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#632 of 1489 2002's upgrades and news.
May 21, 2001 (1:17 pm)
As of May 28, it will be possible to order your 2002 Prius via the Toyota website. They will offer 4 more factory installed options:
daytime running lights
and there are 7 additional PIO's (PORT extras:):
Single CD player
6-disc CD changer
alloy wheel locks
glass breakage sensor
carpeted floor mats
front end mask (bra)
No word yet on pricing for the 2002 model or pricing for these extras.
#633 of 1489 TDI Calif Sales
May 21, 2001 (2:52 pm)
I stand corrected: VW sells the TDI in Calif, just that you can't find any at any dealership within 200 miles of my house. This, I admit, is an important distinction. Lucky if you get to be one of the less-than-500 customers, somewhere in the state, where allocations exist. My apologies.
#634 of 1489 Repair job costs
May 24, 2001 (7:27 pm)
Ups! The better half backed our Prius with 700 miles into a low wall along our driveway and put a dent very low under the right rear fender. Now I'll find out just how high Toyota's repair costs are (versus competitive bids). Toyota's only other advantage is hopefully a better match to the paint.
A funny thing. The paint at the dent came off rather thick, like their are many coats (or zinc coating plus primer plus several coats of paint). If this is a sign of the Prius paint job, I'm impressed (as well as depressed ) ; ) At least it wasn't me that put the first damage on it.
#635 of 1489 re: TDI Calif Sales
May 25, 2001 (7:18 am)
Within 200 miles? Sure, there are some. Few and far between.
#636 of 1489 Ray...Not to be argumentative, but...
May 25, 2001 (8:38 am)
I've called around. We live in Elk Grove, CA, which makes Sacramento and the SF Bay Area our marketplace. I challenge you [from Connecticut?] to turn up a new VW equipped with diesel engine within this market territory. All of my contacts tell me there are none to be had...either they are hiding some cars somewhere...or?
The point is that really high-mpg cars with usable amounts of room and mainstream ride/handling are scarce as hens' teeth. Which makes the Prius all that much more important in the marketplace...not that it is substantially easier to lay your hands on right now. Honda will shortly offer the hybrid drivetrain in the Civic, which will significantly widen the market for these kinds of cars. The Insight is just too specialized to be anything but a fringe player, but the Civic with a CVT and hybrid engine combo will be the first real competitor around here for the Prius.
May 25, 2001 (12:40 pm)
The Prius for 2002 will also be availble in the two colors of blue that were in the last year's brochure but not available last year.
-Ret, hoping they don't put non-available items in the 2002 Brochures!
May 25, 2001 (1:25 pm)
How 'bout them heated seats in the Sequoia!
May 25, 2001 (1:47 pm)
I'm not really in the market, but I too field queries on behalf of others, and in any case, am a big fan of the technology that the current VW diesels represent. All of my recent discussions about these cars with local VW dealers have come up empty, with some denying the car can be had in Calif, period. As I said, this is a tangential discussion for the Prius board...I think we got here while commenting about alternatives to the Prius that give real-world economy in the 40+ mpg range. Let's leave it by agreeing that there are darned few cars out there that meet this criteria, but it's my sense that there will be many more in the coming decade...
May 25, 2001 (1:50 pm)
We can certainly agree on that!
Imagine what the Prius may evolve into in the next ten years!