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Toyota Prius

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  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Saw one this morning pulling into our garage at work, it was eerily silent. Very cool.

    Owner said she goes down the two ramps using the regenerative brakes to charge the battery. The engine's not even running for the last couple of minutes of her commute.

    Neat.

    -juice
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I guess that means she never has to go back up.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I should have asked her if the engine kicks in while driving up the ramps, or if battery power is enough.

    For those of you that park in garages, can the battery alone pull you up a ramp? How many levels before the engine kicks in?

    Just curious.

    -juice
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    But it's kind of like having a gas pump right there that automatically dispenses free gas as you are driving down the ramps. You have to burn some of the gas as you're driving up the ramps on your way out, but at least you didn't have to pay for the gas.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "What goes up, must come down."
  • "For those of you that park in garages, can the battery alone pull you up a ramp? How many levels before the engine kicks in?"

    I use an above ground garage so I ascend at the end of my morning commute when the car is warmed up. I go up 3 ramps and the ICE rarely engages (generally only if the heat is on). In fact, I worry a bit about the unsuspecting pedestrian who can't hear me coming! Other people's experiences may vary depending on the slope and speed/acceleration.

    Ironically, my ICE is on much more frequently for the descent, when the car is warming up after spending 12 hours in the garage.
  • quasar4quasar4 Posts: 110
    In fact, I worry a bit about the unsuspecting pedestrian who can't hear me coming!

    Got a chuckle the other day with just such an incident. A pedestrian was crossing a quiet residential street ahead of me, so in anticipation, I let up on the gas to let him safely pass, causing the car to go into stealth mode. By the time I came up on him, he had passed over the center line and was about midway through the opposite lane when he nonchalantly looked over his shoulder and saw me. His reaction was priceless. His head bobbed like a gopher trying to avoid a swooping hawk, while he spun around practically tripping over his feet performing a backwards shuffle. All of this while sporting a "Holy #@%*!! Where did you come from??!" expression on his face. The only sound coming from my Prius was the sound of laughter as I glided by....hahaha.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    Maybe Toyota could install in the Prius (and their other upcoming hybrids) the same electronic voice used in parking ramps to warn pedestrians: "Car approaching! Car approaching!" It could be driver-activated with a button on the steering wheel, or in keeping with the Prius' advanced technology, it could have a sonar system that would detect pedestrians (with AI to discern pedestrians from other objects) and automatically sound the alarm.

    Or there's always the horn.
  • Seeking information from products' users:
    I understand the attraction of saving monies by not purchaing as much gasoline.
    how long will the electrical system remain active b/4 needing to be replaced?
    What is the cost to replace the orginal batteries?
    Thanks
  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    I understand that the 2005 model is going to have an exterior speaker simulating engine sounds IF the car is in stealth. Damn lawyers!! Glad I got a 2004.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Think blind person.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    It is illegal for a blind person to get a driver's license. It is also illegal for a driver to hit a pedestrian. "My car is so quiet he/she couldn't hear it and jump out of the way in time!" is not an excuse.

    I suppose cars that drive in busy, noisy cities (think New York) need to have amplified engine noises poured through a speaker too, so that pedestrians can hear the car engine over the din of jackhammers, sirens, other traffic etc. While were at it, better put speakers on all the electric vehicles out there--delivery vans, suburban runabouts, even golf carts. They're in stealth mode all the time.
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Has anyone either leased or asked the dealer about leasing?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Hilarious, they could even give it a V8 sound track. Vroom.

    -juice
  • djasonwdjasonw Posts: 624
    I was thinking more in line with the Hummer.

    Seen on license plate this morning on Wayne's Insight.

    SUVS SUCK

    My Hybrid SIPS

    Happy holidays to all!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I was thinking of a blind person in a non-traffic light crosswalk.

    NOT driving.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    I know that. My point is that drivers must take responsibility for avoiding pedestrians, who may be blind, deaf, young, distracted, or just have no common sense. Putting a loudspeaker on a car like the Prius because it might be quiet in operation isn't the answer.
  • katkat Posts: 1
    I live in Connecticut and the 3 Toyota dealers I talked to are not even taking names or orders they said up to a 2 year wait? I'm determined I get one I may have to go to Mass. Wish me luck
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    Has anyone either leased or asked the dealer about leasing?
  • whyattwhyatt Posts: 3
    My wife order her Prius in early November and we just picked it up yesterday "Good Friday". The dealer has a 15 month wait now and won't take any orders for 2004's. It's crazy!
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,784
    I did a search on autotrader.com for new 2004 Priuses within 25 miles and got 5 hits, from two dealers. I expanded the search to 300 miles and got 21 hits. All these cars had VIN numbers, and most stated 10 miles (meaning non-demo) and had prices listed. So it appears new Priuses are available for immediate delivery, if you aren't too picky about color/package and may be willing to drive a few miles.
  • mzedmzed Posts: 2
    Just thought I'd put in my 2 cents. I purchased a package #3 Prius first week of 11/03. Now has just over 15,000 miles. I'm in Florida-- driving mostly to and from work-- relatively flat at speeds in excess of 60 MPH. According to the MPG indicator, now that temps are averaging between 65 to 75 degrees, I'm getting consistently over 51MPG. I'm happy with that, with most stations over $1.75/gallon here. A question for the group-- does anybody know of a bike rack or carrier that is available for the 04 Prius? (sorry if this is a repeat question- I tried a search). It would seem that since the Prius is being promoted as a poster car for environmental responsibility, that Toyota would make a bike rack or at least have a hitch mount so that one could be attached-- any thoughts? Thanks.
  • davidnj1davidnj1 Posts: 13
    My Prius has smart start. This morning I turned my car off as usual when I got to work by pressing the two buttons and watched the display fade. I got out of the car and pressed the button on the door to lock it and heard the one beep. I fumbled with my keys to get ready to enter the building and heard 2 beeps as if the car was unlocking. Ignored the beeps as we have a generally safe parking lot and I can see the car from my window. A half hour later, people came into my office asking me if I knew my car was running. And sure enough, it had turned itself back on and was sitting there, unlocked, waiting for someone to drive it off. How could this have happened?

    I visited a dealer to day and the car in the lot was also running. Since the motor is off, it is hard to tell. Pressing the power button turns it off. If the engine was running maybe the door button didn't really lock it.

    This could be a real problem in parking lots where the attendants don't know Prius nuances.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    I don't think there was any confusion over the standard mirror and the optional one. The confusion was that some places list the auto dimming mirror/home link as included in the Package #9 and some places list it as a seperate item. I know in the searches I've done online in the Atlanta area, where you can pull up the Monroney sticker (or a facsimile of it) all of the package #9s have had an extra cost auto dimming mirror listed while not having it listed in the package 9 contents. The brochure and many websites, including Toyota, list the Package #9 as having it included in the contents of the package.

    Of course Toyota is not on par with it's website. If you try to put the Leather Package (with or w/o airbags) onto a vehicle it gives you an error saying "you must choose packages #3, 4, 7 & 9" - which you cannot do.
  • mzedmzed Posts: 2
    Many thanks!
  • dkahldkahl Posts: 8
    Hello all. A comment given to me about buying a Prius on which I was hoping to get some feedback. It came from a Toyota salesman I met at a dinner party while out of town (thus he knew I was NOT going to buy a car from him). When asked his opinion of the car, his main concern was that the repair costs would be very high in the future, when the car is out of warranty because of the new technologies being used. Obviously, there are no after-market parts available anywhere besides the dealer, and once out of warranty, no one knows what the price of the electrical units are going to be. His actual quote: "I wouldn't want to touch one out of warranty." This same thought was shared on a national talk radio show, especially concerning the braking system.

    I am wanting some thoughts on this because I put many miles on my car, commuting 50 miles a day round trip, and will probably be well over 100K miles within a few years of ownership. Being a Toyota, I would hope to be set for a while, but can anyone really guess about the reliability of the new technologies?
  • dkahldkahl Posts: 8
    (I put this post on the Buying Experience section, but I thought I'd get more response here...my apologies if this offends!)

    Hello all. A comment given to me about buying a Prius on which I was hoping to get some feedback. It came from a Toyota salesman I met at a dinner party while out of town (thus he knew I was NOT going to buy a car from him). When asked his opinion of the car, his main concern was that the repair costs would be very high in the future, when the car is out of warranty because of the new technologies being used. Obviously, there are no after-market parts available anywhere besides the dealer, and once out of warranty, no one knows what the price of the electrical units are going to be. His actual quote: "I wouldn't want to touch one out of warranty." This same thought was shared on a national talk radio show, especially concerning the braking system.

    I am wanting some thoughts on this because I put many miles on my car, commuting 50 miles a day round trip, and will probably be well over 100K miles within a few years of ownership. Being a Toyota, I would hope to be set for a while, but can anyone really guess about the reliability of the new technologies?
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