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    Alex
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    RAV4 XTR 5dr 2.0 D4D (55)/RAV4 Invincible 2.0 D4D (14)
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    Tyne & Wear

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  1. Given we live in a country that has meaningful snowfall (suitable for sledging) every few years and a significant snow event about once a decade, unless you live in a rural area well known for seeing high levels of snow and not routinely covered by gritters and plow’s, then all season tyres are probably absolutely fine. Ironically having lived/worked somewhere where locals congregate in the local pub on snow days to watch (and then help) people getting stuck on the bank next to it, I disappointed everyone a few years back, an automatic Octavia looked like a safe bet to fail, especially a
  2. You’re still focusing on the MOT wording, nobody is saying the op is replacing his headlight bulbs, what I am saying is legally he can’t replace his DRL’s with LED’s either and that has nothing to do with the MOT criteria, it’s the law: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/schedule/2/made c) Any other vehicle manufactured or first used on or after 1st October 1990: An approval mark or a British Standard mark
  3. I’m not disputing what the recent changes were to the MOT criteria, but they’re largely irrelevant to the legal requirements we have had for over 3 decades. You can’t use any bulb that is not certified to the current or previous standard. The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 stated the requirement for all bulbs to be BS marked, when we ratified ECE R37 that became e marked to bring us in line with the EU. Passing an MOT with an illegal bulb doesn’t alter its legality, it just means you passed the MOT. The responsibility to ensure legality and roadworthy condition of the vehicle at all t
  4. While they are specifically listed for MOT purposes, the legal requirement for e-marked bulbs is exactly that and has been for years, and applies here and in the EU. The odds of an MOT tester actually checking a bulb is e marked are almost zero, they can’t physically pull the bulb as it’s not part of the test. That’s not the same in say a reflector set-up where it’s generally visually obvious that an HID/LED has been fitted as you can see it, less so in projectors unless the ballast is obviously on-show or the beam pattern is off.
  5. It’s a rebranded Alpicool unit sold at a markup, but that wasn’t my point, I just wanted to make sure they supplied you with the same kit and hadn’t penny pinched the mains adapter. Stop worrying about a ‘smart alternator’ which just sounds like you don’t understand how an alternator works and plug the cooler into the mains using the supplied power adapter. If it still errors you have a faulty cooler, if it doesn’t then back to looking at the car side and the 12v adapter.
  6. RAV’s in the early generations were what I can only describe as being quite utilitarian, by the 4th generation (that you looked at), they had got them to the point where they were reasonably mature and the 15 plate is about when they switched to the BMW diesel rather than the Toyota version. I wouldn’t rate the interiors up with the likes of the Volvo XC, BMW X5 or anything premium from JLR, but it was reasonable in its class/price point at the time and felt very much civilised and car like by this stage. That said it’s a diesel, it’ll sound like a diesel and feel like a diesel and if you are
  7. So this is one of the rebranded 60w Chinese Alpicool units? From memory they come with a mains adapter as well, I would suggest you start by checking it works plugged into the mains, then move to the car’s 12v system. You’d also need to check what the rated output on the socket is, I’d imagine 120w, but I don’t have an Avensis.
  8. I feel like I should at least ask, what were you expecting and what didn’t it live upto? No judgement, but it may be useful for anyone who comes after.
  9. Toyota have a nasty habit of making what I think of as facepalm choices. The folding mirrors are a perfect example: They include electric folding mirrors, but require you to press a button (far right of the lower dash, to the right of the L/R switch for mirror adjustment) to make the mirrors fold in. On VCDS you just do the coding to enable it on cars with electric mirrors, on Toyota… no. Thankfully an almost plug and play solution exists, it’s a 3 wire install and the rest plugs in to the OEM connectors. After that you hit lock and the mirrors fold, hit unlock and they open. No to androi
  10. Not on my 4.4… I set it up once and it’s worked perfectly ever since (until I turned hotspot off).
  11. The stock HB3’s are actually OK in the projectors, what may annoy you (it did with me) is the LED side lights are obviously pure white, the halogens look yellow and dated in the projectors by comparison. The only (legal) option other is a more appropriate colour temp. bulb, they tend to come with a blue filter to compensate for the yellow nature of halogen, this usually reduces light output or if you use a higher output bulb, they cost a small fortune (40/pair for top end) and have a much shorter lifespan. Theoretically modern micro ballasts for HID’s may fit in the recess of the headlight and
  12. RAV’s are firmly in the ‘Soft Road’ category, they lack the ground clearance for anything serious. Probably OK for a muddy field or farm tracks, less so for proper green lane work or serious off-road work.
  13. Shouldn’t be that far off, but I wouldn’t get too bent out of shape over mpg, it’s not really that relevant to overall cost per mile which is what’s important. As a former Octavia MK2 DSG/Leon MK2 Sport DSG/Golf MK5 DSG owner who used to do 2K/m of commuting plus personal, the RAV’s weren’t that different overall, I just spent money differently.
  14. Agree on Waze, Google Maps, TomTom (it’s down to about £12.99/yr now) all being better than anything Toyota have ever offered. I updated the T2G from 2014v1 maps to 2020 v1, it’s a lot better, but the purpose of spending £30 wasn’t to upgrade the maps, but the base software. It’s still pretty clunky and the apps are a joke, but it at least deals better with phones now. The maps are still pretty out of date and the T2G was pretty basic when it was new, let alone 7 years later.
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