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Carltona123

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    Martin
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  • Toyota Model
    Prius
  • Toyota Year
    2007
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    West Midlands

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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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 s
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