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Toyota Prius Accessories & Modifications

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
edited October 2014 in Toyota
Talk about accessories and/or modifications here!


  • abennettabennett Posts: 5
    Does anyone know where to locate fitted rubber mats? I want to keep my 04 looking clean for as long as possible. I've searched online but can't find a front end protector (bra) or the mats for my Prius. I think I'd also like mud flaps. Any ideas where to get any of the above?
  • little_pogilittle_pogi Posts: 149
    On the floor mats, I have the original carpet floor mats with the Prius logo. Went to a hardware store and bought clear PVC carpet runners. Cut these carpet runners about 1/2" beyond the original floor mats. I don't get my carpet mats wet when it's raining and don't get sand and dirt in it. It's almost invisible and the Prius logo still stands out. I also ordered some mudflaps on ebay for about $53 incl. shipping. I'll get them next week and will find out if they are exactly the OEM mudflaps available in Japan. A rear camera is also available overseas for the Prius. An EV switch is also available in ebay. I may have to get a wiring diagram manual to find out if the US Prius is prewired for these things.
  • maramara Posts: 3
    I have the Silver Prius with the light grey "sueded" cloth seats. I want to protect these with easy on/off plain cloth covers. I saw just what I needed in catalog but they were not able to provide them to fit Prius. Couldn't find anything on internet. Anyone know a good source for custom covers? P.S. I love driving my Prius but have not been able to get anywhere near advertised mileage. Salesman said "break-in" period needed first. How many miles break-in before I make complaint about mileage :}?
  • john1701ajohn1701a Posts: 1,897
    > How many miles break-in before I make complaint about mileage :}?

    Break-In is typically regarded as no sooner than the first oil change... which is when many owners do that first system modification: switching to synthetic oil.

    My first noticable clue of loosening due to Break-In was around 7,000 miles. And in the grand scheme of thing, the car (like any) is pretty new even then.

  • Hi! I am a soon to be proud owner of a 2004 Prius.
    I am in need of finding out what the base cost of a Platinum warranty for the Prius actually costs the dealer. I am already paying sticker price and really would prefer a reasonable deal on some part of this vehicle purchase. The dealer has been pretty good (read as, not selling the vehicle over the sticker's invoice), but I got a quote of $2552 (most likely this is a before tax price) for the combo 'deal' of the Platinum warranty and the environmental protection plan(also known as undercoating, scotch-guarding and paint protection). Supposedly it was a "really" discounted price, not sure if that will be the same if I finance with my primary financial institution rather than theirs.

    Please, if anyone has any info on this subject, I kind of need to know asap (as I need to call the dealer and finalize the financing and registration tomorrow (Th) morning.)

    Thanks so much for your assistance on this topic!


  • grantgrant Posts: 3
    Hi Alice!

    Saw your request on the website.

    I just purchased two Prius vehicles.

    The carpeted mats sold by Toyota may look nice, but they are not practical.

    Toyota does sell a high endurance/high end rubber mat...but they are not out for the Prius as of yet.

    The company that makes the best high end rubber car mat with grooves that are sold in all the car called Weathertech....they are a Canadian company...

    They make them for the Prius. You can buy them direct through the internet at

    A full set (front and back) matching colors...runs about $90 foir black and $100 for about $8 shipping for each. I got a black set for my silver car (grey interior) and a beige set for my black car(has beige interior). It lasts forever and is worth every penny. It is a simple example of quality matching price.

    [email protected]
  • Why synthetic oil? Just curious my last car was a Honda Civic Hybrid and was told to use synthetic my husband says its not really necessary.
  • Well...You can spend mega bucks or you can do like I did. Go down to your neighborhood MENARDS,LOWES, or BUILDER'S SQUARE and purchase a universal mat (vertical ribbed) that can be cut down to fit the 04 PRIUS. It cost less than $4.00. It works very well for the back to cover TOYOTA'S somewhat overpriced mat. Let's all save $
  • One quirk I've come across with the 04 PRIUS is a
    strange baffling noise that seems to irritate the ears when you open various window combinations. Sometimes it can be quite annoying.
    I'd be curious to know if anyone else has noticed this oddity. It doesn't do it all the time nor does it do it at all speeds. I've been thinking it has something to do with the aerodynamics of the car or possibly because it's a hatchback for 04. Anyone experience this quirk? jim
  • James, let me take a wild guess that this only happens when you lower the rear windows and leave the front windows up. This is very common on modern cars. One term I've heard to describe this is called "helicoptering". The solution to the problem seems to be to lower the front windows as well and this usually eliminates the problem.

    If you use the Search Forums button up at the top of the webpage and use helicoptering as your search term for Message Text, you'll find a lot of messages about this problem.
  • Since this problem, as I stated, I wondered if the aftermarket rain shields that can be applied over each window of the PRIUS could possibly eliminate this baffling wind noise. I'm not sure the helicopter noise is one and the same as was mentioned. Maybe it has something to do with the interior cavity of the "hatchback" design. One thing for sure, it's annoying. Culliganman
  • Greetings! Proud owner of 2005 Prius who lives in urban area with tons of bugs in the summer time. Anyone seen a bug guard for the Prius? Did not see anything on site. Really don't want a "bra" type of cover, but not sure what, if anything, is out there. TIA!
  • Hi,hopefully, I'll be taking delivery on my 2005 Prius soon...I had a concern about the tires....I live in the Chicago area--we're known to get a little snow from time to time (LOL) How do the standard tires respond in the snow? I've heard that I may have to upgrade the standard tire to get traction. true?


  • dszjgldszjgl Posts: 3


    I've been considering the Prius for its mileage and ample cargo space but I'm concerned about 'bottoming out' on the dirt roads I frequently travel. The advertised ground clearance is as low as they come. Any suggestions whether or not the ground clearance can be modified via changes to suspension, or perhaps different tires?




  • Hello Sparky! Since we're neighbors (Northwest Indiana) I can appreciate your concern about tires. The original equipment tires are O.K. except on wet roads and (lately) winter snow & ice conditions. There are better tires out there that would improve roadability. You will sacrifice MPG's for those tires I'm told and that seems to be the general opinion. next set of treads will be Goodyears.

    Culliganman (hope this helps)
  • Thanks for the website tip on the floor mats. My mom has been searching Toyota dealers for "winter mats" like you described for her '05 and they stare at her like she has 3 heads! (She lives in the South) She gave in and tried the cheap ones that not only don't hold the dirt and water in but the knubs on the bottom don't hold them in place and they get caught under her pedals. I will now be ordering REAL winter mats for her,I use them in my car and they are worth every penny!!
  • murphy8murphy8 Posts: 2
    Hi all -
    I purchased a 2005 Prius on Sunday but I cannot locate seat covers. There is one website that has 2005 Prius covers. I called the company - it is located in Hawaii but has an 800 number however they make the seat covers out of wet suit type material which I think would be too hot for Miami.

    I would appreciate any suggestions.

    thank you.
  • flj168flj168 Posts: 12
    We picked up a full set of seat covers (front and rear) for our 2005 Prius at our local Toyota dealer recently for $119 before our 25% discount. The set included fabric covers for each headrest and the rear armrest. Please be aware that you need special seat covers if you have side air bags.
  • I'd like to install a trailer hitch on a Priysfor the purpose of using a hitch mounted bicycle carrier. The total weight involved would be less than 100lbs. Anyone have any experience with this?
  • Has anyone put snow tires on a Prius for the winter? How has this effected mileage and handling?
  • rayh1rayh1 Posts: 2
    I purchased a very well made Trailer hitch reciever for my 04 Prius at Their website is unders constuction this week so try them in a few days. Also I was aable to find an amazing bike rack for it at This rack is without a dought the best bike rake on the market. ;)
  • rayh1rayh1 Posts: 2
    I ran Nokian Hakkapeliitta 2 studded tires on my 04 Prius this winter. You do have some loss in gas mileage but the improved traction is more than worth it if you're going to do much driving on snow. The car handles very well with these tires. You'll be passing other cars with confidence. However, they are fairly noisy.
  • pagilepagile Posts: 4
    We put covers from on our 2005 Seaside Pearl and they look amazing. Make sure that you mention if you have side airbags or not. Good Luck, Jim and Kristy
  • mtransue1mtransue1 Posts: 15
    What are gtcovers ?

    I amnot able to comprehend your message because I don't know to what you are referring.
  • pagilepagile Posts: 4 is a great website that has good prices on seatcovers fot the prius
  • pkapka Posts: 56
    What covers did you get? Color? Were they easy to install? Any major tools or installation procedures?
  • pagilepagile Posts: 4
    pka, we got the covers for the front only in color N6 beige and they go great with the seaside blue tan interior. they include covers for the headrests and console too. they look professional and look great. they include instructions. rear seats look difficult to install. by the way...good luck, pagile
  • lconnorlconnor Posts: 3
    Does anyone know how to kill that annoying beeping in Reverse for a 05 Prius? Does this fix have any other side affects? Thanks! Larry & Karen
  • vmccaulvmccaul Posts: 27
    1. Power on the car to IG-ON or READY. IG-ON will do for this purpose.
    2. Using the Trip/ODO button, set the Trip/ODO display to ODO (not Trip A or Trip B)
    3. Power off the car.
    4. Now power the car to READY (brake on). This is required so that step 6 works correctly.
    5. Within 6 seconds of powering on, press and hold the Trip/ODO button for 10 seconds or more.
    6. WHILE STILL HOLDING ODO *after* the 10 seconds, shift the "gear" selector from P to R, then back to P. Now release the Trip/ODO button.
    7. If the last step was successful, "b on" or "b off" should be displayed in the location where the Trip Odometer or Odometer is normally displayed. "b on" is beep on, and "b off" is beep off.
    8. Press Trip/ODO to toggle the mode.
    9. Now power the car off to exit the toggle mode.
    10. Power the car on to READY and confirm the reverse beep status by shifting to R. The beep should not be audible if "b off" was selected, and should be audible if "b on" was selected

    This should work if follow the directions carefully. V.
  • stavridestavride Posts: 2
    thanks, i'll try the reverse beeping canceling sequence.

    anyone know how to cancel the seat belt reminder beeping?
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