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  1. 1991 Toyota Corolla GTi 16V Just goes to show that Toyota has finally become established as a recognised classic Marque The winning bid 0f £22,000 puts the corolla Gti 16v in that same league of collectables as ford and other hot hatches https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/auctions/1991-toyota-corolla-gti-16v-WnkWNn?fbclid=IwAR1lScnvRoUxi8tMGP5Gvgrs0BL2X_Dr6-_s5LUj2N9VGx0tUogiCOVYpAA
  2. Toyota were aware of this problem while the car was in production They are known as recalls, If it was track rod end or steering joint, or a cruise control issue, companies such as Toyota have and will continue to spend millions to rectify these issue. I spoke with Direct Line and I was told that if this was safety issue , then insurance companies would force manufacturers to put things right due to large claims that could arise. I would also mention that I spoke with a sales manger at a Toyota main dealers, that told me that they have been fitting the tilt sensor and CatLoc to all used cars prior to sale and factoring the cost to the purchase price for the last 18 months after they themselves had four stolen from their forecourt in one week. So if Toyota were to take an initiative to get existing owners a deal and Reto-Fit the required protection items and to ensure that ALL used cars on main dealers stock to have tilt sensor Alarm and CatLoc fitted before being offered for sale, then this issue could be virtually eliminated.
  3. 10 weeks with a out car, cost £29,000 and on finance , so we are paying for it while is sits deterioration in a dealers compound I dont agree with anyone who believes this is not Toyotas fault, They knew about about this from the beginning, so how come out Auris was allowed to roll of the production line without a Tilt Alarm and Without a cover over the Cat. Toyota asking nearly £500 to retro fit these items but they could have been fitting them at the factory factory for peanuts. It's excusable, Cats have being stolen from Prius and Auris for years. Ally wheels became the new accessory , Ally wheels got stolen , Locking wheels nuts invented Car stereos being stolen window smashed, Stereo and radios became integrated Steering locks ripped out with a slide hammer , Coded remote control for locking Catalytic Converter worth £1000 fitted under car to be stolen in two minutes, No action taken by the manufacturers, It's the stupid fault of the owner for not asking to have ant-theft devices fitted at extra cost , Even though we didn't know about the epidemic. A main dealer tells me that for the last 18 months they fit Tilt Alarm and CatLoc to ALL used Hybrids prior to selling them and build it in to the retail price. Maybe if Toyota paid for this on all Hybrid still in circulation it would bring this epidemic to a halt, possibly would cost as much as a stand at the motor show. If you want protection , don't waste £250 for a Catloc plate which can be removed with little effort go to Mt Carmax 53-55 The Gardens, behind the Tesco Express, Harrow HA1 4HE, they wrap the CAT in wire steel cage wwil never come off in the lifetime of the car.
  4. So here is an update regarding the theft of the catalytic converter from our January 2019 Toyota Auris Tourer Friday 11th September 2020 "My wife took her elderly friend for a birthday treat at a local pub Friday 1tth September. This is in a nice rural village just outside of Lichfield Staffordshire. Just over an hour later she drove away from the pub and as the car was in EV mode the engine didn’t kick in until she was half way down the road and then the inevitable roar of the exhaust brought her quickly to a stop" Wednesday 18th Novemebr So after a wait of 10 weeks, yes 10 weeks we finally received the car back from Steven Eagell Toyota with a New Toyota Catalytic Converter duly fitted on Friday 13th November 2020. From the outset our insurers, Direct Line have been quite helpful, we were provided with a hire car but as we had taken out the minimum cover for hire car this was only free for three weeks and we upgraded because the basic policy only allows for a small car. After three weeks we returned the hire car but Steven Eagell at Tamworth kindly provided us with a nice Aygo courtesy car FOC , whilst at the same time requesting some support from Toyota GB. So it came as some surprise when a few days alter I received an email from Farmer and Carlisle at Leicester informing us the Toyota were going to provide us with car. So a few day later we received a brand spanking new Toyota CH-R Hybrid with only delivery miles, which was to be made available to us until 31st of December this year. So even though Toyota GB do not believe this this theft epidemic is of their making, at least they helped us with some of the burden of car hire. I must at this point thank Steven Eagell in Tamworth as they have been very helpful at all times and a particular BIg Thanks to Macenzie in service reception for the way that she has managed our situation, certainly a credit to the branch. So we took the option of having the Tilt Alarm fitted but declined the CatLoc Plate as it doesn't seem to offer much protection at a cost of £250 and I've read numerous cases on the web where Cats have still been stolen despite the CatLoc plate which seems to be relativity easy to remove. Which now gives us the dilemma of owning a car which we know is vulnerable to attack yet we have no defence to protect our nearly (OTR Price) £29,000 investment and this really means that the car is unusable, due to the fact that we could once again fall victim to the loss of another catalytic converter, which would be unbearable , so the only option is to take another person to sit in the car when it is unoccupied and also means that it must be garaged over night I have heard about metal plates on ebay etc but I have no way of fitting this myself, so I contacted an eBay business that offers the supply and fitting of a steel wire cage plus the option of a plate at cost of £250 + Vat. Mr CarMax 53-55 The Gardens, behind the Tesco Express, Harrow HA1 4HE. So Tuesday 17th November I paid a visit to Mt CarMax and went for the fully loaded wire cage and plate option. The whole job took around two hours. After the drive home I can confirm that the job is very satisfactory and no noise rattles from the installation. I would also mention that I spoke with a sales manger at a Toyota main dealers, that told me that they have been fitting the tilt sensor and CatLoc to all used cars prior to sale and factoring the cost to the purchase price for the last 18 months after they themselves had four stolen from their forecourt in one week. What a pity that Vantage Toyota who sullied the car and indeed Toyota GB didn't think to do this. If all used car in circulation were fitted with these mods, then this epidemic theft of converters would virtually dry up. As the car is only 18 month old it will be quite a few years before we are ready to buy another car. But next time I wont follow my beloved Toyota brand so blindly.Whilst my love affair with Toyota has been quite strong fro the last 30 years, I now feel as though I have been cheated for a friend or colleague so I will be less trusting of the World Biggest car Maker. So anyone thinking of buying Auris Hybrid, Fantastic car, I really do think that. Just make sure that it has been protected ageist cat Theft,
  5. I've not heard of this company but I will message tham. I ave contacted both Amayama and megazip, of which I have bought parts from in the past
  6. Just checked with Toyota UK and this is discontinued I'll try a couple of japanese websites and report back if I have any success
  7. That one has been sold a long time ago but thank you for the interst
  8. So here is an update four weeks on from the theft of the catalytic converter. We are insured with Direct Line and I cannot give them praise enough, they provided a hire car for the first three weeks, courtesy of enterprise and enterprise are quite professional too. The car is with our local Steven Eagell depot and here again the service dept has been very sympathetic and helpful. After the initial hire car was returned Steven Eagle provided a courtesy car but also asked Toyota to step in and after only a couple of days using the wonderful litte Aygo, this has resulted in a car being provided by Toyota GB until the 31st December. Whether this is indicative of how long our Auris will be off the road is yet to be seen but the free transport will be much appreciated
  9. Maybe got more chance of finding of fairies at the bottom of the garden but I'm going to post anyway. So I have a 1991 Corolla Gti in the body shop for restoration. On removing the rear screen they have found extensive corrosion and suggested finding a replacement as opposed to them spending a couple of days fabricating repairs at £?? per hour. I am based in the west midland and would be prepared to travel to fetch a good ROT FREE example I'm aware that some rust will come as standard but rust can be removed easier than rot all replies on postcard please
  10. mrpj. From what I can make out from a web search, on the Auris the exhaust runs right down the centre. I watched a video on this website where the mongrels did two cars in the same street that just by chance were parked opposite each other and they use the trolley jack on the kerb, so even parking against kerb is of no help. So it seems that all they need is a trolley jack and an electric impact gun. So possibly welding the nuts may be a help, as well as the cat guard. I also plan to have the tilt sensor fitted @ £100 whilst it's at Toyota makes sense. Our was removed in the less than three minutes, Amazingly I'm told that Toyota Charge two hours labour :-)
  11. Thanks chaps for the info ftao James it happened at the Red Lion at London Green, You probably know the place
  12. OK so Mine is a valuable one, car was regd Jan 2019 Thanks for the info
  13. Ok, so how do you mean, my car is only 18 months old, so is mine a recent one. These thicko's pinching them probably would know the difference, so they will nick from all models won't they ?
  14. I remember that when Cats were first fitted to cars, from about 1991 onwards or something like that, theft of catalytic converters became an epidemic but as many cars had therm it has probably faded out of the public domain. Maybe if it is so easily removed, then perhaps the manufacturers should be trying to make a bit more difficult. I also get that no matter what the item is, car house, boat there is still only so much that you can you to stop a determined thief but then video CCTV footage from the pub where it happened shows that it took no more than two minutes
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