Find Out About The Bus Which Destroyed My Business
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WE HAVE FOUND A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS WITH THE DASHBOARD AND MANUAL.

When choosing a coach we expect it to be designed with the driver and operator in mind. Also we expect comfort to be paramount.

Just look at some of the problems we have noticed with this aspect of the Salvador Caetano Toyota Optimo V. It would not have cost a lot to have included these improvements. This could have saved a great sum of money which could then have been used for all inclusive Spain holidays. A more detailed explanation of the problems can be read below:

 No clock on the dashboard except the tiny figures which appear on the tachograph. It is essential for coach drivers to know the time as they have to consider arrival times, en route times and schedules they should be keeping to. A rev counter, however, is included yet this is of little use during day to day driving.Toyota Optimo V Dashboard

The diesel water trap symbol does not appear in the instruction book.  When it first illuminated with us we had no idea what it was. As it was accompanied by an ear piercing alarm, we believed we must have some sort of major fault and had to pay a fortune to call out a garage. In addition we had to hire a bus to continue with the tour. This was unnecessary, costly (over �250 for something which could have been dealt with after the tour if it had not been for the unnecessarily intrusive alarm noise and the warning light not being in the manual).Toyota Optimo V Infamous Engine Warning Light

Another warning light which does not appear in the manual is the engine warning light. This light caused us many problems in 2005.

With both audible and visual alarms for the diesel water trap we were surprised that there were no warning lights or audible alarms to prevent fuel running low.

Small operators who do not have their own workshops need to be able to easily check such things as tyre pressures. The lack of a purpose-designed set of wheel trims and inflator extenders should perhaps be compensated for by providing tyre pressures on the dashboard.

The central warm air blower cannot be directed onto the driver's left hand meaning that fingers are frozen for some time after winter start-ups.

The radio does not run off its own power system so every time the isolator switch is thrown, all of the radio station frequencies are lost.

The driver's seat bounces up and down apparently unnecessarily and, on some Highland roads, it can almost eject the driver. This could conceivably be dangerous on poor quality roads.