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#2700 of 7508 Happy 2004 Prius Owner
Nov 24, 2003 (7:30 pm)
I forgot to mention in my previous post that My Certificate of Origin is dated October 29, 2003. I am a long time Toyota owner having purchased my first one, a Corona many years ago. Since then, I have purchased my 20th Toyota from the same dealer and that speaks well for the cars and the dealership. The base price was $19,995, plus $515 for processing, shipping, etc., plus $5,245.00 for option #9. Option #9 is for everything, including Navigation. The monochromatic rear view mirror has Homelink which operates my garage doors. The only thing I miss is the "Automatic On for Headlights" but I'll learn how to turn the headlights on like other people. It does have the "Auto Off" for headlights.I'll miss the Avalon but my wife and I no longer need such a big car. I fully expect to reduce my gasoline consumption in half or more. Keep in mind, the Income Tax deduction reduces from $2,000 to $1,500 on January 1, 2004. Also, the 2004 Prius has free roadside assistance but not the free oil changes, as in the past.
#2701 of 7508 Auto off Headlights
Nov 25, 2003 (4:19 am)
Option package #9 includes auto on headlights. Look at the headlight switch on the stem to the left of the steering wheel. There is a setting for automatic function.
#2702 of 7508 Auto On Headlights
Nov 25, 2003 (7:17 am)
Ron: I have Option 9 and there is NO setting for automatic headlights on my 2004 Prius.It's probably because of the HID lights? Also, it does not have DRL.
#2703 of 7508 Just took ownership of new Prius
Nov 25, 2003 (7:47 am)
Picked up my new Prius and drove 210 miles on hilly state highway (although mostly downhill) and fairly level Interstate. Averaged 50.2 mpg and was up to 80 and 85 mph before I realized it.
Nice on the highway/Interstate. Some crosswind was noticeable but manageable (no worse than my '92 Camry).
Will take a little "getting used to" but is lots of fun to drive.
I have the blue with BC package and paid MSRP. The blue is a bit darker than I would have preferred, but still looks quite nice. Interior feels quite roomy because of height of the car. It is noticeably higher than my Camry when parked side by side.
Yes...I allowed my wife to drive it. After the initial start up, she had no trouble and was very impressed with the quietness and how nicely the radio sounded.
The way we drive, what we expect, and the size of the vehicle seems to be the best compromise of all the new cars available.
Now the only thing left that concerns me is what will it cost to maintain this vehicle. My philosophy is to buy the car that fits my needs, keep it maintained and drive the hell out of it (length of ownership...not speed).
My '92 Camry just turned 238,000 miles...before that I had a '75 Mercedes 240D with a bit over 300,000 miles really hated to sell it.
The comments of others on this board helped me make the decision to buy this car...I hope my comments help too. Now will be interested in any comments anyone has about maintenance.
Nov 25, 2003 (10:23 am)
> Does the Prius have auto-lights or not.
IT DOES! There is no switch though. It is always enabled.
> Now we find out that the Prius doesn't have a
> tire pressure monitoing system
What the heck are you talking about. IT DOES!
I think you assummed it would display PSI. The actual purpose is to display a warning when pressure has dropped to a dangerous level.
> So the EPA testing...
This is true for TRADITIONAL vehicles too.
Remember, they test under IDEAL conditions. In the real-world, encountering them is rare. For example, their minimum temperature requirement is 68F. In reality, it gets much colder. Cold drops MPG.
> I want a sunroof , leather power seats with heating,
> cooling and memory
Keep that wish-list handy. You'll be able to use it in a few years.
> I also want a 6-speed transmission manual shift.
Not going to happen. You need a hybrid with gears in order to allow shifting. Prius (HSD for that matter) doesn't have any.
> Prius GT ...Now than would be a great car!
Mass-production is expected to open up opportunities for speciality hybrids, aimed at the performance buyer. With the battery-pack modules common, adding more inexpensively will become realistic, hence a performance increase due to greater capacity.
#2706 of 7508 Prius in Canada
Nov 25, 2003 (10:42 am)
Buying a Prius in the US to bring back to Canada may not be as cheap as it appears to be. 1) The base Prius in Canada has more standard equipment. 2) The present conversion rate is approx. 1.3 ($23,000 US = $29,900 Canadian). 3) You will still have to pay the GST and the PST plus any other associated duties. 4) Although it may meet Canadian standards (they are different in both countries) you will most likely have to have it certified and e-tested.
Bottom line... it will cost about the same amount to purchase a similarly equipped Prius for export to Canada as it would to buy one in Canada (minus the exporting hassles). If the currencies were of equal value it might be a different story.
#2707 of 7508 Tire Pressure- John??
Nov 25, 2003 (11:32 am)
John... I know there is mention of a tire pressure monitoring system in the manual but I thought that was left out. Are you saying that if one of my tires has 15 PSI I would get a warning? If that is the case, I'm pleased but there is nothing probative that leads me to think this is true. Comments?
Silver BC YTD MPG 46 <<-- Quite pleased!!!
#2709 of 7508 plugs not installed in the 04 prius
Nov 25, 2003 (11:54 am)
My dealer saw the plugs in their dealer car and he stated they are used in a different area of the country. I'm in NY and the plugs he said are for the areas that have a lot of sand such as in the desert area out west. The plugs keep the sand out of the area of the car that's "plugged".
We ordered a red 04 Prius also. We ordered it this past weekend. I owned an '01 and traded it in for an '03. The '04 will be for my wife to use.