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  1. Glad the problem is resolved. I don't know what bits come with the Noco charger, but with the CTEK one there is a short lead supplied that can be attached permanently to the battery. It made plugging the charger in a very simple task. It will be going on to the current car very shortly. I'd always heard that Minis were a bit fragile. About 50 years ago, a friend had a Bristol 403. He stopped art a set of traffic lights, unlike the following Mini, driven by a District Nurse looking the other way. The outcome, after checking she wasn't hurt, was that the Mini was undriveable. The grill was wrecked, and AFAIR, the distributor was damaged. My friend's car had a minute chip in the painted overrider, which we found later that day. My first car was a 1946 Ford Prefect. It had no heater, and air-con was provided courtesy of an opening windscreen and a hole in the bulkhead between the pedals. Also the wipers were vacuum driven via a rotting rubber hose from the inlet manifold - so the faster you went, the slower the wipers, eventually reaching a total stop. It had a 0-60 time of about a week, but I never got it to go that fast. So don't knock the mini heater. I'd have given my back teeth for one back then.
  2. I see he had a Standard 8. I was living in Gibralter at the time, and the family car was a Standard 10. Petrol there was tax free at 5d a gallon, just under 0.5p per litre. My father drove us home to the UK in the Standard the following summer. Two adults plus two children plus camping gear made it interestingly cosy!
  3. SWMBO tells me that Spirited Aqua is best. Is that green or blue? Whatever, it is unsafe to argue. 🤕🤕
  4. Your Prius has the battery in the boot, which is really part of the passenger compartment. A conventional battery will work fine until you have an accident and the battery is damaged. A conventional battery will result in you sharing the compartment with the liquid battery acid. The AGM battery (afaik) is a gel type that doesn't have this problem, so is much safer. The gen 4, and gen 2 plugin, both have the battery in the conventional position in the engine compartment, so this is no longer a problem. Edit: My apologies if this is a bit out of time or context. I clicked on the next unread topic, and I got taken to the original post. So my answer above is to the original post, a week and many other responses later.
  5. Very close to 3.5 kW/hour on my home 7kW charger. I get a half hourly breakdown from my electricity supplier. This shows just under 2kWh for three half hour cycles, then a reduced amount on the third. Total charge from empty, as recorded by the charger, is usually just over 6kWh.
  6. No problems at all with mine. They have only been cleaned on the rare occasion that the car has been washed It sounds like a fault that needs to be fixed under warranty.
  7. Designed by Batman!! It might be interesting to drive on rural Norfolk roads with those tyres - is there any room for air?
  8. I had a similar problem in May, when someone didn't bother to move to the left coming down a country lane. The mirror worked OK, but the casing was smashed. The offside mirror casing came in three parts, plus the indicator LED (which worked, but with a broken fitting). I won't give you the part numbers, as they won't be any use unless you have a spirited aqua. The descriptions on the invoice are, as you will see, helpful. Cover, outer mirror £35.14 Lamp assy, side turn £68.76 Cover, outer mirror £25.84 Cover, outer mirror £17.04 All prices excl VAT. Total, including VAT £176.14 I can well imagine the £500+ if the mechanism was damaged as well
  9. My charger came with a five metre tethered cable. However, there was an option for an eight metre one for a few pounds more. So I don't think you will have any problems using an 8 metre cable, as long as it is rated for at least the 3.5 kW the car needs. It shouldn't be a problem, as I think that is the lowest available rating. If you get a 7 kW rated cable, then you will really have no problems, but that should really be unnecessary. Also, I had to wait about a month to get the charger installed. During that time I used the granny cable, plus a 13 amp extension lead to charge the car from an outside power point without any problems. However after a week to reduce the continuous load on the house wiring, I reduced the maximum charge current to 8 amps, using the car settings.
  10. A PHV option would have a lot of extra weight from the batteries (IIRC 150kg). Add the extra 60kg for the AWD, it becomes a two seater😁. In that case, you have a nice large boot😂🤣.
  11. The most I've been able to put in mine is just under 6.5 kWh, so that leaves just over 2 kWh of unused reserve capacity.
  12. Never reply from memory. I think I confused this with another post. This sounds a lot like the same problem. And why can we no longer edit posts? So my dealer's service manager was almost certainly correct (he did say that it was probably the piston rings) . It looks as though both generations can get the same problem. However our car was out of warranty, so on balance the cost of a few gallons of oil turned out a lot cheaper than the repairs would have been. What really impresses me is how well the cat managed to dispose of so much burnt oil, so cleanly, and for so long. This was at least half a litre of oil every thousand miles, and carried on for almost three years and 70 to 80 thousand miles. In pre-cat days, that would have been a lot of smoke
  13. At somewhere not too long over 100k miles, my old Gen2 (by then in the hands of another family member) started using a lot of oil, several litres between services. There was no sign of an oil leak, and with that volume of oil it would have been very obvious. So my conclusion was that the oil was being burnt. It went through several services and MOTs without problem The service manager at my Norwich dealer agreed that the oil was being burnt, and that major work would be needed to fix it. We decided that the best approach would be to suck it and see. If the cat failed, then something would have to be done. In the end, 2 1/2 years, several services, and many buckets of oil later, the car was still smoke free when part exchanged at 185k miles. Based on this experience, i find it hard to imagine what could have caused the smoke described by the OP.
  14. Perhaps linked to the pedestrian identification camera of the autonomous braking system?
  15. At least it is restricted to whole words. The forum of an airline site I used a lot, a few years ago, caused real problems to a regular from S$%&^(*)Ihorpe. Edit: Apparently he would have had problems on this site too.