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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The Toyota one is marine-grade stainless steel.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. It’s a strange one - presumably Toyota thought there was some demand from Avensis fans or they could capture some German badge owners. Hope the Avensis works out for you. Nice to see someone bucking the trend towards SUVs.
  16. You didn’t imagine it - the Camry was sold in the UK but taken off the market back in November.
  17. I engage EV mode if I’m trying to creep out quietly early in the morning. However, I frequently get overruled, especially at this time of year.
  18. I came to an Auris hybrid from a Honda Jazz and the ride is noticeably better with the Auris's double wishbone suspension (sorry, I don't know if D4D-engined cars have this). It's generally a quieter, more comfortable place to to be, especially on long motorway journeys. That's partly down to not having to listen to the Jazz's naturally aspirated engine being revved to get the power out of it. As C-segment cars go, the Auris is not that big but the bit of extra elbow room makes a real difference. Leg room in the back is a bit tight, which doesn't really matter for us. I've owned it for 3 yrs and 20K miles (car will be 8 in March and has 54K miles on the clock); so far, it's needed only tyres, brake pads and a leaking shock absorber replaced. Apart from that, the Toyota service record shows only routine servicing and some recall work under warranty. T
  19. Good point. I've found it surprisingly easy to spin the wheels in winter. Presumably owing to the electric motor providing instant torque with even the lightest foot on the pedal. I tend to stick to Eco mode also. A lot of people seem to find it anaemic but it's never bothered me. It does suit a relaxed driving style, in keeping with the character of the car.
  20. . That report sounds worrying but perhaps an independent might be able to get the offending part from a breaker if Toyota don’t offer it separately. Definitely get a second opinion if you can. Good luck with it whatever you decide to do. My own car has similar mileage (although only 7 years old) and I’d be b****y annoyed if this happened to me. Am hoping to get it to the age of your car without this kind of expense.
  21. I'm just wondering if the whole heating unit needs replaced or if it's actually some smaller (and cheaper) component of it that is broken. There is a tendency to replace whole systems rather than troubleshooting properly to find the actual problem. I've no experience of this - probably it would require an independent Toyota specialist. This is not a good time to looking for another car, given the state of the market. On the other hand, £2200 is a lot of money to sink into a car for which you paid £3500. It must be a frustrating situation. I'd expect a 53000 mile Toyota (even an 11 year old one) to have bit more life in it and I'd hate to have to get back on the finance treadmill.
  22. I’ve not noticed any problems with the Toyota catloc. How high a speed bump are we talking about? There is a very high speed bump at the nearby NHS facility but I’m reluctant to test it, for obvious reasons…
  23. My usage is very similar - 5000 miles so far this year, car is mostly used at the weekend with maybe a couple of short (3 miles into town) trips during the week. Not had any problems with the battery. Went through a phase of disabling the keyless entry but now don’t bother. EDIT: my car is actually an Auris but I can’t see the Corolla being any different.
  24. Good point. I have stats for the last two winters so could maybe use them to compare. However, I don’t stick with one brand of E5 and have even filled up with Shell V-power on occasion. I’m probably over-thinking this and should try to get out a bit more…
  25. I’ve thought about doing this in the past, but the loss in MPG with E10 vs E5 might finally swing me towards premium. My plan is to monitor my fill ups with E10 over the next couple of months and see if there’s a consistent drop in MPG.
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