Vince Donald

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  1. My wife had a similar issue when she recently got a Toyota Yaris. On your phone, go to Bluetooth settings and look for your cars connection entry, theres a "Gear" symbol next to it, tap that. Now you should see a list of what options are available ie Phone Calls, Media Audio etc You need to enable Contact Sharing, some devices may then get you to re-pair as they have enabled a different connection protocol which wasn't standard. Vince
  2. Hopefully your fears about CVT boxes have diminished somewhat. The video posted by Herbie showing how the Prius gearbox works simply shows how it all works. Yes the engine will rev if you "floor it", but in every day use, the revs lift a bit then fall back, I even had the engine revs drop whilst accelerating very hard up a very steep hill to overtake a group of cyclists, it does feel most odd, you need to remember that the electric motor speed is tied to the road speed, all the revs from the engine are doing is adding to the electric motor as you are asking for a lot of acceleration. When cruising along a motorway you will often see that your petrol engine may only be doing 1200rpm, the system varies the speed to optimise the efficiency depending on the current conditions, i.e up/down hill etc. If you have a relaxed style of driving, you will find it even more relaxing with an eCVT. Vince
  3. You'll know when you find it, I had mine over a year before it was described to me, explains why sometimes acceleration can be better than other time when setting off, you have to "bury" the throttle :-) Vince
  4. Automatics or manual, most cars will move with the handbrake on which is why most have a warning beeper to tell you. The footbrake is just the same as a handbrake in other cars, to put it on hard you need to press it down hard just like you would pull a handbrake up hard. As someone else has alreay pointed out, when in "Park", the gearbox will lock anyway. Vince
  5. I remember seeing Bob's review of the GS450 and he was raving about how quick the acceleration was. I think his review is quite fair overall, I follow him on YouTube, his reviews are a breath of fresh air. Vince
  6. Wow,can only assume a jealous response there. I used to do a commute of about 84km each way in my 230BHP Saab, smooth relaxed drive. Vince
  7. IIRC the Lexus one is something ridiculous like £40, I got one off Ebay for something like £3. It's not perfect as its a little narrow at the top but I put some foam on it to stop it moving, but hey it was £3 Vince
  8. No, my brother got rid of his after it started costing him big time, think the worst was the steering rack, cost £1200. He now drives a Hyundai and he says its actually a much better car. I know someone else who had a Freelander and it randomly started lowering one of the rear windows about 5cm - he had to be very careful when leaving the car as it sometimes did it when the doors were locking. Vince
  9. Tell them that if their forums are quiet, its because many ex Saab drivers are now driving Lexus and so they can be found over here Vince
  10. Had something like this on my Honda CRV, got progressively worse, was looked at several times, in the end it had to be sorted as it became a violent shaking, front drive shafts was the cause, the rear was discounted by temporarily removing the prop shaft. Vince
  11. Yeah, this all harks back to the 80s, plenty of cars were getting stolen , you didn't even need to smash a window, I think Ford Escorts were a big target, but I do remember Vauxhall Astra's were as a mate of mine had 2 Astra GTEs, the 2nd replace the 1st after it was stolen, after the 2nd one was stolen he switched to something else. We actually broke into his car whilst he was sat in it, you only needed a piece of that plastic parcel banding with a notch cut into it. You fed it down the side of the window from the outside, fished about and you could pull up the lock mechanism the same as if you were in the car and pulled up the lock at the top of the door as most of them were back then, nowadays its usually on the same position as the internal door handle. We tried this when it was reported that Astras were easy to get into, turns out they were. This is why may people had Crooklocks on their steering wheels etc. Nowadays, most cars have deadlocks, the 1st lock actually locks the door, the 2nd disconnects the mechanism form the actual lock which is shrouded in metal to prevent tampering. Many cars also have immobilisers so you can't 'hot-wire' them by simply shorting the starter motor wires. Vince
  12. Yeah, I saw that one, knew about the issue already, applying the fix is reasonable, its expensive if its already gone as that needs welding and its not an easy place to get into which is what pushes these into becoming write-offs, cos these cars are getting pretty cheap to buy like the one rich1068 got,.though it certainly doesn't look cheap. Vince
  13. My experiences are along the same line as darrude, only occasionally have I felt anything other than a smooth ride. In a conventional car, the CC would vary the engine speed to maintain road speed, in a hybrid the system would probably leave the ICE at a constant speed whilst varying the electric side of things to "trim" the speed, in my experience this is done quite well. You can set the car so the rev counter is on in All modes, I did this for a while, interesting to watch the ICE switch off as you waft along the road. Vince
  14. Did over 1000 miles with the Engine Light on in my 9-5 Aero, occasionally message appeared on the info screen too, so I knew it was down to the battery, still expect some codes to show up is this is the case. I say this as you have had the light go out as well, which happened on mine too. There were several versions of the oil breather setup too, check those are okay and clear. I remember that if the oil level was getting towards the low end of ok, I could get the oil light to flash on going round the Raleigh Island in Nottingham, but you had to be driving briskly, the Aero used a little oil, needing a topup of about 1 pint between 12k services which for me was about every 18 - 20 weeks. Hope you get the little niggles sorted as that is a beauty of a car. Vince
  15. Regarding the heaters, if it doesn't blow warm air, but it does cool, then the suggestion of flushing the cooling system may work, on my 9-5 Aero, I had a situation where the heating was working, but in stop start traffic if stopped, all sorted itself out after I had the thermostat done when it failed. Tidy car, nice colour, it was this colour which brought me back to Saab when I got my 2nd one. Enjoy. Vince