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Grumpy Cabbie

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  1. Cheers :) Obviously prefer TOP T-Spirit with Navigation Pack - but looks like those are rare :( What is downside of Gen 2 tech? Cheers :) Obviously prefer TOP T-Spirit with Navigation Pack - but looks like those are rare :( What is downside of Gen 2 tech? The original Auris HSD uses gen3 Prius tech - ie 1.8 engine etc. In fact it is pretty much almost identical to the Prius tech. That is a good thing. The only downsides to the original Auris HSD is the small boot due to the batteries and the gear shift is set up for LHD, and it's a bit smaller inside. You can find them cheaply but not becau
  2. Hmmmm. In some ways it's an improvement, yet in some ways it looks cheaper. I guess I'll have to see one in the metal. To be fair, I didn't like the gen3 until I got to look around one and then I love it. The interior was something else back then. The gen4 interior just seems a bit 'average'. It's nothing special or out of the norm like the gen3 was back in 2009. Now the Mirai's interior. That's nice. (only the interior - not the outside, which is a dogs dinner).
  3. And the Hybrid Health Check is free if you get the car serviced by Toyota. That covers the expensive HV battery.
  4. .... he's gone over to the dark side and bought a Nissan Leaf EV. And still happy with it. Build quality isn't as good as Toyota though, just. It rattles and creaks like the Prius did and you're even more likely to hear it with no engine at 60 mph. I miss my Toyota dealer too as they were spot on. Shame Toyota have gone to the dark side that is hydrogen as that is just a fool's errand. Just look at the facts on the whole way of processing the fuel, the massively expensive fuel cell etc. They'd be better with a plug in with a petrol engine. I hope the specs of the gen4 are worthy of reporting a
  5. I'd be pondering inverter coolant pump failure. When my inverter went pop it barely gave any symptoms. About a month before it failed I was speeding down a hill in Power mode and hard on the brakes for the roundabout at the bottom. Halfway down there was a very loud high pitched noise - similar to the normal high pitched noise some hear when a Prius normally brakes, but this was loud enough to be heard over the music. It lasted about 5 seconds. The car worked fine for a month after that. Then I had just come down that same stretch of road, at 10.30 pm, hard on the brakes, round the roundabout,
  6. I had a problem with this on my Prius. I believe there's some weak spot on the easrlier gen3 t3 (not the t4 or t-spirit) and I had my steering column replaced twice! at roughly 30k mile intervals, both under warranty. I believe this 'issue' was updated on later gen3's. The OP could try and appeal to Toyotas kind nature if they're out of warranty, though if they're only just a couple hundred miles over they may be ok, otherwise they'll need to have purchased the car new and had it religiously serviced by a Toyota dealer. I had my inverter replaced out of warranty at 70k miles (on the 60k mile w
  7. I apologise if we came across as patronising, it wasn't meant to be. We are all just trying to pass on what we have learned and bust a myth or two as we go. Joseph. And also because we get many new owners who ask for help, yet also tell how the car should be driven, often without searching historical threads on the very same question being asked. Joseph gets incredible mpg's out of a bigger car that makes mid 60's to the gallon look average. I have managed high 80's and very low 90's to the gallon out of my Prius when trying very hard over tens of miles. I haven't a clue how to pulse and glide
  8. And in 1910 they probably said the same about petrol cars. I mean, you'd need a petrol station or five in every town, filling up with billions upon billions of litres of prehistoric and finite fuel. That could never happen, imagine the infrastructure required. And electric cars are mainly only for local trips at the moment with 100 mile ranges. Once it gets to 200 miles (2017 Nissan Leaf), they'd barely need to visit a public charge point unless petrol cars which HAVE to fill up at a petrol station. It's just getting your head round it. There are always hundreds of cars filling up at any one t
  9. Classic new owner mistake/misunderstanding. You really do NOT want to encourage a hybrid car to stay on electric longer than it would want or normally do. It's counterintuitive as you see you're getting 100+mpg on the gauge and think that's good - and it is until you realise that the car then has to work much harder charging the battery to put that charge back in, reducing fuel economy further overall. So that 60 mpg you're getting and thinking is good, could easily have been 75/80 mpg. There are so many threads about this in this forum and others. There are two little phrases I used for the P
  10. I wonder if the Yaris HSD is different but with the Prius you can press Park whilst driving and it'll just beep at you and drop into Neutral, well unless you're going less than about 5 or 7 mph and which point it engages it with a bang ;) Good practice is to stop. I never really used the Park button as the car automatically dropped into Park when you switched it off. Again I think the Yaris HSD is different.
  11. Will it? I'd say the interior of the gen3 was equal or larger than the Avensis.
  12. Guesses, but pretty good ones I'd say. I think Toyota are trying to make their new cars fugly to match the Mirai - note gaping gill style at the front. I hope it doesn't sweep down as much at the rear as those pictures indicate as the back seats will only be of use to children. I'm no longer in the taxi game, but you'll all have noticed how many companies use the Prius as a cab. One of the main reasons other than fabulous fuel economy is the massive rear leg and head room. If they lose that, they'll lose sales. Peugeot had the taxi market covered with their 406 and 407's, but totally ruined it
  13. One or two, and a few more issues with the rear hatch not fully closing. But a 10 year old Prius with issues reflective of a 12v failure would suggest that it is at least checked first. Then we can look at potential water incress into the interior light/sunglasses compartment - assuming they person comes back :)
  14. I would seriously suggest you check the health of your 12v battery - especially if it's the original. I have never heard of alarm issues on a Prius caused by wifi or bluetooth, but I have heard probably hundreds of reports of Prius alarms going off when the 12v is failing. They generally last 5 years or 80k miles. I'd guess you're on your second 12v if you have a 2005. Don't rely on the car telling you it's ok and don't rely on most dealers telling you either as generally they rely on the car. There are tens of threads on here about failing 12 volts with details of how to check.
  15. I always though they'd just lower the goalposts; 0-50 = £free, 50-75, £20, 75-100 £30, 100-110 £100, 110-120 £120 etc. But I'll still be ok and I'm loving the Leaf. Mrs Cabbie loves it too. She says that when it accelerates at the lights it's like taking off on a plane. You even get the little whine of the motor. You really are thrown back in the seat when you floor it. Not bad for a small, family hatchback. I do wonder how the new car tax regime will affect the Toyota hybrids. Car tax isn't the end of the world compared to fuel costs, but it is a regular out going and something else extra to
  16. Well higher rates also apply to cars over £40k, so that's the Mirai stuffed then :)
  17. Replace your Prius with a new Prius, Auris HSD or even a 1.0 Aygo in 2017 on the new bandings and you'll pay £140 per year at tax renewal time instead of £0 as of today. Replace your 4 litre Range Rover Overfinch, Bentley GT or Mercedes S500 gas guzzler in 2017 with another one and instead of £500 per year, you'll pay £140 a year just like the plebs. We're all in this together ;)
  18. Should it? Who can buy one? Can you buy one or lease only? Where do you fill it? Will it be restricted to London only sales or within 40 miles of a hydrogen filling station? How much is the fuel?
  19. lol, yes like that :) Ideally an Ampera would be nice for me, but they're no longer being sold and all models sold this year were 2012 manufactured!?! A PIP second hand probably would have been worth a punt but they just don't come up for sale, though probably because they sold so few in the first place. But for my use a pure electric works - for now :)
  20. Personally I think your friend wasn't familiar with an automatic and went to press the clutch with his left foot and hit the brake pedal instead. If anyone has ever done this they'll know you stop on a sixpence. Driver error. End of.
  21. Nah we kept the IQ. Got to have at least one petrol car for the longer runs - I just don't think I could be bothered jumping from fast charge to fast charger on the motorway. Maybe for a bit of fun one day but not on our hols etc. The IQ would have made an ideal EV and Toyota did test the EQ (electric IQ) in a number of markets but just gave up on it. If I recall they were selling it as a city car but with a ridiculous range of about 50 miles. Now that usually equates to ideal circumstances so expect 20/25 in winter! and that was before reducing capacity as the vehicle aged. On the specs they
  22. Yup. Even with the heating on. Seriously, don't run your hybrid to empty.lol i would hope none of them would take it literally. I was trying to say that an EV is like running on 8 litres of fuel.
  23. Heating is the killer of BEVs. It's a waste product on a petrol/diesel engine and we're used to be nice n warm on a cold winters day in our cars. With a BEV that initial start up of heat apparently kills your range and newer heaters have been introduced to try and stop that. I think that's why they allow you to heat up/cool down whilst plugged in to get the car to temperature before you head off out. Great on a regular commute but not so great on an unplanned journey. Regular commutes are where EVs excell and for many people they'd work out just fine. If you work at different offices or are dr
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