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  1. APS

    Steering knocking

    I think what you may be describing is a pretty well known issue on Auris/Corolla and Lexus CT200h. The problem appears to be wrong strength steel used in the bolt causing it to stretch and loosen. You can google it, there's plenty of information. Here's one video with part number for replacement bolt. I've had this on both our CT200 and Auris. If this is not the issue you have, then please ignore 🙂
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    Well, that depends. First of all, 80k is not much at all. But wear all depends on how you service it, how you use it (long vs short commutes) and if you keep it in a garage or always out in the open. I sold my 2002 Corolla with more than 215k on it. That was a few years ago and I've just heard that the guy who bought it has now scrapped it with about 250k on the clock. The main reason was corrosion on the brake pipes. The car otherwise still looked as new externally. Rusted brake lines is not a distance thing, mainly age and always being parked outside. That car never had a new exhaust, wheel bearings or other things you'd normally expect to be replaced at higher mileages. Maybe you want to check the brake lines and ask someone to get some underbody coating on them. I've seen several other E120s that failed MOTs due to rust on the brake pipes. Could be a weak spot. Suspension parts like shock absorbers have a finite life. I replaced one shock absorber at 175k. But they can certainly fail a lot earlier than that. In short, you will not know what fails first since it varies. To justify the cost of repairs, you can look at how much will it cost you to get a new(er) car that does what your car does as well as it does it.
  3. I agree with previous comments. I've not seen this being a big issue. Of course, over time water and salt works its way down the threads and can make things stick. The key is usually to use a proper tool to loosen the nipple. Don't use open ring keys - you will round them off. Using a hexagonal socket and ratchet handle usually does the job. Even for pretty well seized nipples. If you are a bit paranoid about preventing future corrosion you can paint some (not a lot) underbody protection around the base of the nipple to seal the threads.
  4. @TCEU_Design - could you confirm the satisfaction rating scale. I'm assuming 7 should read 'Extremely satisfied'?
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    Winter Tyres

    This is not a US specific thing. These features are decided by the local Toyota sales and marketing office (Toyota GB here) - based on what they think will sell. RAV4 in Scandinavia also come with ventilated seats, heated windscreen, heated rear seat etc. in the premium kit.
  6. Nope. But looks promising. If only they would put the S-FR in production as well. Then they would have a S / M / L sports lineup. Just like they used to with the MR2 / Celica / Supra.
  7. <ramble> I could be harsh and I could be understanding towards car manufacturers. However, the reality is that the car industry is very competitive, margins are tight in the main stream market and security has not, and still (to some degree) does not feature very high on manufacturer's list of priorities. Only recently have manufacturers started to realise the sophistication of the adversaries they are facing. Developing truly secure systems requires plenty of skill and testing. Security expertise is still scarce and expensive, hence de-prioritised. Put yourself in the product manager's shoes; for the cost of developing a secure keyless entry, or hardened ECU isolated from the infotainment, you could develop a whole range of customisable body kit options. Which one would help you sell more cars? Relay attacks though, are not new and can be mitigated. As an example, when Apple designed the Apple Watch which communicates with an iPhone (including payment authentications for Apple Pay) it made sure the communication between the two devices was really secure and was not susceptible to a man-in-the-middle attack, which would include a relay device. Thus, the communication timing is measured accurately enough that the delay of messages introduced by a relay would be detected. Where there is a will, there's a way. </ramble>
  8. Note - it is only models with keyless entry that are vulnerable to relays (because they are constantly scanning for the presence and distance of a key fob) Store your keys in a metal key locker overnight and/or in a 'faraday' pouch.
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    Clock display

    I'd agree. Probably a LHD design. I can understand that manufacturers reuse as much as possible between LHD and RHD models to reduce cost (especially on a price sensitive model like the Aygo). However, this is just software and should not be hard to change. The irony is that the mirroring and perspective that you find so annoying, is probably something that someone has spend much effort to achieve and may ultimately be the reason they have not gone through the trouble of re-rendering it for RHD perspective.
  10. They are doing a raised version of the Corolla Tourer. This ride a few cm higher than the standard.
  11. The Prius+ is quite a bit more expensive. But you will get much more back when it comes to selling it. Taxi drivers and other professionals are keen to get their hands on them. It is such a solid car. We have both Toyota and Lexus hybrids. The Prius+ is the one that has held up the best. After 130.000 miles it still drives like new. Nothing has broken on it so far. Several previous comments on fuel economy. I can say that we have done a fair amount of mileage on the German Autobahn with the Prius+ fully loaded with and without roof box and winter tyres. The worst I've managed is 41MPG. That was cruising long stretches at 90-100 MPH. On UK motorway speeds, expect to get around 50. The only downside of the plus is lack of towing and that it's a bit dull to look at. But it is good to drive, in a relaxing way (it certainly is not fun) and you can munch through the miles on motorways or navigate city centres without effort. The TomTom derived built-in SatNav works but is not very good. Oh, and I almost forgot. I've used the plus for band gigs. Fitting drum kit and amps and cabs. No problem when you fold both second and third rows.
  12. Had a couple of rattles in ours. The dash speaker covers, the wide centre windscreen vent surround, the A-pillar covers (with tweeters) - these can all rattle as their snap-fits loosen over time. I have removed all these covers and put blue-tack on all contact surfaces and snap-fits. Silence! Alternatively, turn up the radio!
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    Yeah, I think the so called 'snow socks' probably work better while still being quiet (unlike snow chains! - which are overkill and illegal in the UK). That said, if you get stuck, just put a car mat, blanket, rug or whatever you have to hand, under the driving wheels and you should get free. Thin branches from trees (especially coniferous ones) are also tried and tested methods to improve traction. Hey ho, we probably won't see this much snow in the UK for quite a few years now anyway.
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    We've been out with the Aygo as normal. You just have to take it easy. However, we encountered the deepest snow on the Monday *after* the worst weather. It was sunny, but there's a passage at the top of a hill where the snow had blown into drifts. As Rajiv noted from Sweden, the main problem is just clearance under the car. I had to 'rock' the car free (back and forth) a few times as it got stuck in deep snow (nice steam as the exhaust buried in the snow). Such a light car is good in these conditions as you can feel everything that's going on.
  15. First congratulations on your new car! Always fun once you've made the decision. Regarding the mirrors - you were right, it's those little fiddly things on the inside that are supposed to adjust the mirrors. I'm guessing no-one's adjusted them for a long while and they've stuck. Just give them some exercise by pressing the mirror glass manually, back and forth / up and down while also moving the adjustment lever. Eventually everything will move easier allowing you to adjust them from the inside again by just using the lever. Regarding whining - Sounds like your MP3 player cable is picking up the alternator. You might just want to try a different cable that hopefully has better magnetic shielding.