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HectorG last won the day on April 29 2020

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  1. Can those on this forum who read this and who have owned both standard Prius and the Plug-in version, comment on whether they think the the dog guard in the attached photo would fit a PHV. Many thanks in anticipation.
  2. I’ve abandoned the dog crate idea for my PHV. As my working cockers spaniel is a small dog I think he will fit in the boot, despite it being very shallow. Consequently, I’m now looking for a dog guard that fits. A company called Travall UK make what appear to be quality guards, specific to many different car makes and models. They only list a guard for the standard Prius and I was wondering if there was much difference in boot opening shape between Prius’s. The top mounting for the guard fits on the upper gutter in the hatchback opening. Anyone here who’s owned both models who could advis
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    Dog Crates

    Thanks for that ian, Fantastic quality crates, but as you say, certainly not cheap. Unfortunately, they don’t have anything suitable for the shallow boot of the PHV, which isn’t surprising. I may just have to consider putting the rear seats down and installing a crate behind the front seats. Not ideal, but avoids losing a shed load of cash.
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    Dog Crates

    Up until four or so years ago I had a couple of Springer Spaniels which meant I ran a succession of SUV’s. After their demise, my wife and I decided to catch up on International travel and we spent 3 to 4 months abroad for the next 4 years. Recently I’ve undergone major surgery which, together with COVID😱, has ruled out long haul travel for the foreseeable future. In view of my past relationship with spaniels, my eldest daughter persuaded me to acquire one of a friend’s puppies from a litter of 8 working cockers. Sorry about the long preamble - I’ll get to the point! When I traded my RAV
  5. Yes, they really are dreadful and worse than my previous gen RAV4. So much so I use them in non-adaptive ‘normal’ mode.
  6. Hi Jay, I agree with you and other folks that the seats are not the most comfortable (especially compared with the previous generation Lexus RX!) Do you think perhaps the ‘thinness’ of the seats is a inevitable consequence of Toyota’s obsession with maximising fuel economy by keeping weight down by whatever means necessary? I’m prepared to go along with this uncompromising approach for now because I understand where they’re coming from and appreciate 80 mpg, even when the EV range is depleted. But I must say, I’m increasingly drawn to the idea of the greater comfort of something like the
  7. Consumer magazines like What Car never mention the fundamental problems with other types of gearbox such as the DSG type particularly favoured by VW. Apart from their dreadful reliability record, they tend to have an inbuilt lag - maybe not as extreme as a Saab 900 turbo I had in the ‘90’s, but still extremely irritating. I seem to remember that the PHV’s transmission is actually what they call E-CVT, adapted from the standard Prius for use in the hydrogen powered Mirai and the plug-in Prius. It is far from being what most people regard as a conventional CVT, as in Subarus, Nissans or eve
  8. Although I generally have no time for What Car - possibly the worst car magazine on the market - I get emails from them which I must have inadvertently signed up for and have not bothered to unsubscribe from. Having little to fill my time during the lockdown, I had a browse through a recent email which had a link to a video (I think it was produced at the end of March, so quite recent): “2020 best plug-in hybrids (and the ones to avoid)”. Needless to say, I knew from the outset that the Prius plug-in would be one to avoid! The top 10 best plug-ins were of course, with the exception of 2 V
  9. A few years ago a reversing sensor failed on a VW California I had at the time. The dealer asked if I used a pressure washer when cleaning it and, when I confirmed that I did, they conveniently blamed that for the sensor failure.
  10. You may be right. I live in a village serviced by a narrow country lane which is very muddy at the moment. However, in the time I’ve lived here I’ve owned 2 Subaru Foresters (2nd gen & 4th gen), a Freelander, a RAV4 (previous gen) and this has never occurred before. But it may be occurring now because the Prius is so much lower. It’s very irritating even so.
  11. Once or twice a week at the moment I get a message on the info display on my PHV that the parking sensors aren’t working. This is solved by a quick wizz around with a cloth to clean them. I appreciate that the weather in the UK is dreadful at the moment, but I have never had this problem with my previous cars. I have to admit that all but one of my previous cars with parking sensors have been 4x4 types and therefore higher off the ground. However, I find it difficult to believe the sensors should be so susceptible to dirt (my sensors have been far from covered in mud when I get the warning mes
  12. I think 20 miles is way too pessimistic. As I said in my post, 30 miles seems to be a realistic figure you can achieve as an average through the year - with a sensible driving style of course.
  13. BTW, for my use, which is largely round trips of 20 miles or less - I have a camper van for longer holiday trips - I make very large savings. I last filled up with petrol 8 weeks ago when I had to drive some way to Bristol airport and back a week later. I still have half a tank of fuel left and the car has been operating on 90% EV in the 3 months I’ve had it.
  14. In Summer I get mid 30’s on a good day. At the moment it can drop to 26-28 miles with ac, wipers, lights etc on. Most of the charge point apps like Zap-Map suggest a real world figure of 30 miles. The current Toyota brochure for the “new” PHV gives a range of 34, whereas the previous brochure indicated a more optimistic range of 39 miles. I think the new lower range is a consequence of the new stricter testing regime cars now have to go through. Of course much will depend on your driving style. I am a bit of a hypermiler having previously driven a hybrid and developed an obsession (at tim
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