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    Prius Gen 4 Excel
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  1. I think the Carista app connecting through the OBDII port using their adaptor or another 3rd party adaptor can do it. I have also heard that some Toyota garages can turn off the beeping for you - some will charge and some will not.
  2. Many thanks for your helpful response. Hope you are better now after your scare.
  3. First time I have experienced this, having previously owned a Gen2 and Gen3. This current Gen4 had a full service and its first MOT 2 months ago. I went on a 21 day holiday and left the car parked and locked in a garage. I have been away for up to 25 days before but usually leave the car unlocked. This time, the car display came up with a 12V battery warning and wouldn't start. It was a chilly morning (about 5C). I tried again and the car started wildly flashing its headlights (any of you experienced this?) with another battery warning and again refused to start. I had an old car trickle charger from my pre-hybrid days. Connected it up (following the instructions on page 157-158 of the User Guide manual); charging at around 4 Amps for 3 hours and the car is now back to normal. I couldn't find anything that I had left on accidentally. The only difference was that I had locked the car this time, and I have heard that this may use up more charge as the car may be listening out for signals from the key fob (but, I might be wrong about this - any thoughts?). This has dented my confidence in leaving the car for any period of time of around 3 weeks or more! Especially in an airport car park for example. Please, can I ask?: 1. How long have others left their Gen4 unused without experiencing a problem with the 12V battery? 1a. Is it possible that my low mileage (<5000 per year) and numerous short journeys in London may be reducing this battery's life? 2. Do any of you keep a portable battery jumpstarter? I have looked around at various posts on Priuschat and it appears that the Prius only needs a peak current output of 35A to boot up its basic systems & pumps before handing over to the HV battery (which does mean it remains inadvisable to supply current via the cigarette lighter type sockets, as the fuse is rated at 15A). So most of the more expensive portable chargers on the market (rated at 600A or more) appear to be much more than needed for the Prius. I am wondering if any of you have thought this through before and could advise on how best to rebuild my confidence in the car, please? Many thanks!
  4. GreenJuice

    Phone mount

    Actually the comments about attaching a cable to the quarterlight on a Gen 4 are not strictly correct. I have a charging cable connected from the USB charging point in the central console with a 2m cable to the ProClip mount on the quarterlight and the extra cable to allow for the door opening works fine. The cable is tucked away and hidden all the way. I have had this for over 3 years with no problems or wear.
  5. GreenJuice

    Phone mount

    I use a suction cup mounted onto the quarterlight from ProClip USA. They don't advertise much in the U.K. and I came across them from when I was in the US. They worked on my UK Gen 2 and Gen 3 models as well. Their system allows you to transfer between different cars and different phones.
  6. For completeness, I can report as a previous UK Gen 2 Prius owner that I did successfully disable this feature using a third party device. It was called a CoastalEtech Lockpick3 and was a quick & easy installation under the front passenger seat (I have/had no technical skills). I posted with some pictures on PriusChat then:
  7. @PeteB thank you again for this. Relationships in the London area are often more distant, with the turnover of staff, although I do believe I have been a good customer to them! I have sent a message to their Service Manager (informing of a possible batch of substandard batteries and not asking for anything in return) and will see what they say....
  8. Hmmm... Now that is more disturbing. I have just looked at the receipt of my 20k/2yr service from 6 months ago (see photo) and it has an item listed as 'BATTERY, TRANSMI' for £4.17 I didn't think twice at the time, but now I am wondering if they put in a dud battery or actually didn't do it at all. Not good for a Toyota dealer. As you say it probably isn't worth the effort making a fuss about it now. Even if I took it up at the next service. Perhaps I should have called the dealer when I first saw the 'low battery' warning...??!
  9. Thank you all very much for your prompt and helpful responses! All completed in just minutes today.@frostyballs &@TheProfessor thank you for the link and idea to download the e-manual. It certainly has more detailed information than the hard copy provided with the car. @furtula I also used the mechanical key instead of a screwdriver. It was a perfect fit and therefore the whole change was done without any additional tools.@catlover CR2032 is indeed very common and easy to obtain. I had a Gen2 and a Gen3 for 3 -5 years each before this car and interestingly managed to avoid having to change this battery before. Perhaps I was just lucky. In my research, I found some reports that the 'low battery' warning could be false and caused by interference and things like having both fobs (main and spare) in the car. Even today I was able to lock/unlock the car from ~30m. However, I decided to go ahead anyway as we have a long road trip coming up soon. In case anyone reading this would like to see an example on video; this one was done on a US model but is otherwise identical to what I did: Once I popped the cover open, I found the electronic module within it was stuck and had to wiggle it a bit to release. Attached is a photo showing why. It is held in place with six tiny vertical prongs, so it needed to be eased up in a straight line. You can also see the electronic module is not a perfect rectangular shape and can only be located in one orientation. In any case, there is a clear 'map' of the correct orientation on the cover!
  10. Just got the low battery warning at 2 yrs 6 months from new ownership. I see there are videos and posted advice on how to replace the key fob battery, but all appear to be for older or other models. Anyone with experience of changing their own key fob battery and any advice to offer, please? Many thanks
  11. I used Rain-X on my Gen4 this time and it was a bad mistake! I had more judder and more smearing. I had to wait several months before it eventually wore off. Rain-X is great for the side windows. I have tried white spirits and various types of detergents on the front wipers to stop the juddering. Nothing seems to work. I am coming to the conclusion that new rubber is the only way; but would be interested to hear if anyone has another remedy...
  12. Thank you HughL and everyone else! That makes a lot of sense now. I do get a camera symbol (not fuzzy on mine) in the bottom right corner of the central console screen, but nothing on the map itself. I had forgotten about that thread. This was my first software map update since I got the car in 2016. Seems like there was a change included in these map updates and the single pips were changed into these double beeps/pips/toots. It also makes sense that the warnings cover more than speed cameras, but also red lights and bus lanes. Because I am experiencing much more now, I also wonder if the newer maps have a lot more locations registered than before. Congestion in the parts of London that I mostly drive in provide few if any opportunities for speeding or shooting red lights! I need to find a way of switching this audible warning off or at least turning the volume down. At this time, I cannot find anything in the menu system of the central console to make adjustments.
  13. I have just started getting some intermittent 'double beeps' or 'double toots' in the car (UK based, Prius Excel 2016 with Touch 2 & Go). If you have heard anything like this, please give me an idea what might be the cause, so I can stop it! I have a recording of it here: Prius Double Beep.m4a It may be only a coincidence, but it started after I upgraded the Navigation system from the original 2016 version to version 6.11.2WH; and was the first software upgrade I have installed. There is no visual indication of what the problem is on any display anywhere on the dash or on the navigation head unit. The car is otherwise behaving normally. It only happens when the car is moving but seems unrelated to the actual speed and so far it seems to be on larger non-residential roads, although that might be a coincidence. The occurrence otherwise appears random. I can get it 2 - 3 times within a minute or just once in 20 - 30 minutes. It has happened at least once on almost every trip over 15 minutes I have made, since the software upgrade. I have managed to test and eliminate the following as possible causes by checking the status or activating/deactivating each in turn: 1. Low fuel 2. RSA (road sign assist) 3. Lane Sway Warning 4. Lane Departure Alert 5. BSM (blind spot monitor) 6. ICS (Intelligent Clearance Sonar) 7. Park Assist 8. PCS (Pre-Collison System) Many thanks!
  14. Blind Spot Monitor, I suspect. It's those lights on your wing mirrors. It is an option you can switch on or off.
  15. Thanks for the comments. They resolved it by using a system called '1 link', which the dealer said was something related to fleet cars. AutoWindscreen advised me to get a copy of the ADAS certificate from the dealer once the work was completed. The dealer said that do not do that! In the end I just got a copy of their invoice to AutoWindscreen - which said, [sic] "Re-collaborate front camera after windscreen replacement"