Jolly English Gentleman

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  1. I have made the very same journey - and yes the reduction in hidden storage space is a sacrifice, but there are many gains - particularly fuel consumption, heated seats and the heads up display - the Sat Nav is also much improved. You can at last enter a full postcode. Re the headlights, yes they can have a mind of their own. I think mine has an off position on the stalk - I will check. I have not had it long enough to be an issue. If it does it may be because mine was one of several that Toyota provided to the press for test purposes.
  2. Over the weekend I had someone scrape the corner of my Prius (which I have only have had for 6 weeks) as they were pulling out of a car parking space. Although they did not stop, a witness stepped forward and gave the registration No. After contacting the police, I have established that the other driver is fortunately insured. However after using the local repairer approved by my insurer previously , it was necessary to take the car back owing to a poor quality job and get them to do it again. Therefore I am considering other options.I took out Toyota Smart Insurance and would like to ask for any reviews on their workmanship. Whilst this means that the other driver will not face any consequence if they do a good job it is a more attractive option. As I also had supaguard which has been scraped off, I am keen to ensure that I obtain the best quality repair so that it can be reverted to how it looks here in the reviews by the previous driver. Therefore I am wondering whether to get the dealer's bodyshop to repair it and meet what ever cost my insurer may not meet due to a Toyota Main dealer not being an approved repairer.
  3. I am looking at an Excel with no extras against a newer Business Edition Plus that has several extras with less mileage at another dealer some miles away. The two are priced within £7 of each other, and I am hoping that the dealers would be willing to swap them so that I can get the one with the extras, but that would probably be too easy. I do find that dealer prices can vary significantly. My nearest dealer seems to be one of the most expensive in the country, but fortunately there is a more competitive dealer who I am speaking to not too far away.
  4. Thanks for that. I am hoping that I can persuade the dealer to secure the vehicle (it is at another dealer some distance away). I am looking at two potentials. The one with the wind deflectors is newer and has less mileage, but is a slightly lower manufacturer specification hence the two vehicles being within £7 of each other. The ideal situation would be for the two dealers to do a straight swap, but I expect that would be too easy.
  5. The question only arises because one of the vehicles I am considering already has them fitted. I don't think I would go out my way to have them if they were not already on the vehicle, but thanks anyway.
  6. After coming up to 8 years of ownership, I am looking at replacing my soon to be 11 years old 2nd Gen T Spirit. Naturally it will be replaced with another Prius and am looking at a 4th gen . One of the models on my radar is a Business Edition Plus demonstrator that has a few extras including wind deflectors fitted against a slightly older Excel that has no extra goodies. Has anyone any experience of wind deflectors? Do they work? Do they affect the fuel consumption?
  7. I think somebody might have tried but perhaps not got that far because of price and the consideration that it is relatetively untested over here. Does a Plugin conversion kit class as a modification for insurance purposes? The big question I have about plug in's is how do you compare the cost of an electric charge with the cost of petrol? Are there any tables that allow you to covert a plug in charge costing x pence to mpg which would enable one to work out payback costs based on current petrol prices?
  8. Thanks for this. I have been thinking of updating mine now that the new A16 road to Peterborough is finally open - looks like I will have to wait until next year as the final section only opened last week so probably won't be on the 2012/13 disk. If only there was some way we could get stand alone solutions such as tom tom or garmin to link up and show up on the display screen.
  9. I paid £7,994 for my 2007 2nd gen T Spirit in March 2010 last year from a South Wales dealer. It was a high miler (62K) but with full detailed service history, It took me several weeks to find it and concluded that there are regional variations in prices in the used car market (dearer in rural areas). Main dealers within a 100 miles or so were looking for another £2k for the 2006 models without IPS. The list price for a 2007 T Spirit was around £20K, so a bit hit in the first 3 years, but the introduction of the 3rd gen and the recalls taking place on that model probably had a knock on effect to market confidence when I purchased mine (several weeks of snow also must have been a factor). I have now got 71K in the clock so I am guessing that over 18 months I have lost about £1K. The rate of loss will reduce the longer I have the car especially as more general dealers get used to the technology. When I brought my Prius there were 2 or 3 others in the area. Now that is well into double figures. Years ago when I brought a 1999 Corrolla less than 3 years old but with £66K on the clock and paid £5k, during negotiations with the dealer I ascertained that they would be more prepared to move on the ticket price where finance is involved as they get a commission from the finance company. I was paying cash so could not get them to move so much. I also found out that if a car sits on the forecourt (as my Corrolla had done) they are more likely to move on price as non selling cars do find their way into the auction system and they are aware that they would get far less in those circumstances. I sold my Corrolla last year for £950 with £100K on the clock so over 8 years or so of ownership I lost £500 a year. The car was around £14K list price when it was new so the main hit was in the first 3 years. In general I feel that depreciation rates have probably slowed a bit and will remain low until a 4th gen and/or the estate version and plug in options come out next year as that will almost certainly mean a few more gen 3's being traded in.
  10. I have not been on here for a while. I just wanted to share a pleasent surprise I had recently on the Greek Island of Rhodes. I was sat in a Taverna watching the world go by whilst enjoying a pleasent meal and happened to catch the rear lights of a Prius Gen 2 go by. Thinking that I might have had to much wine I vowed to pay more attention to the road and sure enough a couple of days later I saw it again - confirmed a Blue one. A gew days later I was heading down towards Prasonissi in typical Hyu8ndai Getz hire car (someone had taken the Yaris that the hire company had) and went round a bend to be confronted by a white gen 3 coming the other way followed by a white IQ. I noticed that both were hire cars! To top it all on the last day heading back to the airport, we passed the Island's Toyota dealer in daylight and I noticed a new silver gen 3 in the showroom and a further gen 2 on the forecourt. I have been to quiet a few Greek Islands and this is the first time I have seen any Prius's. I would imagine that provided they are serviced properly these examples will do very well in the Greek sunshine and will probably last years - they may get dented but all Greek cars eventually get dented. I have checked the website for the hire Company to see how much it would cost to hire the Prius but the rates are not shown (bet it won't be cheap!) it does though provide food for thought. It is unlikely we will go back to Rhodes - far too modern for our liking. Has anyone else noticed Prius hire cars on any other Greek Island? It would be nice to know where the option is available to be able to hire a car for a few days and only need 5 litres or so to do a whole Island (petrol in Greece is now 1.70 Euros a litre!).
  11. My old eighth gen Corrolla did have mouldings but I doubt they would have made much difference and it would have still been a paint job.
  12. Thanks - looks like I need one - can't be too serious given 68K on the clock and still functioning the only time I have had a warning light come on has been when I've been caught out by one of the many potholes in my neck of the woods.
  13. I have always had my Toyota's serviced by a Toyota Specialist who I found when I brought my previous Corrolla. I did think of this question when it came to my first service on the Prius but I don't really trust my local dealer to undertake a proper service. The reason why my specialist set up on his own was because he once worked for predecessor of said dealer and got frustrated with the corners cut (the old trick of blowing through an air filter and cleaning spark plugs rather than replacing them). I decided that I would trust my Prius to my Specialist who informed me that on doing the service at 68K that he found the air filter had never been replaced, the discs had never had any lubrication and the plugs looked original. One of the tyres had also been repaired with a puncture kit despite the service history print supplied by the leasing company who previously owned the car indicating that four tyres were replaced after a puncture repair. The Servicing had been undertaken by another main dealer and the tyres had been looked after by a National tyre firm. I have my doubts that these issues would have been picked up by the local dealer (or if they had I would have been charged an arm and a leg). I will probably get the local dealer to check the Hybrid battery over when I am getting close to 100K but that won't be for several years yet as I only do 5K a year. The only downside is that I always get any old parts back to dispose of as proof that new ones have been fitted.
  14. Taxed mine at the post office for £10 - I thought I would do George a favour and save the postage that would be necessary if doing it online. Post lady wrote it out and said "£10 - that's nice". Put my tax disc in the window, drove to supermarket, parked and did my shopping. Drove to a local shop, parked and when I went back to the car I noticed that at some stage during the day some :censor: had opened his driver's door and put a dent in my passenger door leaving a trail of blue paint on my nice vermillion red He didn't just tap it - he walloped it! Got a dent about two inches long and half an inch deep. Probably not worth claiming insurance but I suspect that this year I will end up paying as much as anyone else.