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Vince Donald

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  1. Sport Mode Gauge

    Not got a CT200h but an IS300h, on my car there is an option to have the rev counter on all the time or never at all, is there something similar on the CT200h? I read it in the manual, switched my car to show the rev counter all the time, switched it back after a couple of days because on my commute the engine is forever being shut down i.e revs = zero and it was more of a distraction than the economy / charge gauge. Vince
  2. Soft helicopter sound at stationary

    I've got an IS300h, when stopped like you say, you have a continuous fan which is the ventilation fan blowing the air into your cabin. You may keep hearing another fan stop and start every few seconds or so, this appears to be the AC 'chiller' unit which would normally run off the ICE but on the hybrid is electrical. If you press the AC button to turn it off, you will find that the second sound stops. Vince
  3. The number is really a reference to the battery size. A CR2450 is 24(.5)mm diameter, and 5.0mm height, its the same for all these button cell type batteries. Vince
  4. Wobbles at speed - ball joints?

    I had an issue on my previous car, a Honda CR-V, it started mildy but over time got worse, it took quite a while to track down. Basically it started to vibrate around 35-40mph and by 55mph it disappeared. By the time it was fully diagnosed, it was quite a violent shudder, both my local garage and Honda were baffled, needed both front drive shafts replacing. Vince
  5. This video demonstrates how the e=cvt box works. There is a series of videos, but this is the best one to show it in all its glory. Apparently all the Toyota transaxles are basically the same idea. In the series he explains the difference between each one, this particular one is from the Prius so I'd expect the same one in the CT200h, Vince Don't know why but the video always starts towards the end, just go back to the beginning.
  6. I agree about the CVT, don't let the idea put you off, its not a true CVT, as gareth1902 says, its an e-cvt box, it doesn't use belts and pulleys. I've seen a series of videos which explains how they work, which is basically through a set of planetary gears and a second electric motor. Basically the car is an electric car with petrol backup, the computer decides which engine will do what and control them to give you what you are asking of them by your throttle usage. In Sport mode, the petrol engine is used quite a lot, but in Normal and Eco modes, the petrol engine goes completely off a lot when around town, but will it runs at motorway speeds, albeit at quite a low rpm. You can set you dash to have a rev counter on in all modes to see this happening as you don't really hear it stop and start in normal mode, it is a bit weird but it works so smoothly. I now know why people look at the car when you set off in car parks, if the petrol engine is on, which it does when its cold so as to warm the engine up, as you drive off, the petrol engine most likely doesn't change rpm and thus you appear to accelerate with an engine running at tick-over.. Now I've driven automatics before, but the e-cvt system is so smooth, its on another level, go and try one. Vince
  7. 6 Speed Auto Modes (D4, D5 etc)

    Yeah, but by using the paddles, you will see that the car goes into regen too. I did see somewhere, it may even have been on this forum that once the battery is full and can't take any more, the car will spin the engine to have actual engine braking, but that would be a pretty big hill, maybe something like the Applecross road in Scotland, but I'm pretty sure I'd be using my brakes on that one. Vince
  8. 6 Speed Auto Modes (D4, D5 etc)

    It is useful, a few weeks back I took my son into the peak district for his Duke Of Edinburgh walk. As I was descending into Hathersage, it is quite a steep hill, and its 30mph, so I 'dropped it down' a couple of gears, as one wasn't enough and it held it at 30mph all the way down. I may get to try this again soon as a visit to Scotland is on the horizon. Vince
  9. New Is300H - Frustrated By Dab Radio

    Yeah, I think I'd agree with that too. Vince
  10. Braking sound

    I'd say groaning brakes are common on Automatics in general, I find my IS300h to be quite similar to my Saab 9-5 Aero in respect to slight groaning of the brakes, but maybe its my driving style where I've always been light on the brakes as I always try to ease off the gas rather than brake aggressively, this resulted in reasonable mpg from the big Saab,. Vince
  11. navigation not reading all music from usb

    Running a 32Gb memory stick here, it is pretty full, takes a wee while to scan it. There are several reasons for not seeing all the tracks, the first one is the number of folders, I believe there is a 256 limit on folders/files in the root directory. I have mine with folders for artist and sub-folders for each album. Vince
  12. Yeah, my teenage son decided he wanted to stay in our car (IS300h) when we were at the supermarket a few weeks ago. When we got back, he said that the car makes all sorts of weird noises after it was switched off :-) I've heard a few myself too. Vince
  13. Advice Needed!

    Don't go for a car if you think it has issues with the chain. My wife had a Nissan Micra which had a new chain at 40k ish miles before she bought it but the problem came back. It caused so much problems that the car was eventually scrapped as it needed doing again at £1k+. She went back to a Ford (Fiesta) which has had some issues but nothing as bad as the engine not working. She now has now been considering a new car and I suggest a Nissan Leaf, but her view on Nissan is now tarnished. Vince
  14. Lexus Nx True Mpg

    I follow someone on YouTube who runs a Tesla, he has pointed out several times that the energy consumed on a journey is significantly affected simply by the fact that the roads are wet. Over the past few days it has been wet and my average mpg has dipped, apart from wet roads I have used the heated rear screen and mirrors and notice that when they are turned off the average goes up a little. I think there there are many factors that all add up to give better mpg in summer over winter, I noticed in my previous car, a diesel Honda CRV, but I used to just put the drop in mpg down to the fact that winter diesel isn't as good as summer diesel, they change the blend to prevent waxing in cold temperatures, maybe all cars are affected. Vince
  15. New IS300H owner in West Yorkshire

    I collected mine from Derby (to Doncaster) so not as far as you, but they had the colour I wanted, doesn't seem to be a lot of Mesa Red ones around here. Had mine since February, nice relaxing car to drive, but Sport mode wakes it up. Enjoy, Vince