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  1. Regarding the ceramic coating there are several steps which need to be followed even with a new car which can already be contaminated either in transit or storage. To be applied correctly the car should be degreased to remove any prior paint protection. This should be followed by two stage decontamination the first chemically with an iron fall out remover and the second with a clay bar to drag out contaminants. Depending on the severity of this process and the level of contamination it may then need machine polishing to remove marring and to correct any defects. This is followed by an isopropa
  2. Don’t know if this will help or indeed is relevant but my car was recently hit on the rear bumper whilst parked. It is going in for repair which is difficult in these COVID times but I had to provide pictures to the repair shop. They asked me to confirm if it had ‘side’ parking sensors I.e sensors on the bumper but at the side. I asked why this makes a difference and they told me there is a Toyota procedure/remap they need to follow to reset this system if it has been disconnected. As this needed to be factored into the repair cost, it sounded like it was more than just pressing a button. You
  3. No it’s not really difficult to think which way you are travelling, the point is it would be nice to have the choice and not to only have the options provided by a programme developer at Toyota who does not appear to have moved on from the fisher price speak and spell
  4. Can’t be done. Also the annoying map which is the default can’t be changed away from anything but north up. About as useful as strapping an etch a scetch to the dashboard.
  5. I always resisted the offer of protective coatings applied by a dealership. To do this properly would require stripping back the existing protection with thorough washing, clay bar treatment to remove contamination (yes even new cars will be contaminated with fall out from brake discs, tree sap and other bonded contamination), potentially machine polishing to remove any damage caused by incorrect washing by the handling company and finally the careful application of the treatment product. Could you really trust the dealer (or sub contractor) to do all of this thoroughly? And that’s if you beli
  6. This is one of a growing number of things I really don’t like about this car. For the workhorse model in the Toyota range, the lack of planning, user friendliness and just plain common sense which has been used here is astounding. Toyota are literally years behind other brands on these issues.
  7. Problem is the infotainment system in the Corolla is like a Fisher Price Speak & Spell
  8. I can comfortably hear my music, speech and phone calls and the volume on the display is low/mid 20s. Maybe the audio source you are using is quiet? I use a dedicated USB for music in the data port but even the radio is fine
  9. I also have the same black paint on my 2019 Corolla TS The argument that the problems you have seen are caused by water based paint is incorrect as systems used in factory applied paint use solvent based top coats. Basecoats etc. For sure can use waterborne but not top coats as they aren’t resilient enough. The problem with most paint these days is that the drive to lower solvent content (VOC) has forced manufacturers to use lower molecular weight polymers which are compromised in terms of chemical and physical resistance properties, and by the way, lead to poor flow and levelling cau
  10. I think there are 2 issues, the infotainment system is poor - in fact I’m surprised you aren’t getting vibrations/resonance from the door speakers at that volume and secondly the factory fit tyres are equally poor with a lot of noise. Having said that you should check the obvious like the bass and equaliser settings and balance etc to make sure nothing has been altered plus make sure the speed related volume system is on
  11. Bit too cold at the moment for photos but quite clear instructions on pages 528 and 529 of the online handbook as well as advice on how best to extend the net partition
  12. The Toyota system is worse than that. You may as well be speaking Klingon. Tried to get Apple car play installed at the first service last October but dealer wasn’t ready to do it and since then there has been nowhere to travel to anyway. Net result is I haven’t spoken to frosty knickers for several months now. Ford Sync is far far better
  13. Using the voice control has led to raised voices on several occasions and as a result now we no longer speak. Dreadful system which actually is significantly worse than the system in my previous 2014 Ford Focus
  14. System works well on my car and I leave it on all the time. It does stay on sometimes even when there are streetlights but this is mainly because modern streetlights are abysmal. One of the few things which does work unlike the atrocious sat nav system and non-functional road sign system
  15. The 3 metal clips slide onto 3 brackets on the back of the rear seats when laid flat. The net then is pulled upwards and locates in an additional set of eyelets in the roof. If you look on the roof you will see plastic covers either side. Open these covers to reveal the eyelets. It is one of the best features of the estate in my opinion as it lets me transport two large greyhound dogs in comfort plus there is still room in front of the net for storage
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