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Duffryn last won the day on April 24 2019

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  1. My local TV station BBC Points West have today just explained again why Toyota Prius (and Honda Jazz) are the preferred choice for catalytic converter thieves, even identifying the metals involved and their relative financial values. Also included a bit of film to show exactly where to cut, just to add that extra bit of helpfulness! Thanks again BBC!
  2. The subject of catalytic converter thefts was covered today on BBC's Morning Live programme. They mentioned that Toyota and Honda cars, especially hybrids, were particularly attractive to the scumbags (my word!), due to reduced wear. Nice of them to advertise that, and to virtually describe how easy it is to remove them. Some while ago I received a mailshot from my dealer offering to fit a Catloc for (iirc) £250 all in. Unfortunately I've scrapped that letter but intend to ring them to find out if that offer still stands.
  3. That would be a Gen 3, which was produced 2009 - 2015.
  4. Agree with all that Catlover says. Although it very rarely happens, if anybody wants to race past or cut me up then that's their problem - I just sit smugly back, enjoy the relaxing ride and think of how much money I'm saving (no RFL, 60mpg etc. etc.). Owned 2 Gen 3s now, both utterly reliable, only problem being flat 12v battery (twice) due to lack of use (ie lockdown) and leaving interior light on overnight = not the cars' fault..
  5. Perhaps ask Parts-King for his best price?
  6. Flattening the battery (multiple times) will affect it's longevity too.
  7. I think the wiring should already be in place (although not sure about the 'plus' model). All that is needed is the control stick, plus fitting of course. Your dealer may be able to help.
  8. Just had my car serviced and MOT'd (collect & deliver), it had covered 1847 miles since last service/MOT one year ago. Servicing + insurance have cost me nigh 0n £600 in that time. Did I read that some insurance companies are offering some kind of a discount for these (temporary) low mileages, or is that just wishful thinking?
  9. Have owned two Gen3 Prius over the past 8 years - both consistently lost at least 10mpg every winter.
  10. Tim you state the car is at 50K, do you mean miles or kms? 50k (of whatever) seems a bit low for a taxi. UK models have 10k mile servicing, alternating intermediate/full. If yours is 50k miles then it is due (or maybe had) an intermediate service. What does the oil look like? Is the w/washer bottle full? May give a clue as to any recent servicing.
  11. Why not take it to a friendly Toyota dealer to see if they'll give it a once-over for you, or, if not, investing in a full service there might encourage them to be a bit more helpful. Will be at a cost obviously, but would (hopefully) put your mind at rest. Good luck.
  12. I had 2 Mini-vans - a 1962 grey (6097DD), and a 1966 green (JFH655D) which I bought brand new for £395 including £10 for undersealing. Seemed to have as much fun driving them in those days as I do today's car. Happy (youthful) days!
  13. I once had a '97 Civic Coupe that appeared in various shades of green or blue depending on the angle viewed from and whether it was sunny or not.
  14. Yep - but the stepping stones are a little too far apart for me at the moment.
  15. I've now received my letter. So basically I'm being asked to fork out £250 to (partially) rectify what is really a Toyota design shortcoming. Hmm.... After being a Toyota customer for over 32 years, currently on our 11th, I'm feeling a little bit peeved this morning. Perhaps Toyota should offer this solution on a 'cost only' basis, rather than earning a bob or two for themselves and/or their franchisee. Also, I wonder if this item is transferable from one car to another, or are they designed for a particular model only?
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