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  1. I can't answer your question, but your old radiator could have a new core fitted by a radiator specialist.
  2. I’d say they owe you a refund.
  3. A workmate had a problem with a Corsa not starting a few years ago. It turned out to be a blown brake light bulb.
  4. No, measuring from the centre point of the wheel to the outer edge, the rim has ½ inch less and the tyre 11.25mm more. That ½ inch of rubber instead of steel still makes a difference tho. If you were to measure the diameter of the complete wheel/rim set up it would be: On a 225/40/18 setup - tyre sidewall height 90, plus wheel diameter 18", plus tyre sidewall height at the other side 90. Total 25.1 inches. 804 revs/mile. On a 225/45/17 setup - tyre sidewall height 101.25, plus wheel diameter 17", plus tyre sidewall height at the other side 101.25. Total 25 inches. 808 revs/mile.
  5. Am I missing something obvious here? Surely if the keyfob is sleeping then it won't work when you go to the car, and you'll need to get it out your pocket and press a button to wake it up - thus defeating the purpose. Also, I'm pretty sure the keyfob on our formerly owned keyless entry Auris went to sleep after a couple of days or something.
  6. I hadn't read/heard of that but have just Googled it - pretty bad huh. It seems I need to modify my "haven't heard horror stories" statement. As I said earlier, I'm happy to be wrong and thanks for pointing the huge recall out 🙂
  7. This is my point - people might not like the cvt box, myself included, but there's no mention that they're problematic. As far as I could tell before I bought mine, the Toyota cvt is about the most reliable auto box out there. I've heard nothing since to make me change my mind.
  8. Just curious... where are you guys getting the info that the cvt auto boxes are prone to problems? I'm pretty sure if they were problematic it would be apparent on here. I've been a participant of this forum for years and don't recall reading of any horror stories (but I'm happy to be wrong if I've somehow missed them). I'm personally not a big fan of their driving qualities but I can't bemoan their reliability.
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    Rim Cleaning

    I've been using Wonder Wheels for a while now with good results. I think there are two types - mine is the one which doesn't turn purple (although I'd imagine both to work similarly well). Like Mick's product, you apply and leave for a few mins and wash off. Easy to apply with a small brush or a spray bottle. It takes most if the crap off itself but for a perfect finish I usually also use a wheel brush to agitate. Apply to all 4 wheels, agitate/brush all 4 wheels, power wash off - job done. I've used it on diamond cut/painted wheels and alloys with no problems.
  10. Before I bought my cvt auto 6 years ago I did a lot of research and couldn't find any horror stories about them going faulty. I still haven't read of any. It's a great smooth drive around town but gets annoyingly revvy on hills, especially at motorway speeds. I'd expect it to be really really annoying if towing. IIRC the oil is supposed to be sealed for life, although I do recall reading of someone having theirs changed at a reasonable mileage, and that the box improved - perhaps that was Niels above? I owned that cvt auto from about 1¼ years old (16k miles) until about 3¾ years old (39k miles). Mine was an Avensis but I believe the box to be the same/similar to the Auris. My experience with the cvt was really positive for the first 1½ - 2 years of my ownership - and I raved about how good it was. However after my commute route changed to include joining a motorway at the bottom of a long uphill it became annoying. I merely wanted to increase my speed in a reasonable manner to 60 or 70 to join the flow - there's no need for the revs to be at a boy-racerish 4k ffs. Using the paddles or manual mode to 'shift up' made no difference whatsoever. I did wonder tho - now that the car wasn't 'nearly new' any more, and the mileage was up a bit - was the car padding getting a bit worn and I was now hearing/feeling the engine more? Or did the gearbox need a change of oil? Or was I just hearing it more due to the long uphill and the nature of the cvt? Either way the car was sold and I moved to Mazda, who don't have cvt boxes (or dual clutch boxes for that matter). I'm now on my third Mazda (a 6 and two CX-5's, and the OH has a 3) - and the auto box in all four of them has been a pleasure - even on motorway hills lol. If Toyota didn't have cvt's I'd probably still own one.
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    Isn't the car under warranty?
  12. The name for a long black estate sort of car in which one would take their last journey in life also isn't liked. I think it's because 4 letters within the word spell a rude word for bum.
  13. No idea but I wasn't really suggesting to swap batteries over manually. I'd like to think it'd be possible to have an attendant operating a suitable fork truck type machine, or some sort of bays you would drive into which swapped it over mechanically or something.
  14. Re car charging... if electric cars used some form of universal battery with a quick release mechanism then maybe swapping a flat one for a fully charged one could be a simple two minute operation at a petrol filling station.
  15. The 1.8vvti could develop oil burning problems until 2006, when the Avensis was mildly facelifted. I'm not sure if car prices are hugely different in your country, but personally, I'd say a 15 years old Avensis with 200k miles on it is only worth a few hundred quid, and if it breaks down requiring an expensive fix I'd scrap it. I owned two 2005 models of these a while ago, a manual and an auto. The auto gearbox is really reliable but they zap quite a bit of power from the engine. The fuel consumption was about 36mpg in the auto, against about 50mpg in the manual.