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  1. Shouldn't these jobs be done by the Toyota dealer as part of regular servicing if they are needed?
  2. OK thanks - I guess my earlier version doesn't have that screen.
  3. Yes I have had it serviced by Toyota througout. Thanks for the comments. One question - how do you know that your Prius runs exactly 54% on engine in the summer - is that average data supplied by Toyota or is there a way to download that information form the car itself?
  4. Hi all, I've got a 2010 Prius which I've owned since new, and it's just had it's 100K mile service. I was thinking in the last couple of years that maybe I should replace it soon, probably because I have some odd rule in my head that you should replace your car before it hits 100k. I have no idea where I got that from so I probably just made it up years ago or someone in the pub said it or something! However frankly, I like it and it's never caused me any issues. I've also ridden in taxis numerous times which were an older prius than mine and appeared to have 200k or even 300k
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    High Mileage

    What about the battery? Does it generally last to those high mileages and if not, how much does it cost to replace? It's good to know I could run my 2010 Prius for a lot longer as it's on 60k at the moment.
  6. If that's the case I guess my pip is kicking in earlier than others.
  7. Thanks for the replies. I have no intention of running out of fuel, but it helps if I know there is a petrol station right in my route in say, 20 miles from now, to decide whether to take a detour to a closer station. If the tank is indeed 44 litres, fuel economy is roughly 59MPG average. I generally fill up when the range counter goes to zero and about 5 to 10 miles after that, which is probably about 15 to 25 miles after the fuel pip starts flashing. I then find that I fill up roughly 39 to 40 litres. I don't think I've ever seen it go over 40, maybe once but hardly ever. If this really
  8. Hi, Can someone help me out. I've owned a Prius from new since 2010. Love the car and I really enjoy it so I don't intend getting rid of it any time soon. Regarding the fuel, the fuel light starts flashing when the range says about 20 miles. I usually wait for the range to hit zero and then fill up a few miles after that. However, I have never managed to fit more than about 39.5 litres in there. Does this imply that actually I could go on for another 50 miles or so? I bought the Prius new and it's a 10 plate so it's a gen 3 model I believe. Finally, is there any further warning that you are
  9. Hi all - I just noticed today that the PWR mode button on my Prius no longer works. When I press it nothing happens at all - no PWR light on dash and no change in throttle response. Eco and EVO buttons still work fine. I don't use it very often but it was working last time I tried a few months back. Is there anything obvious I have missed before I take it to Toyota for them to take a look? cheers Patrick.
  10. A few questions on my Gen 3 Prius which I've had for a couple of months. - In the manual it says the low fuel warning light comes on when you have about 1 to 1.5 imp gallons left, which should be anough for at least 50 to 100 miles. The range computer however says only about 20 miles when the low fuel warning light comes on. Which should I believe? - The battery charge meter always stops charging at 2 bars below full. I have only seen in go up to 1 bar below full if I do heavy braking. I have never seen it get to completely full. Is this normal? - Is anyone using the IPA regularly and use
  11. Do a google for Audio CD text. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-Text OK thanks for your help on that. Really? Well it's been a long time since I read up on this, but I seem to recall that if you take an original audio CD, burn it to Mp3, then re-burn it back to a standard CD, the standard CD will have lower quality than the original CD (obviously) but also possible lower quality than the MP3 files. Furthermore, it will then go through another compression routine when you burn it to the HD in the Prius - I definitely recall reading that putting music through and mp3 converter several times
  12. PatW

    Dab Radio

    Yeah they are, at leaste in theory. It's listed as an option in the Prius brochure, and the dealer quoted me some ridiculous price like £500 for it.
  13. Hello, I noticed on my new Prius something weird. I can copy CDs onto the hard drive, and sometimes Gracenote finds the Track names and sometimes it doesn't. It doesn't seem very up to date as there are CDs that are a year old that it doesn't know. The weird thing though is that today I put in a CD that was only released on Monday, so there is no way it could be in the stored Gracenote database. When I was playing the CD, the system somehow knew the CD name and track names and displayed them on the screen, but, if I copied it to the hard disk it just gave them generic names. Also if I trie
  14. PatW

    Dab Radio

    Does anyone have the DAB radio add on for their 3rd gen Prius? I was thinking of buying it but it costs £500 which seems very expensive. I presume there might be other after market options at lower cost. cheers
  15. Hi, Do you actually have to be on a hill to engage hill start assist? I tried to press the brake hard whilst stopped and in drive mode to test it out, and nothing happened. cheers
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