Adam C

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  1. Hi all, just wondering . . What with the new 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine being launched in the 2015 Auris, I'm wondering if anyone within Toyota can shed any light on if they'll be putting this engine into the Yaris range? I'm really eager to try one!
  2. Hi dins1, I have a 2008 1.3 (2SZ-FE) and I absolutely love it! First (and not the last) brand new car I've ever got and I never want to trade it in. Drives like a dream, had minimal parts changed (the dealer wanted to replace the water pump on the fourth service though), great on fuel, can cruise all day at low revs - 30mph in 5th gear at ease - then take off when it's 'hammertime'. And mine's never used a drop of oil. I also have a 2010 1.33 (1NR-FE) and must admit, in comparison with the 1.3, the 1.33 engine feels WEAKER. Although it pulls well, as Figgis says, you really need to rev it on hill starts as it's amazingly easy to stall. Very quiet engine but must be tuned more for fuel economy though I get better fuel figures from the 1.3's MPG readouts, also the 1.3 is 0.2 seconds faster to 62mph in the brochure despite being more powerful. Hope this helps
  3. Hi Phil100 What sort of driving do you do in your Auris? And how many days do you use the car? I have a 60 reg Yaris TR with the same 1.33 engine which I use as a driving school car 6-7 days a week and my Stop/Start has always worked fine. The car gets a LOT of miles so in that the battery gets a lot of charging from the alternator - just a thought as low use could mean that your battery isn't getting the charge to trigger the Stop/Start system, or that something else could be draining it's power, like while it's parked up locked. On the odd occasion, mine doesn't kick in but after a few miles and another stop, the engine stops with the 'ECO' light illuminated.
  4. Have you thought about a Terraclean service? It could be an excessive carbon build up inside the engine or even the catalytic converter. Terraclean can sort that out so may be worth a try?
  5. Has your issue with the Stop/Start system been looked at and diagnosed? On mine (2010 TR), if you stall it, you get all the warning lights on for check engine etc. I have never experienced the display to go black or anything, nor have I experienced issues with this system. I could only think 'battery' but if there were issues with battery voltage, the Stop/Start system would not kick in and stop the engine. Could be a loose terminal or something.
  6. Adam C

    Cooling Fan.

    On both of my mk 2s, the cooling fan runs with the a/c on when I've been stationery for a while, especially on warm or humid days. Noticed in the learner car that it's fired up as soon as I've activated the a/c. It'll just be to keep the system blowing cold. I first wondered about it until the other car did that too. Great to hear the cooling fan as I otherwise never hear it come on unless I'm in bad traffic. Hope this helps
  7. Oh very much so, Alec. Toyota through and through, these are my 3rd and 4th cars (2nd and 3rd Yarises; 1st Toyota was my nana's Starlet but 1st Yaris - a 56 reg 1.3 T3 - was oddly a bit of a lemon). I kept imagining what if I moved away to say, Dundee (where my grandma used to live and where I spent weeks every year of my childhood), I'd hire a pick-up truck or something to transport both cars with me. Much prefer Gen2 cars to the current Gen3s (although a 14 reg 1 litre Edition impressed me, it's just too different). Driven quite a few as courtesy cars now. The only one I haven't tried is the 1.8 SR . .
  8. Hi everyone, hope you're all well & still loving your Yarises. For a while I've been seeing posts on my Facebook from two people who travel around the north east performing Terraclean treatments on customer's cars to restore original performance & totally decarbon the engine's internals. Nearly everyone (some petrol but mostly diesel owners) reply to them gloating about just how much better their cars feel afterwards. I'm just wondering if any of you have had this done to your cars and if you have, how much better do your cars feel? Slightly tempted to give it a try on both of mine next year.
  9. I've driven as far as Aberdeen (from Peterlee in County Durham) before, and Glasgow in one of two Scottish road trips in 2009. Just recently been up again (in each of the three road trips we spent three nights in a Premier Inn at Dundee - each time drove right into the heart of Glasgow). Next year on the Summer Solstice, I want to recreate the drive Clarkson did on Top Gear, racing God from Lands' End to Lowestoft. Been itching to do that since I saw that episode. These cars are great, comfy little things. Both my Gen2 Yarises are impeccably comfortable on long cruises. They're even good sitting in the back too (as I had to do today on a learner's driving test).
  10. Hi all, hope you're well & loving your cars like me. Just wondering . . my 60 reg Yaris TR 1.33 has an MP3/AUX socket to connect MP3 devices to the stereo. I'd love to know where I could get another socket kit to fit to my 58 reg Yaris TR 1.3. Also would one be compatible with the 2006-2008 spec Yaris stereos? I've found a Toyota manual to fit one . .
  11. Well I'm happy to report that the silicone-based lubricant spray worked wonders on my 58 reg Yaris's boot button. Cheers once again peeps!
  12. Just changed the headlight bulb on my 58 reg car. Very tight space but didn't have to remove anything
  13. Thank you people! I have some silicone-based sprays to lubricate my bike's chain, will give one a go when I get a moment & report back to you all. Happy Yaris motoring!
  14. Hi guys, didn't see this when I searched so here it goes . . One my 58 reg car, when you press the button on the hatchback to open it, the button sticks in so you have to wriggle it about to get it to spring back out again. I tried it earlier whilst the hatchback was open and it never springs back. In contrast, the 60 reg car's always does - handy with it being the learner car as I have a topsign that goes on the roof on lessons. Has anyone else had this before, and what's the best way to lubricate it?
  15. Lately I've noticed the same 'hunting' sensation going on in my Yaris 1.33 (mk 2 with Stop/Start) in the same surroundings (cruising at 40ish mph in 4th, 5th or 6th. Happens sometimes but I am aware of it & starting to feel it. Have not noticed any patterns to it occurring. Comes and goes
  16. It must just be a Yaris thing, Cyker. We know how to enjoy our cars
  17. Noticed on the Yarises that 2006-2008 versions had D-4D branding on the front wings of the diesel versions but these weren't continued when the cars were facelifted for 2009-2011. I can usually identify the different engines of the cars by the exhaust back-box now I'm that used to them. Also noticed the 2010 TR doesn't have TR branding on the back yet the 2007-2009 TR cars have. Can't remember if 2010 T2s have their T2 badges on but I know T-SPIRIT cars in 2011 had their badges.
  18. That's what I always do - the long way home! Just love 'em so much you can't just do the 'A-B' journey. As for the minor scrapes, I'd recommend getting a quote from the friendly chaps at Chips Away, they were fab when my 58 reg got vandalised & a LOT cheaper than the approved bodyshop at that dealership. They even fixed dents that were barely noticeable. I'm about to quote with them again about a kerbed alloy on the 60 reg car
  19. I learnt in an indipendant instructor's Nissan Almera 1.4. Must've been a rare breed not to learn in a BSM Corsa. I had a Corsa when I initially worked for RED Driving School - it did the job I guess but was rather bland. Wouldn't part with my Yarises plus learners love the 1.33
  20. Hi there, when you said there was a bang then it was ok, was the car stopped, turned off then back on again? Or was it literally fine after this bang? Have you checked the EGR valve? Fuel filter? Is the oil level ok? Coolant too?
  21. That's a shame, jstallan, mind there's a few around. I saw a Decuma Grey version at my local dealer (Lancaster Durham) the other day. Looks a really good car in your pic, louise74, I've seen loads of red ones identical to yours floating around the Durham areas. Very good deal too, well done!
  22. My Yaris 1.33 is really easy to stall when compared to my 1.3 or any other car. But I won't say that as a bad mark against the car, all cars can be easy to stall, especially 1 litres, it's not car-specific, it's all a case of getting used to the vehicle. I barely need much throttle to get my cars off from a standstill though you should hear how many revs my dad uses in his 1 litre Corsa. Maybe Corsas are more prone to stalling than Yarises, Cyker!
  23. Now that is weird! Would love to know how on Earth that could happen to so many automatics. Has it happened when a mechanic or service engineer has been in the car?
  24. Adam C

    Tyre Pressures

    I usually put mine close to the high ratings in the manual/on the sticker when cold, so usually set to 35psi front, 34psi rear, on both cars. I believe it helps them feel great on the road plus returning good fuel economy. Normally when I get them back from the dealer after a tyre change or puncture repair, they're really low, the minimum pressure in the handbook, so I take my Halfords Rapid Digital Tyre Inflator in the boot with me, and once I get the car back, take it over the road into the B&Q carpark and set the pressures to desired levels.
  25. Hmmm . . . out of the two, the 1.3 feels more nippy (and on paper, 0-60 is 0.2 of a second faster) as the throttle pedal feels it needs less travel, but the 1.33 is no slouch. 1.33 sounds better (what sound it makes, this engine is really quiet) and is more efficient, though the MPG readouts from both cars were very similar before the 1.33 became a learner car. I'd say the 1.33 is the one to have as it is more efficient though I love my 1.3. Was this 2011 T-Spirit at a dealership? Usually if it is, you can have it brought to your local dealership (for a fee) so you can have a look at it & test drive.