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Posted by I'm Right on May 1, 2009, 7:26 pm
Yes its a base model,
and with a little more investigation the parts, they are made by the Toyota
So its the same parts you'd get in a Toyota box plus the instructions and
stuff, but No High priced dealer mark up or dealer service dept bendover
without a reach around.

So its Toyota quality parts in one kit with instructions on what must be
It also fits the Tundra, Tacoma and Corolla according to the instructions.

I'm Right, U R Wrong!

Posted by Peter Granzeau on May 1, 2009, 7:34 pm
On Fri, 1 May 2009 10:05:07 -0500, "Was Istoben"

No law requires a Prius to be sold at the MSRP, which stands for
"Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price".  Normally, that is enough more
than the price for which a dealer is willing to sell the vehicle that
the dealer may appear to be giving discounts, but when a vehicle is in
really great demand, the dealer may ask for more than the MSRP and get

Posted by Was Istoben on May 1, 2009, 8:07 pm

Of course not, but the FTC examines deceptive practices.  If you advertise a
particular product at a particular price but no such product exists at any
price, that would be clearly deceptive.  Recently folks have been discussing
Honda's competition with the Prius.  Until people were able to sit in the
Honda, the discussion centered around the price difference.  That difference
was based on the advertised base price of the Honda and Toyota hybrids.
Using some of the reasoning I've seen here, all Toyota need do is advertise
a lower price on a non-existent model to beat Honda.  Were this to happen,
Honda would complain bitterly to the FTC.  If a dealer advertises the
product at the base price, no matter who their distributor is, they must, at
a minimum, have that product on hand at the time they place the ad.

But in the instant case, this is all moot.  According to the OP he bought
the base model and it comes without cruise control.  Toyota's on-line
literature confirms his claim.  Obviously the model IS available.  He is, as
his handle clearly states, right.

Posted by David T. Johnson on May 2, 2009, 3:16 pm
 Was Istoben wrote:

Well...except that all Priuses have cruise control.  Moreover, THINK
about it for a minute.  Why would Toyota sell a hybrid WITHOUT cruise
control?  Unlike a conventional vehicle, the Prius is ELECTRIC drive and
comes with ALL of the elements of cruise control already 'built in' as a
part of the hybrid system.  The cruise control function is valuable for
fuel economy which is the objective of the hybrid in the first place.
Toyota WANTS you to have cruise control on your Prius.  Do you think
they would sell one without it?

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Posted by Mike Rosenberg on May 2, 2009, 2:32 pm

Well... except that they don't, and simply saying they do over and over
doesn't change that.  The OP bought one without cruise control. How did
he do that if they don't exist?

And why does Toyota's own web site say that they're an OPTION? Did you
even bother to look there?

Think about it all you want. Fact is they sell a base model Prius
without option packages, without cruise control.

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