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    CT200-h['12], iQ['14], Aygo['14], Yaris T-Sport['03]
  • Toyota Year
    2012
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    Northamptonshire

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  1. First of all, I'm assuming you are talking about the car in your profile, a '92 Camry? Are you saying it's stalling, or maybe almost stalling? Is this while idling or while moving (coasting or braking?)? Is it manual or auto? Give us more details.
  2. Would be useful with a more detailed description. You say you can hear it when breaking. Is it a single knock? Or repeated? If repeated, does it change in proportion to vehicle speed? If it's repeating, it could be your brake discs or it could be drive shafts. If it's a single knock then more likely a joint (rod end: inner or outer)
  3. I'm assuming this only happens after running the engine (driving) long enough for it to warm up properly? Or does it happen more or less as soon as you start the engine? What does the temp gauge in the car read when the coolant is escaping? Is it above normal? Does the cooling fan come on? What you are seeing could happen if the engine overheats. Photo's or video would be helpful.
  4. As far as I know, the Honda 2.2 i-DTEC (N22B - euro 5) is a tried and tested unit with good characteristics. Those I know who've had one did not have any problems.
  5. APS

    Dipstick

    The 1NZ-FE engines with plastic dipsticks have crosshatching.
  6. And include all observations you've made. What makes you believe it escapes through the expansion vessel? Is it bubbling? How quickly does it disappear?
  7. +1 on Toyota bad experiences and two different VW dealerships. Lexus has always served us well ...so far I'm not sure sales reps realise how big a difference they can make to customers' experience and eventual decision.
  8. That's a really nice selection of colours. Plus, only the Trueno blue and Steel grey get diamond cut rims. The rest are normal, solid colour. Thumbs up from me!
  9. Yeah, that's worrying as this is not something that develops over a single year. Looking at the corrosion in your photo I stand by my first assessment that this is caused by acidic corrosion - probably a result of a combination of sea salt and road salt. The pitting that's shown on the vertical part of the suspension arm is typical. I bet if you hammer at it, it will feel pretty solid but eventually break off revealing black rust. I'm sure it's perfectly fixable. But I can also imagine that all the nuts and bolts may also be quite nicely stuck, making the work that little bit extra "enjoyable". Keep us posted.
  10. Wow! Not seen one with actual holes in it. Are you near the coast perhaps? The salt in the air can be exceptionally aggressive. I once bought a car with low miles that had lived not far from the coast and you didn't need a prop for the bonnet as the hinges were so seized up! Anyway, those torsion beams can hold dirt and moisture which accelerates the rot. I'm sure there are plenty of second hand ones. I don't think it's a 'known issue'.
  11. It's so easy to overthink these choices. You seem to have a fairly clear idea of what you want. Just get what's available within your budget where you are. Both mk1 and mk2 are good cars that can be had in fairly basic spec.
  12. OK - I'll be that Mr Killjoy. Nothing that's legal will significantly improve your headlights. I've tried all the increased light output ones like the Osram Night Breakers, Philips, Halfords etc.. At best they make a small improvement. But it's hardly like night and day difference and, as you say, they don't last. Not half as long as a standard bulb. Standard bulbs and keep your lights clean. You can add on some extra lights (rally style). But they will only be of any use if you can do part of your journey on high beam.
  13. Moved away from the Lexus specific Yokohama's on the CT200 a couple of years go and put Michelin CrossClimate on all four corners. Best upgrade I've done to that car. Great all-round, all-year tyre. Much better, steering feel and a quieter drive compared to the Yokohama's. Good grip in the wet too. Oh, and they're cheaper (not cheap).
  14. Regarding rust; From my experience it's pretty good and mostly plagued the earlier year cars. I'll let this photo of the underside of our 2003 T-Sport (Japan built) speak for itself. One lady owner, daily driver, never garaged.
  15. I don't think it warrants any angry letters... yet. These are computer systems and as such may 'crash' or lock up from time to time. You've done the right thing to note down what you did. Should it happen again, make another note of what you did. Whether you should report this or not is really a matter of frequency and how much it interferes with driving. An in-car system that locks up once a year or less, you can probably live with. But, if it's every other journey, then definitely blow the angry horn. Keep your notes so you can pass them on to Toyota should it be required.
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