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  1. I agree with the previous comments - it's a great car for slow-moving city traffic (or indeed slow-moving traffic anywhere). I too think it's made me a better driver, and also a calmer one.
  2. Just be careful your left foot isn’t like mine, which decided it was on brake duty. Cue the car kangarooing around the car rental place. Well, we were in Australia after all… Once my foot remembered its place, I had a 3 week test-drive of an Auris and decided I could live quite easily with a CVT.
  3. Sadly, Tony has a point here. Approved Used should be a good indicator of quality. However, you can't always trust it, which defeats the whole purpose of it. This isn't only a problem with Toyota. As he says, there's no substitute for taking the car for a test drive. And treat anything a dealer says/promises with scepticism. Caveat emptor.
  4. Any second-hand car is a risk but I've been happy with mine (bought at 5 years old / 36K miles and now on similar miles to the one you're looking at). It's worth checking if the tyres / brakes have been done. At this age, they might be due a refresh if they haven't. Check the NCT (Irish equivalent of MOT for our UK readers) if that's possible to see if anything's been flagged up as an advisory. It's a Toyota Approved Used as well, which should mean that it's in good condition. In the UK, Approved Used Toyotas came with a 12 month warranty even before the Relax warranty was introduced.
  5. It comes down to condition (how has it been treated by the leasing customer) and whether it's been serviced on schedule. I would want a proper look at the car, a good test drive and to see the service history. My main concerns would be cosmetic and suspension issues. The hybrid drivetrain is hard to damage for even the most mechanically unsympathetic driver. There's no clutch to burn and no wrong gear to be in. Another thought: if you've never driven a car with a CVT transmission, it feels quite different to a manual or even a traditional automatic. It's very smooth but a lot of people hate it because of the engine noise as you accelerate; you don't hear the revs falling and rising as it changes up. Instead, the revs immediately rise and then fall off when you take your foot off the gas, once you're up to speed. A lot of people compare the sound to a slipping clutch. It doesn't bother me and I like the smoothness. If you don't constantly drive like a boy racer, you'll be fine. However, another reason for taking a good test drive.
  6. You should check whether Toyota are offering the Relax warranty in Ireland. Over here, the Relax warranty covers the car up to 10 years / 100000 miles if the car is serviced annually at a dealership. My Auris is 8 years old with 57000 miles (about 90000 km) and has need only new tyres and brakes so far. Going by the mileages of some other owners on here, that counts as barely run-in.
  7. Luna is a trim level. To avoid confusing matters, I'll point out that the trim levels in the UK and Ireland were different. As far as I can tell, Luna was a mid-level trim. The UK equivalent was probably Design.
  8. I don't think any generation Auris ever supported anything like Apple Car Play or Android Auto so you're limited to the built-in Sat Nav (if there is one). The only option would be to replace the head unit.
  9. The Toyota one is marine-grade stainless steel.
  10. My car passed its MOT this morning with a couple of advisories, including one for: front wishbone - rear bushes split. The line from the dealership is that the whole arm has to be replaced (no surprises there). I’m hoping that a good independent could replace just the bushes with non-OEM parts. The car is 8 years old and has 55K miles on the clock. On the other hand, my impression from this forum is that a car of this vintage should have plenty of life in it: is it worth sticking with OEM parts if I plan to keep it a few more years? My plan is to get a couple of second opinions - just wondering if anyone has any advice or experience with this.
  11. This is interesting because I tend to buy Shell Fuelsave (E10) but have been wondering about trying Vpower for this reason, apart from any MPG improvement.
  12. According to the manual, it should shift into N when you're moving only if you press the P button, or try to shift from D or B to R (or vice versa). My guess is an electrical fault with either the drive selector or the P button. I'm pretty sure flash22 is right and that the selector has no mechanical connection to the transmission.
  13. This problem has appeared on the forum before: Also a hybrid (albeit 2nd generation), as can be seen in the video: It looks bizarre, as normally you have to hold the selector in N for 2 seconds to get it to engage - I don't understand how it can just slip into neutral.
  14. I should perhaps have expressed myself less harshly! I should have said that the old tests were highly artificial (they had to be, for consistency) and had to be assessed accordingly. They were OK for comparing relative performance of different models but, as you say, the real-world experience will be different for every driver.
  15. I’m averaging about 50 mpg at the moment, which is a bit lower than the average on the Honest John RealMPG entry for the hybrid: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/toyota/auris-2013/18-hybrid My average may be affected by having a panoramic roof (adds about 100kg weight IIRC) and low-profile 17” tyres. I also have a suspicion that the switch to E10 petrol has knocked a couple of MPG off. The real-world numbers are way off the numbers in the brochure but I’ve always taken manufacturers’ claims with large grains of salt.
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