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  2. Shad

    New owner, Subaru BRZ in blue

    Hi everyone I'm the proud new owner of a 2015 Subaru BRZ in blue with just under 25k miles, as of 2 weeks ago today. So a little about me - I was daily'ing a Volvo V40 until being furloughed at the end of March, and with the Volvo not seeing much use and the risk of losing my job, I exited the finance agreement and replaced it with a 2001 Mazda MX-5. The Mazda is great and a fun project (it needed a fair amount of servicing and fixing up), but even I will admit now it's just not practical enough and was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase (test driving a convertible on a sunny summer's day, who wouldn't have bought it?!). I'll be finishing off some jobs on that car soon, ready to sell in the spring. Then browsing the classifieds one evening, as you do, I chanced upon a GT86 and realised it could be exactly what I need - practical enough in terms of boot space, decent creature comforts, and a fairly entertaining drive. I remembered sitting in one at Goodwood in 2013 and the "just right" feeling. When I came across this BRZ for sale it seemed ideal, although was less so when I viewed it in person (not exactly the full service history as advertised). So here I am, two weeks later, absolutely loving the thing. The very first job I did was replace the original tyres (which were all cracking on the sidewalls quite badly) with some new Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2s. Then last weekend I changed the engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, diff oil, brake fluid, clutch fluid, pollen filter, air filter, and added injector cleaner. Unfortunately the car had not been serviced since August 2018 and was about 6k miles overdue - not ideal, but not terrible either. The car is now running brilliantly - smooth and quiet, excellent MPG (an indicated 41 just on the way home from picking it up), and lovely balanced handling. In fact I'm having to give it a bit more respect than I originally thought. My weekend toy is a Caterham 7 which obviously wipes the floor with the BRZ, and just about anything else. But the BRZ has about 15hp more, and much less grip, and surprise surprise likes to move around a bit! I'm not convinced I understand what the traction control/stability control is trying to achieve half the time but I'll get a better idea after a track day in the spring hopefully. My only gripes with the car so far are the clutch feel and lack thereof, the slow response of the throttle pedal, and a slightly long brake pedal. The clutch I will have a play with the bite point position, and may also change the pedal spring and possibly the slave cylinder too. The throttle I get the feeling that will need a remap to resolve, so that can probably wait. And the brake pedal, I suspect that's just how it is after doing some research (it's better for the fluid change, and the pedal comes to you with a bit of heat in the brakes, and it stops fine with no pedal creep). I also have the ubiquitous rattle/creak from the rear deck/parcel shelf to try and fix. Oh and the stereo is really irritating - do they all revert back to radio every time you start the car? And why doesn't it remember the shuffle settings on USB?! Infuriating. So that's me in a nutshell - love the car, loved reading and researching here and elsewhere before buying, and looking forward to a good few years of ownership until a GR Yaris is within reach...
  3. will300

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    Toyota GR Yaris - 25 Minute Test Drive Review Hello Everyone, Here is my quick review of the GR Yaris, based on a 25minute test drive. Which was conducted on the outskirts of Birmingham, so mostly consisted of city roads and dual carriageway, with lots of pot holes. Because of this I was unable to push the car handling and cornering ability. For reference the weather was dry but the roads were wet from lots of rain the night before. Short Version: The car is good and well rounded. It has excellent power delivery from the 3 cylinder engine. Lacking exhaust sound but you can make turbo noises, exhaust would be first mod. Stiff but compliant suspension, not crashy. Comfortable but seat is too high and letter box effect in the center of the windscreen. Fairly priced considering the technology. Overall: 7/10 Long Version: Exterior My initial thoughts on seeing the Yaris in the showroom are, it's small, looks well built, the front end is very aggressive with the large grill and cooling vent, the side has massive wide arches which really add to the character of the car. The most disappointing part of the car is definitely the rear end as it's lacking any kind of style. The wheels are made by BBS Japan and forged, they actually have the specification markings on the inner bead, as in it literally says 18x8.5 +45 (might not be exactly this), BBS Japan, Made in Japan, etc. A nice touch for those who like this kind of detail or looking for the info on the wheel specs. The Brakes are massive and fill the 18" wheels nicely, they are a two piece design with a bolted hat and rotor, so should make getting replacements relatively in-expensive. The showroom car was in solid white, this is a nice and clean colour and showed the cars details very well. I compared it to a Pearl White regular Yaris that was next to it, the Pearl was nice but I don't think it'd work on the GR. The test car was a Scarlet Flare red GR Yaris with Circuit Pack. I didn't find the colour that exciting when initally looking at it, however I passed the car on the way home whilst it was on another test drive and it did looks good on the road. I'm not sure what my preferred colour choice would be based on the options available. Owning a WR Blue BRZ my ideal colour would be blue again if it was available. Interior The interior has a modern feel and is well put together and looks very nice, there are some cheap plastics and the dash cluster is very plain, think of it like a 90's STi cluster. It really looks odd compared to the rest of the dash, as that has a nice modern look. I definitely think a digital dash would have been better, if a regular Yaris can have this why can't the GR? At-least it should be an option. However upon driving the main central digital display was nice and clear, easy to read and understand. It's display output can be adjusted by using the controls on the left side of the steering wheel, you can see the current speed, mpg, turbo pressure, tyre pressure, power output to each wheel and adjust the various systems of the car, i.e. the lane assist or emergency braking. For the test drive I left the display on current speed. The steering wheel also had controls for the radar cruise control, audio and phone system. The seats were very nice and comfortable, but as reported by a number of people they sit very high, apparently there is up-to 60mm of hight adjustment, but even on the lowest setting this was too high for me. Also the main infotainment screen and rear view mirror take up a lot of wind screen space, giving a letter box feel to the center of the windscreen. If the seat was an 1" lower this wouldn't be an issue for myself. However before my test drive I was talking with another customer who was also interested in the GR, he was probably over 6 foot, we discussed this issue and I can definitely see it being more of a problem for him and the taller drivers. After about 5 minutes in the car the seating position felt natural and I was used to the letter box effect and could happily accept this compromise. I didn't try the back seat space, but I had a quite look in the boot and it's tiny so bare this in mind if you need some storage space. Test drive: Power Delivery - As I'm sure most of you are aware the GR Yaris has a 260hp, 3 cylinder, 1.6L engine, and it's powerful more than I expected from a 3 cylinder. My only previous experience of a 3 cylinder engine is a 1.0L in a VW Up, the Yaris is nothing like that. The delivery is nice and smooth with a good amount of torque. There is little to no turbo lag and it's happy to be revved out. Although peak power is in the middle of the rev range. I might have given the clutch a hard time on the first pull major pull away, upon joining a dual carriageway from a roundabout as I wasn't expecting it to pull as well as it did. The power makes it very easy to reach the speed limit and go beyond it. As for the clutch other than me getting used to it (mainly getting used to driving a car that actually has some power), the pedal was good and firm and didn't require a lot of effort to press. Suspension - The car as mentioned previous had the circuit pack fitted, this has stiffer suspension than the standard/convenience pack cars. You could definitely tell it was stiff, but it wasn't bone jarring / teeth rattling like some other cars (Fiesta ST). It is well damped which is what makes a massive difference when it comes to suspension, so much so I'd say it has better dampers than the Tein Flex A's on my BRZ, as it was very compliant on the rutted roads, with no torque steer when putting the power down. However I'd probably look at changing the suspension to a set of coilovers fairly quickly after purchase of the car, as I'd like a bit more refinement from them, perhaps the standard suspension would be more akin to my ideal setup. Although with coilovers the balance could be fine tuned. Chassis - The chassis felt solid and didn't have any sort of body flex, I could tell during the limited corning that the body was nice and flat with little roll. As for the steering, it was perfectly acceptable and you could tell which directions the wheels were pointing, ideally I'd like to see how the steering behaved when on track to get a better feel for it. However it does lack feedback compared to the 86/BRZ, to be fair to the Yaris though I've not tested another car with the same steering feedback as the 86/BRZ, even my Mazda MX5 MK1 didn't feel as precise. Brakes / Wheels & Tyres - The circuit pack cars are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres as standard. On the wet roads the car had plenty of grip and traction and I never once thought I could use more grip, unfortunately I didn't really get chance to try changing the AWD drive modes to see if this would have made any difference to the traction levels. It would be interesting to see how the car reacts on the PS4S in proper wintry conditions. The brakes as standard are massive, even so they work amazing from cold without issue. However like the steering, the feedback from the brake pedal wasn't as exact as my modified BRZ's, it does have a nice consistent feel and not over servoed like a VW's. Noise - The car was quiet inside, there is definitely less road noise than compared with my own BRZ which has added sound deadening. However the worst part of the car is the exhaust sound or lack of sound, I put the windows down for the last 5 minutes of the drive and you could barely hear the car even when static revving it. This is highly disappointing and whilst a 3 cylinder isn't exactly a screaming V8 I would have expected some noise, after all it is based on a rally car. I'd definitely recommend ordering an exhaust system to go on the car immediately. I guess this is why the car has the artificial engine sound through the speakers. The only positive from the quiet exhaust is that you can hear the turbo, which is fun when flooring it and lifting off then hearing the turbo vent to atmosphere. Final Thoughts: Overall it's a good car and fairly priced when you consider all the performance technology it features, with the 0% finance currently available it makes the car a very tempting proposition. However it's not as involving as the 86/BRZ and lacks that extra feel of precision. It's therefore not a car I'd look at replacing my BRZ with. I am tempted to order one as a second car due to it's features and uniqueness which I hope will mean it holds value quite well. If I was to score it out of 10, I'd probably say a 7 is fair based on my 25minute test drive. I'm looking forward to reading @Lauren's inital review to see if any of my thoughts match her's. Thanks for reading. Will p.s. If your thinking of ordering, the current expected delivery date is June 2021.
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  5. You don't have too relearn fuel trims. Get a 12v jump pack or spare battery (it can be small as you are Not going to start the car with it) and connect it to the battery leads before disconnecting main battery
  6. Oh there is impact. Just it gets hidden due design and cooling reserves of automotive cooling system. Water has one of best specific volumetric heat capacity for different coolants (especially if excluding several exotic or rare/expensive or poisonous or with other serious drawbacks coolants). Most additives of different kind to that water have that heat capacity worse, but are there for eg. lowering freezing temps, reduce bio (eg. algae) buildup/growth, and reduce electrolytic corrosion in cooling loop with elements of electrically dissimilar metals (eg. copper vs brass vs alu vs steel). So if i'd live in tropical country, i'd run distilled water all the time, and not just because it's cheaper, but also because will cool better. You don't see that if coolant having worse heat capacity in car cooling has worsened cooling, due: cooling system having extra cooling headroom to work also in worst case scenario sufficiently as designed by car manufacturer (also taking into account properties of commonly used coolants), also in it's design there being thermostats, thermal probes and active regulation of temps (eg. electric fan on rad control). So unless you log also how often and how long thermostat opened to switch between cooling loops, how often and at what speed and for how long fans switched on, you won't notice, if coolant of worse volumetric heat capacity changed something to worse in cooling or not, temps will stay roughly same. Just it will run more often through main cooling loop and fans will work a bit longer/faster.
  7. Subota Boy

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    So the GR Yaris comes fourth in the Evo Car of the Year competition, at a basic price of £30k. The winner, BMW M2CS basic is £75k. The other two that scored above the Yaris were the Lambo Huracan at £164k and the McLaren 765LT at basic of £280k. Just on price alone would seem to make the Yaris fantastic value for money! Well done Toyota!
  8. Kodename47

    Genuine Toyota 86 Blue Coolant Mix percentage?

    I actually use the Toyota pink in my charge cooler - theory being, if it leaks I'll know which system it is. I think the Toyota stuff is easier and cheaper to come by. I used it pure, it won't have that big of an impact on temperatures anyway, or dilute it down a bit using distilled water.
  9. Kodename47

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    Litchfield got one of their two cars yesterday and had it on a dyno. 277 bhp and a decent looking torque curve, Now it's gone off to Nitron for some suspension development. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIYoIbmjiCx/
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  11. I guess, it's about priorities. One thing for less driven car to hold charge longer .. but it also comes with weight penalty. And as there are also ones going opposite route with those lithium batteries for track use .. Priorities. Or maybe one should go similar as with brake pads, switching between two sets if it's for trackday or dd, in similar way with two different batteries, heavy lump for lockout non-driving charge hold, and one for summer (IIRC low winter temps also reduce max charge)/track days. One thing that kept me from going this route was not wishing to deal with learnt fuel-trim relearning on battery disconnect.
  12. BRZ-123

    Genuine Toyota 86 Blue Coolant Mix percentage?

    Do not use In their other cars, I meant. Apologies. So this is a subaru repackaged one and hence I gave you the picture with the 50/50 mix. Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for confirming its a 50:50 mix. But Toyota do use the blue Subaru coolant in the 86...
  14. GT86-Ian

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    Love the fact it doesn't look like a BMW.
  15. BRZ-123

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    Definitely looks like they are paying the full cost and very kind of them to do that though I agree it was their recall that was messed up. A new engine is a huge bonus and these engines are very reliable from the factory. Make sure you run it in properly for the first 1000 miles and do an oil change after that. Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk
  16. Leeky

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    Looks great Congrats! If they ever did an auto version with flappy paddle in the future I’d love one! Love how its actually got bigger front brakes than the GR Supra!
  17. Tried searching the part number off the bottle but couldn't find any official details/stats. It doesn’t matter too much to me if its 50:50 or 60:40. I was just curious if its actually stated anywhere online. Looking to use it in my Cosworth charge cooler and need anything thats greater than 25:75. Granted I could use any coolant but I think it would be useful to use the Toyota blue then its the same coolant everywhere in the car. Means I could take a single 1litre bottle to a track day and could use it to top up both systems if either ran low. On the 3SGTE you used to run the Toyota Red in both the ChargeCooler and the engine coolant system so I thought it probably best to do the same on my 86.
  18. Went with with the Yuasa YBX3031, 3000, 72Ah, 630A , 18.4 Kg, dimensions 26.0 *17.4* 22.5 (£74.49 delivered) With it being 260mm wide rather than 230mm of our stock battery it fits the battery tray perfectly as there is just a few mm all around the base but still contained within the tray itself. The HSB072 at 26.9mm would have been resting on the raised edges of the tray. So given the better fit and higher rating I would definitely recommend it. Oh and used the Varta D47 disconnected on the Celica to keep power to the gt86 during change over so at least that battery has now been used this year 😂
  19. There is also case of vendor selling same fluid in different volumes and in different premix proportions. More often larger volume bottles premixed, smaller as concentrates pre-premix. Does bottle have part number? Have you tried finding more info searching with that PN? Also it's just coolant. I'm not sure i'd be that keen of 100% sticking to one single OE type of fluid.
  20. Hey Peep, Cant seem to find this info online so posting it here. Does anyone know the water/coolant ratio in the Genuine Toyota 86 Blue Pre-Mixed? I’d assume its 50/50 or 60:40 but I cant find anything specific online.
  21. nikndel

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    I’m sure they can swap a few ancillary items over and yes some have done over 100,000 with no issues
  22. DKG

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    True. I just hope a competent tech / techs work on it. I've read many many cases though of people not getting recall done at high mileage with no issues
  23. nikndel

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    New engine for that money beats having one with a question mark on how long it will last
  24. Lauren

    GR Yaris who's going for it?

    @Kodename47 I think you need to go to Specsavers. 🤣
  25. DKG

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    I've replied to double check as I honestly can't believe it right now after the horror stories I've read but yer I couldn't give a sh#t about a courtesy car or compo right now. Just want my dream car back.
  26. nikndel

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    Good result then just get it done wouldn’t worry about courtesy car
  27. DKG

    GT86 Severe Knocking Sound

    Thanks. This is going to sound ridiculous but I've re-read the email and I actually think they are going to pay the full costs. I think I've been that stressed about it and thinking the worst my brain has read it in a negative way. I came on here to vent immediately as it's been such a useful forum with you guys that I've overlooked what has actually been said. Below is another part of the reply - what do you make of it? Basically RRG have the motor but the fault was done by a tech down south. I appreciate your frustration with the time our review of your complaint has taken. Unfortunately, due to the length of time that has passed between the completion of the recall in June 2019 and the inspection by RRG Salford Quays in November 2020, this is not a straightforward matter. As I hope you will appreciate, we have no way of knowing what has happened to your vehicle between the completion of the recall and the date you took ownership and , whilst I respect the advice you have been given, the manufacturer's warranty on your vehicle has expired. We are sorry for the upset and inconvenience this has caused you and as a gesture of goodwill, we will meet with the full cost of repairs recommended by RRG Salford Quays. We are unable to offer you compensation or a courtesy car.
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