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Duffryn

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  1. Ian, I'm not familiar with the individual interior design technicalities of the Gen4 model but would it really be necessary to remove this item in order to paint it? I've painted quite intricate design features on a cooker hood with this Frenchic paint by using a small artists type brush, it took a 2 or 3 of coats followed by a finishing (clear) tuffcoat. If it were me I think I'd give it a go - checkout Frenchics' website.
  2. Perhaps this is a daft suggestion, but, as a last resort, have you investigated maybe painting it, using Frenchic chalk paint? I've seen pictures of a whole car that someone had bravely painted, and also fridges and other kitchen white goods so it's pretty versatile stuff. I've only used it to paint my kitchen cupboards and garden furniture so far, so obviously don't know whether it would be suitable for you requirement.
  3. Agree with Catlovers' last sentence above, try and stretch to a decent Gen3 Prius (2010 on), more space all round. Beware ex-taxis though, although mileage not so important provided there is a decent (pref. dealership) history. But a decent one won't be cheap these days unfortunately.
  4. I flattened the 12v battery twice on my previous Gen 3 by inadvertently leaving the interior light on overnight. I flattened my current Gen 3 by not using it for a week (during lockdown), and prior to that doing only short journeys. Now invested in a brilliant little Ctek charger which I plug into if the car isn't being used for a few days. Can well recommend the Ctek.
  5. I had a full set of Toyota ones fitted to my previous 2010 Prius and when I changed to my current '14 car had hoped that the deflectors could be switched. Not so, said the dealer as glue is involved when fitting them. I was surprised at this, do the Climair ones involve glueing at all I wonder?
  6. Out of interest Catloc' own website clearly states that a kit includes 'security marking and registration kit with window stickers'. I got none of these inclusions from my dealer despite my making 3 follow-up (protest) calls to them.
  7. Had the same message too, but already have a Catloc fitted. I think the dealer was supposed to mark the c/c at the same time but as they failed to supply any window stickers or register it all (they're supposed to!) I don't have any confidence that any i/d marking was applied. Ended up buying stickers myself on Ebay.
  8. I've been waiting since 20 May for a promised call-back from my closest (but not my usual) dealer! Very poor customer service.
  9. I notice that Christies' location is 'Non UK', so standards could generally be different wherever he/she resides anyway.
  10. I did end up with ebay stickers Joe, some yellow ones in fact. The dealer I used is the one that is closest to me (10 miles) and they collected and returned the car without additional charge. My preferred dealer is 30 miles away, I used the nearest one for convenience at the time, it was their disinterested attitude (and fibs!) that annoyed me as I also had 2 new tyres fitted at the same time, spending some £525 with them in total.
  11. Yes I did get the ID card - it was left loose on the passenger seat, so I registered it with ISR etc. The dealer told me the stickers had been left with the card when they clearly hadn't, I made 3 phone calls to the (completely disinterested) dealer - on the last one they said they would contact Catloc about it, 6 weeks later and I'm still waiting... Won't be using that dealer again in a hurry!
  12. I had a catloc fitted a few weeks ago by a Toyota dealership - but they didn't supply any window stickers, which I think should accompany each catloc. After 3 fruitless phone calls to the dealer I eventually gave up on them and bought some non-genuine ones via ebay. I'd be interested to know if anyone else received window (warning) stickers with their catloc?
  13. I had a 2010 Gen3 from 2013-16, sold with 52k on the clock so obviously no mechanical or oil usage problems etc. at that mileage, however it did have rather a lot of annoying (and incurable) squeaks and rattles within the cabin area.....
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. That would be a Gen 3, which was produced 2009 - 2015.
  17. 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..
  18. Perhaps ask Parts-King for his best price?
  19. Flattening the battery (multiple times) will affect it's longevity too.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. Have owned two Gen3 Prius over the past 8 years - both consistently lost at least 10mpg every winter.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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