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#7495 of 7506 Hybrid Northern Californian?
by steve_ HOST
Apr 19, 2012 (1:01 pm)
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#7496 of 7506 Wheels and seat
May 01, 2012 (7:25 pm)
Purchased a 2011 with the 17 inch wheels last year. Other car was a 07 TCH. The seat in the Prius not comfortable for long road trips. Take the Camry anyday. Obviously very different cars.
Anyone have recommendations on after market seat supports for the Prius?
On the wheels... Anyone out there with the 17 switch to the regular 15 or try 16 for a more comfortable ride ? Time to have some cheese with all my whining' and buy some new wheels. Cheers
#7497 of 7506 Re: Wheels and seat [greendog]
May 05, 2012 (9:26 pm)
i drove 2000 miles last summer in a Camry. Both the Prius and Camry have uncomfortable seats, but what I find helpful is to roll a hand towel, and place it towards the lower back. it puts some pressure on the back, to make it feel a bit more tolerable.
#7498 of 7506 Rear spoiler damaged
Sep 19, 2012 (11:13 am)
I just committed the bone head error of trying to leave my garage with the trunk lid up on my 2010 Prius and the garage door promptly "shed" my car of the rear spoiler. To my amazement the spoiler was in good shape but the attachment bolts holding the spoiler to the trunk lid had been ripped out. Have any of you had this happen and what did you do to repair it? I would like to salvage it and not have to buy a new spoiler. Any good epoxies that would work well? Any advice on how to remove the inside trunk plastic to get at the wiring would also be welcomed. Minus a few scratches on the outside, it is still in good shape. Thanks
#7499 of 7506 Re: Rear spoiler damaged [63pro]
Sep 20, 2012 (11:17 am)
You're not alone!! I did this twice and the second time was a disaster!! I tried epoxying the bolts back on to the spoiler, which was scratched but no major cracks except for the bolts, and that did not work. I did shop around and found a number of eBay sites that had spoilers, but I decided to go with a new part from Toyota. The local dealer in Delaware could not beat the price I received from Metro Toyota in Kalamazoo, MI. $298.74 + 11.58 shipping. This saved me a little over $100. The installation was quite simple. Just make sure you have all the nuts that attached the spoiler to the hatch. If not, order them. I used a Spackle knife to get the plastic trim off of the hatch, being careful to keep track of the plastic fasteners that attach the trim to the hatch. Of course you can always have the job done at Toyota or a auto body shop, but that should not be necessary if you are handy.
#7500 of 7506 Re: Rear spoiler damaged [bioman]
Sep 20, 2012 (11:26 am)
Forgot to mention the only challenging part of the installation of the spoiler is getting the center brake light and wiring attached to the new spoiler. The tolerances are pretty close so you will have to use a string and a small weight to get the string through the spoiler and then carefully pull the wiring harness, to which you attach the string, through the spoiler. Also, salvage the right and left end pieces so you will not have to purchase them. My spoiler had them attached, but the service rep asked me if I needed the end pieces.
#7501 of 7506 Re: Rear spoiler damaged [bioman]
Sep 21, 2012 (10:45 am)
Thanks so much for your reply. I am at the crossroads here, as I was going to attempt the epoxy bit, to see if it would work. Do you remember what type/brand of epoxy you used? I can't get a handle on the composite material the spoiler is made of, so maybe that may have been a problem, but I don't know. However, if epoxy just doesn't work, it is pointless to waste the time. When you took the plastic off the back of the inside of the lid, I assume you had to remove the lower and larger half first and then pull off the plastic that actually covers the bolts etc., of the spoiler? Did you wind up busting some of the plastic tabs in trying to remove these liners? Thanks again for all your help. Jim
#7502 of 7506 Re: Rear spoiler damaged [63pro]
Sep 21, 2012 (12:03 pm)
Sorry, I don't remember the name of the epoxy, but I do remember the epoxy failed while I was reinstalling the spoiler. I was glad it happened at that time rather than while I was driving. The thought of having the spoiler fly off and damaging another car or person did not make me feel warm and fuzzy!! Since I did not know how to find out the composition of the spoiler's plastic, I decided to save time and worry and purchase a new spoiler.
No problem with the plastic tabs, except for them flying around while removing the liners and keeping them in place reinstalling the liners.
Hope this helps,