daveybee

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About daveybee

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  • First Name
    Dave
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    Male
  • Toyota Model
    His: Auris HSD T-Spirit / Hers: Yaris 1.33 SR
  • Toyota Year
    2010
  • Location
    Gloucestershire
  1. Just found these from our test drive... Dave.
  2. Hi Steve, and welcome to TOC, hope it will be of use. I have a Gen 1 Auris T-Sprit on a 10 plate (it was the first non-demo model on the road around Bristol) and I've not had a problem with the 12v battery even though it's mainly used for short journeys. As far as the "boot maximiser" is concerned, this was introduced within three or four months because of the absolutely pitiful boot depth. That said, the original lower liner was split into three, with the dividers providing support for the shelf. It is very useful as I store all kinds of junk under the shelf (fleece blankets, foot pump, windscreen shade etc. etc.) but it does limit the height between the shelf and the parcel shelf - about the height of a 750G box of Corn Flakes in the middle although you do get a flat load space when the seats are down. Hope that helps, Dave.
  3. Hiya, from memory, I did 23% transmission as recommended by the tinter. Apparently, that's as close as you're going to get to factory fit - looks good and works well too. Dave.
  4. In all honesty, even if you do have the USB connect in the glove box, iPod integration is pants! I suspect you won't, as Toyota remove it when they factory fit the Sat Nav option. When I bought our Auris HSD back in 2010, I made such a fuss that the USB connect was missing (the brochure made a big thing of iPod integration with the Sat Nav option) that Mr T. reinstated it, but plugging an iPod into it didn't work as expected and certainly nowhere near what was claimed in the brochure - you could only play from playlists and the car would not control the iPod with any great success. If you have an iPod Touch, you're better off connecting it to the car via Bluetooth. Admittedly, you have to select the song, album or playlist starting point on the iPod, but the song / album / artist details are displayed on the car screen, and volume and track skip work (within the album or playlist) from the audio controls on the steering wheel. I now have an iPhone and that works very well, but you do have to connect the phone and the audio side of things separately in both the Phone and BT Audio settings. Hope that helps a bit. Dave.
  5. I agree, for absolute control, manual is the only way to go, however, for 95% of the time, auto works for me. The turning off thing is useful for passengers, but not a lot of good for the driver - the 15 second (or adjustable to 30 sec) "show me home" thing would be good, and would only be a software update but I don't think it would be anything that would be implemented for existing owners.
  6. I'm guessing (although, sometimes Toyota go counter-intuitive) that, - means less sensitive so switching the headlamps on in darker situations, + means more sensitive so you'll be flashing away like a good 'un. That's how the wipers on the Auris seem to work.
  7. Glad I'm not looking to replace our HSD any time soon as the inside looks pretty grim! Outside doesn't look too bad, but that dash... I hope the plastic isn't as utilitarian as the new Yaris! I'm completely in agreement with cuius, it looks like a step back to the bad old days. Haven't Toyota looked at the new interiors from Citreon, Hyundai and the like??? Ho hum...
  8. BTW, welcome to the forum Hotlush, I only just spotted that you're a new member. Dave.
  9. Indeed, choosing the playlist on the phone, but you were supposed to be able to jump from playlist to playlist and album to album using the car to control the iPhone. Another piece of Toyota misinformation to get you to buy expensive accessories! Ho-hum...
  10. Yep, same on the iPhone, iPod & iPad (tried 'em all)... so much for full integration as per the brochure! It looks like we're stuck with what we have - I kicked up a storm with the dealer when I found that the connection wasn't as per the brochure / manual and took it right up to Toyota GB ad got absolutely nowhere. Fabulous customer service and focus from all concerned! As for your quiet music, it could be that the volume on your phone isn't set at maximum for the bluetooth headset connection (the car is just behaving like a pair of giant headphones). Hope that helps. Dave.
  11. I've noticed my headlights are brighter than average (no idea why as I haven't upgraded them), but I have adjusted them to the highest level still staying legal. People do flash if I have them adjusted to 0 in the cabin, so I usually run at one click down and only get flashed on the very odd occasion. One thing I would say though is that I have adjusted the nearside (passenger side) headlamp slightly higher than the offside, which gives a straight cut off across the road with a reasonable extension along the kerb. Dave.
  12. daveybee

    Demisting

    There will be a button on the air con controls that has an icon that looks like the wiper swept area on the windscreen. Press that button and air should be directed onto the windscreen. Dave.
  13. Yep, especially as it was one of those gradual discoveries accompanied by three phone calls to the dealership across a couple of hours or so, where they were all greeted by reassuring noises about the Sat Nav's capabilities from the sales staff. Talk about that sinking feeling... Anyway, it's history now - life's too short! On the call centre thing, have you seen "Thanks For Your Time" by Gotye on YouTube? Well worth a look and a chuckle... Dave. PS. I know I'm old enough to know better than to listen to music like this, but hey - gotta stay as young as possible for as long as possible :D
  14. Yeah, but at least you have a deck board Considering that no UK Yaris gets this board, the UK Yaris brochure highlights it as standard fit with a picture of it on page 10 and text reading, quote "The large boot capacity benefits from full flat loading and useful underfloor storage space." I rest my case - that's if I had the board to rest it on Don't get me started on Toyota brochure cr@p... The £1200 Sat Nav option (in the July 2010 brochure) that had USB and iPod connectivity and control, including compatibility with iPod video and DVD audio - well, what a load!!! The head unit was / is not compatible with USB, it plays iPod audio through Bluetooth, but all control is through the iPod itself, no iPod video compatibility and no DVD audio... I blew my top when all that functionality was missing and ended up getting some compensation from the local dealership, but that wsn't the point, and six months on, Toyota still hadn't changed their brochures even though they were more than aware of the issues - they said it was covered by E&OE! C'est la vie! Dave.
  15. I must admit, when I looked in the boot of a Yaris HSD, I did have a little "boot envy". The batteries being under the rear seats makes one heck of a difference to the boot space. Dave.