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  1. I have had exactly the same problem for months now with a 1997 Picnic. To activate the lock you will have have to restore it to its correct position by pressing on a small lever underneath and to the left of the handle. Personally, I haven't needed to use a blade or anything else just my fingers. I have attached three photos which show the wrong position for the handle, where to apply pressure and where the handle SHOULD be. You will find that this problem arises most frequently if you try to open the boot before unlocking the doors - you MUST unlock the doors first or the handle will get stuck and you will have to ease it back into position with your fingers. I always restore the handle to its correct position immediately after opening the boot door. I have a feeling that there is some sort of pneumatic pipe rather than a spring involved; I have tried copious amounts of WD40 but it hasn't helped. The correct solution is undoubtedly to gain access to the lock but I haven't so far been able to work out how to remove the interior boot door lining - can anyone help out here?
  2. Hi I Can't find any reference to a Toyota Picnic sub-forum. I have a Picnic and am having problems opening (and closing) the rear hatch. It is as if the handle operates some sort of pneumatic lock but that it loses pressure. Can anyone help with advice? Thanks
  3. My apologies for trying to get this thread back on track and I know that I really should wade through all the 110 posts for an answer. However, I am very interested in an Auris HSD Touring Sports and just wondered what the situation is with the battery going flat "unless you run the car EVERY DAY in daylight, in good weather for at least 20 miles"? Over the past couple of months I have read quite a few suggestions that if you happen not to use a Toyota HSD for a week you will face major problems with the 12vbattery - is this true or not?
  4. Surv1v0r

    Is It Me?

    I suspect you mean the Previa? I have its smaller btother, a six-seater 1997 Toyota Picnic (See picture #4). Over the past few years I have kept an eye out for a modern car to replace it. I have never seen anything to compare with it. The individually reclinable and movable middle seats, removable rear seats, elevated driving position, huge rear door and the lack of the huge breakwater between the front two seats has been a God-send in terms of transporting people, sports equipment, white goods, furniture and rubbish to the dump. A VERY hard act to follow.
  5. The more threads I read on here, the more depressed I become about modern Toyatas :(
  6. It is that seemingly innocuous phrase "data logging does occur" that is somewhat disconcerting. Many modern cars include SatNav systems which arfe essentially a GPS receiver, processing capability and some storage. Increasingly often they also have reversing cameras. I have no idea whether they typically also include some mechanism for measuring G force. The upshot of all this is that they could potentially capture a great deal of very detailed information on your usage of the vehicle. As to access by the manufacturer, it is likely also to be accessible by the dealer who services your car, by the Police and by an Insurance Assessor amongst others . . . but probably not by the NSA and GCHQ ;) When it comes down to it, I am really not that concerned about the potential privacy issues. After all, "If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear". However, it would be kinda nice to know exactly what data logging does occur.
  7. I have an entirely different perspective on digital versus analogue. I can't stand digital watches because you have to "read" rather than "scan" them. I feel exactly the same about speedometers. Instruments hidden behind a steering wheel which also contains a SRS airbag is I agree, a real problem.
  8. I imagine that the same is true in the case of Insurance assessors.
  9. A recent study by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) showed that, on average, ‘real world’ fuel consumption for new cars was 21% worse than the figure quoted by the vehicle manufacturer (AA Link). According to "This is Money", the Prius is claimed to get 70.6mpg but actually only gets 52.2mpg (LINK). According to What Car? "Buying a Toyota Prius may be a perfect choice for some people who drive around town a lot, but not for others who may spend a lot of time on motorways.'" As Mark Twain said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.". To this should certainly be added ANY figure quoted in ANY manufacturer's brochure ;) FUELLY seems to have some realistic mpg figures, Honest John and may also help to give more accurate figures? As I have posted elsewhere, vehicle manufacturers could almost certainly access VERY accurate mpg figures from the ECU each time a car is serviced by a main dealer. Publishing an average of these figures would probably yield a more honest (but less flattering) result.
  10. This thread wasn't actually intended to be anything to do with the Renault Leaf or the concept of "renting" a power source, it was meant to discuss the implications of data collection on modern cars, not even limited to HSDs or electric vehicles. I can see why any car manufacturer might find it handy accurately to determine how a vehicle had been driven prior to an unexpected and expensive warranty claim. Similarly I can certainly see how this information could be of value to an insurer: "Aviva Drive's app is free to download and uses your phone's inbuilt GPS to track how you brake, accelerate, and corner." I have no idea what data is currently collected, what will be collected in the future or who will have access to it - "G" stats anyone? I imagine that any manufacturer's R&D department might find it handy to know how their cars are actually driven out in the real world. As to the Tesla disputes with Top Gear and John Broder of the New York Times, wouldn't it be nice if manufacturers were compelled to release genuine MPG figures garnered from their onboard computers rather that the unattainable, theoretical figures that appear in their glossy brochures ;)
  11. This thread was inspired by an item on the Free Software Foundation (Europe) website. In its Zoe electric car, Renault apparently has the ability remotely to prevent the battery from charging. And that’s more chilling than it sounds. When you buy a Renault Zoe, the battery isn’t included. Instead, you sign a rental contract for the battery with the car maker. The contract contains a clause giving Renault the right to prevent your battery from charging at the end of the rental period. Renault may also do this when you fall behind on paying the rent for the battery. According to a Der Spiegel article, the Zoe (and most or all other electric cars) collect reams of data on how you use them, and send this data off to the manufacturer without your knowledge. This data tells the company where you are going, when, and how fast, where you charge the battery, and many other things besides. (LINK) I wonder how true the claims about privacy invasion are, whether they apply to Toyota HSDs and whether they also apply to other vehicles. Absolutely unbelievable if true.
  12. This is not the first time I have read of problems with the tiny 12v battery in a Toyota Hybrid where the car has been left unused for a while. I have just returned from ten days away and a Nissan Micra with keyless entry and start (full size 12v battery) started first time. I have certainly left this car unused for at least a fortnight on many occasions before and have NEVER had a problem with it not starting. I have never had a problem with my Toyota Picnic not starting, even when left unused for weeks on end. However, that is some 15 years old and doesn't have all the quiescent goodies that more modern cars have to have. Seems like a Toyota Hybrid issue - VERY sad.
  13. I was rather under the (apparently misguided) impression that seat belts were designed as a safety feature :o
  14. The comment about TomTom and Garmin was only half tongue-in-cheek. My point was furthered by Cuius' quote about smartphones, tablets, etc. from Glass' guide. So long as Toyota (or ANY other manufacturer) is perceived as being in a monopoly position they will exploit it. Whatever car I end up buying I will happily use the on-board SatNav system right up until it ceases to function effectively at which point I will go for the cheapest, most effective alternative available. I look forward to hearing of any alternative supplier of updates to the Toyota SatNav system ;)
  15. I believe that Garmin and TomTom do marginally cheaper SatNav systems ;)