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  1. Oooh! Dying to help if I may, as I'm pretty good at this one if I may say so myself. Some of it is obviously teaching granny to suck eggs, no offence intended, just quickly listing a few of the very simple basics I know really work. Aim at daily calories of 1,600. Fat 20%, protein 20%, carbs (66% complex, not sugars) the rest. Cut out everything that is not essential to nutrition with the all or nothing approach -- no booze, no sweets, no cakes, no crisps, etc. It's a rule. 45 mins. exercise at least 3 or 4 times a week, more if you are already fit. Lower intensity excercise actually burns a higher percentage of fat -- maybe 40% plus of expended energy, but then again, high intensity (heavier breathing and perspiration) burns more calories due to higher amount work done, so even at 25% fat burn, it's still quite a lot in fat calories. Cheap diet foods that are v. low fat with the carbs and protein you need plus v. cheap: Shredded Wheat with non-fat milk and Actimel liquid yogurt stuff on top, tuna in brine (drain first!) mixed with light Philadelphia on full bodied but low fat bread/Rivita. Salads with just a little bread -- a little drizzle of oil is fine, as are flakes of strong flavoured cheese and meat. Cottage cheese with all kinds of stuff mixed in, like chopped pickled onions in spirit vinigar and ground black pepper. Chicken !Removed!, cooked in whatever shape or form -- one small one is enough. Prawns. Remember that some foods may claim to be only 5% fat, but since foods like chips are heavy at 300g for a big portion, that's still quite a lot of fat you're eating. Beware low fat stuff that has had a load of sugar stuck in instead. A lot of processed foods have loads of fat chucked in -- best cook from the raw materials yourself, cheaper too. The problem with gymns and the like, apart from cost, is that it's tiresome to drive, get changed, excercise, change and drive back -- can take 2 hours for 45 mins excercise. Is there anything on your doorstep? E.g. a place you can walk or run where traffic pollution isn't bad. If you aren't that fit/don't normally run, start by walking with the odd 100 yards of light jog in between and build from there. A lot of people shoot out of the front door, find they can't do it and give up in utter disappointment: yes, humans should be able to run, but you can't expect to sit down for 5 years and suddenly be able to do it. Take it easy and you'll be surprised how in only a few weeks you'll be jogging the odd mile of two. Stretch and warm up first -- the warm up can be simply walkng for the first 10 mins and then increasing your speed. Even athletes need to raise their pulse first -- breaking into heavy excercise creates a load that a cold engine can't meet and stops you in your tracks (or if you are more athletic makes you reduce your speed by 20 seconds a mile to recover the deficit and loose the race). Ever heard of 'power walking'? Daft name but a pleasant excercise that also gives a little upper body work. Buy the sticks (glass&carbonfibre composite) for £20, walk. You'll get the swing of it in 20 mins. Also good for running/bouinding up hills. Use your own body in your own home -- stretching, sit ups, leg raises in all directions, squats and stiff legged dead lifts with or without weights, some sort of rowing movement, press ups, running on the spot. Focus on major movements as opposed to bicep curls and the likes. Things you could buy for your home that are good but cost money and take space -- an orbital walker, a multigymn. Exercise actually reduces your appetite. Drink lots of water from the tap or still stuff from a bottle. Don't starve yourself -- your body notices and starts trying to hold onto what you've got. Same goes for gaps between meals -- a little every 3-4 hours is best, even if it's only a banana and a low fat, low sugar (e.g. Actimel) yogurt or a couple of crackers with a low fat spread. You need to excercise to burn fat, and you need carbs to excercise. So, work in 45 mins. of excercise in home or from doorstep several evenings a week, say two hours after a light meal after work, eat sensibly after making your own studies and adjusting to personal taste. Increase excercise frequency and duration, though if it's intense like hard running it's best kept under an hour. Do this and you will loose a stone in a month and have the tools to keep on loosing as you please. When you are really fit (and being lighter is directly linked to this) you'll be able to burn 800 calories in a run, so weight loss is in this case hardly a problem. Consistency and persistency are essential. Don't weigh yourself every day. If you feel too lethargic to excersise, up the calories a little; you can always reduce again later. Again, this ramble above will loose you a stone a month or thereabouts, and the same or more in the month after if you wish. Good luck!
  2. Had mine sprayed and fitted by the dealer, so I can only tell you what I'm pretty sure is true due to what I was told, not what I actually know --- that it's simply a strong adhesive. It would certainly make sense as when waiting for the 'fitting' I had my car back in way less than an hour including the time they spend sitting on the keys. I suppose the only way to be 100% is to take a look from the inside or carefully start lifting an edge and see how you go. If one breaks you can always buy a new grey blank complete with tape. Sorry I couldn't give a definite.
  3. ... and it's less likely to lose speed uphill to the extent that your cruise control switches off. And let's not forget the hydraulic PAS that the 1.8 doesn't have.
  4. You have an absolutely right!!! Today is April fool's day. The Avensis outside is the Avensis model from salon in Geneva 2005. The interior picture was from Volvo S80. I hope you forgive me!!! woofer java script:emoticon(':D', 'smid_3') :Djava script:emoticon(':D', 'smid_3') :D You've been forgiven. In a Spanish forum I was about to be murdered after linking your post But somebody tried to look for some more pics, and HE DID IT: :D http://www.avensisclub.com/modules/pbboard...opic.php?t=3857 Hope you'll enjoy this That last link -- the Avensis in the top photo is identical to mine (but cleaner), a wagon in platinum with door strips fitted. That radiator grill mentioned earlier is available here as a promotional sports package. I don't actually think it looks as good as the standard one. I can't see that I'll be trading in just yet! (despite small envy over indicator lights in the wing mirrors?)
  5. I used to like the red tailed black shark (it's not really a shark), very tough and easy to look after, doesn't attack others. Cichlids are fun, but they can terrorize the others and even themselves. I've seen little cichlids with attitude bully much bigger ones to death. Actually, he killed so many that he had to go. It may be possible to find a large variety that is mild mannered. Angel fish, too, can be agressive. Oh, and the larger fish may dig up/ eat your plants -- they tend to do it more with new introductions, so good to get everything established in advance. If all else fails, plastic plants may do -- they must make some pretty good ones these days. A Plecostomus is a must as they're pretty cute and clean the tank. I always found the standard cat fish a bit boring compared to the old pleccy. Clown fish are nice -- the bigger the tank the bigger and better looking they grow. A big tank also means that your neons, glowlights and zebra fish can actually form little shoals rather than be itty bitty here and there. 3ft to 4ft is enough to achieve this. In a power cut, the temperature can fall and the fish will be due for a case of white spot, so a litttle medication about the place may be handy as WS kills the little ones quickly. Oh, and you frequently see a fish tank in a Chinese restaurant because it's good Feng Shui, especially when well sited. Just some of the things I remember... It's a nice hobby --- you get to set it up, maintenace and redesign is easy yet rewarding, and it's living and moving all the while. You can even leave them when you go on holiday. I wish you much happiness with your tank!
  6. That model of Avensis was renowned for its infallibility -- as some TopGear person put it, you're guaranteed endless boring miles. Sure, it's not sexy, I don't think you care, but it's roomy and reliable. Any car that is the last model before a new one comes has had all the problems ironed out and the specs upped to make it more saleable as people start waiting for the next model. I think you'll be getting more car for your money with this one.
  7. Avensis 2.0 litre sol (= approx. T3 X) wagon, bought new in 2005. Location Finland. Great car, no problems bar replacement (under warranty) of the inner workings or a wing mirror due to inadequate heating. Drives well in all conditions, good traction throughout winter (Tyres = Nokian 4). VCS, traction control and ABS also perform excellently, most noticeably in winter. Gear action is fine. Bought the 2.0 litre in part to get hydraulic power steering... not so keen on the electronic unless town driving would be the main use. The Avensis has relatively low insurance due to the design allowing cheap replacement of many parts. The build quality is undeniably ahead of most in this class. Recommended tyre pressure of 2.2 bar is not enough for good directional stability (the car wanders). My dealership uses 2.5 on my winter tyres -- as recommended in tests done in collaboration with Nokian Tyres. This coupled with hydraulic PAS makes for a car that sits nicely on the road. The Avensis is the most sold in it's class here -- and the Corolla in its class. Tells you something since people in this climate value reliability above all else. More than wished for road noise from tyres particularly on rough asphalt at higher speeds -- partly evident because the car is so quiet in all other respects. The Bridgestone Turanza summer tyres perform well, but there are quieter and I'll be assessing this when replacing. If you want a similarly reliable car that is rather cheaper but has slightly less good build quality, the Nissan Primera may be worth looking at. It's also very quiet. Mazda 6 too noisy and choppy all round -- good for driving but poor for the rest of the family. Mondeo is old and they rust. The French stuff has cosy suspension but the seem to have problems functiong here, electrical faults common among many others. Anyway, in summary very satisfied. Here, the Avensis is a car to aspire to, not some second choice. Bearing in mind there's no such thing as perfection, I believe it would be hard to fault your choice. In my view there was only ever one choice in this size class and price category, and I'm very satisfied. Oh, I had rub strips fitted along the doors. I can give you the part numbers for Norway if required. Happy driving!
  8. 'Platinum' (2005), a sort of richer silver, sometimes looks a little more beige/grey depending on the light. Most sold colour over here on this most sold car. Second most sold was 'light olive' -- sort of silver with a hint of green. Almost went for it but in some lights it didn't look too good while it normally looked great, and the roof rails and grills being silver and not quite matching broke the colour rule that they should be the same (not almost the same) as the rest of the car or entirely different. 9 months later I'm still kind of happy with platinum, but also feel that I chickened out of getting a 'real' colour. The Avensis certainly looks more of a bulk to reckon with in a darker, true color -- the dark red, dark blue and brown metallics are starting to look like they have more personality that I could get used to quickly, and also look like a family car rather than something used for businesss (OK, it is, but that's not the point). In summary -- silver or a 'real' colour for me.
  9. Well we wait again to see how much the grim reaper is going to tax us on.... Lets see how much we can put on those nasty 4x4 cars..... Why do they all assume we dont need them for the purpose of what they are designed for...Bet the tree huggers will be dancing around the apple tree I could not do with out mine as I live out in the sticks and It proved it's worth... I beleive that most cars pollute more than 4x4, but it's seen in a different light.... Someone coming from Finland moaning about 4x4 in the UK is daft.... Yes some do buy them for the school run mum but a good few have to have them for there job or location needs... Me I need one for my job and home location. I choose to live in the country as I dont want to pay £££££ for a concrete box stacked on top of each other.. I drive to all sorts of building sites and a normal car would just get stuck and the supension would give up... Thought that would get a response! I was careful to use the expression SUV to point to the intended usage rather than the off-road ability. I'm sure there are many exceptions, and it's a pity that no system could individually assess necessity case by case. But SUV sales are exploding, most new buyers don't need them for any purpose but vanity and a false sense of security, and they are a problem in several ways. Of course, the living in the sticks bit is a lifestyle choice. Tree hugging is much cheaper. I think that although I may be in Finland at the mo, even if I had nothing to do with the UK I could maybe make a comment on safety, congestion and environmental policy in Europe. Besides, I am a UKadian after all...
  10. I'm all for taxing SUVs more highly. 99% will never see any off-road action yet sales are really escalating. In addition to being high on emissions (we're supposed to be reducing -- if everyone changed over we'd be increasing), SUVsmore likely to cause death in a rollover and certainly more dangerous to pedestrians. The latter, especially combined with the fact that they block your view, makes it a pretty selfish vehicle to by for a school run. People like this not only look silly, they're snobby, ignorant and downright immoral. For some reason (oh, that would be the ignorance) they actually think it makes them look good. I guess in general I'm in favour of taxation based on environmental load -- no one stops you having a big engine as such, but you pay for it. Of course, only rich people would have fast cars then, so I propose an environmental tax in proportion to your wealth. This way only chavs whose wealth couldn't be assessed due to their 'grey' income could afford performance vehicles.
  11. Must say it looks fantastic. Must get one myself, dump the missus and pick up some chicks Are you worried about theft / jealous vandalism?
  12. (2005 Avensis 2.0 petrol estate) If you're 6ft 2" you'll love the space in the Avensis, and it's great for passengers too, in the front and back (unlike e.g. Mazda 6 with hideous cabin noise and choppy suspension). Your customers will certainly appreciate it. It's great to step into something that feels like a 'proper car'. It's not cumbersome to drive around town at all -- the 1.8 has electronic PAS, which is very light and great for town though a bit twitchy for motorway. I think before 2005, the 1.8 didn't have VSC. Undoubtedly very safe and reliable, as already stated. Oil issue shouldn't be a danger post-2003, never seemed to be with anything above a 1.8 petrol. I have cruise control -- it's a retrofit here in Finland on my 'T 3x and a bit'. Works a treat -- there's a post not too long ago about it here.
  13. I think it's great, specially for calls abroad, pc to pc or pc to landline. I've 'conference-called' (from Finland) a landline mate in London and a pc mate in new Zealand, works great. But users must get a headset (as opposed to speakers and microphone) -- it's so annoying to hear your voice coming out of the recipient's speakers three seconds later. It's also handy for business -- e.g. you can call someone in the UEA with skype and charge the customer (on whose behalf you are calling) full rate. Long live Skype! I'm too shy/not suicidal, but if you want you can put yourself in 'Skype me' mode so that anyone and everyone can see you and call you.
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  15. Go for it! Why lag behind for the sake of defending habit? (again). It's so easy -- just like changing to the euro! Then we can have a lower 40 kmh speed limit in town and 120 kmh on the motorway (a slight rise). As has been pointed out, new displays change at the touch of a button anyhow. Also about time we started driving on the right. We're starting to look a little 'quaint'.
  16. Had a 'sol' (t3-x and a little bit) from new last summer. 2.0 litre estate. Only thing so far has been that the heated driver's side wing mirror seemed inefficient and the glass with heater was replaced straight away. MPG 33 at worst, 39 at best, 38 not too tricky to get in combination. The 1.6 and 1.8 petrols are different to other models that they have electronic as opposed to hydraulic PAS. I prefer hydraulic as it's less twitchy. Directional stability can be poor with Toyota's recommended 2.2 bar in the tyres. 2.4 to 2.5 all round is better in the view of many -- my dealer has just returned my car with the winter tyres at 2.5 bar and put it in writing in the report (2.2. bar also recommended by Toyota for winter tyres). Take this into consideration if you find the Avensis a bit of a wanderer. I guess if you're buying nearly new, you can check the last owner's attitude by seeing if he/she bothered with the first optional 1,000 -- 3,000 km (what miles?) oil change or even factor a late one into the purchase price. It's an estate, but no rattles from the pull-over cover for the boot space or elsewhere. Overall I'm delighted -- very cosy, drives well, reliable. Love the auto-dimming rear view miror. Have tested the traction control and VSC quite well here in Finland and have to reluctantly admit that they work superbly and really improve the way the car drives and stays well in control.
  17. Yep, baby seats and bangers for me too. Cars that have stuff scattered over the passenger and rear seats get extra points for the high probabilty of a sole occupant. Sometimes I may break the rule if I see an identical make and colour -- somehow find it amusing to park next to them. Maybe it's also to show solidarity. Or maybe thesedays it's to say "Look, I've got one like yours -- but mines got side stripes so there! :D
  18. Had colour-coded side stips fitted to my Avensis (440 euros, Toyota's own). It was only a few weeks from new that something looking like an air pistol dint appeared on one of the rear passenger doors. Fortunately the strip went nicely on top. In addition to some peace of mind, dividing the doors' surface area makes any dents less noticable on that vast expanse of metal. But we shouldn't take our cars too seriously if we want a healthy life. My last car bought from new had a wacking great crease in it 3 weeks after purchase even though I parked way pack in the supermarket car park with no neighbours, and since getting the door strips on this new Avensis, someone scratched their car along it and did a runner. The Avensis looks better for the strips IMO, but they're out there and they're gonna get you no matter what you do.
  19. That's odd --the t spirit is meant to be the luxury version, and heated seats have long been a luxury accessory in the UK, e.g. on my father's volvo 15 years back. Over here even the most basic Fiat Panda or Lada is equipped as such. Even better than an 'on-off' or switch with four settings or something, the Avensis has an analogue dial for each front seat, fitted either side of the hand brake. The windshield heater is handy for freeing the wipers and heating the low parts that air blowers sometimes miss. Now that's what I call a non-standard luxury gadget.
  20. I'm not sure of the diesel additive, will try to find out. Fuel-wise, I've never heard of problems concerning petrol at that temperature. All cars have an engine block heater (an electric element in the oil sump) that warms the engine up for a couple of hours in advance of starting, and in exceptional cold you can mask the grill in front of the radiator -- either with cardboard and string or the manufacturer's own purpose-designed cover. No probs so far. The other week at -28, the doors weren't too clangy (typically everything shrinks and metal parts have a tinny ring about them) and I've had a stiffer gear stick and hydraulic PAS before so not too bad there. The covers over the headlight washer jets seemed to take a while retracting, but that was about it -- which is why Toyota is the leader in Finland. People did start complaining about their diesel fuel over here, which is why I started having second thoughts about whether it would be a better option.
  21. Petrol at the mo -- new 2.0 litre bought last May, now has around 9,000 miles clocked up. No probs but you'd expect that of any new car (but maybe not always get it!). MPG never drops below 33 and it's not too challenging to get 38 provided it's not used as a shopping bag and school bus. Pulls nicely all round (good pick-up starts around 3,300 rpm) and requires litttle consideration since it's never lacking. Because the 2.0 litre has more strength behind it, it's also nicer to drive around town at low revs that the 1.8, especially when turning at low speed. I also prefer the firm and sedate feel hydraulic power steering, but I can see the combination of light electronic PAS and fuel economy certainly make the 1.8 tempting for drivers spending more time in town, and it's certainly sufficient. Did wonder at the new diesel that just came out -- I'm sure that 170 hp chugs nicely around town at any rpm in addition to the fuel economy, quietness, longevity, pull, towing ability... But I have some concerns over particulate emissions. Is it really cleaner, this new diesel engine? Speaking of the environment, biodiesel sounds like a good way to go. That and cleaner emissions are tempting. A question mark for me is that I remember some people complaining about the effect of the cold on diesel in the UK. Our winter diesel in Finland stores at around -30 and can be used at -34, but we do get these temperatures and this may be problematic (arctic diesel is good to -44, but not necessarily available nationwide). Until recently I wasn't aware of the cold being a problem to diesel so it's given me something to consider. I guess what I'm saying is that if it's clean enough and manages the cold, the latest Toyota diesel may be the car of my modest dreams. Better get some miles out of this one first! And just think, one day the kids will leave home and I can have a car with light beige upholstery!
  22. Ok, tricky. BUT -- I've found a Finnish url that features my cruise control -- I have the 'stalk' in the first picture and the grey 'presets' pad in the last picture, which is listed as on optional extra. Defo the right products here I've found a somewhat spubik web page by a company of the correct name (there are several 'lite-ons'). In the 'products' section, the products seem to have the correct 'number-names' (e.g. AP500 which I think mine is and seems to be the most expensive) Probably the correct company link here Looks more like a company supplying businesses/the automotive industry than individuals -- e.g. Toyota Finland for retro fit -- but at least it's a start on the trail and I can personally vouch for a good experience as already described. If you look into it, maybe you could let us know if you find a supplier. TIP: Try to avoid things you clip to the steering wheel as they look tacky and catch on your hands. The stalk is best!
  23. My Avensis 'sol' here in Finland seems to be the equivalent of a T3-x -- retractable wing mirrors, heated screen for wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, auto air-con etc. (heated seats are standard with even the base models of the smallest car here). One of the 'gifts' you get for buying through a business is cruise control. The Spirit isn't sold here, just a luxury packet for 5,000 euros with the electric leather seats. This retro-fitting is done to minimize our extremely high import duty. Besides, leather seats are freezing in winter before the heating kicks in. I was actually expecting the Toyato cruise to be fitted, but that wasn't what Toyota fitted after import. It was a 'LiteOn' after market jobby. Works like a dream -- you can accelerate, let off the gas and it goes back to where it was, turns off when you brake, remembers your last speed to resume afterwards, has a rev limiter in case you depress the clutch etc. Best of all it has 3 presets (hold in buttons 1-3 at a given speed, it beeps, the preset is set.) Automatically swiches off if you drop 15 kmh, could happen if going steeply uphill in 5th, but I've never had a problem with my 2.0 litre petrol. Great functionality, my only qualm is that 'CRUISE' doesn't light up on the dashboard and the green/red light that comes with the steering column stick can be hard to see during the day and is sometimes obscured by the steering wheel (can it be fixed so that the proper dash light comes on?). In summary, this particular after market gives greater functinality than Toyota's own but lacks the prpoer display light. Hope this helps.
  24. Well, under the sink where at the base of the tap you normally see two pipes going in for hot and cold water, a third is there which goes out to a shower hose with a small shower head at the end that hangs on the wall by the toilet, i.e. you 'stay seated during the process'. When you turn the tap on, water comes out as normal, but depress the button on the shower head and hey presto, the tap stops and the shower head starts (and stops when you let go). Easy to control (use your imagination), instant, no hassle and no need for a second white porcelain thing even if you had the space. It’s really convenient and women especially appreciate it for a couple of other reasons I won’t go into. After a decade with it, I’d feel dreadful without it I must say. If you ever see this system, it's good to remember that the towel near the toilet is the botty towel -- use the one nearest the sink for you face!!
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