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Posted by Carpe Diem on July 17, 2006, 5:06 am

In Belgium (sorry for my bad english language) the Prius can be bought in 2
versions. The cheapest version doesn't have cruise control (and has a less
sofisticated audio, no fog lights (is this correct english?), and there are
also some other minor differences, but I am not interested in those...).
For the version with the cruise control (cc is the only option in wich I am
really interested...) I have to pay a supplement of about 2000 dollar, so I
am wondering : is this worth the price? It must be possible to add a cruise
control in a Prius that doesn't have one for much less than 2000 dollar?!

Posted by Bob Wilson on July 17, 2006, 6:41 am

It has been possible to add cruise control to Prius in the past. The
mechanism is a resistor network that feeds one pin of the hybrid vehicle
ECU . . . unless Toyota has changed the control software to block it
out. So far, I've not heard any such reports.

There is a Yahoogroup for European Prius owners and I would recommend
posting your question there. Someone may have already done it. I know it
was done in the States with an NHW11 model (01-03).


Bob Wilson

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 17, 2006, 8:16 am

$000 seems like a hefty price but if I understand you correctly you would
be getting more than just cruise control.  Could it be because of the VAT
also?  Just out of curiosity, what are they asking for either versions?
My '03 came with the trunk netting and the little safety kit. Definitely an
over priced option at over $00. I keep a $0 rectangle plastic container in
the trunk at all times and it does a fine job keeping potential stain
causing things like bleach separate. Works great for hauling bags of soil or
two 20 lb. propane cylinders from rolling around.  About the only good thing
I can say about the netting is, without the container I mentioned, it does a
good job camouflaging the bags of groceries.
But as far as the cruise control in your situation, I know aftermarket ones
are available but I don't know how much it cost.


Posted by Michael Pardee on July 17, 2006, 10:22 am

Just to be a party-pooper... propane cylinders with attached valves are not
allowed by USDOT regs to be carried in the passenger compartment of a
vehicle on US public roads (probably the same in other countries). AFAIK the
valveless type, such as hand-held torches use, are not restricted.
Personally, I think it is a "weenie" regulation and do the same as you: I
just restrain the tank when I have to use our station wagon to refill the
tank. I do throw a blanket over it so it doesn't stand out while I'm


Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 17, 2006, 2:01 pm

I have a '03 Prius. It's not  a hatchback.

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