were a lawyer, I could probably sue them. On the other hand, I do not use any imaginable trick to reduce my fuel consumption, I simply drive my car. When it is cold, I turn on the heating, and on highways I rather go 75 mph instead of 55 mph. Nevertheless I expect the fuel consumption to go down by 10% when winter is over. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  15. I do not know if I got you right. What you want to do? Do you want to buy a 2008 Auris with a car stereo with bluetooth? Do you want to upgrade the car stereo with a Buetooth handsfree phone interface? Does your car have a bluetooth radio and you do not know how to link your phone to it? It may be helpful if you could provide us with the type of radio you are talking about. Best regards from Bavaria Frank