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  1. Thanks Jay, After some use I’ve decided the Primacies are are just ‘different’ - quieter on some surfaces than the Toyos, but noisier on others. Another factor I had failed to take into account is that a few days earlier I’d had my ears de-waxed - the first time for about 3 years, since the NHS stopped doing it. I’m now hearing much better and consequently am more aware of road noise. Clearly, partial deafness sometimes has its advantages. I really don’t think it’s a bad enough problem to consider adding the weight of sound deadening materials and thereby degrade the fuel economy. I'm still not sure about economy though. My wife drove back from her sister’s, some 130 miles, much of which was on the M5, with no charging. She says she was driving at about 75mph and recorded 74mpg. On the previous tyres we would routinely achieve 80mpg, admittedly on longer journeys with me driving and I tend to drive at 60 to 70mph, even on the motorway. I’m sure that has quite a bearing on achieving better fuel economy. This morning I drove about 12 miles in the rain and fog, up hill and down dale at 10°C with wipers,headlights, fog lights, hrw and heating on and was running at a battery capacity of 23mpg. This seems poorer than usual; although I’ve not paid much attention to this recently on the old tyres, but I suspect it is worse. I will however continue to monitor mpg and report back.
  2. In practice you seem to get more than £50 off. The ATS manager said that the discount often equates to the ‘extras’ - fitting, balancing, valves and disposal. In my case it amounted to over £56 discount.
  3. Thanks Tony. The morning after the tyres were fitted I checked the pressures and they were slightly overinflated. The comments in my post were made after driving the car with the tyres inflated to the recommended pressures.
  4. Finally changed my original tyres (195/65 R15 91H) - Toyo NanoEnergy J61’s - for Michelin Primacy 4 S1’s. I spent an inordinate amount of time considering the options and my main priorities were efficiency and quietness. I read all there is to read on here about Prius tyres and in the end came down in favour of the Michelins as ATS (who are owned by Michelin) had a deal on them - £230 for 4 fitted which I felt was a good enough deciding factor. I thought the Toyos were noisy, but I think the Primacys may be slightly noisier, largely as a result of road noise from the rear which I was largely unaware of with the Toyos. I have to admit that I failed to IGNORE the label scores (as recommended by Jay) and chose a tyre labelled as ‘A’ for fuel economy and ‘A’ for noise. I can’t comment on economy yet as the car is largely used for local journeys, mainly running on electricity, with mpg currently at 212. However, they certainly feel more sure footed and overall probably a reasonable choice. I’m thinking of maybe trying to reduce the road noise from the tyres by installing some sound deadening material. I won’t go overboard as the extra weight could become an issue and have a detrimental effect on fuel economy. I have a 3 year old BMW 520d touring which I bought 6 months ago (having previously said I’d never buy German or diesel!) to tow a caravan, having had to sell my camper van for health reasons. There is almost no road or wind noise and when I drive it, which is not that often, I’m amazed at what is achievable. Incidentally, the BMW runs on Michelin Cross Climates. Initially I thought it would be sensible to start by starting with the boot floor and possibly rear wheel arches to see if something like Dynamat makes any significant improvement. Has anyone on here tried this with their Prius or have any useful relevant advice which would be much appreciated?
  5. Finally acquired one of the above dog/luggage guards from Travall. Excellent bit of kit - well made, easy to install, solid and rattle free. Plenty of room for my Working Cocker Spaniel puppy and should be just about adequate when he’s fully grown.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 advise?
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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 RAV4 hybrid for my current Prius PHV I had not considered getting another dog and therefore the compromised boot was a relatively minor issue. I now find myself having to consider how I can accommodate Claude in a safe manner. I would prefer a crate/cage if possible as working cockers are incredible escape artists. Can anyone with a Prius and a small/medium dog offer any advice on how I can fit the dog in and avoid having to change the Prius when it’s only just over 2 years old? I am anxious to avoid disposing of the Prius because secondhand values seem to be rock bottom at the moment for some reason and I would probably have to take a big hit in the wallet, even though I bought it as a demonstrator for a reasonable price. When I bought the PHV I perhaps mistakenly assumed that a plug-in hybrid was bound to hold onto its value rather better than a diesel or thirsty petrol car. It seems that for whatever reason - only 4 seats, small boot, motorists current obsession with SUV’s - the Prius PHV is largely unloved, despite being brilliant at what it does. At about 18,000 miles it was recording 234 mpg overall. Any advice gratefully received as always.
  10. Yes, they really are dreadful and worse than my previous gen RAV4. So much so I use them in non-adaptive ‘normal’ mode.
  11. 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 new RAV4, despite the inferior mpg (but maybe not the high cost 🥴). Having said that, I found the seats in the previous gen RAV4 Excel too constricting even though I’m slim. Heigh-Ho, it’s all about compromise - sadly there’s no such thing as the perfect car ☹️
  12. 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 even Toyota’s own Corolla, in that the car can run on the electric motors only, unlike most other hybrids which can’t . Essentially, a computer directs the power flow from the different engine/motor sources and this power split achieves the benefits of a CVT except the torque/speed conversion uses an electric motor rather than a direct mechanical gear train connection. This system, which is essentially a refinement of the original HSD, has been in production and continually improved and developed by Toyota for nearly 25 years and is considered to be a generation ahead of its rivals in terms of engineering. But of course the 20-somethings who write for these comics are not interested in engineering, reliability and longevity - they are obsessed with brand image and performance.
  13. 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 Volvos and a Hyundai, all German. The list included at number 9 a Mercedes priced at £97,570 😂. What planet do these teenage scribblers live on? They rather like the Audi Q5 and managed to achieve 18 miles in EV mode - great! They were also impressed with the VW Passat which achieved 65mpg overall and a whopping 40mpg on hybrid only. Their biggest criticism of plug-ins is that when the battery goes flat on plug-ins the mpg falls off a cliff - wrong, I regularly get in excess of 80mpg when the battery is ‘flat’. When it comes to the Prius, they find it “not particularly inspiring” and take the p*ss out of the optional solar panel. They consider them expensive (not when you buy a demo as I did for no more than a standard Prius; and certainly less than £97,570!) and don’t like the noisy engine - wrong again; it’s whisper quiet and could only be considered noisy if it’s driven totally inappropriately in Power mode by some 20-something with their right foot nailed to the floor). They fail to take into account Toyotas huge advantage in having mastered the technology of hybrids over a long period, unlike e.g Mercedes who have only come to the party because they need to “greenwash” their marketing to survive and whose implementation of of hybrid drive is inept. I have a friend who for some strange reason beyond my comprehension will only buy Mercedes. He was keen to buy a C Class hybrid which start at about £45,000. Even the magazines warn that you’ll struggle to get 40 mpg overall. My friend borrowed one for a test and got nowhere near 40. On a short dog walking journey he would sometimes struggle to get 10mpg in EV mode! The deal breaker for him was the dreadful jerky transition from EV to ICE. Mercedes simply have not got the expertise or experience to implement the technology. Anyway, the qualities of the Prius PHV will just have to remain a well kept secret.
  14. 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.
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