PeteB

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  1. Not only that, if the list price is over £40,000, even by one penny, the annual road tax goes up by £455 over and above whatever rate the car attracts due to it's CO2 figure.
  2. Sounds reasonable. stopped using RDS-TMC traffic many years ago (always seemed to be just that bit out of date), but when I first had a car that could use it (in the 1990s!) it would cut in to interrupt other radio channels, music-cassettes (remember them?) and CDs. If active, it would probably also now interrupt USB music and Bluetooth streaming. I also stopped using TMC data for the built-in SatNav too for the same reason (not that I use the built in one much either), although Internet traffic data via a tethered mobile phone is much better, but still not as good as the traffic data on my 4½-year-old TomTom (which seems to do cleverer re-routing too). I hear that Garmin products are more or less as good in this respect too).
  3. They've gradually been making the Hybrid components smaller, so finally found room to put it back in the front. I think I read somewhere that Corollas with the 2 litre engine have it back in the boot, and certainly my RAV4 Hybrid (the engine is 2½ litre) has it back in the boot.
  4. I have a RAVPower 500A/12000mAh compact jump-starter (just search RAVPower in Amazon) in my car. It comes in a neat case which holds the jump leads, a 12V charging cable and mains charger and fits nicely in the seat-back pocket so it's handy if I can't open the boot (vital if the 12V's flat!). The 12V battery died on my last Gen 4 Prius when the car was about 18 months old, which my dealer replaced under warranty without hesitation. If you locked it with the remote, the battery would be powering the alarm system as well as doorlock sensors etc. I never left the Gen 4 more than about 10 days, so didn't have any other problems. I was told not to drive for a month after a heart scare last year, but a couple of time I sat in it in READY mode for half an hour to top up the 12V battery. Obviously, you can't do that if you're away on holiday. [REMAINDER IS JUST BACKGROUND IF INTERESTED] Before that I had an old fashioned lead-acid jump starter, bought in 2004 for my Gen 1 Prius. It was quite large and heavy so had to live in the boot. (Fortunately, the Gen 1 Prius was a saloon and the boot could be opened with the key or a cable release beside the driver's seat, alongside a fuel cap release lever.) It was more frequently required as the Gen 1 had a higher current drain than later models, and a 35ah battery. Some members of another group used an ammeter to measure the drain, but we never fully understood why the drain was so high, given the car only had basic remote central locking and no key-less start. In fact, just leaving the key in the ignition in the off position increased the drain quite a bit. Leaving it in ACCesssory position would flatten it in a few hours. A Gen 1 with a perfect 12V battery, fully charged, and with everything switched off, would be lucky to survive much more than 3 weeks in an airport car park, even when locked manually to ensure the alarm wasn't active. Gen 2 & 3 did better, with 5 week periods being reported occasionally. Since the battery drain wasn't fully understood in the very early days, the 12V battery was often already damaged by the time the car was sold, having been flattened during the voyage from Japan, and at least once at the dealer while waiting to be sold. Only about 1,500 Gen 1s were sold in the UK from 2000-2004, only 60 dealers could handle them, and they were never actively marketed, so they sold very slowly, mostly to people (like me) with a keen interest in such technology. Once the issue was known, I understand the 12V battery was disconnected during the sea journey.
  5. Absolutely. I've though that for a very long time, as other manufactures have been doing. Happily (for me), the latest RAV4 does this, plus a couple of other long overdue features such as doors that lock as you start driving and a rear wiper that gives a single sweep if you select reverse while the front wipers are on. Oddly though, despite the modern automatic, electronic parking brake with hold feature, if you manually apply the parking brake whilst in drive, it doesn't cut the electric creep power to the wheels! [although when brake hold-operated or (like previous Hybrids) holding the service brake pedal on does kill the power. This is odd, since cheaper cars with Multi-Mode Transmission (like the Aygo) do kill power to the driven wheels (in this case by keeping the clutch disengaged) when the handbrake is on. Weird!.]
  6. I certainly get out more: had my RAV 5 months 2 days, 6½k miles. Mind you, in 2006, I did rather more - after 30 years in IT, I became a London minicab driver for a year, joining a start-up firm (greentomatocars) who initially had 5 Gen 2 Prius (last I heard over 600, plus some EVs and over 50 Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicles, which were recently in the national news for clocking over 1,000,000 miles. In the 12 months I drove the minicab, I did 46,000 miles, plus 7,000 in my own Gen 1 Prius I had at the time, plus 4,000 in my partner's Micra and a thousand or two in a few other vehicles! I worked for greentomato cars until 2014 when I retired, in their office as Fleet Manager until 2011, after which I worked for them from home. No other vehicle in the world at the time would have resulted in my making that career change, so you could say in my case Toyota's Hybrid System was life-changing!
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  8. By chance, I met up with my ex on Thursday and took the Yaris MMT for a drive. She's been quite unwell and it needed the cobwebs blowing out of the system, and I enjoy a blast in it now and again. It's now done just over 40,600 miles and still drives like new. Anyway, enjoy your Aygo.
  9. I know what you mean, although I find because my a/c is on all the time with the climate set to Auto/ECO/S-Flow, I can usually get away with using RECIRC for shortish periods (sometimes even quite long periods). I tried to get an Active Carbon filter via my dealer a few years ago, and they said they couldn't get them then. While they probably help with particulates and maybe some of the smell, I'm not sure about NOx and other gases. However, I'll certainly think about getting one when my first service comes up and ask my dealer to pop it in then.
  10. Depending on how good your dealer is, this works for me, is convenient and avoids needing extra wheels, messing about with TPWS sensors and storage of the wheels and/or tyres not being used: For my last two and current cars my Norwich dealer charged a one-off £40 incl vat to set up the storage facility for the tyres not being used then no further storage charge since, plus £30 a time to swap all four tyres including vat and balancing. I expected to pay a bit more than £30 last month as I now have a full size spare wheel for my newest car, so there's 5 to swap instead of 4, but they still charged me £30. I drop the car at 07:30, get a nice breakfast at the hotel next door (sometimes joined by my Service Manager and Salesman) and by the time I'm full the car's ready, usually washed too. BTW I did buy the winter tyres from them, but their tyre prices have been competitive enough to make it not worth going elsewhere, so I get almost all of my tyres from them. Many moons ago, when I worked in London, I needed 4 new tyres as winter was starting but couldn't get to Norwich for a few weeks (I live nearby now) and I actually got a London tyre shop to price-match my dealer!
  11. TBH mine doesn't always pull away from rest as fast as I'd like, and I too sometimes help it a little with the accelerator. However, for the most part, I find I invaluable. Particularly since the RAV is the first car I've had where I can use Resume whilst stationary with nothing in front of me (e.g. first car at traffic lights), then press Resume again (or tap the accelerator) when ready to move off.
  12. One thing to consider is how long you plan to keep the car if you get an end-of-run bargain. Getting rid to it too quickly could make it seem expensive. In 2011 I bought the last of the Gen 2 Yaris, a 1.33 T-Spirit (top model) with MultiMode automated 6-speed manual transmission. 12 months later my dealer offered me a Prius Hybrid that exactly matched my ideal spec. It was a 'business demonstrator' used by a local BBC Radio Station to go to shows etc., was 6 months old, 3,500 miles and £5,000 less than a new one. I paid £14,000 for the Yaris (a very good price), but the best I could get for it after just one year was £7,000 - a 50% hit! As it was, I was still on speaking terms with my ex-partner and she took the Yaris (and is still delighted with it) and I traded in her 4-year-old Aygo MMT for just a 40% hit on it's new price in 2008 of £9,700.
  13. I'm guessing you're in NORMAL or SPORT mode? I use ECO all the time and it's really quite smooth and sedate. If I need a bit more urgency, e.g. for pulling into a lane of faster traffic, I switch to one of the other modes, which gives a significant boost at each extra level.
  14. When a Toyota Hybrid goes through the warm-up process, one of the reasons it's excluded from providing motive power (to any extent) is that the timing is heavily modified to produce a lot of heat, during which time it is very inefficient at providing motive power. My RAV is the first Hybrid I've owned with an old fashioned temperature gauge and even knowing this I'm surprised how rapidly it reaches 'normal' temperature.
  15. For the most part, letting the car handle everything is indeed a good choice. Where EV mode can come into it's own is where the driver can do something the car can't (yet!) - see into the near future. Sometimes starting up the engine for only a few seconds is inefficient. Some examples (for me) are: moving in a confined parking area to let someone else move their vehcile doing the first ¼ mile on a cold engine then stopping for a while (at the village shop/cash point) before doing a much longer drive where the first half mile of a journey on a cold start is stop-start, then a continuous cruise at 40, 50, 60 mph or more when the engine can run continuously whilst also driving the car* between a series of road humps where it's prudent (due to following traffic) to accelerate just hard enough where the engine would keeping starting (if EV mode not selected) just before lifting off to brake for the next one * one thing that still mesmerises me is the way in cold weather, when the engine first starts, the car runs on electricity alone even though the engine is running until it has finished a key part of it's warm-up cycle. It's as if the engine has been disconnected from the Hybrid system during this time, although very heavy acceleration will snap it out of it and bring the engine back into play. A Toyota insider once told me (in the days of the Gen 1 & 2 Prius) that allowing the engine to finish it's warm-up cycle before starting to drive would repay in overall better mpg (and emissions) unless the journey was going to be very short. I've no idea how true this was, if even if it was then, whether after much development of the Hybrid software it's still true today.
  16. PeteB

    Tpms sensors

    Yes, when you put the wheel without TPWS sensors on you will get the light on. This will be an MOT failure if you need to get an MOT done while the winter wheels are on the car. Will you be checking this with your insurer before committing? Not sure if they will be bothered by the size change to 16".
  17. If your latest model Prius does have Safety Sense version 2 like my RAV4, then one possible reason is that it uses both the camera on the front screen and the speed limit data in the SatNav database (even though it no longer displays speed limits on the SatNav screens), and somehow tires to work out which is more likely to be right if there's a discrepancy - which can still give the wrong answer.
  18. I'm pretty sure only Prius have this info available to display by the user (I think others do via the Techstream etc.) - I can't remember if the Gen 3 had it (I don't think it did) but my Gen 4 certainly did. It was interesting to see and even on longer, higher speed trips it would be in the 20%-30% range. During the 3 years/39,000 miles I had my Gen 4 it averaged 42% EV, with a best over a tankful of 56%. I wish I could see this info for my RAV4 - I suspect it will be nowhere near as good as the Prius, because the Hybrid system has to drag the brick-shaped RAV through the air which is likely much harder than doing os for the wedge-shaped Prius. It's very noticeable that on the straight and level the green EV light comes on less frequently than it did in the Prius, and only does so up to about 48 mph, whereas I often saw the symbol light up at up to 60 mph (albeit briefly) in the Prius. This only happens at the higher speed in the RAV when decelerating or going downhill.
  19. Although pictures only seem to be recorded while the PCSS is doing emergency braking if I am reading this correctly.
  20. Me too, and I've made the same comment in a number of other threads. Dashcams started appearing nearly 20 years ago, and I was sure by 2010 manufacturers would have stated offering built in ones. They could incorporate speed info, plus details of what lights are on, signals, horn use etc. I wonder what type of "black boxes" new cars in Europe and the UK will be required to have from 2022 - a camera based system would make a lot of sense.
  21. Hi Hal I've had experience of a couple of cars with MMT, both bought new, an Aygo in 2008 and a Yaris 1.33 6-speed in 2011. The MMT gearbox seems to be a love it or hate it system - I sort of loved it, but am even more in love the the gear-less driving in Toyota Hybrids, of which I've owned 5 since 2002 (and also driven 3 company ones). If the Hybrids didn't exist, I'd probably have an MMT. I can't speak for higher mileage, but the Aygo was my ex-partner's car and we kept it for 4½ years and had driven it just over 38,000 trouble free miles (51,000 km). I probably drove about 6-8,000 of those miles. One thing I did notice was that the seats were particularly comfortable for a car in this price range, which made up for the slightly firm suspension (a Toyota insider told me the French to the seats, which Toyota were responsible for the suspension - makes sense. The Yaris was bought by me in 2011 but after a year I went back to Hybrids, and swapped it with my by then ex-other half's Aygo, which I traded in for a Prius. She still has (and loves) the MMT Yaris, which last time I saw it had 39,000 miles on the clock (63,000 km) - again, trouble free.
  22. I think the beef it that this range figure cries wolf just as much as the fuel gauge and warning light do.
  23. I'm inclined to agree too, although over the years I've grown used to Toyota pessimism about fuel remaining. In this day and age, it's disappointing the gauge is not a graphic containing a digital quantity readout (in litres, gallons - pounds or kilos even - or whatever) that's accurate within 1-2%!
  24. What you say makes me think the post face-lift Prius PHEV (and therefore, probably, the Prius ordinaire too) still have version 1 of the Safety Sense features, whereas the completely newly designed 2019 model onwards RAV4 and Corolla have version 2. Out of interest, what is the lowest speed your Adaptive Cruise Control can be set to maintain (subject to traffic in front)? Whilst not conclusive, if it's around 28 mph rather than 18, that would add a little more weight to my belief it's SS version 1.