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2010 Prius - Next Generation



  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Yes you can do that as you walk up to the car before getting inside. There's an AC button on the key fob.
  • My new 2010 jerks forward after hitting larger potholes.
  • sas9sas9 Posts: 28
    Is there a trick to tune into a station? I want to listen to Howard Stern on 100 or 101...the scan button jumps past these station numbers. I live in LA so it shouldn't be a reception problem. Any ideas how to get this station? Thanks,
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Could depend on which service you paid for. You need to check with sat. provider as there are different price ranges and you get different programing with each. Sounds like you need a different package.
  • Apparently others have experienced similar problems and Toyota may have a recall on the break system!! Like you, I am usually prepared for the surge forward, but others have experiences accidents because of it! Just hoping it doesn't get worse or I don't get caught in a bad situation before Toyota addresses it!
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    It sounds like they (Toyota) has addressed it as they're saying that the problem was corrected on those delivered since late Jan.

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  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    After all of their lies you really believe them. Even if it is fixed as they say, most people in the back of their minds are always going to wonder, will it happen again and will I live to tell about it. To me I have enough to worry about these days without worrying if my car is going to take off like a bat out of he-- or worse yet, will it stop everytime I step on the brake. :lemon:
  • revitrevit Posts: 476
    And they knew about this last month, but are just now being forced to tell the truth.

    Gosh, what is next?

    Braking Info
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    ...the auto companies aren't guilty of "fudging" (i.e., lying) on details that lead to their recalls.

    But, issues involving their cars means time, liability and the litigation that goes with it, and the resultant cost monetarily. Because of this, risking perpetuation of bad public relations, I believe they will take care of it and they have the resources to do it.

    If we were dealing with someone like Chrysler Corp., I'd be much more worried.
  • I've looked everywhere on Toyota's and Edmunds' websites for more information on the solar roof. Does it use the solar panel to power the auxiliary fan while the car is operating? Or is it only while the car is parked? Does the 3 minute maximum operation only apply to the keyfob activation or at all times? Does the solar panel divert power to help charge the main batteries when not needed to run the little fan?
    Thanks everyone for any help, sideman59.
  • tai1tai1 Posts: 6
    I just bought a Prius with the solar panel yesterday and today it was 84 plus! Talking about a perfect timing to test the sys out.

    When I got back to the car after lunch, I noticed the fan was blowing when I got inside. The cabin temp was ok.. .. I have to encounter more hot/humid days to provide my final impression. So far so good but it was only one day experience. ;)

    The A/C button on the key fab is not the air circulation powered by the solar roof. From the user manual, a/c has a 3 min limit but not the fan powered by the solar roof.
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  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    edited May 2010
    My wife and I are considering trading in our '08 Prius (pkg. 6 Nav/Lthr) for the '10 Prius.

    My wife has decided that the Smart Key system is necessary as a basic function of life itself (must be on both front doors and rear hatch)... which means we must choose from the Prius IV or V models.

    The basic difference seems to be the V has larger wheels and tires, LED headlamps with auto-leveling, and fog lights. The IV has the ability to have the MoonRoof with Solar Panel (not available on the V).

    For those of you who have chosen... why did you choose one over the other... and are you happy with your choice? ie: if you had to do it all over again would you make the same decision?

    Does the solar roof keep the car ventilated and the cabin temperature down continuously or does it only operate for a short period of time. Having solar power available for ventilation sounds really neat... especially for us living in Las Vegas, NV... but does it really work... and how well?

    If we go with the IV over the V... how difficult/expensive is it to add the fog lights afterward?
  • stevegoldstevegold Posts: 185
    There are good reasons to prefer a 2010 but the Smart Key is not enough. I use the Smart key of my 2004 and leave it in the car in my garage which is fine but when I'm around town I keep it in my pocket so if I forget to put it back in it's slot when I get home, I have to go back into the house to hunt around for it in my clothes closet. I'm not sure the 2010 even has a slot so I would be even more prone to leave it in my pocket overnight.
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    edited May 2010
    Steve we never leave the key in the slot... matter of fact I don't believe the key has ever been in the slot...

    My wife leaves hers in her purse so that the car recognizes her when she walks up to it and it also prevents her from accidentally forgetting and leaving her purse in the car.

    We currently have both an '05 and '08 Prius with the smart key system... and my wife gets quite annoyed when she walks up to other cars and they don't recognize her and unlock the door..... :)
  • railroadjamesrailroadjames Posts: 560
    We must pamper our wives...they expect nothing less. Toyota keeps perfecting the ways to spoil the ladies. Of course we men don't require such things do we guys? ;)
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    edited May 2010
    I too live in the desert SW and the solar moonroof does a great job of keeping the car many degrees cooler when we're parked out in the sun, One of the reasons we love the car besides its stellar gas mileage is its technology, and the solar moonroof is another neat bit of tech. that doesn't disappoint. The car is a mainly daytime work-horse and thus we didn't need to spend the extra $'s on the LED headlights, etc.. The larger tires/wheels to me mean more expense at the time of their replacement, slightly less gas mileage and a slightly rougher ride. After all, this isn't a sports car.
  • sas9sas9 Posts: 28
    I got the IV 6 months ago and love the car. I love the fact that the car recogizes me when I walk up to it and I never have to take the "key" out of my purse. Even after 6 months, I'm still getting used to the smart key system and have to think about starting the car each time I get into it. Maybe one day it will all become automatic to me but it's taking some time.

    The car is awesome, rides like a dream and the gas mileage..... gotta love it! Make sure you get the nav, it makes life easy.
  • hihostevohihostevo Posts: 59
    Thank you SAS9.......

    My wife feels exactly the same way... she has had her package #6 '08 Prius for two years and cannot imagine why all cars do not recognize her when she walks up to any door.... :)

    I think we have decided that the Prius IV with the Solar Roof package will give us more functionality than the Prius V which mainly just looks better with the taller wheels and LED headlights.
  • rogue9rogue9 Posts: 8
    I live in area where it gets over a hundred in the summer wand I purchased a package three with nav. I came out of a limited sequoia, it had every option available. My point I guess would be what is the main purpose for your purchase.
    My wife works for the dealer and she wanted every feature available. I gave it some serious thought and really had to ask myself, what is the main reason for such a drastic change in vehicles.
    The answer was not just to be greener, but that was a consideration as well. The main thing for me was to save money on a monthly bases. I wanted the great gas milage as well as a much smaller vehicle price which will obviously lower or car payment.
    When she started loading the car up with a bunch of features it seemed to me the whole purpose for the purchase was getting lost in the mix. As I mentioned I live an area that gets rather warm. I didn't enjoy jumping into my sequoia with the leather seats in that kind of heat. I for once got my way and have enjoyed my car immensely. I got the light color exterior as well as interior, and It doesn't warm up anything like my wifes darker prius.
    Dont get me wrong creature features are nice but you get bundled up with things you don't want just to get one or two things you do want. I had 22s on my sequoia
    So I know about loading up a car with all the things you don't need, guilty here.
    They looked cool but made the ride go from luxury to rock like.
    My message is Get the car you really want without forgetting about the main reason for the purchase in the first place.
    When these things first came out, some dealers were charging thousands over sticker price and they couldn't keep them in stock. Talk about losing perspective for the purchase purpose. You can fill up allot of times for thousands extra these people were paying for the new priuses.
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