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#652 of 1489 Order Status
Jun 12, 2001 (2:10 pm)
We ordered a Prius here in Colorado Springs, CO March 26. At that time we were told we could anticipate delivery in late July or August. Unable to stand the unknown much longer I called the dealer today and asked if they could find the status on our order.
I was told that Toyota had stopped 2001 orders and that we would get a 2002 model. Can this be right? It sounds to me like the dealer simply didn't place the order even though we left a deposit and filled all the paper work out in March.
Now they say they don't know when the order will be filled, but that we are at the "head of the list" for 2002. Is this just a bunch of bull?
Will we be charged differently for the 2002 model than we agreed to for the 2001? $20,450.
They seemed like a bunch of chuckle heads, but I thought they could at least place the order even though they seemed to know NOTHING about the car.
Thanks for any info.
Jun 12, 2001 (2:37 pm)
If they placed the order in March, you will get a 2001. We took over 15
orders in May on 2001 cars and most will arrive in August. It is true that
the 2002 did not increase in price, so if they just placed the order, you
will get it in October but the price will not be any higher.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to get information from Toyota about the
status of your order. You will get an e-mail from Toyota about 3 weeks
before the car arrives. The dealer gets a phone call about a week before it
arrives. This is the only contact we have with Toyota after the initial
order is confirmed.
I also have one other suggestion if your dealership is giving you the run
around. If you e-mail me your confirmation number, I can at least look it
up to see if and when the order was placed. I can't involve myself in your
deal, but I would be glad to look up the status. My e-mail address is
Jun 15, 2001 (3:52 pm)
He is the 2nd person out of the Colorado region I have read about who is concerned about a missing order. There is another one on the Prius Group list that yahoo does. I wonder if it's a communications problem with the dealership or if it is a regional issue? It's just so coincidental to see it twice in one short block of time, isn't it? Same issue, too - right down to the month ordered and the same city -- but different people.
#657 of 1489 Update on tracking "missing" orders
Jun 16, 2001 (6:25 am)
I discovered that I can't search the orders from other dealerships. I had not had opportunity to try this until pweeks contacted me. I directed him to contact the regional distribution center which he did and seems to be on the right track. His dealership dropped the ball on ordering back in March but the regional people are trying to fast track his order now.
Jun 16, 2001 (8:11 am)
Man, that is so nice of you. Bless you.
#659 of 1489 Any tips on getting better mpg
Jun 19, 2001 (10:19 am)
I just got my prius 2 weeks ago and are very happy with it. I drive about 45 miles/day to work with some stop and go traffic and some highways. I just have 2 queestions about the mileage:
1. My consumption screen said I am getting 48mpg but when I actually filled up my tank and calculated my mpg, it's only about 38mpg. Why is there such a big difference?
2. Is there any special tips on improving my mpg.
Any kind of info would be greatly appreciated!
#660 of 1489 TDI AVAILABILITY--ANSWER TO EARLIER POST
Jun 19, 2001 (10:48 am)
Not sure about CA, but VW will not allow any dealers to sell TDIs in NY and has also allegedly threatened dealers in neighboring states not to sell to NY residents either on penalty of losing their franchise. TDIs, as best as I can determine, will not meet CA or NY emissions standards, no matter what certification is on the window sticker. New TDIs cannot be registered in NY, period. They can be registered in NY as used cars, with at least 7,500 miles on them, providing they were initially registered in another state. CA may be the same. Part of the problem is that there is a national fleet fuel emissions standard that all car manufacturers must meet. Too many TDIs will lower VWs average, maybe below the minimum standard. Yes, TDIs get great mpg, but the higher required maintenance like more frequent and expensive timing belt changes, the need for synthetic oil, and the expensive 20,000 mile fuel system servicing require you to own one for about 100,000 miles to break even with a gas model. Do you want to?
Jun 19, 2001 (11:00 am)
Are available in California on a limited basis.