Robbo67

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    Corolla ZRE182R
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    2016
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    Queensland
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    20,001 to 25,000

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  1. Thought I would reply to my own original post as I have an update and thought anyone who is facing the same situation would be able to put their mind at ease. As the problem was doing my head in I decided to get the local Toyota dealer to assess the problem and booked an appointment with their senior technician. He is a guy specifically employed to troubleshoot any concerns owners may have with their vehicles. Before I went in I was apprehensive as in my experience often dealers will tell you there is nothing wrong and it's all in your head! Anyway I brought the car in and thankfully straight away the technician agreed that there was a vibration. He didn't think it was CVT related though and thought it was more to do with tyres. So I got the car serviced at the same time and when I picked it up he said the wheels were out of balance and that they balanced and rotated them and everything would be fine. Well as soon as I drove out of the dealership it was still exactly the same. So today I went back and confronted the tech (nicely) without an appointment and said that the problem is still there. He said I would need to book it in again for an inspection but after a brief conversation I said the problem is still doing my head but I conceded that maybe the issue was just normal and a quirk with the design of the CVT and asked if I could take a new demo Corolla to see if I can replicate the problem in that. If it is then I'll try and live with it and accept that it is normal. So I took the demo Corolla for a drive and it was exactly the same. At low revs from 40-60kmh when the rpm drops from 2000 to around 1000-1300rpm there is a distinct vibration, rumble, drone sound and feel. So with that in mind I said I was happy that my car is not faulty and that it is just the way the CVT is in the Corolla. I drove mine home but still annoyed I decided to switch over to "Sport" mode instead of the normal "Eco" mode. Amazingly I do not get the vibration in sport mode. I've noticed that in sport mode it seems to keep the revs up in a much higher range. At 60kmh in sport mode it hovers around 1800-1900rpm and no vibration. When I flick the switch back to Eco or normal mode the revs immediately drop to around 1000-1300rpm and the rumble reappears. So the sport mode basically cranks up the RPMs higher for slightly more power. The noise only happens while in normal eco mode - never in Sport. So in my opinion the CVT is "underloading the engine" which causes the vibration at low speeds; basically the CVT's computer is trying to match a good rpm ratio for my low speeds and it sometimes can't match it. So it's not a problem and my engine/transmission is perfectly fine. So in conclusion I am happy to switch it to sport mode so that the annoying drone/rumble/vibration is not present. I think around town I'll keep it in sport mode and highway driving switch to normal. Happy to compromise a little on what will probably be a little bit higher fuel consumption but other than trading it in for a manual or conventional auto and losing money I'm happy enough now to continue around town in sport mode. :)
  2. Hi I have a 2016 ZRE182R Corolla Hatch CVT Auto. I have an issue that is doing my head in but not sure if it is just me or if it is normal. Firstly I've never had a CVT auto before so I realise they are a different to a normal auto. Secondly I'm a bit of a conservative driver so I don't drive it like I stole it. The problem is that I've noticed there is a distinct vibration which seems to be from the front of the car. It seems to occur mostly when the rpm's are in the low range of between 1000-1300 rpm. It is not overly bad it is more like a drone noise sort of like the sound of deep base tone that you get from your stereo (if that makes sense?). In fact as I usually have my car stereo on I thought the noise was coming from my speakers at first but it's not. If I tap on the accelerator pedal to give it a few more rpms it goes away but as soon as the revs lower to around 1000 or just above the droning/vibration continues. Even at around 100km/h at just over 2000 rpm I can hear it. The car has 18,000km on the clock. Now that I am noticing it more it is becoming more annoying and I've even considered trading it in for a manual. Although the good points I have noted with the car is I'm getting 5.8L per 100km which is outstanding. Anyway not having owned a CVT before I am wondering if this is normal or could it even be another problem not related to the CVT? If it is not normal of course I would be worried that it might develop in to something major and costly down the track and would rather get it sorted sooner rather than later. Thanks in advance guys and girls :)
  3. Debo, no worries mate, glad my fix worked for you :) All the best.
  4. OK, I just figured out how to get it working! There is no problem with the phone nor the Toyota bluetooth stereo. In most cases when you are pairing the phone to the Toyota unit you select the option "Phone" in the Toyota stereo setup. In my case with the Nokia 2330 this didn't work. Then by sheer fluke/luck I noticed there was the option "Phone/Audio" in the Toyota stereo setup as well. I chose this to see how it would go and Voila it worked!!! Yay for me! Hope this helps anyone else who comes across bluetooth connectivity issues with their phones. Thanks anyway guys :)
  5. Hi, I have a current model Yaris with bluetooth connectivity in the stereo. I have just replaced my old Nokia 6500C which connected with Bluetooth no problem. My new phone, a new Nokia 2330 phone has bluetooth but for some reason it won't connect, no matter what I try. Don't know if it's just me, something wrong with the phone or something wrong with the Toyota unit? Is it possible that this phone is not even compatible even though it has bluetooth? I downloaded the specs from the Nokia website and the 2330 phone has Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and the Bluetooth profiles are BIP, DUN, FTP, GAP, GAVDP, GOEP, HFP, HSP, OPP, SAP, SDAP (whatever all that means!). Thanks in advance, just hoping there is someone who has come across this before or anyone a bit techy who can point me in the right direction :) Cheers Rob
  6. SuperDave, Thanks for your message. Toyota didn't give me a sheet of the corrections they did. I took the car to Bob Jane here at Browns Plains, QLD and I asked them to check the alignment for me and if it was out to re-do the alignment but if it was ok I was happy to pay for their time and accept that it was just me. They checked the alignment and said all the readings were within spec so the alignment that Toyota did was ok. I got a print out of the readings so it looks like it was just my paranoia and they only charged me $25 for their time. The tramlining was a tyre issue so they also recommended that I put 36psi in the front and 34psi in the rear tyres and I would notice a difference. Funny thing is even though they said the original alignment was ok maybe Bob Jane did do an alignment as it seemed better to drive and the wheel was centered properly this time. I also adjusted the tyre pressures as recommended and it definitely feels a lot better and more stable to drive. I can now say I'm pretty happy with my Yaris now that I know there is nothing really wrong with it. I also took my two year old "Rolla" in for an alignment and changed the pressures too and it also feels a lot better to drive. Thanks everyone for your help :)
  7. Thanks Kenneth for your reply, very helpful. I'll change the tyre pressures tomorrow to what you recommend but I've also got it booked in for a wheel alignment at a Tyre place on Tuesday. The Toyota dealer didn't give me any alignment values from the wheel alignment they did. I wonder whether they keep them on record? Toyota should have gave you a sheet of the correction they did. I suspect they didn't do the wheel alignment. But to be honest, i would take it to a tyre specialist. I know it will cost you for the wheel alignment, but im sure they will give you a decent wheel alignment and a print out. Hey Lunjiaow thanks for your message. Toyota didn't give me a sheet of the corrections they did. I took the car to Bob Jane here at Browns Plains, QLD and I asked them to check the alignment for me and if it was out to re-do the alignment but if it was ok I was happy to pay for their time and accept that it was just me. They checked the alignment and Bob Jane said all the readings were within spec so the alignment that Toyota did was ok. I got a print out of the readings so it looks like it was just my paranoia and they only charged me $25 for their time. The tramlining was a tyre issue so they also recommended that I put 36psi in the front and 34psi in the rear tyres and I would notice a difference. Funny thing is even though they said the alignment was ok I kinda felt that maybe Bob Jane did adjust the alignment as it seemed better to drive and the wheel was centered properly afterwards. I also adjusted the tyre pressures as recommended and it definitely feels a lot better and more stable to drive. I can now say I'm pretty happy with my Yaris now that I know there is nothing really wrong with it. I also took my two year old "Rolla" in for an alignment and changed the pressures too and it also feels a lot better to drive. Thanks everyone for your help :)
  8. Thanks Kenneth for your reply, very helpful. I'll change the tyre pressures tomorrow to what you recommend but I've also got it booked in for a wheel alignment at a Tyre place on Tuesday. The Toyota dealer didn't give me any alignment values from the wheel alignment they did. I wonder whether they keep them on record?
  9. Hi Everyone, Firstly I did post this question in the Yaris area but then I found this section so hope this is ok to post here? I'm probably going to sound like a real knob or just a paranoid toyota owner maybe but the steering & handling on my new Yaris is really doing my head in and I really want to check with other Yaris owners is it the car or is it me :) Firstly we have a 2 year old Corolla which we love and still have. Our other car that I mainly use for work was on it's last legs so I thought I'd spoil myself and get myself a new car. I nearly bought a Getz but there was a promotion going for the 5 door Yaris so I thought for the extra 2 grand & the fixed price servicing & Toyota reputation for reliability I'd buy the Yaris. Anyway first 1000km no dramas at all. Love the car. Then it went in for it's 1,000km complimentary service at our local toyota dealer (not the dealer where I first bought it though). When I picked up the car they said they completed a general check over & mentioned they adjusted the rear brakes. Straight away I noticed that the steering wheel was not 100% straight when driving on a flat straight road and off centre. When making a turn the steering wheel didn't return to a straight centre position. The car also liked to drift/veer/wander to the left and I needed to make constant minor steering corrections to keep vehicle moving in a straight line. Also the car tended to want to follow all the ruts & contours in the road, which I believe is called tramlining? I took the Yaris straight back the next day to the local dealer who did the 1,000 km service and left it with them for the day. They said they road tested it & that there was nothing wrong. They mentioned the steering could have felt different and more noticeable because they would have let the tyre pressure down at the 1000km service. According to the service manager Toyota pump the tyres up pretty high for the trip from Japan to Australia. The next day I checked the cold tyre pressures and they were pretty low 28psi so I pumped them back up to 32psi as recommended by the service manual. That helped slightly but the steering/handling still didn't feel right. I took it back to the Toyota dealer where I bought the car and their senior road tester said steering wheel was definitely off centre and they put it in for an alignment. No charge of course !! This helped a bit but it still doesn't feel quite right. I once again checked the cold tyre pressures and this time they were all pumped up to 40psi. I couldn't believe it. Whilst it seems like they must have completed the alignment the steering wheel is still a notch off centre and it still likes to drift to the left and tramline. Should I be worried there is something else wrong? The tyres are Dunlop SP10's, my Yaris is 6 weeks old. My corolla doesn't steer/handle like this although I guess the coralla is a much bigger car. So what I would really like to know from Yaris owners is am I paranoid and just a little overly fussy? Is this just a characteristic of how the Yaris is and something I just need to get used to? Could it be the tyres don't really suit the car? Would buying new tyres and alloy wheels be worth it? Even though Toyota supposedly did an alignment on it would it be worth me taking it to a wheel alignment specialist and have them check the alignment on it and do it again if necessary? Is it a 2 or 4 wheel alignment? Sorry for all the questions but thanks heaps in advance everyone :)
  10. Hi Everyone, I'm probably going to sound like a real knob or just a paranoid toyota owner maybe but the steering & handling on my new Yaris is really doing my head in and I really want to check with other Yaris owners is it the car or is it me :) Firstly we have a 2 year old Corolla which we love and still have. Our other car that I mainly use for work was on it's last legs so I thought I'd spoil myself and get myself a new car. I nearly bought a Getz but there was a promotion going for the 5 door Yaris so I thought for the extra 2 grand & the fixed price servicing & Toyota reputation for reliability I'd buy the Yaris. Anyway first 1000km no dramas at all. Love the car. Then it went in for it's 1,000km complimentary service at our local toyota dealer (not the dealer where I first bought it though). When I picked up the car they said they completed a general check over & mentioned they adjusted the rear brakes. Straight away I noticed that the steering wheel was not 100% straight when driving on a flat straight road and off centre. When making a turn the steering wheel didn't return to a straight centre position. The car also liked to drift/veer/wander to the left and I needed to make constant minor steering corrections to keep vehicle moving in a straight line. Also the car tended to want to follow all the ruts & contours in the road, which I believe is called tramlining? I took the Yaris straight back the next day to the local dealer who did the 1,000 km service and left it with them for the day. They said they road tested it & that there was nothing wrong. They mentioned the steering could have felt different and more noticeable because they would have let the tyre pressure down at the 1000km service. According to the service manager Toyota pump the tyres up pretty high for the trip from Japan to Australia. The next day I checked the cold tyre pressures and they were pretty low 28psi so I pumped them back up to 32psi as recommended by the service manual. That helped slightly but the steering/handling still didn't feel right. I took it back to the Toyota dealer where I bought the car and their senior road tester said steering wheel was definitely off centre and they put it in for an alignment. No charge of course !! This helped a bit but it still doesn't feel quite right. I once again checked the cold tyre pressures and this time they were all pumped up to 40psi. I couldn't believe it. Whilst it seems like they must have completed the alignment the steering wheel is still a notch off centre and it still likes to drift to the left and tramline. Should I be worried there is something else wrong? The tyres are Dunlop SP10's, my Yaris is 6 weeks old. My corolla doesn't steer/handle like this although I guess the coralla is a much bigger car. So what I would really like to know from Yaris owners is am I paranoid and just a little overly fussy? Is this just a characteristic of how the Yaris is and something I just need to get used to? Could it be the tyres don't really suit the car? Would buying new tyres and alloy wheels be worth it? Even though Toyota supposedly did an alignment on it would it be worth me taking it to a wheel alignment specialist and have them check the alignment on it and do it again if necessary? Is it a 2 or 4 wheel alignment? Sorry for all the questions but thanks heaps in advance everyone :)
  11. You should report it to your insurance company but don't make a claim. Instead, it is the other guy who is responsible to pay for the damages. I assume you got his details, address, phone number and driver's license number? Go and get a couple of quotes and then get the guy who doored you to pay for the damages. If he refuses then claim on your insurance and provide the other guys details to them. You won't have to pay an excess and it won't affect your rating as you are not at fault. In summary as long as you got that guys details you will be ok. Cheers :)
  12. With my new Rolla I park all the way down the back of the furthest car park in the shopping centres where the staff normally park and there are not too many cars parked and try and get a park at the end somewhere next to a gutter or trolley bay so that only one car can park next to me. The downside is it is a long way to walk but at least I'm getting some exercise. I guess I will keep doing this until the novelty of having a new car wears off or I get a dint... lol BTW. Has anyone ever caught anyone opening their door on to your car, and what did you do about it. It's funny how careful people can be opening their doors when you are actually sitting in the car watching them...
  13. If you search Google in your area for "Paintless Dent Removal" you should find someone local. I got mine done (not my Toyota as touch wood no dents yet) about $100 bucks from memory and if you have a couple of dents they can do those also for a little extra. Cheers Rob