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About MichaelM

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    Gen 4 Prius Excel 15"
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  1. I agree with you! I had Toyo Proxes CF2 fitted to my Gen 4 last summer and they are noisy. The Toyota dealer was supposed to fit Toyo Nanoenergy tires but for various reasons they fitted the Proxes. I am sure that the original fitment Nanoenergy tyres were quieter.
  2. Not to be recommended but: 1 hour 40 minutes at 30 degrees with washing powder plus rinses and several spins at 1000rpm. Then remove your Prius Key Fob from the washing machine, dismantle and remove the battery. Put above a radiator for 24 hours to dry. Finally reassemble and if you are as fortunate as I have been, your key fob along with the keyless entry will still work perfectly. I should mention that I do not make a habit of inadvertently putting my key fob in a washing machine !
  3. I agree to some extent but it was an email from Toyota UK that said "We'd really like you to share your experiences of owning a Toyota". I would have been delighted to have had the opportunity of saying what a great car my Gen 4 Prius is.
  4. Recently Toyota UK sent me an email asking me to take part in The Auto Express Driver Power Survey. I said the survey wanted me to share my "experiences of owning a Toyota" and referred to "insurance, running costs, reliability, performance and dealer service" However, the survey gave no opportunity of making any form of comment on any of these topics. It just asked the usual type of question including my age, what part of the UK I lived, whether anyone in my family worked in certain professions etc. It did not ask for any personal information. It was a complete and ut
  5. I have had a good look but I cannot find any sign of a 'sight glass' on my Gen 4.
  6. Whilst my Gen 4 Prius was having its 2nd annual service, I got a call from the dealer saying that they noticed the car had not had its air conditioning serviced/regassed. As the air con works perfectly, the car is only 2 years old and has only done just under 15,000 miles, I told them I did not want it serviced yet. On collecting the car, an air con reminder appeared on the service checksheet with a cost of £137. I was told verbally that whilst the car is still under warranty, the air con service was not covered and it would cost £165. Why the difference? VAT? I kept my previous
  7. This is reassuring. Last year the service department did present me with an invoice and it took a bit of persuading that I was entitled to a free service. So hopefully this year things will be easier.
  8. I recently phoned my local dealer to book the second annual service for my Prius. The first question I was asked was ”How do you pay for your service?” Not the obvious “When would you like it done?” or “What is your registration?” I bought my car when Three Free Services were on offer and some drivers have a Service Plan with fixed payments so I know there are different methods of paying. However, why would they first ask about payment unless there was some form of preferencing of certain customers? Surely there couldn’t be different standards or methods of servicing dependin
  9. Doesn't everyone do this?? Not OCD but OCP - Obsessively Clean Prius !!
  10. Of course the real advantage of having plates screwed in place and not stuck on, is that they can be removed to clean and polish behind them!!
  11. When they did refix my plate with screws, they did it very quickly and neatly. So I am sure they must have used a template to position the drill holes.
  12. When my Gen 4 Prius was delivered two years ago, I thought it strange that the front registration plate was screwed in place but the rear one was just stuck on. Yesterday the rear plate came loose. I took it off only to find two neat screw holes that could have been used to fix it permanently. I went to my local Toyota dealer who had supplied the car and asked for it to be fixed back properly with screws. On being told that they no longer used screws and only stuck the plates on, I asked “why are there two Prius models similar to mine outside the showroom with plates fixed with scr
  13. I can confirm that the handles are no longer sticking so it looks as though putting some silicone spray on the handle mechanism at the lock end (but NOT the lock itself) has solved the problem. I don't know if there was a design or manufacturing fault in the mechanism but I am satisfied with this simple solution.
  14. Rather than having the hassle of booking my Prius into a dealer for them to rectify the sticking door handles, I decided to try some silicone spray. I sprayed a small amount inside the handle mechanism near the door lock on the driver's door. So far I think it is working and the handle has stopped sticking. I will report again in a few days as I need to see if, as has been suggested, the warmer weather has any bearing on the problem.
  15. This is really useful as I now know that the problem is not a one-off with my car and also that just greasing the mechanism does not cure it. As it maybe a design or manufacturing fault I will ask my dealer to check with Toyota UK to see what they have to say.
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