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  1. Duffryn

    Thinking of buying an older Prius?

    I doubt whether many Toyota dealers would have 2005/6 Prius (as specified by the OP) on the forecourt today. Just possibly, but only relatively low mileage examples with full dealer history, in which case should be a good buy, allbeit relatively expensive. It's always worth checking on the the Govt. MOT history site too, before any possible purchase (or Cazana).
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    Another recall

    Well, my car needs 2 new tyres, so if they hurry along with the recall notice then my dealer can fit the tyres at the same visit that they do the update - providing of course they can price-match (or near enough) Protyres quote. I will ring my dealer tomorrow to see if they've heard anything yet.
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    Gen 4 Prius Plug In

    Sorry to go on about tyres again (yawn!), but after inspecting my tyres today I see that I shall need to replace the fronts very shortly (rears are ok). Looking at Dunlop Blue Response I note that they quote a profile of 50 (215/50/17W), whereas my current Toyo OE tyres are 215/45/17. Anyone know if it would be permissible to run the 2 Dunlops on the front while retaining the Toyos on the rear, or do I need to change all 4 to keep the same profile all round? And would the '50' as opposed to '45' make an audible difference, as IMO road noise amplified inside the car is the one thing that reduces enjoyment of driving it?
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    Hell Is Buying a Used Toyota...

    Some 10 years ago was looking for a nearly new Avensis, spotted one at a dealer 50 miles from my home, went for a look, and it would have suited me. However the salesman wouldn't give me anywhere near market price for my trade-in (3 yr old Honda Civic) because he didn't like it's colour. Insulting and unbelievable. Goodbye dealer.
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    Prius refused to turn on

    I was told by the AA that they are not allowed to touch anything to do with the HV system (ie anything coloured orange). Too specialised/dangerous to tinker with out on the road. Sounds good sense to me.
  6. Had colour coded rears fitted in 2016 by a Toyota dealership for £345 inc.VAT. Not cheap by any means but, after getting used to them on previous cars I wasn't comfortable relying on the camera, particularly as it didn't have any lined markings incorporated.
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    Gen 4 Air Conditioning

    I was charged £57.50 + VAT for an a/c service carried out during the cars 4 year service 6 months ago. As the car was 4 years old (although only 27k on the clock) I thought that to be fair enough. They added some citrus-smelling stuff to the system too, very pleasant while it lasted.
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    reversing beeper and cd player on gen 4

    Both of the Gen 3's I've owned have had the reversing beeper turned off (by different dealers), apart of course from the initial beep which is a good thing to have IMO. Having them switched off also makes it easier to hear the beeper related to the reversing sensors which I had fitted to my car (not too keen on the camera).
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    Registration Plate Fixings

    A thought did cross my mind to have the England flag to replace that damn EU one, but as the wife is proudly Welsh I'd imagine that suggestion would have been vetoed PDQ! UK one perhaps, but eventually settled for plain but with a red border surround.
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    Registration Plate Fixings

    I recall that when I worked temporarily at a Toyota dealership (allbeit nearly 20 years ago!) they kept a set of home-made templates for each model in the range. I always replace the numberplates when I change my car too, if only to remove the EU flag as well as dealers advert. Find Halfords plates quite satisfactory.
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    Wheel nuts replacement

    I've fitted some as well Forge, it's pity the ugly locking wheel nut can't be covered somehow.
  12. Duffryn

    Red Triangle

    Is that 'Hybrid Specialist Centre' at an official Toyota dealer?
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    Engine vibration

    To the OP - did you get the Service Manager to come out with you in the car, let him have a drive to experience the symptoms? If he did so, says that's perfectly normal - there's nowt wrong, I suspect sadly you won't get much luck with Mr.T., even though the car is still under manufacturers warranty. How about trying an independent techie, AA or RAC perhaps for an opinion..
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    2014 Prius fuel efficiency

    I owned a 2010 Prius for 3 years (and 19K miles), and am currently into my 3rd year of ownership with a 2014 car (10K miles so far). According to Fuelly website the fuel consumption for my cars has been very similar, if not almost identical. But the '14 car seems much better to drive; is quieter, and has less rattles than the earlier car.
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    Prius Heads Up Display

    Yes well done Pete. Out of interest how long did you have to wait before back on the road once claim accepted by the insurance lot. My daughter drives a Nissan Note and woke up one morning recently to discover that her windscreen had mysteriously cracked badly during the night, while parked on her driveway.. She claimed on her insurance (£90 excess!) and had to wait 9 days before the fitter turned up to replace it. Can't remember if it was Autoglass or Auto Windscreens (but fairly sure it was one of the two), pretty shoddy performance nevertheless imho. Nissan Notes can't be that rare.