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  1. Yes, I understand. But my MoT tester didn't notice. After all, he's hardly likely to remove the 'bulbs' to check, is he?
  2. I have exactly the same model as you - albeit a 2018 version. I fitted a pair of LED bulbs back in December 2021. Made a vast difference to driving at night. I chose these because of a relatively modest price and a three year warranty. If you click on the 'Review' tab, you'll see my comments - I'm 'Andrew'. autobulbsdirect.co.uk/twenty20-compact-led-bulbs-HIR2 But, bear in mind that if you fit any form LED lights, the car will technically be illegal. (It won't be 'street legal'.) It was 'E' marked with halogens, and only with halogens will it be legal. However, being pragmatic, the MoT tester didn't notice and no-one has complained or 'flashed' me because I was dazzling them. Anyway, I recommend them!
  3. Well, maybe it does have convex mirrors. I put a 6" steel rule up against the mirror and the glass just curved away ever so slightly from the straight edge. I looked more closely and still couldn't see any distortion caused by any curvature. Then I stopped the car with a good view (in the mirror) of a pair of yellow 'No Waiting' lines painted down the road edge. By moving my head around I could (just, perhaps) see a distortion in the lines towards the outside edge of the mirror. If this is the correct mirror, the amount of convex-ness is absolutely minimal. I've taken a photo of the o/s mirror. It looks genuine to me! From the Toyota Europe website I obtained the 'Techdoc Vehicle Summary' for my car's VIN. I've taken a screen shot of the relevant page. (See attached. I've marked the bit about external mirrors with 'HERE'.) It says "Colour pwr heat". I guess it means it has a coloured outer cover, powered (as in adjustable by a switch from inside the car) and heated (when they get covered in frost). It doesn't mention it being convex. But, perhaps it's not an option - all Auris cars get a convex mirror? So, back to where I started really! It might be convex, but it's such a minor curvature it's virtually impossible to see it. Previous (none Toyota) cars that have had a convex mirror, have had a vertical line about a quarter of the way in from the outside edge with a marked curvature from that point. If Toyota's convex mirrors don't have this vertical line, but are more subtle, it's totally lost on me! Auris Spec.pdf
  4. I wondered is anyone had experience of replacement mirrors - convex, heated and not made by Toyota? Details here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333579266636?hash=item4daadfaa4c:g:ECkAAOSwsINiIDNK
  5. I've had my 2018 Auris for a year and I've had a couple of near misses - not seeing an overtaking car - although I'd checked the mirrors. I've a stiff neck so have difficulty turning my head enough to check the 'blind spot'. Toyota (through eBay) sell a convex, heated mirror - details here: ebay.co.uk/itm/324461178642 But it seems diabolically expensive. Does anyone have experience of these mirrors - or can anyone suggest an alternative? I've driven cars with stick on mirrors but found them too small and they (obviously) reduce the amount of 'normal' mirror that's available. Any suggestions?
  6. When you consider most cars have a cam belt, and most manufacturers insist on 60,000 mile replacements, which also includes the tensioner and any water pump that the belt also drives - 200k for a Toyota tensioner seems pretty good to me!
  7. I guess at over 200,000 miles this is only to be considered normal.
  8. Tony - I was thinking of putting a query on here about E10 and if it would have any detrimental effects. But then I read that Brazil uses E80 (80% ethanol) and Toyota sell cars to Brazil..... But, ethanol is a solvent! I'll be very interested in your conclusion in 3 months time.
  9. I've no experience of Toyota dash-cams, but with all the makes I've used, you have to format the card (in the dash-cam itself) before it will work. Word of advice - you must use a heavy duty, high endurance SD card. Dash-cams are recording continually and this will quickly 'wear out' normal SD cards. I've used the Integral card for years: amazon.co.uk/Integral-dashcam-Endurance-micro
  10. IMHO there is little sound deadening because the buying public don't demand it on mid range cars - like Toyota's. Top end cars (think Jaguar, Mercedes) do have appropriate sound deadening as their buyers demand a quieter car. But it's all fantastically complex and the DIY owner in his garage isn't likely to make much improvement. For an insight, see: bksv.com/nvh-noise-vibration-harshness
  11. I had a 2010 Prius TSpirit. The spare wheel was omitted to save weight - as the car was heavier because of the sun-roof. The space and the holding bracket was there - under the false floor in the boot - but a tyre inflating foam device was supplied instead. I bought a spare wheel / tyre and installed it.
  12. Just a few thought on sound deadening... I had a Gen 2 and a Gen 3 Prius and spent an inordinate amount of time any money trying to make them quieter. It was largely a waste of time. Any perceived (and without a sound level meter, it's very subjective) improvement was forgotten within a week. I found it was also easy to make things worse - adding heavy sound deadening material can lower the resonant frequency of panels and make it more intrusive. About the only thing I found to have a marked effect was the attention I gave to the rear wheel arches: 1) Heavy sound deadening material on the metalwork. 2) Closed Cell foam on top of the sound deadener. 3) Mass Loaded Vinyl on top of the foam. It made an appreciable difference. But with a few weeks the car seemed just as noisy.
  13. But, doesn't it get washed off with the blast of water that must engulf the suspension & steering parts when you drive in the rain? Not that it would be any better in the rain, would this be any good (or better?): toolstation.com/wd-40-specialist-dry-ptfe ?
  14. Tony, do you mean: screwfix.com/p/wd-40-silicone-lubricant-400ml/86394 ?
  15. Just a thought about the key fob battery - the flat disc cell. Use some sort of disposable gloves or plastic tweezers when handling. If you use your 'naked' fingertips you 1) put grease on the battery contacts and 2) put some resistance across the terminals and draw an unhealthy amount of current for such a small battery - and shorten its life.
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