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#2134 of 7508 First Test Drive
Oct 21, 2003 (12:34 pm)
Geo's wife here. Prius came to VT over the weekend. The dealer had a silver BC/pkg on the lot. We drove to see it. It's raining, and people were on the lot seriously looking at this car. Standing next to it, I was surprised how high the car is. The salesman did not even know about Smart Entry and was quite amazed when we told him how it worked. (He goes for training tomorrow.)The car is not yet ready for roadtest driving, but they let me drive it around the lot. Very peppy, and the steering wheel had a very comfortable feel. Very limited rearview vision, but adequate. The beeping going backwards was softer than I expected, so this did not bother me. In fact, I would be glad to have this feature for safety, since the car is so quiet (and with limited rear vision), anyone in the way would be alerted about the car backing up. My only disappointment was the dull gray interior ... not enough contrast to keep it from looking somewhat boring. (This convinced me Salsa Red needs to be my color choice.)I was especially interested in how the fob works. The car is locked from the outside by pushing a black button on the door handle; however, I am told it will not lock unless you have the fob with you, so no locking the fob in the car. Also 2 fobs come with each car. Some have posted that inserting the fob should be the preferred way to start the car; I'm okay with the 2 step procedure because I do not always start a car as soon as I enter -- I can place the fob in its slot, then push the power button only when I am actually ready to drive. Seems to me my Dad's old 49 chevy had a separate start button, so the Power button seems a little retro for me, and I like it. Smart Entry will be a great feature for anyone in cold climates -- no taking off the mittens to fumble in purse or pockets to find the keys, and hopefully this eliminates frozen locks!
The dealer says, "Order one today, and you have it in 2 months." Really?? The only packages offered are BC, AF, and AI. I was hoping for Vehicle Stability Control, and alas, it only comes with the $2000 Nav system, and the AI does not have Smart Entry and Start. This really cuts down on option choices, at least during first productions.
Sep 22, 2003 (3:09 pm)
According to the Prius brochure, VSC is included in Package #7 and Package #9. #9 does have nav, but #7 is just rear-wiper, extra airbags, Smart entry, HIDs, fog lamps, and VSC. Sounds like the one you want. It is also called the "AM" package and runs around $2300 if I recall correctly.
If the dealer is telling you otherwise, I'd guess they're trying to push you towards a higher-priced car than you want.
Oct 21, 2003 (1:21 pm)
Yes, #7 is what I'd like, according to the brochure. But the print-out he gave me from his book reads that the AM pkg is #4, and -- by the way -- the BC pkg is #6. So it's best to go by the letters and not the numbers. He was firm about only 3 pkgs being available: AF, AI, and BC, and only the BC has VSC and Smart Entry according to the pkgs he is offering.
Oct 21, 2003 (1:26 pm)
Yes, I saw the same printout also and you're right, the package numbers don't match the brochure. But the same printout showed the "AM" package with the options in the brochure's #7 and the car I drove has this package and nothing else. So it is definitely available. I'd bet you're dealing with a dealership policy where they've decide to push customers into the expensive nav to get the safety features.
Oct 21, 2003 (1:59 pm)
in New England, currently only 3 packages (AF, AI, BC) are
being offered. see my previous post # 596 - it's not the dealer, it's the region!
mrvadeboncoeur Oct 10, 2003 10:36am
You can always special order a different package,
or your dealer can try and do a swap with a different
region that does have the package that you want.
#2139 of 7508 Wow, stupid regional policy.
Oct 21, 2003 (2:10 pm)
Thanks for the clarification.
It reminds me of the stranglehold the SE US importer had over how Toyota's came in with port-installed options for many years (and maybe still is this way). They had exclusive distrib rights and always put $2K worth of unwanted options on every car. One reason I drove Mazdas and Hondas when I lived in North Carolina.
I'd bet 50% of customers would opt for #7/AM if given free choice.
Oct 21, 2003 (4:58 pm)
you guys are right...i went into toyota.com and types in different postal codes and the site gives me different option packages for different postal code. very weird. could you have ordered it from a dealer with a postal code that has the option you want? (right now...this is all i could do until the prius come to my neck of the wood )
#2141 of 7508 Ordering and options
Oct 21, 2003 (4:58 pm)
The dealer told Geo"s Wife "Order one today and you will have it in two months" ??? Not according to my dealer her in North Carolina. I put down the $500 deposit and have a hold on their single allocation due in January. My dealer just returned from training and said they are getting four TRAC cars in mid-late November (Not for Sale) He also said the car can not be ordered at this time. Toyota is busy filling pioneer and TRAC orders. Our SE distributor is in Jacksonville Florida and does get in a lot of cars - hope mine is not loaded up with unwanted NAV and JBL Speakers etc. I am hoping for Pkg # 6 Smart Entry and Side bags. The dealer do have the correct and new brochures now which accurately show what is included in each of the nine pkgs. I am surprised, being originally from New Hampshire, that New England only gets three packages. Oh well, it seems they do not want to make it easy to get one of these remarkable cars.
Oct 21, 2003 (5:43 pm)
Which region offers the AM package? What packages are available in different parts of the country?