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Chris Dance

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  1. I purchased a new iPhone 12 mini, I have paired it with the Sat Nav but I cannot get it to load the phone contacts. I have checked the phone blue tooth settings and they are OK. Contacts are set on the phone for downloading. Sat nav volume is not very loud I can turn it up on the steering wheel volume control. Can the volume of the sat nav be set separately from the audio? Any suggestions gratefully received.
  2. A general attitude I have encountered is the fact that you are insured you are covered for cat theft or you should not have bought a car knowing it was at risk to this type of theft. With this attitude I doubt 10,000 signatures will be achieved. I was told by my Toyota dealer that all the police do is issue with a crime certificate if your Cat is stolen. Sorry state of affairs!!
  3. I have signed the petition and passed it on. The petition needs lots more folk to sign up before government will take any notice. At the moment it looks like a lost cause!!
  4. Lots of other drivers do not understand the Prius. Many have asked me how it works, Do I have to charge it etc. Some do not believe that I get over 80MPG on a warm day. I Have owned several Prius models I think the Gen 4 is the best of them all. Running around town it automatically goes on electric and when low on charge the engine kicks in. My 2017 model is exempt any road tax. My son has a 2010 Prius; he has used it in Europe a lot. Never any faults; that car has covered about 80,000 miles. He does have to use winter tyres. In winter the Prius on normal tyres in snow and ice is not so g
  5. Pleased you stopped them from stealing the cat. I would also use the pick axe handle to defend myself but be prepared to get arrested if you have to use it. Always keep you and your family safe. You never know what the thieves are capable of.
  6. Michelin would be my first choice. Agree with John.
  7. Stephen you are correct I did have the recall on the drivers seat belt buckle. I have just returned from the dealer and the fault was a loose connection under the drivers seat. I suspect the warning has never worked since that recall. It is something that is not checked as usually it is "clunk click every trip". I am assured it is sorted and there was no charge. Thanks to a good Toyota dealer.
  8. Our Gen 4 Prius went into local dealer for full 4th year service on 18th Feb. On 23rd Feb I inadvertently drove a short way without putting on the seat belt. I had no warning I was driving without the seat belt fitted. I cannot be sure it was working prior to the service as I do not usually drive without fitting the seat belt. I rang the dealer this morning and inquired if they disable the seat belt warning during service. They assured me they do not. I have booked the car in tomorrow to get the fault sorted. A chap at the dealers said you have to be driving at over 20 MPH without a seat belt
  9. I was advised that the Gen 4 is just as likely to be targeted as the Gen 3 and should be protected with a catloc. The catloc just makes it harder for the thieves to steal. A determined gang could still get the cat but the catloc is a deterrent.
  10. Even if we did have tilt alarms on our cars I doubt any body would heed the alarms. Folk have viewed CAT thieves in action but are far to afraid to do anything. When the police arrive on the scene if at all; the CAT thieves have gone. If I recall correctly 13 cars in a High Wycombe car park were robbed of CATS. No thieves caught. Any CATLOC would not deter determined thieves.
  11. I consider driving the better option to keep the battery charged. Driving ensures all the systems are functioning as well as the corrosion of the brakes. The Prius is also a joy to drive.
  12. At three years our Gen 4 battery went dead. AA chap said it had died mainly because I had only used it for short Journeys. It was the first lock down and Toyota dealer was closed so I paid for a Bosch battery directly from the AA man. The AA chap recommended taking the car on a motorway run about once a week; this is what I do. I used to service the cars I owned in the 60s 70s and 80s. My first car was a Renault Dauphine and was easy to maintain. I had several Simca cars, I did lots of miles and service was every 3,000 miles. I still have my grease gun and spanner sets. The Volvo I owned
  13. I would only trust a Toyota dealer to service and maintain my Prius. There was mention of a few years ago on this forum of a non Toyota garage putting a Prius up on a ramp; draining the oil and then the engine started. This wrecked the engine. They did not realise the engine was still "live". I expect their are some independents who are OK and understand the Prius; how do you know which ones are fully trained to work on Hybrid vehicles? I have Toyota 3 year service plan.
  14. The thieves seem to be able to remove a catalytic convertor without setting off the alarm. I was told they did several Prius cars in the same car park but no alarms went off.
  15. Did you buy from a Toyota dealer or an independent? It must have been serviced somewhere. Did the previous owner not have any records at all? Years ago I had a Volvo serviced by a local mobile mechanic. He always supplied me with a receipt detailing work done. Duffryn's suggestion is a good one.
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