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  1. Hmm, I’ve just logged in on the My Toyota site and they’re still offering the standalone check as an option there (for £45). It would be a bit off if they didn’t - would be locking owners into Toyota servicing if they want to keep the hybrid warranty going.
  2. Halfords, unlike Kwikfit, do actually offer hybrid servicing: https://www.halfords.com/car-servicing/hybrid-car-service/ I’m sticking with Toyota dealer servicing, not least to maintain the hybrid battery warranty. Toyota 5+ servicing works out about the same or cheaper than Halfords + the standalone Toyota hybrid health check.
  3. Being a cheapskate, that’s basically what I’ve been doing rather than investing in a charger and it’s got me through lockdown so far 🙂.
  4. Nice to see an old car soldiering on and being looked after. This gives me hope that my 7yr old / 48K miles Auris has a few years left in it if looked after. I suspect rust from the Scottish winter is what will get it in the end, although it’s had less opportunity this year. Impressed that the battery has lasted so long - been wondering if I should pre-emptively replace mine, which is the smaller AGM battery used in the hybrid. Seems to be working fine even during lockdown.
  5. In my experience the mpg is worse in winter. I average 51 mpg over the year and 46 mpg at this time of year doesn’t sound like you’re doing something obviously wrong. The official mpg figures bear little relation to real-world driving. I can reliably get over 60 mpg in the summer on certain roads - for some reason it seems to do best on country roads between 40-60 mph.
  6. The Auris manual (the 2014 version at least) says it’s something only the dealer can change so there’s no owner-accessible setting, unfortunately.
  7. I’d forgotten how annoying the reversing alarm is in that mode. 😡
  8. Then the first beeping must be the reversing alarm. As I said, a dealer can reduce it to one beep when you engage reverse but you can't turn it off completely. Why Toyota chose such an annoying default setting is beyond me.
  9. Your car might have a reverse camera *and* parking sensors - my Auris Excel does. Is there a parking sensor button to the right of the steering wheel?
  10. It can be configured to beep once when you start reversing but can't be disabled completely. This is something only the dealership can do - there's no option in the car settings that you can access yourself
  11. Sounds like the fault that was fixed in a recall on my 2014 Auris last year.
  12. Thanks. Just checked my 2014 Auris hybrid on the Toyota site and no recalls listed for it. Maybe it affects only the 2015-onwards model or a particular batch. Will be interesting to see what people get from checking theirs.
  13. My Auris Hybrid averages 52 mpg - it's got the 17" wheels and a glass roof, which may explain why it's slightly lower than the Honest John average. Having said that, I can regularly get 60 mpg on certain journeys and the best I've ever got is 70.8 mpg. For some reason, it seems to do best on the kind of twisty country roads where the speed limit or common sense limits your speed to 40 or 50 mph. I leave it in Eco mode most of the time.
  14. The Auris is generally a very dull car, at least as a hybrid. Don’t get me wrong - it’s very comfortable (Excel trim has double wishbone rear suspension), functional and easy to drive, but it’s never going to set your pulse racing. One thing we did find is that rear leg room is maybe a little tight by family hatchback standards - not a problem for us as we rarely carry passengers in the back.
  15. If the driver and front passenger can never agree about the temperature then dual zone climate control is definitely worth it. Excel trim also has heated front seats, which are great in winter.
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