Category Archive: Hybrid Vehicles

Nov 28 2013

Incoming Gadget – Toyota Prius C

Well, this isn’t exactly my gadget but I am going to make the best of it anyway 🙂 My wife is getting a new car to replace her Ford Festiva and given that we’ve had a good run with the Toyota Prius we thought we would go for the compact Prius C as the backup …

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Mar 02 2013

A Single Beep When Opening the Driver’s Door on a Prius

Not to be confused with a single beep when turning off a Prius, you might also encounter a single beep when opening the driver’s door on a third generation Prius (either to get in or get out of the car). For several days and pouring through the owner’s manual I’ve been trying to work out …

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Dec 26 2012

Going Long Distance in a Third Generation Prius

This year, I drove down to Melbourne to see the folks for Christmas and it was the first time making this trip in our new 2012 Prius (third generation). I’ve been working out how to improve the fuel economy from its initial achievements of around 5.2L/100km through various means such as adjusting tyre pressure but …

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Oct 24 2012

Using Hill Start Assist Control in a Prius

Here’s a quick tip if you’re a Prius owner and you’ve been overwhelmed by the six hundred page manual (and that’s before you read the separate GPS manual). The third generation Prius has a very handy feature that will prevent the car from rolling back when you release the brake with the car facing uphill. …

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Jul 27 2012

Incoming Gadget – 2012 Toyota Prius

This is by far the largest and most expensive gadget (if you can call it a gadget) I’ve been able to get my hands on and I’m quite excited to be sharing my experience with it on the blog with everyone. For those that don’t know, I already drive a 2008 Toyota Prius i-Tech but …

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Mar 10 2011

Disable Keyless Entry Before Going on Holiday

Most cars still utilise traditional turn key locks in rider to restrict access and usage but a growing number of vehicles employ the use of keyless entry mechanisms such as the Toyota Prius and certain Lexus and BMW vehicles amongst others. Such systems usually include push button locking and the ability to start the vehicle …

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Jan 29 2011

Boydo’s Tech Talk – The First Year

Perhaps hard to believe but the blog has been up and running for a full year and many things have happened over the course of the last twelve months. At times, it has been a bit of a challenge to do a daily entry particularly with the demands of full time work as well as …

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Jun 21 2010

Keys are a Nuisance – Smart Entry FTW!

Prius Smart Key

On the weekend, the missus and I were on the Gold Coast briefly and required a rental car to get us around. We ended up with a Toyota Camry (sadly not the hybrid model) which isn’t a bad car. Whilst not difficult to drive, I did find myself falling into the regular habits of driving …

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Feb 11 2010

My Take on the Toyota Prius Brake Recall

Before I get started, I’ll preface this entry with the fact that I own a 2008 Toyota Prius (second generation) which is not affected by the current recall of the third generation Prius. It seems to me that the media has sensationalised what is effectively a nuance in the way a Toyota hybrid vehicle brakes. …

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