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  1. These 2 posts from JillG suggest you need an order number and an email from your dealer.
  2. Thanks, but I'm not looking to get it, just idle curiosity since it seemed (and still does) that one person got the badge.
  3. The Prius plug-in version, available since 2012, has always been LiON. I doubt if forthcoming plug-ins will use anything less. Some trim levels of Toyota Hybrids also use this technology in some countries, but not in the UK.
  4. Nope: daiashthomas posted a pic saying his didn't - it was Gweeds in his video here:
  5. I think you're almost certainly right. It's why I didn't get the original plug-in Prius, the second generation added lack of rear wiper to the list too.
  6. I've also found if I play the musing from my phone via Bluetooth (my complete music library is copied onto to every device I own!) the playlists work on that too, but it's a little less convenient as I have to remember to start the music app on the phone before starting driving, and any dings etc. played by the phone when a text, email etc is received gets amplified through the car speakers too.
  7. The latest incarnation (on cars with Safety Sense Version 2 it seems) can have a 'set speed' down to 18 mph (very useful in 20 zones) and resume now works down to 0 mph. Yes, you can even select resume while stationary. It doesn't seem to disengage when cars turn off so readily, the only disconcerting thing until you get used to it is when a car in front turns to an exit and slows down, the ACC will briefly assume you're following an brake accordingly - which can also take the car behind you by surprise if you don't deal with it. Tapping the accelerator briefly cures this. I'm with you on the first two, can take or leave DAB, but that's a personal thing. I actually upgraded a perfectly good Gen 3 Prius to the Gen 4 partly to get the ACC, but also the other modern safety systems.
  8. Just idle curiosity, but so far only one owner (Gweeds) of an All Wheel Drive new RAV4 has reported having an AWD Badge on the boot. Several people (including me have confirmed ours do not. Has anyone else with an AWD RAV4 got the badge, and if so is it just on the boot (some earlier models had the m on the rear wings)?
  9. Whoa! That's going some. Mine will be 4 months old in 11 days and I've just passed 5,000.
  10. Me too - I bought the JBL/PVM upgrade (only to get the panoramic cameras - which are awesome) and the upgraded JBL system is not as good as the one on my last 2016 Prius which just had the standard spec for an Excel Prius. The Prius system was better because: it had more speakers than the RAV4 (despite the RAV being upgraded and the Prius not) Playlists worked for USB music, and don't on the RAV Inputting things like Postcodes to the SatNav is a pain on the RAV because each time you switch between entering numbers and letters you have to press 2 extra keys - numbers and letters were both on the same screen on the Prius To be fair, the sound quality on both systems is excellent, as it was on the standard system on the RAV4 demonstrator I had for a couple of days. I would happily have paid less just to get the camera system on its own.
  11. Yes. It uses dust caps with a sensor built in and a stand alone receiver/display for the dash.
  12. Yup! The car knows, but doesn't tell. (In some countries, the Gen 3 Prius displayed an image of the car with individual pressures on the central screen, but of course, not in the UK). Like Ian, I have a 3rd party device (TyrePal), which not only gives pressures of all 5 wheels, but warns (visibly and audibly) if any get too hot too. When I've had a slow puncture, it's alerted me before the car did too.
  13. This picture may help a bit - I was wrong about who posted it (unless Tom did as well): After over ½ hour searching, I can't find tomfromfife's page of the exploded parts diagram showing the phone charger
  14. I can't explain why your Prius+ doesn't do both, but as Kitmo said for his, the 2016 'ordinary' Prius I had until recently did hold speed when following traffic down to zero mph, regardless of what set speed was selected, and it did put the brakes on going downhill. If your car has the first Safety Sense package, I would have expected it to be the same. Every car I've driven with ACC has behaved this way, including some Lexus Hybrids 10-11 years ago. The minimum set speed on the 2016 Prius ACC was 28 mph, whereas my 2019 RAV4 (which has version 2 of the Safety Sense package) can be set down to 18 mph, which makes it really useful in long, straight 20 mph zones, and means I can spend more time looking out the windows and less looking at the speedo (especially as the RAV4 doesn't have HUD!). Personally, I think, used correctly, the ACC coupled with an attentive driver makes perfect sense in slow moving traffic on dual carriageways and motorways, or even single carriageways where there's a slow or stop/start queue. The ACC is very reliable and on a longer journey this can mean less fatigue for the driver. I do keep my foot hovering over the brake pedal when there are pedestrians, cyclists or animals around the car, so I should be on it faster than if I have to come off the accelerator first. Obviously, the driver needs to be alert as to when it is safer to cancel the ACC and go native. I would hope in many situations the Autonomous Emergency Braking system would cut in even faster than I could, but I regard this as a backup rather than my primary line of defence.
  15. There's a number of considerations, apart from economy: the Prius has an astonishing drag factor (CD) for a car with an exhaust system and water cooling system especially on 15" wheels, which is one reason it's more economical than the much smaller and lighter Yaris Hybrid. Some people (like me) prefer (even love) the digital instrument layout of the Prius, and all the information it can give you. I've greatly missed the instruments, info and especially Head Up Display since very reluctantly switching the the RAV4 Hybrid. The Prius is less favoured by taxi firms now, partly because with the Gen 4, despite it being a major improvement in very many ways, lost some features that made it particularly suitable for taxi work: namely, good rear headroom, false boot floor and loads of interior stowage space. The last 2 were appealing because it meant all the bits and prices a taxi driver needed to have handy were out of sight, leaving an uncluttered interior and boot that appeared empty for passenger's luggage. The Gen 4 kept the excellent rear leg room, which previous made the Gen 2 & 3 Prius a better choice than other Toyota Hybrids. When booking a taxi, I asked them not to send the latest Prius (despite owning one myself until recently) if I was likely to go in the back, because it's uncomfortable being unable to sit upright. Apparently, it was by no means an uncommon request. It's a shame, because in almost all other respects, save one, it was the best car I've ever had, and in most ways I would much rather have kept it than switch to the RAV4. Many other Gen 4 Prius owners say the same, and like me a lot of them had previously run earlier generations of Prius (all versions in my case). The one thing that effectively forced me to get rid of the Prius was its very low ride height (part of the method of achieving that super drag factor) which caused me to start have very serious problems with my hips, which started affecting my knees and back as the method I adopted to enter and exit the car to minimise the pain (and shouting!) put great strain on my joints. The problem has completing disappeared in the almost 4 months I've had the RAV. I even started investigating having an aftermarket air suspension system to be added to the Prius so that I could raise it for getting in and out, but it proved too complex, and meant losing lots of boot space and the spare wheel.
  16. They seem to allow 3-4 weeks for the car to get from the ship when it arrives to the dealer, depending on what part of the country the dealer is in. Mine took about a week less than predicted, some take longer. My salesman told me that often the first they know about a car arriving at their dealership is when the transporter pulls up!
  17. The CVT transmission in cars other than Toyota/Lexus Hybrids are generally 'real' gearboxes containing cones and a special steel belt that causes the ratio to change infinitely as the codes move closer together or further apart. The T/L Hybrid so-called CVT is not a 'real' gearbox in the usual sense, because it achieves CVT-like behaving by swapping rpm between wheels, motor/generator and engine with a sun/planet gear arrangement that never slips, disengages or swaps cogs. Beautifully simple, in fact. Until recently Honda Hybrids, by contrast, also had CVT but it was done with a real CVT gearbox containing cones and belt. Interestingly, I've driven a quite few cars (including Honda Hybrids) with 'real' CVT gearboxes as well as numerous T/L Hybrids, and the way they sound and respond to throttle use is remarkably similar, despite the very different technology behind them.
  18. gosh - I've reached 7 or 8 sightings in total - depending on whether one was a repeat!
  19. so what about this guy? Perhaps some of the explanation is in the picture...
  20. I meant to add that this is plugged into my 12V socket, and gives a through 12V socket and 2 USB charging ports. One is used for the charging mat, and I still have the car's USB port free for my USB Music. Not cheap, but convenient. A still a hell of a lot cheaper than giving lost more money to Toyota for something that should be standard on a car of this price in this day and age, or at least a sensibly priced option.
  21. No, I completely understand that, and think Toyota (UK) should hang their heads in shame. My last car, a 2016 Toyota Prius Excel (which if I bought one today would be at least £5000 cheaper than my RAV4 Excel) had the charging pad built-in - as you say, it looks part of the car. It also had an on/off switch, a good plus. I even bought a new phone just because the Prius had the wireless charging pad!. So, although Toyota often astonish me with things they're years behind on (20 years late in the case of heated door mirrors! [in the UK at least, other countries got them where they weren't actually needed!]), this was really sickening. The connector is even under the dummy tray (tomfromfife showed a picture of it somewhere)!!! The only thing even more crazy is the price - it can't cost more than £20 or so to make, so around $700 in the US and over £600 here? It's a joke, right? It reminds me how livid I was when I bought my first Prius in 2002 and found out after driving it 10,000 miles it had a fully functioning cruise control system, right down to the bulb in the dash and fuse being present - just the switch was missing! Luckily, that was a (relatively) sensible price (£160 fully fitted) - would have added about £20 to the build cost of the car to have fitted at the factory though).
  22. And I got the one in the post linked below on eBay for about £12, but bought another more recently for £9.90 for my bedside table (both with free delivery). My phone doesn't slide off this either. If you follow the link down a couple of posts someone has added details of one that is neater.
  23. OK, so I got the name right... 🙄
  24. Good to have the choice though, so everyone should be happy, whichever style is preferred.
  25. Me too, but modern safety is my biggest 'like'. If I'd been in any of the first 5 cars I owned when my first Prius was written off in 2002, I'd have been written off too! You wouldn't get me in any of them today, except in a static display perhaps. This shows just how things had progressed in 20 years since the advent of NCAP crash testing: