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Posted by Chas Gill on April 23, 2008, 8:24 am

Well, I DID say it was a niggle, so I don't care that much - but
nevertheless, if you have the aftermarket reversing proximity detectors
fitted that adds ANOTHER beep to the reversing process and the result is a
cacophony of beeps at different pitches and rates.  I'm not sure why there
needs to be a reverse audible warning anyway - I usually know when I'm in
reverse because the car goes backwards!  There might be a case for it if it
were OUTSIDE the car, so that pedestrians could hear it (as is required by
law for commercial vehicles).  We all know that the Prius can be deathly
quiet in reverse and this lack of engine noise could mean that some
pedestrians - especially in car parks - might not notice the car moving
towards them.  But it's INSIDE, so THAT can't be the reason - or can it?
Maybe the need for a compulsory reverse warning beep on SOME European
vehicles (i.e. trucks, with limited rear visibility) has been muddled in
translation by Toyota and the result is what we have here.  Who knows?

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on April 23, 2008, 10:03 am

You'd be amazed at how many people don't know what gear they're in.

If Toyota had fitted a standard gearshift, instead of trying to be cute,
they wouldn't have this problem.

Also, consider that in reverse the engine doesn't have to run--another
cue that's missing.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 23, 2008, 8:47 pm

If you're in reverse with your foot on the brake, you may not know
you're in reverse.  Heck, with the ICE not running, you may not know
that if you take your foot off the brake, you'll start moving.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Bill on April 24, 2008, 10:53 pm
That's strange that it is deleted from Euro cars. The minivans in the
USA dont have power folding mirrors like in the UK. (not that we
really need them, but Europe has them.)

Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 22, 2008, 4:42 pm

Fuel efficiency for most people matches or exceeds the new EPA method of
computing fuel efficiency.

I live in the Phoenix area, which is a very flat area, and I get from 47
to 50 MPG, and sometimes 51 or 52 MPG, per tank.

I suggest that it really is driving style.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

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