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Toyota Prius

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  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Hey, did we land on the moon...??

    Or did Iraq actually have WMD..??
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Let's stick to the Prius please.

    BTW... we do wander a bit in the chat and hybrids folks are certainly welcome to join in!

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  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    The photo I posted before compromised the board. One there is a safe link (non competitor), I'll post it.

    EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS
    The Prius receives updated front headlamps and rear taillamps, and a new front spoiler. A chrome finish is applied to the front grille’s center bar, and freshened rear combination lamp is added to enhance its appearance.

    In addition, four new exterior colors update the color palette:
    • Classic Silver Metallic
    • Barcelona Red Metallic
    • Silver Pine Mica
    • Magnetic Gray (available May 2006)

    INTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS
    On the inside, the instrument panel receives a new black organic textured grain in place of the burgundy or brown colors available last year. The rear seat bottom cushion has been lowered slightly for better head clearance and enhanced riding comfort. Also new for 2006 are the luxurious options of Leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, available in both Gray and Bisque, and a Rear Backup Camera to help the driver see objects behind the vehicle when in reverse.

    The standard audio system is AM/FM CD with 6 speakers. An optional mid-grade audio also includes MP3/WMA playback capability and an auxiliary audio input miniplug. The optional JBL audio features several updates for 2006:
    • JBL AM/FM 6-disc CD changer with 9 speakers in 7 locations (cassette deck is no longer available)
    • MP3/WMA playback capability and an auxiliary audio input miniplug in the center console
    • Hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth wireless connectivity
    The optional voice-activated DVD GPS (Global Positioning System) Navigation system is the most sophisticated yet. It offers increased map quality, over 32,000 colors, an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) display, a route tracer function, voice recognition street address search functions that allow you to enter a destination while driving, and can now be set to operate in English, French, or Spanish languages.

    SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS
    In addition to standard ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist
    (BA), and Traction Control (TRAC), several safety features are now standard equipment:

    • A Tire Pressure Monitoring System directly measures the pressure of each tire with a sensor and signals the driver in the event of a drop in tire pressure
    • Standard Driver and Front Passenger Advanced Airbags (SRS) now feature a passenger occupant classification sensor that determines not only whether the seat is occupied, but also whether an occupant meets the weight requirement for airbag deployment. The passenger front airbags are deployed only when the sensor detects an adult passenger in the front seat.

    ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    The complimentary roadside assistance program has been discontinued for the 2006 Prius.

    2006 MODEL YEAR PRIUS PRICING
    The 2006 model year Prius continues to be an excellent value, with a base MSRP of
    $21,725. The increase of $450, or 2% of MSRP, reflects the addition of new standard
    equipment and the product enhancements featured above.

    Option package content and pricing has been adjusted for the model year 2006 Prius. Please see the appendix for details.

    ‘O6 PRIUS OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT PRICING
    Package Option MSRP Equipment
    Code

    1 GY $650
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side
    (unchanged) curtain airbags

    2 HE $825
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • MP3/WMA playback capability, and auxiliary audio input miniplug

    3 HF $1,475
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • MP3/WMA playback capability, and auxiliary audio input miniplug

    4 HG $1,825
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • MP3/WMA playback capability, and auxiliary audio input miniplug
    • Vehicle stability control (V5C)

    5 HI $3,205
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • Vehicle stability control (V5C)
    • Anti-theft system plus Homelink ® universal transceiver
    • JBL Premium AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input miniplug plus hands-free BluetooThTM phone capability

    6 HK $3,830
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • Vehicle stability Control (V5C)
    • Anti-theft system plus Homelink ® universal transceiver
    • JBL Premium AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input miniplug plus hands-free BluetootWM phone capability
    • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and integrated fog lamps

    7 NL $5,730
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • Vehicle stability Control (V5C)
    • Anti-theft system plus Homelink ® universal transceiver
    • JBL Premium AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input miniplug plus hands-free BluetooThTM phone capability
    • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and integrated fog lamps
    • Voice-activated DVD navigation system

    8 Nw $6,890
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side and front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Backup Monitor
    • smart Key system
    • Vehicle stability Control (V5C)
    • Anti-theft system plus Homelink ® universal transceiver
    • JBL Premium AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer, nine speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio input miniplug plus hands-free BluetoothTM phone capability
    • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and integrated fog lamps
    • Voice-activated DVD navigation system
    • Leather trimmed seats and steering wheel
  • Hi Prius People!

    I have been doing my research looking at all of the options and prices of purchasing a used Prius. Right now I am leaning towards finding a low mile '01 or '02. I know that '01 was the first year the Prius was made. I am not able to afford a NEW Prius, so if I purchase one, used is my only option.

    Any recommendations of what I should look out for as far as known issues with these years, etc... Any tips are helpful in my search!

    Many Thanks!

    Antonio (^_^)
  • "The complimentary roadside assistance program has been discontinued for the 2006 Prius"

    With all the luxury options available on this car, why would they do this? Hopefully it's NOT because so many owners have had to use it that it was costing them too much!
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Well, I checked out both the Prius and the Honda today and I'm in total agreement with Karl Brauer, the editor of Edmunds. They both have great and somewhat different qualities, (and maybe a couple of small issues) but my vote also goes to the Honda. Beyond the better handling and mileage that Karl pointed out, it was also SO much more attractive and quite simply . . . very COOOOOOOL. Of course some of the Prius fans will disagree, but that's just the way it is. Thanks Karl. Great job!!!
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808

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  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    That could be why the Prius outsells the Honda! No one read the blog. But we can go on and on about how the Prius has more content, a hatch, better mileage, more safety features etc etc.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Thats good for all of us who breathe. Congrats to Honda for making an effective 'change on the fly' to the Civic.
    This also helps to reduce the money we sent to the ayatollahs and saudi's. Starve'em.

    I hope Honda sells 100's of thousands.

    Now they have to work on the HAH. It's stagnating..
  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    Try getting an 04. The years prior were a different design and you'll be missing lots of new technology. Check out the PRE 2004 thread for some add'l info.
  • A major news magazine would like to hear from consumers who are thinking about/planning to sell/trade in their SUVs (and similar large gas-guzzling vehicles) for more fuel efficient cars. If you have a story to share with the reporter, please respond to pr@edmunds.com with your daytime contact info., the make/model that you are getting out of and which more fuel-efficient vehicle you are now looking for, no later than EOD Thurs., November 10, 2005.

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  • Falconone:

    Thanks for the post on the 2006 Prius specs. I have my name down at a large Toyota dealer for a 2006 Prius option package #6. Didn't have to put down a deposit or anything.

    Well I sold my old Lexus to Car Max but I didn't buy a replacement now down to only trhee cars.

    Didn't buy becuase of several factors:

    (1) Insight or Prius - my wife feels power would be marginal in Houston traffic. I did get cought in one line in the slow Lexus ( only 0-60 in 8.3 seconds)that was turning and almost was stopped and the lane next to it was still going 50-60 mph. I was barely able to break into the fast line. Alas I would have been stuck in either a Prius or 5-speed Insight.

    (2) Wants to wait until April next year ( raise / bonus time)

    (3) She suggested that a Civic Si would be more my style of a commuter car ( Actually I was also looking at an MX5 and convertable Mini S ; the MX5 Touring is under $21K)

    (4) Do the math. If I got either a Prius or Insight I would be paying $400-$500 per month for payment. I would save, in my case around $125 per month. Do the math that is a net increase of $275 to $375 per month.

    You should be down to about 6 weeks till you get your Prius.

    Cruis'n in 6th,

    MidCow

    P.S.- Is VW stupid or what they raised the price of their enw Jettas $5-6 K , now a fully loaded one is $26K and for the TDIs they want to charge a premium of $1,500 to $2,000
  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    You must be joking midcow!! Can't believe you but the bullet. I encourage you to go through with the purchase, but don't expect to save money. It's a FUN car. Are you keeping the sweet Accord 6 speed?
  • I was quoted MSRP by a couple of dealers in the SF Bay Area for delivery in January. That seems like the best price I can get. Anybody else know of a dealer in this area or around it selling for below MSRP?
  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    Highly unlikely. You MAY get a deal on an 05 before year end though. Most people are putting off their purchase to get that nice fat tax credit of ~3 grand c/o Uncle Sam.
  • Falconone,

    It's a hedge, the odds are on a "Rallye Red" Civic Si. Oh darn! it only comes in a 6-speed manual.

    IF frogs had wings they would fly, If a Prius had a 6-speed I would buy (Please listen Toyota representatives)

    Cruis'n

    MidCow

    P.S. Prius +gas mileage, techno, utility -colors,performance, lack of 6-speed

    P.S.S.- 6 speed Accord will remain. The accepted proposal was for an ADDITIONAL "commuter" car ;)
  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    Get the Civic SI. Love the looks and great mileage. PLUS... it's a Honda. Can't go wrong with that. I would have cringed if you wanted the Cobalt SS (super silly). LOL!!!!
  • Falconone,

    I thought you said you would only cringe with a SRT-4 choice :P Yes Rallye Red Si it will be come April 2006.

    How long until your Prius comes in ?

    I have decided after many years and many cars the best reliability is either through Toyota/Lexus or Honda/Acura. I had one BMW and I like the handling and the engine performance, but it had a lot of TSBs and I nkow what they mena when they say "Break My Wallet". Anything not covered under scheduled maintenace, which was pretty long intervals, calculated by the maintenance minder, was very $$$

    From a technological, features, utility and high gas mileage standpoint the Prius is the clear winner! I analyze lots of cars and lots of fetures and I find it humerious that about the only thing nay-sayers come up with is that a handful of Priuses encounter a software problem so therefore empirically all Priuses must have ctatstropic software problems. It is kind of like the auto Accord tranny problems. Makes no sense!

    Good Car! Good Luck! Enjoy!

    Cheers,

    MidCow

    P.S. _ I'll bet the wait is worse that it was waiting for Christmas when you were a kid :)
  • falcononefalconone Posts: 1,726
    Actually... with the brake failures I am uncertain now. I am going to get a Bimmer instead. I am so scared about a brake failure that I had to take two Xanax this morning. I even called my therapist to schedule an additional session this week. Would you like my Prius that is slated for early/mid January? It is #7 (everything sans leather). $500 under MSRP.
  • I was unaware that the price for the '06 had been announced...I cannot find it on the Toyota website or any dealers websites. True, I was out of the loop for a couple of days (sprained ankle), but I didn't think that the MSRP would sneak past me....
    So, what is it, or where can I find it :confuse:
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