FourFourTwo

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    Auris HSD
  1. Gearbox whine??? - Excuse me, but what a load of b*ll*cks! The Auris HSD is almost silent. The electric motor makes a quiet, almost soothing sound as it gets going or as you slow to a stop, but it's a relaxing "hybrid-related" sound and it reminds you what a cool car you are driving. Honestly, I've had mine for over six months and I am 110% happy with it. I was one of the first people to get the Auris HSD in Norway and I felt quite special. After driving a 5 km trip yesterday and counting no fewer than 4 others on the road in that time, I realise I'm not so special anymore. - But I guess that's a good thing! Congrats on choosing a fantastic little car!
  2. Unfortunately, you are absolutely correct. Don't like breathing in all that carcinogenic diesel exhaust?? - Get used to it!!
  3. haha.... how awkward would this sound nowadays?! There are so many Prii out there, you'd be lucky NOT to see one (here in London anyway :P) I literally cannot drive more than about 1km from my house before I see a Prius. Toyota have done some serious business with those things around here.
  4. Whoo Hoo!! I just got home from a 398 km round trip from my home, west of Oslo, to a place in Norway called Gjøvik. Fine weather, 20C, some motorway, some suburban roads, some city driving and lots of hills. Here are my MFD results.(I even took a picture of the dials but I don't know how to upload it here.) Way there: Trip total distance: 162.1 km (100 miles as near as dammit) Average consumption: 3.7 l/100km (76.3 MPG for you UK boys) Total round trip, including detour into Oslo on way home: Total trip distance: 398 km (247 miles) Average consumption: 3.9 l/100km (72.4 MPG). I used Eco all the way except the odd burst of Power to overtake a granny in a hat on a single lane country road. I drove at the speed limit or 5 to 10km/h over (by GPS not car speedo) and used A/C now and then as needed. I just love this car.
  5. Maybe, but isn't the Aygo a tiny car with a small 1 litre, 70 HP engine or something? - That's hardly comparing like with like. I might as well say "my mountain bike does way better fuel economy than your Aygo..." (Daft comparison, but you get my drift).
  6. Whoo Hoo! My best tank yet!! 4.6 l/100km (61.5 MPG UK) calculated - 4.4 (64.2 MPG UK) MFD. Last fill up to to Low Fuel Warning - 763km. Filled up after 783km. Upon filling, I could only get 36 litres into the tank. - At 21.75 km per liter, I could have driven for another 195 km!!! I luuuurve my HSD!
  7. FourFourTwo

    Which One

    This is a question you can only really ask yourself. Personally, I would go for the auto parking/GPS version, but then I'm not a sun roof, wind-in-your-hair type of guy. Go with the one that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
  8. Where I live in Norway, every second taxi is a Prius. TBH, I can't believe how many Priuseses there are on the road here, both taxis and normal cars. I'm starting to see quite a few Auris HSDs around now too, in fact a black one just moved in to our street.
  9. OK, I feel embarrassed asking this, but what do you guys mean by "deadlocked"? I have just spent a session with my Auris HSD (keyless smart entry system), manual in hand, trying to work out what it's all about. Pressing the black button twice did nothing special as far as I could tell, and the manual (it is in Norwegian so I admit I may be missing something) doesn't mention anything other than grabbing the handle (key fob in pocket) to open the car and pressing the black button once to lock it. There is no reference to any double pressing, extra locking or anything of that sort. Is there some hidden function which the Norwegian manual has overlooked or is this "deadlocking" just a Prius thing? PS: I love the whole smart entry thing too.
  10. A serious consumer programme on Norwegian TV recently raised the issue that diesel engines throw out particles which are more carcinogenic than cigarette smoke. The featured researcher who raised the alarm was not happy about his own findings as he drives a very expensive diesel himself.
  11. Fair enough. But I have to say that after having mine for 7 months, it just gets better and better. Anyway, good luck with selling yours and I hope you get what you are looking for from your next car.
  12. I was in England recently and hired a car to drive from Heathrow to Norwich and back and was given a Skoda Octavia diesel. - I hated it! Every time I stopped, it sounded and felt like I was sitting in a tractor or a London taxi. It was absolute bliss to come home to my near-silent Auris hybrid. Sorry, but no matter what the fuel economy, emission or whatever figures are, I will never buy a diesel.
  13. I think this would be a positive thing. This is a great forum with valuable info relevant to all Toyota hybrid drivers, not just the Prius. A more general title would help new Toyota hybrid converts, who may be considering options other than the Prius, to understand that this is a good place for them too.