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  1. Hi I have removed any company references. Apologies for copying over from FB without removing last line. Richard
  2. My apologies, quite a few people are still blissfully unaware though - if my post saves someone a nasty shock then I am happy 😃
  3. It’s not actually, I posted it in order that people who may be concerned can quickly check via the link. The more people that meet it the better petrol/hybrid, petrol, diesel, lpg etc etc etc.
  4. Values of older Hybrid Vehicles are now set to soar as the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge is introduced in London! The new charge is now in effect & comes on top of the existing Congestion Charge so it will cost £11-50p Congestion Charge plus £12-50p ULEZ charge making £24-00p!! just to take a non compliant vehicle into central London!! The yearly charge based on a 5 day working week with 4 weeks holiday already deducted is a whopping £5,760!!!! The new ULEZ zone is expanding by 2021 to include a massive area encompassing the North & South Circular Roads. Birmingham, Derby & Newcastle are also set to introduce similar charges. The good news is the most popular older Hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic IMA, Lexus GS450h ( yes even this superb luxury 3.5L cruiser ) are already Ultra Low Emission Vehicles ( ULEV's) so the owners of these vehicles are smiling all the way to the Bank now!! If you would like to check if you will have to pay the new ULEZ charge, enter your registration number into the tfl website via this link:- https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/check-your-vehicle-35896 Suddenly renewing the Hybrid Battery in your old car makes perfect sense.
  5. Don’t think my Mrs F would be too keen either!! Women!
  6. I saw this in my local garage - it's a novel use of an IS200 block isn't it! Put together by a young apprentice at the time. Nice chaps too at Sywell Garage - Enjoy!
  7. The Dr Prius obd device is quite good, although not as good as tech-stream, also you have to really know how to interpret the data.
  8. My GS450h SE is just lovely, on hindsight though, i would probably would have preferred the SEL model as the Radar Cruise on those is superb - technology that was far ahead of its time at the time! Reliability I don't think you can knock it really. All the points raised above are reasonably common but should not put you off, shame you didn't ask a while back as i knew a chap who was downsizing as his wife didn't like driving larger cars - I did the works on his hybrid battery & she was in beautiful shape. I have a nice silver one in at the moment from the Isle of Wight which, at 12 years old, will soon be running & looking like new again. All the best Richard
  9. Super helpful and very responsive service. I had hybrid system light come on. Contacted Richard from Hybrid Battery Solutions, he was more then happy to advise me and pinpointed the problem same night. I would say he is hybrid system guru, you can trust him 100%, no point paying main dealer three times more for new battery or diagnostics. Highly recommended, will defiantly use it in the future.




  10. Sorry Ive been very busy, no nothing in Ireland all of them removed them & sent them to me, I have a contact who does the Ireland Uk Europe run every week who is very reasonable would you like his details?? Richard
  11. I have done 3 from various parts of Ireland- not being funny but I really would not trust “on the quick” repairers - it takes a good 7 to 10 days to do properly anything less will be at best a very temporary repair (obviously I am biased so please ask around for yourself)
  12. I’m afraid voltage is not a good indicator of battery condition what you need to know is capacity which is volts x amps (power) x time - that should point you in the right direction Richard
  13. Should be fine for now - its not the end of the world if it does go wrong. Obviously I repair / recon batteries so cant advertise my price but others on here may tell you, other things to check include, if there is a buzzing or whering noise when at a stop & engine off - Auxiliary transmission oil cooling pump (home repair of this is possible at home too for @ £60 ish) Shock absorbers leaking they are £350 ish each, Contrary to Lexus information aftermarket 12v Auxilliary batteries can be fitted @ £70 - £150 rather than OE ones at over £400. Obviously I am biased - I own one & love it! Tax is high for a hybrid due i think to its CO emmisions but still affordable, last time i got it was I think £250ish but check that. I think 99% of all problems can be rectified with information from our forum so I wouldn't hesitate if all else is good Mr Acre !
  14. I have just finished & refitted an HV battery pack which also refuses to drop out of the green & spends noticeably more time in electric only yippee must redo my own sometime when its quiet. Your exhaust is just great John - that blooming Y piece is a regular thing I see blowing on otherwise perfect cars. Superb work John Richard