Sampleman

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    Frank
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    Yaris Hybrid
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  1. *kill it, before it starts to lay eggs* Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  2. My best friend bought a Toyota Prius a few years ago. His main reason was that he simply wanted to have the most reliable car on the market. He did some research and found out that the Prius is this car. He has put some 100,000 miles on the car so far, and spent nothing apart from scheduled maintenance and two blown light bulbs. The interesting thing when comparing a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive to other drivetrains, it isn't simply an electric motor bolted to an ICE. The interesting part is the so called Power Split Device (PSD), basically a small, yet sturdy planetary gear-set which connects the ICE with one electric motor and one generator. This gear-set does not have any moveable parts besides some turning sprocket wheels. You do not have shifting mechanisms, band brakes, synchromesh mechanism, no clutch or torque converter. The engine is permanently connected to the drivetrain, even when it runs and the vehicle stands still. All different driving conditions, from standing still over running on the highway with 120 mph until going in reverse are emulated by controlling the revolutions of one ICE and one electric motor. The Prius ICE engine does not need a starter, it does not need an alternator, it neither has a serpentine belt nor a timing belt. I think this is pretty amazing for an ICE car. I have a Toyota Yaris Hybrid, and it actually is lighter (!) than a conventional Yaris with an automatic transmission. And if you compare the price of the two vehicles, the Hybrid is only 1,000 GBP more expensive. And it really is extremely relaxing to drive. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  3. Sorry, I cannot be of any help regarding the update of your satnav system, but if your car has a Toyota Touch radio with a bluetooth handsfree link to your phone, I would seriously consider using your smartphone as a navigation system. My 2016 Yaris Hybrid came with the radio but without the satnav module (this seems to be an option which the original buyer did not order). Instead of this I use my iPhone 6 as a navigation system. I prefer Google Maps which never let me down. You never have to worry about the update of the maps, because they always are up to date. Google Maps even has a real time traffic jam detection which directs you to a detour if necessary. I put my phone into a phone holder with a suction cup, which sits at the windscreen. So the phone shows the way, and the radio plays the announcements. There are a few things to consider: 1. Google Maps is an offboard navigation, so it downloads the data for the maps. This causes online traffic, so if your data plan is very spubik on data, you should get a bigger one. However: 2 GB per month will probably be more than enough. 2. If you travel in areas where you constantly have no network coverage, it may be better to get a navigation app which stores the data on the phone. If you need help, please give notice. On the other hand, Google Maps more or less downloads the entire data for the planned route as soon as you start the navigation, so brief interruptions of network coverage do not bother the program. 3. In order to operate your phone for hours, you need to recharge it. My Yaris has an USB socket, so you could plug in your charging cable in this socket. However, this socket may not deliver enough power to recharge a running smartphone. So I bought a small USB charging plug which delivers 2.1 ampere and is inserted into the cigarette lighter socket next to the USB socket. This thing easily charges my iPhone. 4. My phone has stored lots of music on it. As soon as I connect my phone with the Toyota Touch radio via Bluetooth, switch on the radio and set it to Bluetooth mode, the radio begins to playback music from my phone. When I do not want to listen to the music but want to listen to the satnav announcements, I press the mode button on my steering wheel for two seconds. It makes "Beep", and the music is paused. One last remark: I had a Fiat made in 2001 with satnav data last updated in 2003. I had the car from 2008 until 2013. In more than 95% of all cases, the outdated data did not cause trouble at all. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  4. If your main reason for exchanging your car are the new safety features, I'd like to put a grain of salt in the discussion. In Germany the different Yaris trim lines have different names, but I suppose that they basically are the same cars. I have a 2016 Yaris Hybrid Style Comfort. I bought it second hand, so I am not entirely sure which accessories were basic, part of the Style Comfort package or paid extras. I put my assumptions in brackets. My car is equipped with a lane assist feature (basic), an automatic high beam assistant (basic or Style comfort), safety sense anti collision system (Style), a multimedia car stereo with rear view camera and handsfree phone (Style), Alcantara seats, both front seats with heating and height adjustment (Style), keyless entry, cruise control, foldable arm rest at the drivers seat and power windows on all doors (all Style). The car has a black top and a spoiler at the rear window, it also has privacy glass (tinted rear windows), which may be some design package. It came with 195 tires on 16 inch rims, which probably also belongs to Style. My car lacks only two accessories which definitely were accessories, the satnav system and the additional plate to put into the trunk to get an extra compartment (don't know the English word). It may be that the Style Comfort line in Germany is exactly what you call Excel in UK. The later 2018 models got a different radio with Google Car Play, a different steering wheel with some sort of joystick button and a new cockpit with an app which detects speed limit signs and shows them in the cockpit. I am a gadget kid, so I love things like the keyless entry and the cruise control. I enjoy the rear view camera which makes parking really easy. My car has a middle rear mirror which adapts to the brightness, this works flawlessly. Actually, my main reason to buy such an expensive car (other cars with lower trim levels would cost less) was the front passenger seat with height adjustment. I am a very tall person, so I need every inch I can get. As for the safety features: I am not so convinced with them. Lane assist works flawlessly, but all it does is beep three times when you cross a line on the road with indicators off. Well, a decent life seems imagineable without that thing, in most cases I switch it off. The high beam assist first worked remarkably well, but some days ago it worked that bad in the dark that I had to deactivate it. The problem: If the assistant is on and thinks it is not dark enough for high beam, you cannot override it. The most complex safety assitant probably is this presense thing, which detects objects you may collide with. It has a design flaw: It relies on a camera located in a box behind the middle rear mirror. This box is glued to the windscreen, so the camera sits in a small chamber and looks through the screen. When it is cold and wet, this chamber can get foggy, and then the assistant won't work. This would not be such a big problem, because before I bought this car I survived without such an assitant. But when the camera can't see, the assistant switches off, and a bright, orange warning sign begins to blink in the speedometer. You cannot turn this sign off, there also is no way to get into the tiny chamber to dry the windscreen with a piece of cloth. You can switch off the presense assitant, then the blinking stops - the warning sign stays lit. And if you switch off the engine and start again, the assistant is activated again. I cannot tell about the traffic sign assistant, but I think it is even more useless. In brief: I bought my car with all the bells and whistles, because I needed the height adjustable passenger seat and I really wanted the cruise control. My wife loves the backview camera. However, If I would already own a Yaris Hybrid which runs flawlessly and I would not need the extra space, I would seriously consider not to upgrade to a new car. If you want cruise control, you can have it installed for approx. 250 GBP, you basically need the control lever and somebody who can activate the software. I do not want to question your plan to buy a new car, and a little car, fully loaded with very nice gadgets has a charm on its own. But I would not spend much money on the additional safety features. If safety is a major concern for you, spending some money on a safety driving training may be a better option. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  5. In Germany the most important thing for the road tax is CO2 emission. My 2005 Citroen C3 with 1.6 liter engine cost me 80 Euro per year, my 2016 Yaris Hybrid costs only 30 Euro. Pure electric cars and plugin hybrids are excepted from road tax. Best Regards from Bavaria Sampleman
  6. Rest assured that Toyota has taken precautions in order to avoid excessive wear and tear due to the frequent stopping and starting of the engine. In fact, the HSD drivetrain has proven to be very, very durable - there are countless Toyota Hybrids with more than 200,000 miles and still running flawlessly. Apart from that, the 1.5 liter engine engine of this car seems to be made for durability: It has a timing chain, no belt, and it only revs up to 4,800 rpm. And it requires very thin oil (SAE 0W20), this may also reduce wear. Gesendet von iPhone mit Tapatalk
  7. I compared the official Toyota weight figures of the 1.5 liter Yaris Hybrid and the 1.5 liter petrol car with automatic transmission, and I found out that the Hybrid is slightly lighter. Obviously Toyota does a lot to keep the Hybrid light. For example they left away the spare wheel and replaced it with an electric compressor and a can with liquid rubber. As you are not supposed to change a wheel, they also left away the jack lifter. I think that you do not recognize the concept of the Hybrid if you narrow it down to average fuel consumption. The Yaris Hybrid has a seamless transmission which works smooth as a CVT, but is - unlike a CVT - bulletproof. It can switch on and off the engine without annoying you. It cannot break down with a broken starter or clutch, because it hasn't them. It can drive the car fully electric every now and them, and it gives you a mileage of almost 60 mpg in heavy city traffic. In my eyes this is brilliant. A Toyota Yaris without hybrid drivetrain is just another compact car made in France. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  8. According to my owners manual my Yaris Hybrid is electronically speed limited to 165 kph (103.5 mph). Although I do not care exactly how fast my car actually runs, I haven't noticed a hard cutoff when I once pushed the car hard. I once had a speedometer reading of almost 180 kph (112 mph). All in all I think my car may run 105 mph in good weather and traffic conditions. But you have to take into consideration that this is pretty fast, even on an Autobahn without speed limit. So I cannot tell you how much fuel it will burn if you drive constantly with full throttle. I think that even with a heavy foot you cannot burn more fuel than 31 mpg on average without breaking your neck. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  9. I got my 2016 Yaris Hybrid in late October 2019 and have driven it some 3,000 miles since. I also was a little bit disappointed when I did some calculations after the first tank stops. The previous owner used the car for commuting to work, the dealer said this guy drove the car exactly the same route every day. When I got it, the trip computer was not reset to zero, so obviously his average mileage was 5.1 liter per 100 km (55.4 mpg UK), calculated over thousands of miles. After my first tank refill I calculated my mileage at 5.7 liter per 100 km (49.6 mpg) which I found quite disappointing. My next tank refill gave me 5.2 liter (54.3 mpg). One one hand, this is a whooping 35 percent less than my previous car, a Citroen C3 Pluriel with SensoDrive gearbox and 1.6 liter 109 hp engine. On the other hand, this is about 50 percent more than the rating for the old NEDC test cycle. German automobile club ADAC has tested the car and has reported a combined mileage of 4.8 liter per 100 km (58.85 mpg), and I think that this is a reasonable figure for everyday use and for a driving style which cares for the environment without requiring unreasonable stunts (see: hypermiling, pulse and glide). Right now, I am monitoring the mileage of my car quite closely, and I got results ranging from 4.6 liter (61.4 mpg) up to 7.8 liter (36.2 mpg). The first, low fuel consumption was the result of approx. 25 miles in calm city traffic in Hamburg. The second, high consumption was rather high speed Autobahn chasing with speeds up to 105 mph and the cruise control set to values between 85 and 95 mph. From what I have found out myself and from what others tell me, there seem to be several factors which increase the fuel consumption: 1. cold starts in cold weather: When the car is cold, the engine will run on a high idle speed even if the car does not move. This is for warming up the catalytic converter and the engine coolant. When I got my best mileage figure, I had been on the Autobahn before, the engine was warm. Then I stopped at a petrol station, refilled my tank and reset the trip computer. Then the car went through heavy city traffic, but without having to heat up the engine. People who make a sport out of saving fuel, have another trick: When the engine is cold, they switch off the heating system entirely during the warm up period and rely on the heated seats instead;-) 2. Speeding: The recommended top speed on the German Autobahn is 130 kph (81 mph). I think this is pretty fast for a Yaris Hybrid driver on a fuel saving mission. If you are patient enough to stick with 110 kph (68 mph), your fuel consumption probably will drop by 25 percent. It seems to me that at high speeds the Yaris Hybrid is not more fuel efficient than other petrol powered cars of the same size. A Turbodiesel car may even do better. 3. Using cruise control: People who want to reduce their fuel consumption in a hybrid car should try to make use of the momentum of the car. It seems to save fuel when you accelerate the car firmly until the desired cruising speed, then let it coast a while, then accelerate again... Let the car roll when the road goes downhill and accelerate when it goes up again. And many Toyota Hybrid drivers say that the cruise control is not smart enough to do this. You can hear that. When you drive with cruise control, even slightly ascending roads immediately drive up the engine revs. This costs fuel. 4. Driving in wet conditions with winter tires. I expect a lower fuel consumption in the summer time. Right now, my personal fuel consumption is slightly higher than initially expected. But I think that it is unfair to judge a Hybrid car only on its fuel consumption. You may not forget that the Yaris features such nice goodies as a seamless transmission, an electric mode for silent operation and a bulletproof drivetrain without clutch, torque converter, alternator or starter. The last weeks I travelled Germany from south to north and back. I drove hours using the cruise control, and maybe I was turning the heating too high, because I like it warm. Maybe this cost me fuel worth 10 Euros. Okay, so be it;-) Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  10. It is very unlikely that seats from another car will fit 1:1 to your Yaris. It may be possible to adapt other seats by making special rails, but you may face a legal problem. At least in Germany the seats have to be homologated for the car, because they are regarded as a part of the safety restraint system. In former times I would have suggested looking for a pair of Recaro seats. They are available for various cars - you need an adapter to fit them to your car. However, modern cars often have airbags installed in the seats, and the Recaros may not have them. Besides that, Recaro seats are awfully expensive. A pair of seats suitable for your car, with leather upholstery and installation, may be more expensive than your 13 year old car. Maybe you should look for a workshop which works with car seats and offers custom upholstery. They may be able to change your cloth upholstery against a leather upholstery. I do not know how expensive this would be, but I would not be surprised about more than 1000 GBP per seat. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  11. Actually, this is what I did. I had an old Google Nexus 4 (which had been pretty impressive five years ago), I installed the OBD2 interface plug, connected it via Bluetooth with the phone and tried some apps. Unfortunately the praised Hybrid Assistant not only requires an Android phone, it also requires a certain type of OBD2 interface plug. It did not communicate with my plug which I had purchased online before. A suitable plug would cost me more than 70 GBP. However, I was able to scan a few data like engine revs and water temperature. Best regards
  12. I know this type of software from some German forums (then obviously fitted with a German thesaurus). In most cases it helps to place a dot in the string, and suddenly Ess.ex appears uncensored;-) Best regards from Bavaria
  13. I have a 2016 Toyota Yaris Hybrid with the factory installed multimedia radio (no satnav). I use an iPhone 6 with iOS 12.4.3, and my wife uses a Huawei P10 with some Android version I do not care about (Android 9?). Both phones are paired with the radio without major problems. The first pairing of my iPhone took a little bit longer, first it did not find the BT device Toyota Touch. However, this is not new to me, I have coupled the phone to virtually dozens of cars (rental cars and so on), and more than once it took me dozens of trials until it worked. Pairing my wife's phone was a piece of cake, 30 seconds and we were done. Once paired, both phones work more or less flawlessly with the radio. Yesterday I even tried to select my phone for telephone mode only while my wife's phone was connected on music streaming mode. However, it is my general impression that iOS does not support all the features of the Toyota device. It seems that the radio can display text messages and even allow to create text messages and send them over the phone - but only with android phones, not with iOS. My iPhone is 5 years old by now. All in all it serves my needs well. However, I have a Fossil smart.watch running under Google wear (android for wearables), and it also is not fully supported by iOS. I haven't made up my mind already, but maybe my first iPhone will also be my last one - and the next may be an Android phone again. Regarding the phone in the washing machine: If I should have an Android phone in the future, I'd probably choose a waterproof model;-) Best regards from Bavaria Frank PS: This forum really uses a weird four letter word filter software. It just blanked out the string "t.watch" from the word "smart.watch"? Really?
  14. My 2016 Yaris Hybrid has a gear indicator in the liquid crystal display of the onboard computer, next to the speedometer. And when in neutral, the car beeps when I try to rev up the accelerator. Best regards from Bavaria Frank
  15. Actually all Toyota Yaris with multifunction steering wheel do not have illuminated buttons. I found this very annoying when I got my 2016 Yaris brand new, but now I begin to get accustomed to it. If you cannot cope with that, maybe I have an idea: Years ago I sat in an old 5-series BMW, and I saw that the dashboard was sort of illuminated, but I could not detect any light. Then I saw that the car had small, barely visible, red lights installed in the ceiling, and these lights gave the illumination for the dashboard. Maybe this could also be a solution for your problem: A small, focussed red light installed in the ceiling just above your forehead. It could shine on your steering wheel so that you can see the buttons. My Yaris has makeup lights installed in the ceiling behind the sunshades, so getting electricity for feeding the light should not be a problem. I think, a skilled car mechanic could do that for you. Best regards from Bavaria Frank