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#1311 of 1489 Prius for sale
Jul 23, 2003 (5:32 pm)
As a "Pioneer" as I am told because I bought the first 2001 Prius via the internet, I received an offer to place my order with Toyota by July 20. Apparently this was a special offer for those folks who originally bought the first Prius. Anyway I did place my order and selected 1 of the three option packages. Mine is at $22,500. The base model will still be at $19,995 and the highest at $25k+ (includes the navigation system). My dealer says in ought to be in by September but Toyota says Oct - Dec. I am more apt to believe Toyota. As I live in Maine, I am sure we are last on the list as deliveries would begin in California. But I am selling my 2001 Pruis. Any takers?
Jul 24, 2003 (12:40 pm)
what are the three options packages? could u perhaps elaborate a little. my local dealer told me there is only the nav. upgrade. but on toyota website, they mentioned smart entry, and a few other things.
anyway, just want to know what the $25,500 package inlucded
#1313 of 1489 Prius options
Jul 24, 2003 (6:55 pm)
In a letter from Toyota there was a choice of three option packages for those who ordered via the internet the first time around and have been offered that option again. The selections are: #1 Rear wiper only (ohhh boy) =$20,175, #2 Rear Wiper, side&curtain airbags, smart entry & start, HID/Fog lamps/VSC=$22,250 and #3 all of the above plus Security System/garage door opener, JBL 9-speaker premium audion system w/6-CD changer, Nav System $25,240. BUT for those who wait and purchase this Fall, like one would do with any other vehicle, there will be other options to select from. About 7 options where you are just pickin "a-la-carte".
#1314 of 1489 One more Prius option
Jul 24, 2003 (7:03 pm)
"The navigation system package includes hands-free calling capability with certain Bluetooth-enable mobile phones, and voice-command capabilities for the audio, climate-control and navigation system." This quote comes directly from Toyota. VSC by the way is Vehicle Stability Control (whatever that is supposed to do). For what Toyota is charging for the vehicle I think it is an excellent buy. I had thought the base model would have been $25k and up. They are keeping the price near the original.
Jul 24, 2003 (8:02 pm)
Using some math, I was able to extrapolate the prices for each options.
1. Rear Wiper - $180
2. Side & curtain air bags - $650
3. Smart Entry & Start - $320
4. HID/Fog Lamps/VSC - $1105
5. Security System/Garage Door Opener - $340
6. JBL 9-speaker Premium Audio Sytem w/ 6-CD Changer
7. Navigation System - $1,900
These are all MSRP. Dealer's cost are definitely less than these.
#1316 of 1489 at ~$20K, the present Prius ............................
Jul 25, 2003 (2:43 am)
is overpriced compared to other vehicles of similar performance and utility. The '04 improvements will bring it closer to parity BECAUSE Toyota is holding the line on base price. But $25K+ pushes it back, deep into financial never-never land. I suppose I'll never understand those who buy on emotion, impulse or assign high value to gadgetry unrelated to the core functions of a vehicle.
Jul 25, 2003 (5:01 am)
You likely won't ever understand based on those comments.
People buy grossly overpriced & oversized vehicles everyday. Adding $5K of high-tech goodies to a vehicle you could have driven off the lot of $20K takes full advantage of that market attitude. No one is forcing those consumers get those extras, but they do anyway.
$25K for a totally tricked out computer on wheels isn't bad at all. The unique features, like unlocking & starting the car without using a key or remote yet it still offers full security, are quite handy. Having your hands full and dealing with a heavy jacket or large purse that makes keys hard to find is a very, very, very helpful. Then you've got special safety features like HID & VSC. The built-in bluetoothed-enable cell-phone recognition will put hands-off systems to shame. And that all adds to the *DOUBLE* efficiency the $20K delivers. No other midsize sedan comes even remotely close to the 55 MPG EPA average. And it does all that while still delivering AT-PZEV emissions.
Lastly, "stealth" appeals to all those that experience it. The max of 42 MPH on nothing but electricity without the engine running is impressive in itself. The fact that the max will get increased to around 50 MPH in the 2004 will really add to the appeal.
#1318 of 1489 I suppose that some people .......................
Jul 25, 2003 (5:27 am)
are just easily impressed.
#1319 of 1489 Daysailer ----
Jul 25, 2003 (11:38 am)
You think most people that are buying 30K + 4 wheel drive SUV's aren't buying on emotion?????
#1320 of 1489 OK, I want a 2004 Prius, what's next
Jul 27, 2003 (4:55 am)
Obviously Toyota has their Prius certification for dealers, but are all the certified dealers created equal? With a relatively small profit margin on the Prius do they even want to see you coming? Finally, any suggestions for a good dealer in the N. Andover, MA or Nashua, NH area? Thanks! - Nelson