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  1. Hi - Thx for the tip. I had my vehicle in for its 90k service 2 days ago. The workshop told me it's because the disc has slight ridges in it - but the rhs also has ridges...?. Strange that only the rear discs have ridges and the front ones are smooth. I've had the car from new, so the pads have never worn to have caused ridges. The 90k service included brake fluid change as well, so hopefully if the brakes weren't bled correctly previously, now they are..? Regards Erwin
  2. Hi - Yes, I have removed the Toyota and Corolla badges from the boot lid. Only left the Toyota symbol and the Verso badges. I carefully removed them using a Stanley knife - slowly cutting the tape between the badges to the lid. Careful not to touch the paintwork with the blade. Once the 'seal' is broken then you can slowly lift and pull the badge of. I then cleaned the remaining sticky stuff of the paintwork using a cloth and a bit of dishwashing liquid - anything non abrasive should work. I don't like multiple badges stuck to a car. Having only the Toyota emblem in the center and Verso at the bottom right of the boot, makes it look less cluttered. At least, I like it that way. Regards Erwin
  3. Hi - I have noticed that my 2009 Verso's left rear brake pads are worn much more than the right wheel's brake pads. Both pads(inner and outer) on each wheel are worn equal though. Any suggestions? Thx in advance Erwin
  4. Hi - Can anyone shed some light on what special tools I may need to change my 2009 Verso's front disc pads? Buying the pads will cost me less than half the Toyota dealer price... Thx in advance Regards Erwin
  5. Hi All - I tried changing the dual filament incandescent brake/tail bulbs with a dual filament LED replacement. Problem is that only the brake light works and not the tail lights. LED'S work fine connecting directly to the battery. Apparently, some cars swap the neg. and pos. around for different functions, eg one way for the brake lights and the other way for the tail lights, which isn't a problem for incandescent bulbs, but LED's being directional, obviously have a problem with that. I tried this on my Verso and on a Golf, and both have the same problem. Has anyone perhaps replaced their bulbs with a certain type of dual filament LED, successfully? Thx in advance Erwin
  6. Hi There - I would say, that it depends on the type of tyre thread as well as the road pattern. My verso has Bridgestone Turanza tyres and I cannot complain of any tyre noise in general. Where I live, there is a piece of concrete road on the freeway which causes an excessive howling/whistling sound. At first I thought something was wrong with the car, but it only happens on that piece of road. Hope this helps Erwin
  7. Hi There - Firstly; congratulations. Secondly; the Verso is the way to go. It has built quality, safety of the highest rating and lots of toys. It is also lovely to drive. Even the 1.6lt is willing. I own the 1.6SX(as it is known in South Africa), have had it for 18months and very happy with it. I would not hesitate buying another one. You get value for money. Regards Erwin
  8. Hi - As per the manual; the VSC in on permanently, which I like for safety, even if you switch off the traction control which allows you to spin the drive-wheels. Erwin
  9. Hi - I know that an anti-fogging spray does exist, which you normally use on your spectacles which prevents the lenzes from steaming up. I don't know what the name is though. Perhaps leaving the airvents open which will allow the warm air to escape may reduce the problem. Have you checked for any broken seals where the moisture could be seeping through? Erwin
  10. Hi - My Verso manual says that when the stability control of the vehicle takes control, then the slip light on the dashboard will flash and a buzzer will beep, to warn you. Once, did I drive at high speed through a large water puddle on the high-way, and felt the steering wheel ***** momenteraly. It was at night, and I saw the slip light flash once, but there was no beeping. Has any-one had the unfortunate experience where the stability control had to take control of your vehicle? Did the buzzer beep? Regards Erwin
  11. Hi all - I thought I'd share my dislikes of my Verso. 1) The radio cannot be played with the ignition off. 2) The doors don't auto lock upon drive-off(my scenic had this option and I loved it for security reasons, especially when my wife drives around and with kids in the car. 3) The second row footwell is narrow. The leg space is great, but I found that bump underneath the seats annoying. Most cars I have looked at don't have that bump, giving more foot space. 4) I would have liked the time and temperature display to be seperate from the other computer display options. Apart from the above, it's a great vehicle. Any opinions? Erwin
  12. Hi - I' ve bought another b-sting aerial(the whip part only), but the smooth type. This one doesn't have the twist in it. I cut it half-way and replaced the end-cap. It looks more sporty than the long aerial. I have found no reduction in radio reception. The Verso's aerial is a standard aerial, so you can get it from a radio shop as well. I bought mine at a radio shop and paid 1/3 of the price Toyota wanted. Erwin
  13. Yep - I had the same problem a month ago. Wouldn't lock, nor unlock. Luckily I was at home so I tried my spare remote and it worked fine. I then tried the 'everyday' remote afterwards and it also worked fine. Never had the problem again. I think that the synchro sometimes gets lost between transmitter and receiver. Wonderfull things these ones and zeros. As long as they work together that is. Erwin
  14. Hi There - My wife left the spotlights on for 3hrs the other day while she went to a Home and Garden show. The battery was as dead as can be. After some phone calls, my car was running again with a spare battery and had the original recharged over-night. The buzzer which sounds when you leave your lights on is not very audible when parking on a noisy road. I wish the electrics were designed to at least dim the lights, if not switching them off al-together as some other cars do, when the ignition is off. This is so otherwise from these !Removed!. You can't play the radio without the ignition on, but yet they allow you to drain your battery by leaving the **** lights on accidentally. I still love my Verso thou. It's solid, positive, quiet, spacious and safe. Anyway, just to let you know when-ever you should disconnect the battery terminals. The only things that need resetting is the clock and the pre-set radio stations and sound control levels. Erwin
  15. Hi - It happened to me the other day. Remote didn't want to lock/unlock to doors. Luckily, I was at home so I used my spare remote. The spare locked and unlocked the doors. Funny thing is that my 'everday' remote then worked fine immediately after having tried the spare. I have never had the problem again. Electronics is a wonderfull thing, as long as it works. Erwin
  16. Hi - 99% of the Versos have that gap on the left of the lid above the head-unit. Mine has to and I bought it brand new. It's a factory 'moulding' error. If you really want to remove the head-unit though, then very carefully unclip the air vent strips on either side of the head-unit by sliding a blade underneath the strips and pull them upwards. Be very carefull not to force it to prevent breking the clips that hold these air vent strips. Once removed, will you find screws on either side of the head-unit. Erwin
  17. I don't mind, but I don't want a big box in the boot. How about an alternative idea... Peering through the grilles at the front door speakers, they look pretty poor, only a one inch voice coil i reckon, so one option would be to simply replace these with some decent speaker units which are easy to find. I did this once with a citroen i had and it improved things considerably. The snag is that it seems you have to remove the door cards to do this. Any idea how easy/hard that is? I don't mind, but I don't want a big box in the boot. How about an alternative idea... Peering through the grilles at the front door speakers, they look pretty poor, only a one inch voice coil i reckon, so one option would be to simply replace these with some decent speaker units which are easy to find. I did this once with a citroen i had and it improved things considerably. The snag is that it seems you have to remove the door cards to do this. Any idea how easy/hard that is? Hi - I have found that setting the head-unit's fader control to level 5-rear, seems to improve the bass response for the front seaters. It works for me, but it obviously depends on how much bass you personally want. Erwin
  18. Hi - No; that is not normal. My 160Verso idles at about 800rpm at normal running temperature. When the aircon. kicks in while idling, then it drops to about 700, but then compensates itself back to 800. When cold, the automatic choke pushes it up to about 1200rpm. Even if your Verso's revs. are higher, it should be constant and not fluctuate as you have mentioned. When you change gears, the revs. must naturally drop, not shoot up. I must say though that withing the first week I purchased my 2005 Verso, one day the idling was very low and rough. The car didn't have much power. I ignored it and have never had the problem again. Sometimes new vehicles need a bit of mileage before the niggly irratating problems dissapear. Regards Erwin
  19. Hi - Being a chain, I've heard that it never requires replacement. Only after about 120000 km should it be inspected, mainly for tension. Erwin
  20. Let me answer my own question. Since I recently side-winded a mini-bus at about 30km/h. No airbag deployed and there was no need for it either. Deployment thresholds are obviously calculated on the rigidity of the object struck.
  21. Hi - Anyone tried playing MP3s in their Verso's standard headunit cd player? Does it work? I'm to scared to test it as I may hear that horrible non-compatible screachy noise.
  22. Hi - I had the unfortunate experience to crash my Verso on Sunday the 6th. I side-winded a mini-bus making a U-turn. I was doing +-50km/h when I slammed on brakes. Luckily, no structural damage was done, but the bumper, head-light and grill are smashed. I guess I was doing +- 30km/h when we made contact. The airbags didn't deploy, which I'm glad about, since the belt was good enough to restrain the front occupants and although nobody was injured; the wife and kids were histerical. I must say that I am a bit disappointed with the stopping capability of the Verso. I feel that the EBA should have done the job. I went to Toyota to have a safety diagnostics check done, although the airbags didn't deploy. The computer indated no faults. When I spoke to the Toyota service Manager, he said that all this fancy ABS, EBD, EBA actually increases the stopping distance. My platic goods need replacing, but the min-bus need a new front section and door. I must say that the Verso's structure is very stable. Regards Erwin
  23. Hi There - Received a letter from Toyota South Africa stating that during a routine crash test evaluation, the passanger airbag on-off action was found to be faulty. This is what is wrong... When you switch it off(disabling the airbag), instead of disabling the airbag, it disables the seatbelt pre-tensioner but leaves the airbag active! This is caused by a Computer Unit Logic Error. However, when you leave the switch to the normal ON position, everything functions properly. Toyota said that all 2004 to May 2006 Versos are affected. The post-May 2006 units have been rectified. They also said that new computer modules will be fitted free of charge to all our vehicles by end 2006 which will rectify the error. As a general rule, please do not place baby chairs on the front seat, thinking that the airbag is off. Always strap them on the rear seat. It is a fact that the rear is the safest place. Regards Erwin
  24. Hi There - Apparently, the Verso's knee aibag deploys at impacts above 25km/h. I feel this a bit 'slow' to sustain knee/upper leg injuries and also adds an expense to a repairable vehicle crashing into something at that speed. Does anyone know at what speed the other frontal airbags deploy? I know this also depends on the rigidity of the object impacting. Erwin
  25. Hi There - I have the 160sx - Mods to my car are minor, but good enough and relatively cheap - - Rear PDC with sensors color-coded - I've cut the bee-sting aerial to half size(makes it look sportier) - Rubber boot protection mat - the soft type so I can roll it up when using the rear seats - Stainless exhaust tail piece, thicker than the existing piece and slides over it(makes the rear look beafier) - Added a hi-tone hooter unit to the standard lo-tone. This takes away the embarrasment when wanting to hoot. I still want to get a horizontal cargo cover made. The solid type, as I don't like the net-type Toyota sells. I often drive around without the tonaue(spelling??)cover fitted and a solid cargo cover would be able to keep some good out of site as well as preventing them from rolling around. That's it Regards Erwin
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