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    RAV4 Excel HEV FWD
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    2021
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    Hampshire

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  1. ColinB

    Flat battery

    That's the trouble with all these options, it's too easy to inadvertently make a change to a setting.
  2. I also changed from a C-HR after an accident made it more difficult to get in and out of a lower car. I also went for an Excel as the electric seat adjustment allows me to have more support under my legs, improving contour on longer trips. I do miss the old car, but am happy that I've made the change.
  3. Mine filled the car to the brim when I picked it up at the end of October, £75 if I remember correctly (not sure that they could afford to do it now)
  4. I had two repairs done on my company A3, one on insurance and one by "Chips Away" or similar. The insurance repair, which involved the whole front wing and bumper was perfect and you couldn't tell it had been done. The rear wing was ok and not picked up when I returned the car, but I could tell that it had been done. It is down to the individual who actually carries out the repair, but at leaf with the Toyota repair there is some comeback if you're not happy.
  5. Checked my late 2021 RAV4 map status and found that although the check for updates was enabled the update over air option wasn't. It said that the map was out of date and that I would have to go to the Toyota website to download an update. This turned out to be a proverbial pain in the Harris. I don't have a personal PC, fortunately I have access to a work laptop to do this - what do you do if you don't? I only use my phone and tablet nowadays. I eventually tracked down where to load the update into a USB stick , reasonably straightforward but very slow. I then extracted the zip file, again straightforward but slow. Forewarned I then went out to the car armed with a book to read and plugged the USB stick into the car and waited for it to validate the download. I was then confused when I it asked for a validation code, which after much searching transpired to be given on the website against my purchase history. That step out the way it then took about 75 minutes or so to upload the new maps, which it did successfully. I then made sure that the update OTA option was enabled. Overall a really laborious task, far more difficult than it needs to be, at least it is done now. Colin
  6. ColinB

    Road Tax

    There is a discount for hybrids - £10pa, don't spend it all at once
  7. Does your car have a sunroof? I had a Cavalier where the drain tubes became dislodged and flooded the boot.
  8. I didn't have a spare on my C-HR and when I had a puncture I had to call the AA. Didn't wait to long and they took me to a Kwikfit -just before they closed on a Friday evening. The downside was I had to take whatever they had to fit the car, if I'd had a spare I could have shopped around and saved myself a few bob. At the prices in the links I'm seriously contemplating buying one for my RAV4.
  9. The memory function doesn't work on my 2022 Excel, I'll have to try this.
  10. I had a Wolseley 1500 with vacuum washers, uphill they'd only just reach the bottom of the screen, downhill it'd wash the windscreen of the car behind.
  11. I paid a £500 deposit using my credit card, however the dealers required the balance to be paid using a debit card due to the fees involved. There were no identity checks as this was the 8th vehicle that our family had bought from the dealer, in fact the same salesman. He always smiles when we walk in......
  12. I use a pressure washer with a snow foam attachment, long handled brush followed by spray on polish / rinse aid. Buff with a microfibre cloth, but even at 6'1" I struggle to reach the middle of the roof and had to buy a step stool. I'm too mean to pay someone else to do it....
  13. Ignore the waffle, there is a lot of good stuff on here if you look
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