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  1. While I agree with compatabilty, I think the suggested idea of using RW discs (whether CD or DVD) is that you can wipe them and reuse them over and over as your preferred tastes change.
  2. I'd agree with others, doesn't sound like bird droppings or anything else... crazing sounds like paint moved, not bonded, or metal moved to me. All in all, I'd have been less honest at the dealers. Denied bird droppings and got them to fix it. But then I'm of the opinion that if a manufacturer can't sort out a paint job that can live up to average every day living without going horribly wrong, then it definitely isn't fit for purpose. Just my 2p worth.
  3. Can't say I'm overly happy about all this indecisiveness that Toyota are displaying. Either it's "mainstream tech", and 3/5 years is good enough... or it's not. That said, at least us that bought it with the shorter warranty can pay for the extra when the time comes.
  4. Hi Alan, have numbered your questions above to make answering individual points easier. Hope this helps. 1. The LED headlights seems pretty good, didn't really notice much difference compared to a previous car with Xenon's. However that's not a scientific measure, nor proof, just my opinion. 2. No front parking sensors available at present. The two corner things are for the IPA. 3. It uses the camera and the sensors at the front to measure distances, spot gaps and white lines and maneuver you into a slot. It's quite cool, a bit gimmicky, and not terribly fast. 4. Not as far as I know. 5. Sorry, can't help here. 6. Reasonable, but then my other car is an MR2 Roadster, so in comparison it seems quiet. 7. The gearbox is one clever bunch of cogs, so no, the engine doesn't rev very highly at motorway speeds, or at least particularly noisily. 8. Very similar to the end user, but closer in experience to CVT, as there's no "kick down", or step changes. It is however neither, and a much smarter solution. 9. I wasn't put off, but the hard plastics certainly don't appeal too much. But then nor does the silver plastic. Hope the above help. Have a Prius T spirit already, so slightly biased I'd guess. However the above are my honest opinions, and not all glowing :)
  5. Lol, not as much as having picked it up a few months ago, and got sod all extra.
  6. I used to use a Dension IceLink and it was very similar. One thought (not backed up by any real research) is that perhaps proper Ipod integration just isn't really possible.
  7. I've got the auto-headlights and they work very well, sensitivity is about right, and I don't find myself overriding them intentionally. Be aware that with auto and in daylight you have no DRL, not even pretend. In the USA where they do have the autodim mirrors they aren't that brilliant because the sensor sits in the shadow of the rear spoiler. In fact, the rear spoiler does a great job of blocking out headlights at night Yep, have the autodim mirror too... and it's pointless. As you say it sits in the shadow of the rear spoiler. Unfortunately now and again some of the mirror will get headlights on it, and you get dazzled, but as the sensor is the last thing to come out of the shadows, it won't dim, and you can't override it. Occasionally annoying.
  8. I personally find it's notion of "Climate Control" a bit far fetched. Without the A/C on (Which I find I have to do manually), it can't cool the car very well, and as such the temp setting is almost academic. With A/C on the air comes out very cold, and it varies the fan speed a little depending how far it is from. However regardless it's still blowing very cold air at me. It has never turned A/C on by itself when too hot, or turned it off when about right. As such I find it quite hard to get the right temp. Something I'm not used to from previous cars.
  9. Strangely only seem to get the rear seatbelt screen when someone is sitting back there... otherwise defaults to the last screen I was on. And yes, think it shows who's buckled up, though can never remember which way round it is.
  10. Wouldn't bother... unless you drive it like you stole it, the hybrid bit does most of the stopping most of the time, so consequently you'll not use the actual brake pads much at all. Net effect, much much less brake dust.
  11. phil4

    Gen3 Sat-Nav

    To sit somewhere in the middle just remember that it's not as easy as "with or without". If you wanted the TSpirit options, such as reversing camera, HD audio, option for LED pack, then apart from sourcing each separately 3rd party you have no option but to take the satnav. In that regard it's not so easy to say that it cost £1500 either. By the same token the cost of upgrade is causing concern, not by the fact it costs... but by the fact it's more than many people have paid for similar upgrades in the past.... and as you can imagine, something not made clear when purchased (yes, I did ask... they had no idea).
  12. Sorry, nothing here... never done it. 8000miles in.
  13. I think once I have a bit more corroborating evidence (not doubting Avensis99, but also don't want to look a plank), will happily complaining.
  14. phil4

    Scratch Magnet?

    I thought exactly that, but it's on both sides... and haven't ever been anywhere where that would occur.
  15. phil4

    Gen3 Sat-Nav

    I'm afraid I don't understand the implications of "Gracenote". Could someone explain it to me please? It says that the latest mapping data is 2009 - 2010 ver.1 and the latest Gracenote (CDDB) : Ver.01029 Looking at the information on my own car, which I bought last September, the mapping data as supplied is 2008 - 2009 Ver 1 and Gracenote (CDDB): Ver. 01029. The Gracenote database is the one that recognises CDs when you put them in the stereo (and record them to the harddrive), and thus can save you time typing in titles. For hopefully obvious reasons it'll only know about CDs older than it. This update I understand is also updated with the maps. But agree that Toyota do not currently have an updated version.
  16. phil4

    Scratch Magnet?

    Agreed, I've never put though a carwash, though judging by the swirls already present, I suspect my local dealer does... or something equally horrendous.
  17. Had the car from new, bought in December, and has done 8000 miles... with a fair bit of motorway trecking. Noticed when cleaning recently both front bumpers had a fair degree of scratching... Surprisingly not across the front, but rather the "corners", basically up the sides just outside the fog lights. Wondered if anyone else had noticed, and am wondering if it's an aerodynamic issue... sending grit and gravel that way... or something else (car wash perhaps?). Have attached an image showing the area of the scracthes, and fwiw they're horizontal scratches, quite fine.
  18. phil4

    Gen3 Sat-Nav

    Genuinely find the above quite amusing. The daftness of having special "one time use licenses" for something that the general public can't really do anything with is complexity for complexity sake, and really rather stupid. The price for the update is rather steep... genuine or not, I think it's frankly stupid, and justifying the price based on the twaddle about "licenses"... makes me laugh. As others have mentioned on my last car I didn't bother updating the maps and it worked fine. So at this price doubt I'll bother either. Shame about the gracenote update, but then I wouldn't justify 260quid with that. Also have to laugh that buying a new satnav unit, ie. TomTom Go 750... for the same price. Hmmmm. So, flawed logic from Toyota, some real bobbins logic behind licenses, and all in all an over the top price. Mental.
  19. phil4

    Gen3 Sat-Nav

    Lol... I'd ask your dealer why on earth you should buy the cable bearing in mind that its them that'll use it not you? In the same way that you don't provide them with a spanner set when you take your car for a service, why on earth would you provide their other tools? In short, suggest you tell them to go buy their own tools to service your car, and that should bring the map update to a much more reasonable £85 +- VAT. Which I find a slightly more acceptable price. FWIW I've not had this ridiculous discussion with my local garage.... yet.
  20. I use my Iphone via bluetooth, and works fine, no interference when charging.... all good.
  21. phil4


    On the plus side, tyres are a doddle to check.
  22. See above? (and below to help):
  23. In which case, may I suggest: "The novelty has worn off a little for me".
  24. Really good to hear you got a good long test drive, and plenty of opinions. Our local dealership literally does a "Round the block" type, and with the Prius being so different (and probably not to everyone's taste), good that you got plenty of chance. On your points... 1) Totally down to your opinion. I didn't go for it, for the three reasons: a) didn't want smaller wheels, B) cost a lot, and c) didn't think it would be much use in this country, not enough sun. Your view may differ, that's just mine. 2) Decided against leather, because I thought the fake suade was much nicer, and the leather actually felt more like pleather. Expect it'll harm the resale a little, but at 1500 quid, that may even things up. 8000 miles in and no stains or marks so far. 3) Have LED pack and is good, however can't tell if the non-LED version is as good. Similar to xenons, be aware however side lights appear to still be bulbs (so mix of white and yellow light when viewed from the front). Don't forget LED also gives you auto-dim rearview (pointless, as doesn't work, due to rear spoiler), and coating on side windows, rainX style. 4) Didn't go for it as pricey, and guessed I'd use bluetooth or HDD recorded tunes much much more. 5) Don't know, didn't get it. Bluetooth from IPhone works well, though control is a bit limited. 6) Would never buy white, and would err against black because they show up dirt too well. Red was too washed out for my liking, grey too grey, so that would leave silver and blue. I went for Blue, but beware as it has a much lighter interior (well, two tone actually). 7) Probably different now. Dealer said they couldn't discount the car as only out two weeks. Instead the fiddled the figures on the part-ex, finance etc. Not sure I'm much help there. So, real sorry, not sure the above is much help, but thought I should at least try.
  25. No worries, apologies I didn't get a full side on shot, but even them, as you say they're quite subtle. Saw a white Prius with the style pack today, and thought it was just a waste of money. Think as you say, dark works much better. Even then, it's quite a lot of cash for a few small bits of silver plastic.
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