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Carltona123

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    Martin
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    2007
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  1. Parked at my local ALDI this morning and when I got back found a handwritten message that the - very kind - writer had seen my 2007 and another car being attacked and the cats stolen. Advised me to go into the shop for more details. Writer witnessed and had called police. Inside shop staff said cars had been jacked up. BUT having read this thread and a couple of others, two weeks ago I had a guy in London put a catloc on for me. Sure enough it had worked! Bit of a dent in it but other than that attack repelled! Called into my local tyre and exhaust guy who confirmed all was well. He was thrilled it had worked. Said they were having these all the time - just this morning had done a £1500 insurance job. I got my catloc for £70 including fitting - London Tyres Romford Road E12. He does different models and mail order. Sad thing is I'm now thinking of selling my amazing car cos I don't want the parking anxiety.
  2. Parked at my local ALDI this morning and when I got back found a handwritten message that the - very kind - writer had seen my 2007 and another car being attacked and the cats stolen. Advised me to go into the shop for more details. Writer witnessed and had called police. Inside shop staff said cars had been jacked up. BUT having read this thread and a couple of others, two weeks ago I had a guy in London put a catloc on for me. Sure enough it had worked! Bit of a dent in it but other than that attack repelled! Called into my local tyre and exhaust guy who confirmed all was well. He was thrilled it had worked. Said they were having these all the time - just this morning had done a £1500 insurance job. I got my catloc for £70 including fitting - London Tyres Romford Road E12. Sad thing is I'm now thinking of selling my amazing car cos I don't want the parking anxiety.
  3. I wish I'd done more of my own servicing over the years. My first car was a Citroen Dyane - pretty tricky to work on - but I thought nothing of taking it half to pieces to change the points and condenser and apply waterproofing. But over the years I've become more wary of messing things up so have tended to leave it to the "experts." In future I'll be more proactive, with the help of Youtube, of course.
  4. Well that was an eye-opener. Just got back from having my car serviced. My new engineer services lots of different cars but has a good knowledge of the Prius as he has lots of customers in the private hire trade. He advised me to buy the service items from Toyota and he would fit them. The oil, filter and cabin filter I got from a dealer via ebay - all genuine Toyota. The spark plugs I collected from my local Toyota dealer. When I got back to collect my car he had saved the items he'd swopped out to show me - he was horrified. The cabin filter was black and choked with leaves and debris - I don't think it had ever been changed. The spark plugs were even worse; he said he had a real job getting them out because they too appeared to be the originals - 13 years old. He didn't mention the air filter so yipee they must have changed that somewhere along the line. My car has a FTSH. Every year I've paid between £150 and £200+ to get my car serviced and it turns out all they've done is change the oil and filter and check the traction battery. It crossed my mind to take it up with Toyota but I imagine they'd just turn it back on me and say it was my fault because I hadn't asked for the items to be changed (like I'm supposed to know) and that the prices were eye-wateringly high because they washed my car and gave me a not-so-free coffee. As for the MOT, it was carried out today by a different guy across the road. It always passed first time at Toyota but they couldn't resist pointing out that there was a small area of rust on the exhaust, that the tyres were 50% worn, that the brake discs were slightly pitted or the rubber on the rear wiper was slightly perished. Today the guy just handed me back the key and said yeah it had passed and what a solid motor it was. I love my Prius - it is the most amazing car - but looking back there was nothing in any of those overpriced yearly routine services I couldn't have done myself - better in fact as far as the cabin fllter is concerned - and for far less money. And what did the guy who serviced it today charge me? I nearly fell over when he told me - it was very small change compared to Toyota - and then he said would that be okay?! I gave him a ten quid tip and had to force him to take it. I have friend who owns a six year old Yaris hybrid. I'm going to suggest that as a matter of urgency she contacts Toyota to find out exactly what they're been doing to it on its yearly visits. Then she can take it down to my bloke and he can catch up on all the things they've missed out.
  5. Some background. The car's been fantastic last 10 years I've had it but I know it can't go on like that forever. When the worst does happen I don't want to pay Mr T prices to have it fixed - plus I've had enough of their £150 oil changes. So I thought I'd found someone that I could develop a relationship with BUT.....a few weeks ago the alarm started going off randomly. Then I left it at East Midlands airport for a week. Came back - started - all good. But after the 50 mile drive home the alarm just kept going off continually and in the end had to leave it unlocked overnight. The 12v battery is 7 years old and all of the forum advice pointed to it as a likely cause. So I phoned this independent guy and asked about replacing the 12v. He said he didn't see how the 12v could be responsible and to bring it in for tests. I was dubious and as the 12v was due for a change anyway I got Mr T to fit a new one. Touch wood problem seems to have gone away. So I've sacked him off. Good news is I've found someone else. He's doing a service for me next week - will report back when it's done for the benefit of anyone who's interested.
  6. Love my 2007 Prius but keen to form a relationship with an independent - and cheaper - technician. Anyone know of anyone?
  7. Having been a bit let down by our local dealer sorting out a problem with my wife's Aygo, I'm now in the market for an independent in the Birmingham area who can take care of my Gen 2. Any ideas anyone?
  8. How frustrating! It should just work. Try another stalk? M
  9. Hi Chris Glad to see that you're alive and well and still posting! I think you're wise not going to court - there's no way in a thousand years you'd win because if you did then everyone else who'd been busted for that junction would have to have their convictions quashed too. Plus I did jury service a couple of years ago and it's just not a nice place to be. Such a pity that they don't treat the cause and not the symptom - i.e. the dodgy lights. I'm sure there are plenty of other matters the people of Nantwich would like the police to attend to instead of that junction. I am genuinely praying that your car can be saved!
  10. Well I think I'm sorted! I phoned the Warranty people this morning and got put through to the Toyota department. The guy I spoke to knew exactly what I was taking about from the get-go. He confirmed all of the hybrid bits are covered and, without prompting starting reeling off a list, "inverter, ECU's, yeah the lot." He said they'd be printed on the policy document - it was like a new car warranty. Given that my car is eight years old I think two years' cover at 71p a day (or something like that) is pretty good going. My only problem then was who to buy from; my local dealer who I've always used and through whom any warranty claims will go but who didn't really know what he was talking about or the really on the ball dealer 20 miles away. Well in the end it sorted itself out; the really on the ball dealer failed to phone me up today as she had promised to do (turns out they're all the same then) and so I felt well within my rights to go local. Arranged it over the phone - £516 for two years' cover. Payment is taken in 12 monthly payments in the first year. Can I sincerely thank all of you for all of your help in getting this sorted out - two or more heads really are better than one!
  11. Oh Chris that's the most terrible news - you love that car so much! Not to mention your wife, of course! You'd think the insurers would at least give you a rental until they decide one way or the other. And that the local council would sort out the death trap of a junction. Hopefully the car will prove to be repairable - soon - and that no one has any lasting physical injuries.
  12. Oh cheers Phil. I'll get on to them tomorrow. The gen 2 Prius does seem to be a reliable car but I've really been scaring myself over the weekend by researching things that can go wrong!
  13. Ooops - didn't mean to make the scan so big.
  14. Thanks Phil - seeing the T&C's in full was a great help. There is absolutely no mention whatsoever in there about any hybrid parts being excluded! So it really does sound like my local Toyota service guy doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. So I'll go ahead and buy. My only dilemma now is which branch to buy it from - I guess it's quite a big deal for them to sell one of these. Do I go with the local branch who, it appears, doesn't really know what he's talking about or the other branch 20 miles away who really seems on the ball! On the phone on Friday the local guy was so adamant the hybrid bits weren't covered INCLUDING the traction battery. Then on Saturday morning when I picked up the booklet (scan attached) his face kind of fell when he realised the battery (at least) definitely WAS covered! Thing is - if I ever have to make a claim it'll be him I'm negotiating with!
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