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#34 of 43 Re: Climate Control Issue that drives me crazy! [foxwalker]
Apr 10, 2009 (11:38 am)
Mine is just like yours. It must be reset every time. Just like the nav system "accept", and the cruise control system.
What I DON'T like is the creaking/groaning of the fresh air/recirc flap whenever it moves from one to the other position.
I am afraid to take it to my dealer due to the "over their heads" experience I had with the headlight bulb.
#35 of 43 There may be a misunderstanding about the climate controls
Apr 11, 2009 (1:40 pm)
The Gen 2 Prius' all have Auto Climate Control ( ACC ). This system is the same in all Toyota's with ACC..essentially it means set the temp to the desired level, touch 'Auto A/C' and forget it.
After a warmup or cool down period the system will test the interior air temp continually and adjust the heat or cooling to maintain the temp set by the operator.
#36 of 43 Re: Climate Control Issue that drives me crazy! [whitey9]
Apr 12, 2009 (4:15 am)
I don't get any creaking/groaning during the change, that is the problem, I don't even notice it changed over until I smell skunk or someother bad road smell. I am sorry about your dealer issue. I have been very pleased with my dealer.
But this issue for me is not actually a fault, but a design "feature". The issue is a basic flaw of all highly automated systems, fine most of the time, but sometimes it will make choices the user does not agree with. Unfortunately in this case I do not believe there is any way to go 100% manual. After over a year I have not found an answer to this one.
#37 of 43 Re: Climate Control Issue that drives me crazy! [foxwalker]
Apr 12, 2009 (9:39 am)
I know why you have a complaint. In winter, I have to sniff others' tailpipes until I set the climate control to recirc. In summer the gym sock odor comes thru during the nightime.
Perhaps Toyota will come up with a sensor that recognizes malodorous air and takes care of it automatically.
I know that Mercedes-Benz has a "pollution" sensor on their climate control, but there is still a problem with the gym sock odor due to the heater/ac case being
designed to allow condensation water to sit and "brew".
#38 of 43 Re: Climate Control Issue that drives me crazy! [foxwalker]
Apr 12, 2009 (9:42 am)
100% manual or 100% recirc is not an option. Especially when the heater is in use.
100% manual defeats the design feature of the Automatic Climate Control.
100% recirc is not allowed since too much recirc air causes drowsiness.
#40 of 43 Toyota Prius Driving Comfort
Aug 05, 2007 (11:56 am)
The new Prius drivers seat has very inadequate thigh support because the seat bottoms seem to fall away from your legs rather than push up and support them. It gets fatiguing after a long drive.
The center armrest is so hard, it starts to make your arm sore within a short period of time due to almost no padding.
Has anyone come up with good solutions such as aftermarket seat cushions and console armrest padding?
These cushion "look" like they might do the job, but I haven't heard from anyone who has actually used them.
Have you found anything that works to make the drivers seat comfortable?
Has anyone had the center console cover/armrest reupholstered with additional padding?
I don't know what they were thinking when they only put about 1/16th inch of padding under the fabric.
The hard plastic underneath the fabric will make your arm sore in no time.
Sep 02, 2007 (9:01 pm)
I don't own a Prius (am just thinking about buying one someday), but I have that seat cushion you pictured for my Accord.
The Accord seat is rather hard also and I have lower back issues at times.
The cushion is nice for me, but I have an electric seat and can lower it to compensate for the extra height it puts onto the seat.
I have the cushion set about 3 inches away from the back of the seat so my tailbone has no pressure on it.
Hope this helps.
#42 of 43 Re: Toyota Prius Driving Comfort [jaxs1]
Sep 03, 2007 (8:43 am)
There are several companies that make seat pads. Obus Forme is one very popular one. They're on the internet. We see their products in stores here in Canada. A fellow in Florida may be using the Obus Forme seat pads (I did all the measurements for him a few months ago).
My only complaint is the console and door armrests are too low. I'm probably going to make my own pads for them.
#43 of 43 Possible Armrest Solution ??
Mar 27, 2008 (7:30 am)
On ebay, search "Toyota Prius Center Console Leather Cover Fits 04 - 08".
Maybe you could put some padding under this cover?
As for me, so far, the arm rests are at the right heigth and are comfy enough for my elbows.
Likewise, the seat cushion is not a problem for me.