Car Thread II

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by Victor Mildew » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:02 am

BOR wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?

"Pfft!" according to one of the salesman yesterday at Volvo garage. They said the hybrids are waste of time. Stick to petrol or diesel.


Well there you go then. Abandon eco friendly cars, the guy from the Volvo garage who wants to shift his existing stock says PFFT.

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by Tomous » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:17 am

Dual wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?


I wouldn't buy one second hand incase anything happened with the battery.



We were looking at the Rav4 yesterday which Toyota put a 15 year warranty on the battery for

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by Tomous » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:17 am

BOR wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?

"Pfft!" according to one of the salesman yesterday at Volvo garage. They said the hybrids are waste of time. Stick to petrol or diesel.



That's funny, the Toyota salesman told us he wouldn't consider anything else :slol:

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by Dual » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:24 am

Tomous wrote:
Dual wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?


I wouldn't buy one second hand incase anything happened with the battery.



We were looking at the Rav4 yesterday which Toyota put a 15 year warranty on the battery for


That's good. Does the car need to be Toyota Approved with full Toyota service history? Is there a mileage cap?

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by Tomous » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:28 am

Dual wrote:
Tomous wrote:
Dual wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?


I wouldn't buy one second hand incase anything happened with the battery.



We were looking at the Rav4 yesterday which Toyota put a 15 year warranty on the battery for


That's good. Does the car need to be Toyota Approved with full Toyota service history? Is there a mileage cap?



I think it comes with 5 year/100,000 mile cover as standard which you can extend every year up to 15 years by having an annual Toyota Electric Service. Can't remember the exact details. To be honest the salesman was a bit of bullshitter on other things so I probably need to check the exact T&Cs :lol:

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by Lotus » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:32 am

I've been looking at Honda hybrids recently. Apparently it costs about £1000 to replace the battery if it ever needs it, so would think it'd be similar for Toyota. A hybrid makes more sense to me at the moment than a full electric.

I've read mixed reports on getting hybrids serviced and/or repaired though - it sounds like some normal garages can do it, but others can't or won't - so that might be something to factor in as well, or at least check with your regular garage if they work on hybrids.

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by Tomous » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:39 am

I think the Toyota can cost up to £3k.

But yeah, going to look into the situation with the servicing first I think

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by Poser » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:39 am

I was driven in a mild hybrid Merc last year. A C-220, I think. Something like a 1.5-ish engine, boosted to around 200hp by a self-charging motor.

It was great. Really responsive. I'd definitely go down that route if the charging infrastructure hasn't improved by the time I'm buying another car (hoping the Legacy will give me at least another three years.)

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by Red » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:53 am

We've decided to swap the little old automatic Honda Jazz we got a couple of months ago for a slightly newer Skoda Octavia because it's manual and that's better for me as I'm learning to drive. These are both cars that just float around the family based on who needs them since my Gran stopped driving and my parents got a new car. Will probably swap back to the Jazz when I've managed to get through the test.

Does anyone have any learning to drive tips because it is fairly terrifying. I shouldn't have left it until I was 35, I was far less aware of how precarious and precious life is when I was 17.

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by Somebody Else's Problem » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:55 am

Red wrote:We've decided to swap the little old automatic Honda Jazz we got a couple of months ago for a slightly newer Skoda Octavia because it's manual and that's better for me as I'm learning to drive. These are both cars that just float around the family based on who needs them since my Gran stopped driving and my parents got a new car. Will probably swap back to the Jazz when I've managed to get through the test.

Does anyone have any learning to drive tips because it is fairly terrifying. I shouldn't have left it until I was 35, I was far less aware of how precarious and precious life is when I was 17.


You're learning to drive in Newcastle? I avoid driving in Newcastle like the plague, and I've been driving for nearly 13 years.

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by BOR » Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:05 pm

Tomous wrote:
BOR wrote:
Tomous wrote:What's the general consensus on hybrids? Is it worth going down that route?

"Pfft!" according to one of the salesman yesterday at Volvo garage. They said the hybrids are waste of time. Stick to petrol or diesel.



That's funny, the Toyota salesman told us he wouldn't consider anything else :slol:

:lol:

I think it is still a bit too early for hybrid cars, but they are improving all the times and in five-ten years’ time it may be worth it to buy one. *shrugs*

Had a look around at Volvo garage yesterday and nothing was available that what I want. I am keen to get a V60 or an XC40 and still look at few other garages this weekend.

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by Zilnad » Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:41 pm

Just been told by the plumber, as he was leaving, that one of our cars was smelling strongly of petrol fumes. Just been outside and sniffed around. I definitely got a whiff of something but only for a moment. Got on my hands and knees and couldn't see or smell anything, smelled near the caps and couldn't smell anything. Got in my car and couldn't smell anything and it had a full tank.

I'll go out again in the morning and have another look around when I'm not hot and bothered but is there anything in particular I should be looking out for or checking? If there's a problem, I'll obviously just get insurance to deal with it but I honestly didn't see anything that would've alarmed me so I'm not convinced there's actually a problem.

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by rinks » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:26 pm

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by OnlyShallow » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:00 pm

Just spent £700 getting the A4 sorted :dread:

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by Dual » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:08 pm

OnlyShallow wrote:Just spent £700 getting the A4 sorted :dread:


:dread:

What was it for? I'm going to see an A4 on Saturday.

Which one have you got?

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by OnlyShallow » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:35 pm

Dual wrote:
OnlyShallow wrote:Just spent £700 getting the A4 sorted :dread:


:dread:

What was it for? I'm going to see an A4 on Saturday.

Which one have you got?

That was for front brake pads, rear pads and discs, wheel alignment, air con pressure sensor and a rocker arm. It is a 07 plate 2.0T Avant that is just 7 miles shy of doing 100,000.
I've had it remapped, so has about 220bhp. Fantastic car, I fully intend to drive it into the ground.

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by Dual » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:42 pm

OnlyShallow wrote:
Dual wrote:
OnlyShallow wrote:Just spent £700 getting the A4 sorted :dread:


:dread:

What was it for? I'm going to see an A4 on Saturday.

Which one have you got?

That was for front brake pads, rear pads and discs, wheel alignment, air con pressure sensor and a rocker arm. It is a 07 plate 2.0T Avant that is just 7 miles shy of doing 100,000.
I've had it remapped, so has about 220bhp. Fantastic car, I fully intend to drive it into the ground.


OK sounds like expected maintenance then for the age and mileage?

I'm seeing this one

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... obcid=soc3

Only thing putting me off is its 3 owners and mixed service history.

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by OnlyShallow » Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:55 pm

Dual wrote:
OnlyShallow wrote:
Dual wrote:
OnlyShallow wrote:Just spent £700 getting the A4 sorted :dread:


:dread:

What was it for? I'm going to see an A4 on Saturday.

Which one have you got?

That was for front brake pads, rear pads and discs, wheel alignment, air con pressure sensor and a rocker arm. It is a 07 plate 2.0T Avant that is just 7 miles shy of doing 100,000.
I've had it remapped, so has about 220bhp. Fantastic car, I fully intend to drive it into the ground.


OK sounds like expected maintenance then for the age and mileage?

I'm seeing this one

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... obcid=soc3

Only thing putting me off is its 3 owners and mixed service history.

Yeah, the only disaster I've had was a water pump failure. Other than that it has been bullet proof. Total Q car too. A4s are great. :wub:
That one you're looking at looks to be fully kitted, more or less. I'd be wary too of the number of owners, but generally they are rock solid.
As mentioned in the travel thread, I'm about to go on a 2500 mile road trip next week, fully loaded with camping gear, I'll still beat 90% of other cars in the toll booth drag races and I'm expecting to average about 40mpg. I know that the Audi will be the last thing I have to worry about.

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by Victor Mildew » Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:54 pm

My Mrs had an A4 as a company car when we first met, it was pretty basic interior wise but a great car to drive.

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by LewisD » Thu Aug 13, 2020 5:31 pm

Dual wrote:I'm seeing this one

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/ ... obcid=soc3

Only thing putting me off is its 3 owners and mixed service history.


Looks lovely that. Always like the profile of the bonnet on them.

Off-topic, but related to that advert, it really annoys me how car dealers write on autotrader.
All in one long sentence with a billion commas and all in upper case

LOL M8, GR8 CAR, FULL SERVICE HISTORY, ONE OWNER FROM NEW, DRIVES LIKE A DREAM, FULL MOT UNTIL NEXT WEEK, CHEAP TO TAX, GREAT FUEL ECONOMY, HANDLES GREAT, PULLS LIKE A TRAIN, CHEAP TO INSURE, ALLOYS IN GREAT NICK, LEATHER INTERIOR, DOGGING STAINS, REVERSE SENSORS, SAT NAV, CUSTARD CREAMS, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, LOADS OF BOOT SPACE, FIRST TO SEE WILL BUY, GREAT FINANCE AVAILABLE, EVEN IF UR A POVVO, CALL US TODAY!!


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