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    Robert Hossack
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  1. When do you expect to get your AWD Cross Don? No doubt it will be in time for winter conditions when you will be able to put it through its paces. I would love to be in a position of waiting for one to arrive before this winter but, as I explained earlier, it has to be suitable for my wife to drive as well. I would love to hear how you get on with it.
  2. Yes Don I am looking forward to getting my hands on one. Having given up my last Scoobydoo (which was hard for me to do) I have been driving my wife's Yaris a lot more. She has been driving Yaris's for quite a few years now and if I decide to get a Cross I would like her to be able to, and happy to, drive it. I am very impressed with Toyotas. When do you expect to get your AWD Cross? No doubt it will be in time for winter conditions when you will be able to put it through its paces. I would love to be in a position of waiting for one to arrive before this winter but, as I explained earlier, it has to be suitable for my wife to drive as well. I would love to hear how you get on with it.
  3. Thanks to all for information. As I said in earlier post I do not need a super duper all singing and dancing all-terrain vehicle now and me and my wife will not be going out in heavy snow conditions or driving in rough dirt track roads. We simply want a vehicle which will keep us moving in light snow and ice conditions. My wife likes, and is very familiar with, her Yaris Y20 hybrid and I gave up my last Subaru a couple of years ago. After seeing the video below, I am convinced that the Yaris Cross AWDi will probably fit the bill for us. My only problem is getting a test drive of one as Aberdeen does not have a full Toyota franchise dealership now and the nearest one is about 60 miles away. My wife would need more than one test drive to make sure she was happy with the driving position and basic controls, etc and, ideally, I would like to try it in good and inclement weather. I am now sure, however, that the car would be able to deal with most non severe weather and road conditions albeit that it will probably have to be driven carefully in a manner commensurate with its capabilities.
  4. Thanks for the video(s). The one in a foreign language would have been more helpful in English but I can spend a bit more time looking at them more closely.
  5. My interest is only in its capability on slippery surfaces and having a car that my wife will drive, my days of off-roading, etc are past. I wonder about the validity of the Vitara vs Yaris test video considering the tests were conducted at a Suziki franchise. In the comments on the video one person raises some questions about the roller tests :-"small diameter rollers, lack of side rollers - questionable results with the engagement of the tire of the fixed parts of the stand or creating traction due to the inertia of the rollers of small diameter" It is a pity that the Yaris cannot be tested/filmed on an actual slippery surface. No doubt the Suzuki did perform better in the tests shown in the video and this may be due to the fact that the Vitara has some mechanical drive to the rear wheels and/or different drive system monitoring and control. REPLY
  6. Thanks Tony your explanation and the video are very helpful. I have driven 4 wheel drive cars for many years now and appreciate their capability in difficult terrains/circumstances. Many years ago I drove land rovers in my job and those beasts could just about get you up the side of a house when 4 wheel drive was selected. For the last 36 or so years I drove various Subarus which were all excellent in difficult driving conditions. I was sold on Subarus when I was driving my first one down a narrow country road at a speed that I should not have been at and I encountered an extremely tight right hand bend. I intuitively felt that I would never get round the bend but the scoobydoo just effortlessly purred round the corner. Obviously the scooby low centre of gravity boxer engine and my knowledge about how to use the accelerator when negotiating a tight bend helped but from that moment on I was a Subaru convert. My belief and trust in scoobydoos was later reinforced when I slowly negotiated a very steep icy road past about a dozen other vehicles which were either spinning or stationery at the side. I knew that the Yaris Cross would have limited power and capability in 4 wheel or any wheel drive mode but I expected that it would still provide a useful function on a slippery incline, perhaps not according to the video of tests which you pointed me to. I need to watch the video again and investigate further. I never really considered before that amount of power available would have been a factor in slowly negotiating a slippery incline but I need to investigate and consider this a bit more. The Vitara seemed to perform better in the video was this because of more power or better design/control? I need to investigate. Once again Tony thanks for your very helpful reply.
  7. Do you have any experience of driving one?
  8. Does anyone have experience of capability of the yaris cross 4 wheel drive when starting off on a slippery inclined road. Also is the drive technology intelligent any wheel drive or simply equal power 4 wheel drive. Also, I presume that the 4 wheel drive capability is purely electric drive and consequently limited in terms of speed and distance.
  9. Eureka - at long last - managed to lift the rear seat. When I tried last time I was bent over with my arms at right angles to my torso and ended up aggravating defects at the top and bottom of my spine. This time I kept my arms more or less in line with my torso so that there was no levered force on my spine and I successfully undid the front clips. I have found that there isn't a filter on the hybrid battery cooling fan intake, only a fairly coubik plastic mesh.
  10. Day two - had my spinach and tried again using a lot of force whilst jerking/yanking the seat at the two fixing locations about 10 inches in on either side where I could feel the fixings but still no joy. Any harder and i am sure I would have dislodged my shoulder joint. Any other suggestions?
  11. Just gone back over previous replies and I see that Flassh22 says that the Mk3 Yaris does not have a filter. The reason I was asking about the filter was because my 2 year old Y20 Yaris just had its 2 year service and work done did not include hybrid battery filter replacement. The service and warranty booklet indicated replacement but the item in the booklet schedule had a note referenced to it saying "C-HR" but I am unsure if the service and warranty booklet is the correct one for my particular Yaris. I have had inappropriate owners manuals and service and warranty booklets before. I think the only thing I can do is eat some spinach and try again to lift the seat, etc tomorrow.
  12. I am no weakling but I can not dislodge the two front clips and Iam reluctant to try to lever it up after parts-king warning about clips breaking easily.
  13. Are the back seat fixing clips at the front or rear of the seat?
  14. Thanks to all for the information. I should have said that my Yaris is a Y20 model (Mk???). Tried to have a look myself - managed to pop the 7 fixings on the under-seat cover but how do I lift the back seat?
  15. Does anyone know if the Yaris hybrid battery has an air filter
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