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  1. And if you add the Nav/infotainment manual, it goes to over 1,000 pages!
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    Cruise control

    A good question and one that I've often pondered for the same reason. I've found no way around it, but my last car, a 2016 Gen 4 Prius, at least had a speed limiter as well that could operate down to 20 mph (but again, why not lower still - there are plenty of business parks and country estates with 10 or 15 mph limits - I once got told off by the Hyde Park wardens for doing 11 mph in a 10 limit!). However, there's good news on the horizon with the latest cars (at least the RAV4, and I'd be surprised if the new Corolla didn't follow suit). On the 5th Generation RAV4 that I collected last Friday, the Cruise Control can be set down to 18 mph (the manual says "about 20 mph"). It is indeed very welcome in some of the longer and fairly straight 20 mph zones. Oddly, the Speed Limiter still only works down to 20 mph, but it is useful where traffic conditions or twisty road layouts make using CC impractical. On earlier Toyotas before the Adaptive (Radar) Cruise Control the CC could be set down to 25 mph, but this still didn't help in 20 zones. It's a shame Toyota don't update their software during the life of a vehicle like some other companies now do, as this would be an ideal candidate for change and presumably is just a number in a table somewhere.
  3. Then you'll certainly notice the lower ride height!
  4. The Gen 3 is almost as low, and the Gen 2 slightly higher still. The Gen 1 was very high. To some extent the height adjustment on the driver's seat can help, but it was still too low for me. Wouldn't have been 20 years ago, but one of the joys of getting older. Not everyone has the problem, there are plenty of people my age who get on the them just fine. Just make sure they're ok for you.
  5. I would agree with all said above. The Gen 3 Prius was great, but once I had a Gen 4 I wouldn't swap back. My Gen 4 also routinely got about 100 miles (160 km) more out of each full tank of petrol, despite the Gen 4 having a slightly smaller (2 litre smaller) tank. What set the Gen 4 apart though was the handling, ride quality (especially on 15" wheels) and the safety equipment (assuming they have the same specification in your country). The only thing to watch is if you are likely to have problems because of the low floor of the car (a byproduct of the really excellent low drag factor). I was planning to keep my Gen 4 for as long as I can keep driving, but less than a year after getting it my hips starting giving problems which got so severe I had to change to a taller car (which I got last Friday, a Hybrid RAV4). I'm gutted though, I wish I could have kept the Prius.
  6. Thanks, but I'm guessing the spare will still be an issue, because it will have to be mounted on the wheel for one side or the other which will determine which side of the car the wheel could be fitted without removing and refitting the tyre? I've had a long relationship my the staff at my dealership and not too worried about looking foolish - they know me well enough by now! 😄
  7. If it works like the new RAV4 DRCC, no. What the RAV4 does does (which the last version on my previous 2016 Prius didn't) is allow you to use the Road Sign Recognition. When the speed limit changes and is correctly recognised by the RSA, a box is shown around the speed limit symbol on the dash with an arrow at the top if the speed limit is higher than the set speed, and at the bottom for lower speed limit. Holding the stalk or button in the Increase position for a second or two if it's pointing up will change the set speed to the speed limit. For example, if my Set Speed is 40 mph in a 40 limit and I pass a 60 sign, the symbol on the dash changes to 60, the box has an up arrow. So if I press and hold the + button on the steering wheel (my previous Toyotas had a stalk for CC) the set speed is changed to 60 mph. A slight fly in the ointment is when entering an area with a lower limit. For example, changing from 60 to 30, the RSA recognises the 30 limit as it passes the sign, so adjusting using the above method means you pass the 30 sign at 60, once you've changed to set speed to 30 the CC system applies brakes to reduce speed, but you'll probably be 30 or 40 yards (or metres) into the new limit zone before being legal - not something I'd want to do if I had a Police car behind me! Fortunately the updated version 2 of Safety Sense seems to read speeds more reliably than the previous versions - most users I know of have turned RSA off before.
  8. Oh deep joy! Thank you for that, I wasn't aware as it's not mentioned on any of the tyre sites I looked at (mainly BlackCircles), although I've now read a few user reviews and one or two have mentioned it. I asked my dealer to order 5 on Friday so I'll talk to them first thing in the morning. Presumably when the order them they'd have to specify which side they were for, so 5 will present a dilemma!
  9. I did the hospital visit today, travelling from the coast at the Norfolk/Suffolk border to the new Royal Papworth Hospital in the Addenbrooks Campus at Cambridge. When I got home yesterday the ODO showed 54 miles (11 at delivery), and now reads 251. I took it gently for the first 100 miles or so, and am still being fairly cautious now, limiting my speed to 60 on the clock (57 on GPS) with the drive in ECO most of the time and the Climate in ECO too. Unlike my previous Toyotas, the cruise control's resume function can be selected from 10 mph or less, so I tend to let that manage most of my accelerating when on a major road. (Target speed can now be set as low as 18 mph, BTW - great for 20 mph zones). Using Resume in ECO mode, it accelerates very gently, gaining more urgency if Normal or Sport are chosen. I really enjoyed the drive (apart from missing the HUD), and found it very comfortable. I already greatly value the all-round camera system. Initially, I set it to always appear automatically at low speed, but found it irritating so I've switched it back to 'on demand'. Yesterday's mpg was unrepresentative as I spent a lot of time in READY mode before leaving the forecourt while I went through the many user-definable options. The dealer had taken care of the one dealer-only change I wanted, which was to enable the feature that opens and closes all windows (and moon roof it it had one) from outside the car by holding the unlock or lock remote button respectively (don't know why this isn't enabled by default). One of the user changeable ones I altered myself was to make just the drivers door unlock at first touch of the handle or press of the unlock button, and the rest of the car on a second go. On today's journey, with favourable weather and traffic on top of my moderate driving, the car averaged 54 mpg on the display, which allowing for the 5% average optimism I've calculated in all my other Toyotas gives 51.3, - I'm happy enough with that. I don't expect to keep that up, as most of my journeys are short. I brimmed the tank yesterday, and it's now showing just over two thirds full after 217 miles, and the display estimates 327 miles remaining. I'll report further next time I full up, but won't consider the average truly representative until I've done several fills.
  10. My last car's tyres were swapped twice a year (at minimal inconvenience to me - my dealer stores the unused ones, and charges £30 a time to swap all four, including labour, new valves, balancing and vat) and as you rightly say it is of no concern. What does concern me, is that however few km they've been driven to demo them, you have no knowledge of what's been done to them, even if they appear fine. It's a small risk admittedly, but one I'd prefer to avoid. Each to their own though.
  11. Got mine yesterday, also AWD Excel, also on Bridgestone Alenza H/L 33. According to BlackCircles they are Eco C, Wet C and 71 dB. At least they are available and relatively fair price at £126.04 Fully Fitted, although wouldn't be my first choice. However, I've ordered a matching alloy spare wheel and 5 Michelin CrossClimate SUV tyres from my dealer. I'm going to put one in the boot as a spare, and my dealer will store the other four for me. Come October, I'll get the Michelins swapped onto the main wheels and my dealer will store the Bridgestones and swap again in March. Once the latter have reached 3mm, I'll retire them and use the CrossClimates all year round. I believe the full size spare, if I have to use it in the summer, will be no more risky mixing with the Alenzas than the space saver (probably less risky), and it will only be for short term emergency use, and if I'm lucky, won't be needed at all. Normally, I have the best tyres on the back, but I plan to use the Alenzas such that they reach retirement (3mm is my choice) at roughly the same time so I can get my dealer to dispose of the in one go. BTW I'm not normally terribly interested in what the wheels look like, but I have to say I rather like these shiny ones.
  12. there are jump start points under the bonnet (or hood depending where you are) by the fuse box which can be used to start the car or at least power the locks so you can more easily open the rest of the car.
  13. Finally got my RAV4 today - AWD Excel, white, beige interior, JBL-PVM option (ordered 22/03/19) All good. Been a busy day and I'm probably doing a 200 mile round trip hospital visit tomorrow, so a bit more info will follow after that. No AWD badge. Tyres are Bridgstone, will confirm which ones later. Full size wheel does indeed fit nicely under boot floor (thanks DaveKA) (although won't be able to insert floor in lower position, but its only and inch or so lower). In the end I decided to order the spare wheel, and five Michelin Cross climates. I'll put four into the dealer's store to be fitted November to March, and use the fifth as the spare. Once the Bridgestones have worn out, I'll just use the Michelins all year round and dispense with the dealer's swapping and storage service.
  14. So you won't be interested in a Rolls Royce SUV, the Cullinan then 😂 Last update I saw was 2-3 months ago, and despite a minimum price of £250,000 (yes, £¼ million - but apparently almost all have so many options selected they cost a lot more) there was a 14 month wait - and that's despite the factory ramping up production levels at least 3 times!
  15. and possibly other manufacturers' hybrids and PHEVs. In fact, I know of several former Prius owners who now have EVs, including a former PiP owner (Jon) and Grumpy Cabbie from this forum.
  16. but most of all, and seriously, cars that could kill you in what today would be a trivial collision. I had a 40 mph shunt in a Gen 1 Prius, and received no injuries at all. If I'd had that crash in any of the first five cars I owned, I would have been dead. I remember a professional crash investor saying that in the 1950s and 60s people occasionally died in collisions at just 10 mph!
  17. and manually locking/unlocking each door individually... Not to mention pulling the choke out, winding windows, manually cancelling indicators, pressing a plunger to squirt the windscreen...
  18. For that matter I regard my jump to the RAV4 Hybrid ship as effectively jumping to a bloated Prius SUV!
  19. Need to do it to the spare key too. At least it will make the battery last longer.
  20. I guess all the other Toyota models with keyless entry/start are vulnerable. It they had a system to disable the key after a period of non movement like Ford has introduced for some models,. I'm sure they'd be shouting about it. Disappointing Toyota hasn't done something like this. A £90,000 Range Rover was recently stolen in my area by this method, even though the owner claimed his key was in a Faraday pouch. I'm not totally convinced mine is effective either, but there's no obvious way of testing it. I've now got into the habit of putting my key to sleep when I get home, by holding the lock button and double pressing the unlock button. Two double flashes of the little led confirms it's worked, and I have to press a button to reactivate the key when I want to enter the car.
  21. Exactly what I thought until my hips started protesting about it's low height, and getting in and out now is both painful and puts lots of pressure on my hips and knees because of the awkward way I now enter and exit because of the pain. I pick my RAV4 Hybrid up on Friday, and it's with very mixed feelings, but I just couldn't carry on with the Prius. A neighbour wanted to replace his 2012 Auris with a new Auris last year, and found that was too low so ended up with a small SUV as well and a friend was having the same trouble with his Merc, so now has a Volvo XC 60 SUV. The RAV feels just like the Prius to drive (it's also on the TNGA chassis like the Gen 4 Prius, C-HR and new Corolla), but as you say I'll sorely miss the HUD, and to a lesser extent the centralised instrument cluster that's nearer to the bottom of the windscreen. I will also lose the park assist and a few other features, but the Safety Sense version 2 features are a notable improvement. I'll sorely miss the economy too - the RAV has the aerodynamics of a house brick, a 2½ litre engine and a lot more weight, so I'll be lucky to average much over 50 mpg. I'll also have to pay £135 VED (instead of £0), about £60 extra insurance and even the car wash will charge more. Tyres come in around £150 each instead of about £60 on the the (15") Prius! No doubt servicing will be dearer too. The RAV does have a few things I'm looking forward to (apart the higher floor and seats!), like the 360° camera system, all wheel drive, electric memory driver seat (can have a driving position setting and ideal entry/exit setting if necessary) and a real biggie is that the Cruise Control can be set to 20 mph, so it's usable in some of the lengthy 20 zones. It looks like I'll be able to fit a full size matching alloy spare wheel and tyre under the boot floor without any modification too, so if I find it fits as well as others say it does, I'll order one on Friday. No doubt I'll be able to find a taker for the space saver, as cars with the panoramic moon roof (what ever happened to sun roofs?) get gunge instead.
  22. Oh great!. If mine comes with PT30s too (which is what was on the demo car), it means when I buy a 5th alloy I can't get an identical tyre! From my notes when I first considered the RAV4 in March, they were available on Black Circles then (£115.385 each including vat & fitting), so maybe it's a temporary thing. do list PT30s but they are marked as "Demo", which is defined by them as "Tyre that has been mounted and dismounted and may have been used on a few kilometres. This tyre is guaranteed and new." Personally, I wouldn't risk this. I'll ask my dealer on Friday when I collect my car. I might bite the bullet and look at getting 5 all season tyres, possibly: Bridgestone Weather Control A005 (Fuel-C, Wet-A, Noise-71) or Michelin CrossClimate SUV (Fuel-B, Wet-B, Noise-69) Will mean I have not just the space saver to dispose of, but 4 almost new tyres!
  23. so his career certainly had its ups and downs! 😂
  24. Yes I spotted this on my test drive when trying my USB music. I had a 2011 Yaris though which played DVDs which was great when waiting around. Similarly, it showed a blue screen when moving. The movie sound was great inside a car with the windows shut too. I would add Yes Prime/Minister to your list too.
  25. Yes, watched that thanks. As you say, very interesting. I remember her taking troops to the Falklands, it was amazing how quickly it got there.