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Everything posted by gordonh

  1. Just be pleased you don't have a Renault Megane !!!
  2. David, I'm gonna be in the same boat in 2 or 3 years time.... Do I keep the Prius and dump the wife's Aygo, do I keep the Aygo and dump the Prius .... decisions, decisions.... I've been having a similar conversation with my parents (one retired the other retires next year), currently they have a Mitsubishi Colt and a Mitsubishi ASX. They keep thinking of going down to one car but they like to drive to France on holidays so need a bigger car, but big cars can be expensive for everyday use. Best idea is to keep the larger car and then pick up a second hand Aygo/C1/107 as a general runabout as they are so cheap to run and keep. Although I think 'retirement cars' are going to get massive competition from the new Vauxhalls in the future with their 100k miles warranty. If you just use a car for shooping etc it could take a very long time to do those miles (with my current car usage it would last 33 years for me).
  3. My only problem with my Aygo is the fuel economy, average 43mpg is too low really. Other than that I really like the car.
  4. Or the old solution: 1. Place fairly sturdy lump of wood against drum. 2. Hit with hammer 3. Move wood to new location and repeat.
  5. I have found the best way to have USB music in my Aygo (with an aftermarket radio) is a SD card reader and a bunch of 2GB cards. I tried using an external harddrive but the problem was it took ages to index the large drive and navigate to the wanted album/song. With 2GB SD Cards they index pretty quick at startup and you can often put about 15-20 albums on each card which is enough for any journey. I have 10 cards stored under the dash next to the steering wheel in the tray for coins. When I bought mine 7DayShop were doing deals on multipacks, probably find similar on ebay.
  6. What TomTom is fitted to the Aygo? Does it have the LIVE services or is it just a basic? Personally I don't see the point of supplying a car with a limited satnav that can also be removed from the car. Considering you can pick up a TomTom very cheaply now what will happen when the fitted one breaks down? Will probably cost £300+ for a replacement and will screw up the resale value if you don't have it. Also there will be a lot of these being broken into if the holder is folded down on the off chance that the unit is also in there. The satnav should be fully integrated or be a standalon unit, instead what you have here is the worse of both solutions to satnav (ie a custom unit that you have to remove when you park and probably cannot be upgraded).
  7. I've had no stability problems with mine, you might also want to check the tyre pressures.
  8. I think the bluetooth unit just plugs into the back of the standard head unit. But I expect that it'll cost more to buy that part from Toyota than it will to buy a aftermarket head unit with bluetooth, mp3 etc on it.
  9. I can't tell you what the gap is but I do have the boxes of what I fitted so can tell you what will fit. Doors 165mm, depth 46mm Dashboard 100mm, depth 36mm
  10. I think the only cover worth getting is called a garage.
  11. I would check your mats in the back to see if they are wet, or are you taking wet clothing into the car with you. There is no reason you car should be misting up, especially with the aircon running.
  12. If you have a multimeter or a 12v bulb and a couple of wires you should be able to check that there is power coming through the circuit to the radio. The other choice, assuming the power is there would be http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PEUGEOT-107-CITROEN-C1-TOYOTA-AYGO-RADIO-CD-PLAYER-AUX-/200541003212 I don't think there are any hiden fuses in the back of the radio.
  13. How old is the car, is the headunit covered under the same warranty as the car? Otherwise, probably buy a new aftermarket headunit or call a breakers yard. I doubt it'll be worth the cost of reparing a standard Aygo radio.
  14. Just swap the head unit with one that has USB and will also play MP3s and all your problems are solved. I just bought a bunch of 2GB SD cards and a SD card reader from 7DayShop, filled them with MP3 files and use them as CDs, much tidier and easy to take them out of the car if you want.
  15. I'm not so sure about the cheap servicing on the Toyota anymore, wanting £200 for a 2 year service is too much for an Aygo.
  16. I got a letter through from my dealer asking if I wanted to trade in my car and get a new one (no prices mentioned), the stupid thing is that the letter arrived 2 weeks after I went there for the 2 year service. If the letter had come before or they had spoke to me about it at the time of the service I might have been more open to being persuaded. I did think about trading it in, although I'd probably be looking at an IQ rather than a Yaris as they are priced similar to the Aygo and probably a better car. But I've done just under 6k miles in my Aygo and it would probably end up costing me about £5k to upgrade and I'm not sure it's worth it. I'm a bit ****** with Toyota increasing the warranty to 5 years on a car which is basically exactly the same car as I have which is only warranted for 3 years, I think they should do something about this even if it's just discounting the extended warranty on the Aygo to get the full 5 years. I'll probably end up sticking with my car for about 6 years now and see what's happening then. Now that Vauxhall have started doing the Lifetime warranty I think other companies are going to have to start doing something similar or loose a lot of business. There;s nothing in their range that really grabs me right now, but I look at the car as a tool mostly (the bike is for the fun) and if I didn't need to worry about major problems with a car for the next 15-20 years I would certainly have to think about it carefully.
  17. With the LIVE services you don't have to subscribe in order to use the satnav, just for the LIVE services bit. From what I understand the TomTom basically has a mobile phone inside it so it can call home and get the info. It also has a Google search which was useful for finding locations before the surge of smartphones that can also do it for you.
  18. Most Andriod phones have a free satnav via GoogleMaps, but they often aren't as good as a dedicated satnav.
  19. If you are looking at a new TomTom take a look at the LIVE services that you can use on some of them, it is a subscription service but when you need it, it can save you a lot of time. Last year just before christmas I was heading home during all the snow, when there were 4 hr delays on the M4, I did Kingston to otherside of Slough in an hour thanks to the LIVE taking me around traffic instead of through it, normal journey time was about 45mins without traffic and snow.
  20. I don't understand why these companies put a hole in the dash that you could fit one particular TomTom satnav in. It would be much better to just fit a multifunction screen and put the TomTom circuitry within the rest of the unit. Considering that all cars have the OBD port close to the steering column you could also include ScanGuage2 functionality within the same unit. I doubt this would add much to the on the road costs of each car either because once the backend unit is designed it could be reused on every car within Toyotas range, just change the screen size as needed.
  21. If you disable the warning sound for the seatbelt it also disables the warning sound for the fuel.
  22. Are you serious? Under 13,000 miles, and you`re on youre 4th service? The Aygo only neds a service every 10k or so. So what service have you had done on your car then? Mine just had its second service, only 5800 miles on it, but 2 years old now. edit: The original quote was just over £200, but I had the Toyota Service contract that I bought when I got the car.
  23. Just phoned Toyota Bracknell for my 2 year service (still only done 6k miles though), and got quoted just over £200. I am very glad I spent the £279 when I bought the car to get the 3 year Toyota Service Plan instead. But are these people having a laugh? Who in their right minds will go to the at those sort of costs? For a comparison I just googled 'fixed cost servicing' and found Honda do a 4 year plan for £500.
  24. If you plan to keep the car you might want to take a look at Kwik Fit, I think they were doing a lifetime brakes warranty recently. I assume that means if they wear out they replce them? (or at least that's what it sounds like)
  25. I just put an 8-ball in my Aygo, the smaller size feels much better than the original gear changer.
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