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  1. 20 hours ago, Dickson Mar said:

    ...Tried holding the fob to the start switch for ten seconds and staring it but wont start...

    Did you press the start button while holding the key against it?

    As Keith says, the lock symbol means the immobiliser has activated.

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  2. The only things I can think of:

    • needs fuse somewhere
    • faulty switch
    • one or more connectors not securely engaged
    • wiring damaged somewhere

    The brake switch isn't relevant - if that doesn't work properly, it won't prevent the CC from engaging, but will stop it being cancelled when the brake pedal is pressed (not something you'd want though).

    Just a final long shot - you are pressing the button on the end of the stalk first to switch the CC system on, aren't you?  The word "CRUISE" should light up in green on the dash.  Once it's done that, you need to be going over about 28 mph for it to work, flick the switch down and it should then hold that speed.

  3. I also had a company 2007 T3 fitted with the cruise control switch and brake switch (although with official parts obtained by and fitted by my dealer) and it just worked (as it did on two Gen 1 and one Gen 3 Prius).

    They may have needed to install a fuse, but I do remember on the first Gen 1 they did they said it was already there.

  4. Just now, rafletcher said:

    ... I do wish Toyota had spent a little more money and made the window and roof switches backlit. I'd happily have done without the blue mood lighting in my Excel in return for being able to see the controls more easily.

    Absolutely - with you 100% on that.

    Personally, I don't like opening roofs (glass or otherwise), but why must the switches be way up there anyway?  When electric sunroofs started to appear the switches were on the centre console - much easier.

  5. 2 minutes ago, MrBee said:

    Without wishing to derail the thread, I wondered how you are finding your new tyres? I was wondering where you got them from and what you did with the nearly new Bridgestones)...

    Hi Stephen

    I bought my tyres from my dealer, they are storing the old ones and will swap them back in March.  They will continue to do this each October and March until the summer tyres wear out, after which I will probably stay with all-seasons permanently.  (I also have a full size spare - which fits nicely under the boot floor - so it's five tyres affected, not just four).

    I haven't been able to notice any difference in mpg because of the big drop with the colder weather - it's hard to say if some or any of it is due to the tyres.  I don't have that much faith in the performance codes, but for what it's worth both the factory tyres and the Vredesteins are rated C for economy.  One thing I was pleased about that there was no increase in noise (rated 70/71 dB for old/new), unlike the Nokian winter tyres I used on my last 2 cars - I also had the impression they did worsen the mpg very slightly, but I have no hard evidence).

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  6. On 1/6/2020 at 6:42 AM, nielshm said:

    Some how, I just like the cold engine feeling better than the warm engine feeling.

    While the engine goes though its warm-up procedure, the engine input to acceleration and cruising is almost nil unless you accelerate very hard or go pretty fast.  The car will feel like an EV during this time because essentially, it is.  You may also notice the HV Battery gauge depleting quite quickly at this time.

    During the warm-up phase, the variable value timing is held at an extreme setting (I can never remember whether it's advanced or retarded) but the purpose it to make maximum heat for rapid warm-up (which also causes the drive power to be reduced - this is why the engine is seemingly divorced from the drive process during this period).  It still fascinates me even after 18 years and over 320,000 miles of Hybrid driving.  My car usually reaches the normal temperature in just one mile from a cold start, and during a few quick glances at the temperature gauge I can see it moving!

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  7. My RAV4.5 AWD Excel Hybrid (also on factory Bridgestone Alenzas until mid October, Vredestein Quatrac 5 All-Seasons since) averaged 52 mpg until the end of September, and while the overall average remains about 48 now, recent tank to tank mpg has been around 40-42.  The car has done 7,500 miles since June.

    My usual use patterns are not conducive to great mpg figures, being made up of lots of short journeys, with one, maybe two longer journeys each month,

    It's worth noting the 5th Generation RAV4 is Hybrid only in the UK, and 4th Gen Hybrid models were reported to get poorer mpg than the 5th Gen.  Previous generations were available, I believe, with petrol and diesel engines as well as petrol Hybrid, the diesel probably being able to match the mpg of the Hybrids.

  8. Have you tried switching off the lane keep assist to see if that makes any difference?

    This is simple with the button by the cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, although if required you can go into the menus and switch off just the lane trace bit (the bit that tries to steer the car for you), while still leaving the lane departure warning and correction operational.

    I find overall I'm happy to keep mine all switched on, but at times it seems to want to run the car very close to the road edges (and all the drain covers) or the right lane lines, so it can require a bit of effort to overcome it.

    The safety sense calibration needs to be done if the windscreen is replaced (which I had done on my last car, a 2016 Prius), although happily Autoglass (my insurer's chosen supplier) replaced the screen and did the calibration all in one visit to one of their centres.  Much to my relief, it was all fine.  From this, I can believe what you've been told about re-calibration after tracking adjustments might be correct, although the price seems very steep.  My dealer told me their price for replacing the Prius screen and doing the calibration would be well over £600 all in, which also makes me suspicious of the quoted cost for wheel alignment and calibration.

  9. 3 minutes ago, QuantumFireball said:

    The OP appears to have a Gen 3 with LED dipped beams, they have headlamp washers as required in the EU due to high output (as with many HID lights).

    I thought that about LEDs and washers, but was surprised that my previous Gen 4 2016 Prius Excel, which had LED headlights (and BTW they were the best headlights I've yet experienced, slightly better even than the LEDs on my Gen 5 2019 RAV4 Excel) didn't have headlight washers.

  10. IIRC only the Gen 3 Prius T-Spirit (or possibly with Tech Pack option) and Plug-In had headlamp washers.  The Gen 4 didn't even on the Excel model (in the UK at least).

    My RAV4 has them, but there's no button to wash manually, although according to the manual it washes first time screen washer is used and lights are on and every fifth wash after that.

  11. I've found the figures I'm getting from full tank to full tank calculations are much more accurate on my 2019 RAV4 (about 1½-2% optimistic on average so far) than allother Toyotas I've logged over the last 19 years/350,000 miles or so which have averaged about 5% optimistic.

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  12. Quite a few people on another (now defunct) Prius group I belonged to had broken springs on Gen 2 Prius.  It seemed to mostly, if not always, affect 2004-2006 models, I don't recall seeing reports of any on post face-lift 2006 models.

    As Keith says, everyone reported they were unaware of it, and it was found either at an MOT, by an eagle-eye dealer (they do exist!) or when an owner checked after reading about other failures.

  13. IMHO It's just about ok on nearly straight single carriageways, except that it will stay on high beam with cars some way ahead going the same way (not far enough ahead not be be annoyed by them), not something I'm prepared to allow.

    On bendy roads or dual carriageways with the central barrier, it's just a recipe for getting flashed by almost every oncoming vehicle.

    Near where I live there are some single track, very twisty lanes with some high embankments and lots of trees on the edge of the lanes, where it's pitch black at night. It won't switch on the high beams until above 27 mph, although when slowing it will let them stay on down to about 22.  Even though this doesn't sound very fast, dip beams just aren't good enough in such tight and spiteful surroundings.

  14. I had it in my last 2016 Prius and now have the same version (2) as you in my 2019 RAV4.

    It stayed permanently off in the Prius - the current version is slightly better, but still too inconsiderate to others for my liking, plus it won't always come on when I want it to, so it's still staying off.

    I just wish I could disable the auto headlights feature - they can come on unexpectedly when entering shade from overhanging trees or when close to tall buildings, fooling others into thinking I'm flashing them.  It's caused 3 very near misses so far.  I've set the sensitivity to minimum (-2) but it doesn't help.

  15. Yes, the 2019 RAV4 and Corolla (and, I believe, the face-lift version of the Prius) have version 2 of the Safety Sense system - lots of enhancements to all of the components.

    Adaptive Cruise Control can now be set down to 18 mph (great in 20 zones) and resume now works from 0 mph.  The Road Sign Recognition now uses some sort of AI to mix info from the camera with the speed limit data in the SatNav database to somehow reconcile discrepancies which in my RAV4 makes it actually very usable.  When the speed limit recognised is different to the set speed of the Cruise Control, pressing and holding the increase or decrease button makes the set speed jump straight to the indicated speed limit.

    The Lane Departure Alert system now help to keep you centred in the lane when CC is working and either it can recognise the lane edges or it has decided to follow the vehicle in front.  Not everyone likes this feature but it can be disabled in the menus if desired leaving the base lane departure system still working.

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  16. Just in case, have you checked the fold switch at the bottom of the handle for pulling the door closed?  I've found it's very easy to knock the switch to the closed position when shutting the door.

    From memory, pushed down at the left = closed, pushed down at the right = open, switch horizontal = auto.

  17. On 12/17/2019 at 4:08 PM, BigGreenKwak said:

    Thanks everyone, I think I may of learnt something here. I was thinking the 12volt battery was charged the conventional way via an alternator driven off the engine. I never thought of the HV battery would be doing the charging, you never stop learning...

    Toyota Hybrids have never had an alternator - all electric power produced by the car comes from one of the 2 motor/generators (3 in a AWD model like the AWD RAV4 or AWD Prius).

    And you're so right about never stopping learning - I've done over 320,000 miles in various Hybrids since 2002 and have done loads of research.  Also, from 2007-2011 I managed a fleet of Prius (nearly 300 by 2011) and occasionally met some of the senior technicians from Toyota HQ, but I'm still learning new things even now.

  18. 20 hours ago, FROSTYBALLS said:

    In the UK it isn't legal to leave an unattended vehicle with its engine running whilst parked on a public road.

    It's also illegal to leave the engine running in traffic queues or at the side of the road:  "Rule 123:  You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road. Generally, if the vehicle is stationary and is likely to remain so for more than a couple of minutes, you should apply the parking brake and switch off the engine to reduce emissions and noise pollution. However it is permissible to leave the engine running if the vehicle is stationary in traffic or for diagnosing faults.  Law CUR regs 98 & 107".  Some 'expert' legal opinion has suggested that "unnecessary" does include using heating or A/C to be a little more comfortable, but where a vehicle in stranded, e.g. due to weather conditions, major road holdups or mechanical failure, it is allowed.

    This can also apply in car parks to which the public have access, and recently there has been a lot in the news about the effect on local pollution and the fact that the government is planning to increase the fine from £20 to £100.  They are also looking for ways in increase the likelihood of offenders being caught and fined.

    I certainly wish some of the many people who sit in their cars at beach-side and clifftop car parks around here with their engines running would get caught.  I often end up moving upwind, mostly because some of them are extremely clattery diesels (some very expensive Mercs, Audis and BMs are horrible for this, but then I suppose they have quite large engines) and some give out a smelly exhaust that reminds me of an old paraffin room heater with a very badly adjusted wick.

  19. 21 hours ago, Garth-1 said:

    Sorry to put a dampener on this discussion, but didn't someone in the States get crushed to death only a few days ago when someone remotely started the Lexus he was looking at, intending to buy?  As an ex driving instructor I always told my pupils never to leave a car unattended with the engine running.

    As it says in the BBC news, that Lexus was a 2002 model, and factory fit remote start wasn't available on that model then.  Various reports state that the Police investigators believe it had to be an aftermarket deice fitted since the car was originally bought.

    Apart from being illegal, if a car left unattended with the engine running is stolen, the insurers will refuse to pay if they find out.

    Apparently some RAV4s in the US have remote start, possibly by an app, but I've seen one report somewhere on YouTube of one that works if the Lock button on the remote is held in for a few seconds then pressed four times rapidly (tried in on mine just in case, but no luck).  Apparently, as soon as the car is unlocked, the engine stops.

  20. I've got one of those at home too, it's also handy for my bikes.  I keep a separate inflator in the boot which plugs into one of the 12V sockets.

    I like mini one in the car because getting into to boot is a nightmare if the Battery's flat, especially if the car is deadlocked.