PeteB

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  1. And stopped!One of the things previous Yaris owners might miss are the storage spaces (like under the passenger seat) and the rear sliding seats. and gloveboxes - I think the 2001 had 2 (upper and lower, like Prius) but my old 2011 Yaris had a third upper one on the driver's' side - very useful.
  2. Here's a review I did on another site in 2012 http://www.biwel.com/pmb01/[sOT] Yaris Hybrid test drive.pdf I'm sure it goes without saying that a test drive is essential, not just because of the Hybrid system, but IMHO there are some real shocks in the latest version of the Yaris generally, that will be more apparent to previous Yaris owners: mainly, the three Unique Selling Points of the old Yaris, all gone: reflected digital instruments that meant much less eye refocusing and therefore less fatigue on longer journeys sliding rear seat that gave choice between excellent leg room OR lots of boot space masses of internal oddments storageObviously these will matter more to some than others, but I have seen posts on other sites that the oddments space is a real pain for some people (would be for me too). Funny how gearboxes, a necessary evil to get over shortcomings of combustion engines rather than something anybody originally wanted can be so sorely missed by some people.
  3. just an example - never said I belonged to one (or even that I was a gentleman!)
  4. I wish it did! Mine's a humble T3, so not possible. Didn't want 17" wheels. Mind you, having a test drive in a Lexus NX 300h Premier as soon as the dealer gets one - not much kit it doesn't have!
  5. Nope. You would have to specify the Technology Pack, which adds: - Adaptive Cruise Control - Pre-Crash Safety System - Intelligent Park Assist - Toyota Touch Pro with Digital Radio The pack is optional only on the T-Spirit and adds £1,750 to the basic £25,295 price (for a solid colour). For the 2012 model facelift, they stiffened the chassis and made suspension mods to improve ride and handling. On 15" wheels, whilst not a sports car, it seems to ride well and road noise is good on most road surfaces except for the really coubik chipped ones - also depends on which tyres are used - my Dunlops are quieter than the original Bridgestones.
  6. I don't think anyone's worked up - just a little light hearted banter, sort of related to general topic of Hybrids (well, to start with, anyway), just like might happen with face to face chatting in the pub (or gentlemen's club, whatever)!
  7. When my last Gen 1 "Classic" Prius had its 70k service, just 5% of the brake disc thickness had been worn away, and the pads were almost like new. My service manager and I both thought they would last the life of the car. Then the other 95% of the usable thickness was lost in just 7,000 miles, because of the cycle of rusting, scoring off on the odd day the brakes were used (the A/C compressor also died through the seals drying out during this time despite being on all the [minimal] time the car was being driven). All this was down to leaving the car parked on my drive for 6 days a week for a year, while I drove a Prius taxi the rest of the week. I was angry they didn't use a better mix of metals for the discs (which were not exactly cheap parts), such that they could be destroyed so rapidly. In daily use, they can last 200-300,000 miles if the driver has a gentle right foot and good acceleration sense.
  8. It says something that the world record flat cycling speed is only 83.13 mph (133.78 km/h), while the record following a pace vehicle with a wind deflector is an amazing 167 mph (268 km/h) (I guess they didn't use a Prius as the pace vehicle!). source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_records In my heyday, I could hold 25 mph on my racing style bike on a calm day/level road for an hour or so - these days I have joggers pass me occasionally when I'm on my electric-assisted bike!
  9. I guess that goes along with screeching tyres when on a gravel road. or grass, snow, ice...
  10. Yes, if it's fitted, it must work. Equally, if you got stopped by the Police for any reason, driving a car that would fail an MOT test is an offence, but of course getting stopped is pretty unlikely these days, and being stopped by an officer who understands all these laws is even more unlikely.
  11. An aerodynamicist on another group once pointed out that the drag factor matters most when pointing directly into headwind. A partial headwind which effectively comes at you from say 45° to the right or left (taking into account the speed at which you are driving) will see a very different shape of the car, and he suggested (admittedly from his experience rather than substantive testing) that this could have a much bigger impact than no wind or a direct headwind. It sounds plausible, but of course is only opinion, not fact. However, over the last 12 years/300,000+ miles in Hybrids, one thing I've found is than on a longer journey where one tends to monitor fuel consumption, there's no obvious consistent correlation between road & weather conditions, average speed, general level of acceleration etc. and the resultant fuel consumption as displayed on the car. Often, on journeys I'd expected to do particularly well, that has been the case, but sometimes the opposite results. Other journeys where I'd expected to do badly, I haven't always! Now, I keep a database on my phone of every single refuel, and I record the displayed mpg for the tank full (using Trip B for that purpose), and the calculated figure is almost always 3¼-4 mpg worse than the computer figure, so I generally knock about 3½ off. Yesterday, I did a trip to Bedfordshire from the Norfolk coast, and filled to the brim 7 miles after leaving home (120.7 p/liter at Asda!). I'd used cruise control extensively, it was 13°C when I left and returned, reaching 19°C during the day, with little or no wind and dry roads. I cruised at 60-65 on the clock where permitted, at the speed limit or 1-2 mph above on the clock in lower limit zones, accelerated with the bar towards the right end of the ECO part of the ECO gauge (I can always see it in the HUD). When I got home I'd driven 261 miles in the day, of which about 15 was local driving in Bedfordshire. The trip computer showed 70.9, so say about 67½ true. There were no holdups at all, just 8 miles of 40 limit through the A11 Thetford Forest road works. A/C was on all the time, climate set between 18-20. On some journeys I'd have seen 73-75 mpg on the computer on a journey this good, but I have seen just 65 once or twice.
  12. My last Gen 1 Prius had done over 163,000 miles when I sold it, still with original transmission (aka power split device, transaxle) fluid. I discussed changing it with my dealer once or twice, but it was pointed out that Toyota didn't require it ever to be changed and deemed it unnecessary. However, the chap who bought the car does a lot of work on various Hybrids and changed the fluid himself. He reported back that it was very heavily discoloured (no sign of the original red colour left), but fortunately no significant metallic debris. On that basis I would probably have it done in future if my current Prius gets towards 100k. He did state that my Gen 1 had no transmission whine at all, unlike some Gen 1 & 2 models that had passed 100K, so I guess the jury's out, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. A fluid change costing maybe £60-£100 once every 10 years or so isn't going to drastically affect the overall running cost, whereas a new power split device probably would!
  13. at least we don't get TV programs where the sound of a normal, manual gearbox car starting and driving off was dubbed on when a Prius was driven away, as happened in the very early days of the Prius...
  14. good going! I last saw 100k on my 2002 Gen 1 original Prius in December 2007 - It went on to over 163k - when I sold it, and I understand the currently owner is still using it daily. It was the most reliable car I've had. My Gen 3 is only up to 33k at the moment...
  15. 1st Generation Prius were particularly notorious for failing 12v batteries because: they were only 35 aH the Gen 1 had a surprisingly high drain when parked, worse than Gen 2 or 3 despite not having keyless entry no one realised how easily they went flat at that time they'd usually been left fully flat by the time they came off the ship they sold very slowly, so they'd have been flattened for a lot of their time at the dealer before being sold.My first Gen 1 needed a new battery by 1½ years old (replaced under warranty). My second Gen 1 had a new battery before I got it (at 6 months old), but it was still in the car 9 years later when I sold it! It was just beginning to show first signs of ageing on a cold day on the No. 1 standard test (all 4 windows in non-ready mode). That one had only been flattened just once, when I had to leave the key in to enable the car to be left in neutral in a robotic car park in London. At the end of the day, battery was flat (for some reason leaving the key in, even fully off, doubled the standing drain). The car park staff got me going with a jump starter and the car got a good charge going home.
  16. That's ok if you have a dash cam or a reliable witness or two. Only once have I been hit by someone who played fair when it came to insurance. Even the guy who went through a red light and totalled my first Prius 12 years ago tried to get his insurance company to hold me responsible! (luckily I did have enough reliable witnesses). Still cost me a lot - premium went up even though I kept my no claims discount, and I lost £2½k on the car I'd had just 6 months! Moreover, nearest equivalent I could find to replace it was £1k more (but slightly newer and lower mileage).
  17. Thanks, that would certainly be worth thinking about, but as I've bought new Dunlop Sport BluResponse all round in the last year, they're still fairly new (3k miles on rears, 12k on fronts - 5mm remaining) so I don't want to get rid of them at the moment.
  18. IF I decide to go for winters, I will probably swap them onto my existing wheels for now, and see how they go. I always replace at 3mm, so if I think I can live with winter tyres all year, after 2 or 3 summers I should be able to wear the summer ones down to that (swapping ends so they reach 3mm at roughly the same time) and then I'll consider using winters continuously thereafter.
  19. Hmmm - I've been rear-ended twice in snow when I've been on SUMMER tyres!
  20. I see MyTyres come out at £506 all in for 4 15" Enzo W Alloys fitted with 4 Continental WinterContact-TS-850 195/65 R15 91 H which seem to come at the top (or 2nd) in several recent tests (vying for 1st place with Nokian WR D3). But I'm waiting to see what my dealer will do for the Contis swapping onto my existing wheels and either storing the summer tyres or supplying bags for them. Due to back and lower leg problems (bending down is a problem) I don't really want to get involved with swapping them myself.
  21. Thanks Jon - do they only do 16" steels? Do you know about TopCashBack? If you go to Mytyres site via them, you'd get about £13 cashback on £450 after a few weeks just for clicking via TopCashBack. Many hotels firms are in it too. I get well over £100 a year back just for clicking through them whenever I buy via the net. If you decide to join, using this link will get me a small fee for the introduction: :D http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/PeteMB
  22. why not just have the tyres taken off the same wheels and swapped twice a year?
  23. Wonder if anyone just accepted it and paid up...
  24. This is an extract from a write-up I did on another site after a test drive in an early Yaris Hybrid Originally, the Yaris Hybrid came in T3, T4 and T-Spirit trim levels, with compulsory 16" wheels on the T-Spirit which slugged the CO2 and mpg figures. In the end, I bought a Gen 3½ Prius - I really wanted a Yaris sized car but they'd removed the best bits of the previous 14 years of Yaris (brilliant central digital instruments, lots of oddments space, sliding rear seats, good rear headroom) and failed to add things like electric folding mirrors. Plus the tinny clicker for the indicators, which doesn't seem to bother anyone else, would drive me insane! FWIIW I don't think a Yaris could match the 70 ish mpg I get on 60-70 mph 120 mile each way trips, as I think the better aerodynamics of the Gen 3 Prius (on 15" wheels) makes a big difference. I get similar figures on longer journeys through the local villages, which again I doubt the Yaris would match. WIth many short journeys, I'm generally getting calculated tank mpg of 58-64½ (display is 3½-4 mpg optimistic), with just under 500 to 535 miles per tank. Pretty happy with that. With fewer very short journeys now, the overall average is increasing every time I fill up. When the 2nd generation Prius arrived in 2004, many on the discussion groups anticipated that within 10 years we'd be able to buy a Yaris size car with realistic 100 mph plus tank to tank capability - but then in the 1970s, many of us though that in this century we'd all have flying cars!
  25. The static cameras do provide some of the input that's used when you go past a police car mounted or roadside ANPR camera. They can also provide retrospective data that can track criminals, like the London bombings in 2005 where they tracked the movements of the car that the bombers had left at Luton railway station. The roadside ones are often supported by a number of car and motorcycle cops who stop people who get flagged up or who have illegal format number plates. I was once told that these cameras check about 26 databases, including tax, insurance, mot, stolen, outstanding convictions (for registered keeper), "of interest to Police", of interest to other Government authorities and so on. Some years ago, when ANPR was new, I heard a single Police car with roof mounted cameras drove up and down every aisle in all of the Luton Airport car parks in 30 minutes and turned up 4 stolen cars that had probably been there some time. It was said that to do a similar exercise with a team of bobbies on foot would have taken several days.