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  1. Thumb rule is that every -10 degrees drop the tyre pressures by 0.1. I've usually put 0.5 over the recommended pressures. And we Finns know about winter driving ;)
  2. It will go out after some time and a few starts without problems. If the problem reappears i would take the car in for checking the fault codes.
  3. No roof rails with Skyview, if you select it roof rails will be dropped out. That was the case with pre-facelift also and it hasn't changed in the facelift. Your salesman is talking rubbish.
  4. You mean when the car is moving? Oh but it does work. You need to keep it pulled and after a second or two it starts to break. This is a safety feature that is in ALL cars with electronic handbrake. It's there if the normal brakes have a problem, you then at least have some brakes available. Try it, works. You can even do handbrake turns on slippery surfaces ;)
  5. Pull the light switch towards you after you've shut the engine. That activates the follow-me home function. Each pull adds an additional 30secs up to 2 minutes.
  6. You'll also need the receiver antennas near both front doors and the boot door for the key to be identified by the system. Also new door handles, most likely a wiring loom and in worst case an upgraded "comfort" module. Probably is possible but is not very cost-wise to do unless you get the parts practically for free. Lot of labor to install the parts as you need to strip down doors and the roof paneling. Also most of the dashboard needs to be dismantled to get access to computer module.
  7. My previous T27 Avensis had electronic handbrake as standard and during the three year ownership I had zero problems with it. Toyota has refined their electronic handbrake quite well I think. Rav4 had a normal handbrake. And so has the the new Verso.
  8. Hmmm...Interesting. I thought the finish was very good especially compared to the previous tractor design cabin ;). Also the drivers seat was excellent. Very good support for the feet. But I,'m just 176cm tall so might be that for longer people it's not that good. My previous T27 Avensis had a far worse drivers seat. But there's still some quite rude elements in the cabin that makes this stand out as a SUV. I had a look at the new Verso in the showroom and boy that car had some nice interior design. The new nappa leather steering wheel felt good under your hands :)
  9. Yes, the 2.2 D4D 150ps manual with Premium trim level is around 46k euros. Of course on top of that you need some sort of engine heater, winter tyres and alloys for them + most people buy towball also as we Finns like to drive around with a carriage. So that is around 1700 - 3000 euros more. Total will be close to 50 000 euros. In the premium there's pretty much everything you would ever imagine. Full leather, electric seat adjustment with memory for the driver, satnav with local audio guidance, auto dim mirror + rain sensors, HID lights, keyless system, power tailgate, 18" alloys, rearview camera + parking sensors to the rear. Plus on the premium you can choose an optional safety pack which includes lane depature warning, automatic main beam and blind spot monitor. Only thing missing is the panoramic roof, but that's a very small minus. The car taxes here are terrible (not as bad as in Denmark though). But using the car is pretty cheap. There's an annual road tax of around 150 euros for gasoline cars and for the diesels you need to pay an extra diesel tax of about 500 euros on top the road tax per year. Insurance with full coverage is around 500 euros per year. Leaving stuff out from your cars is pretty lame in my opinion. Why leave out HID lights for example? I just can't understand the reason for that.
  10. It seems they're really stripping stuff out from the UK market. Here in Finland the car is loaded with most of the goodies as standard. Got around to test drive the new Rav4 two days ago. The car was 2.0 petrol automatic, Active with Business pack (HID headlights, power tailgate and electrically folding mirrors). Car also has full Toyota Touch 6.1 with satnav as standard. And yes, the car has LED lamps in the rear and nice LED DRLs on the front lamp cluster. They should not be any different in the UK market either??? What comes to the car itself. Well, I'm sold. I did not like the car initially, I mean the looks. But now when I saw the car in nature, it's a good looker. Especially in white it was really good looking car. Interior design has jumped from the previous tractor design enormously. Every material in the car is well thought and very well finished. Lot of soft touch materials. And the leg room on the back seat is HUGE. It's on the same field as in the Skoda Superb. Also the luggage are is big. Now this car is something that can be thought as a family SUV. And for the first time Toyota has managed to make a drivers seat with enough support for the feet. The seat was comfortable and had stuffing in all the right places. Also the height adjustment is big now so I would guess 99% will get a suitable driving position with ease. On the road the biggest thing noticeable was how quiet the car was. There was virtually no tyre noise and engine sound was well insulated. Only in tight accelerations you could hear the engine, but it was still quite subtle. Steering response has also improved and now there is response. You can feel where the front wheels are pointing pretty well. On the previous models there was basically no response or feel at all. Or the feel was quite artificial. What I did not like was the size of the back window. It is SMALL. Also the lack of panoramic roof is quite poor business decision. Yes, I know. Not many people would choose it, but still there are some who would like to have it. The children love it. I'll definitely have another spin with that car, but with a diesel manual as that would be the car of my choice. I was quite impressed with the car, so will definitely have a closer look in due time.
  11. My previous 2009 T27 Avensis with the standard 6disc audio unit did not play BT audio. There was no capability in it for that. Normal phone bluetooth functions worked fine though. I'm pretty sure that the Avensis did not have that feature in the standard 6disc player ever. Verso got it later on. Rav4 and Avensis got the feature after they were updated with Toyota Touch system.
  12. Yes it has. I've seen it and touched it in person :)
  13. Seems so. I called our local Toyota dealer out of interest and this feature is only on Prius+ it seems. Normal Prius does not have this feature anymore it seems. I wonder why.
  14. Interesting. In Finnish Toyota Prius/Prius+ brochures it states that the navigation arrows on the HUD are visible on the Premium (the best) trim level. Others will only have the HUD with speed and some other info but no nav arrows.
  15. Same thing was already on later model T27 pre-facelift. Had one as a courtesy car. Yes, it did have an effect on wind noise. It was much more subtle than on my car which did not have that black triangle thingy.
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