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Posted by mrv@kluge.net on July 17, 2006, 10:48 pm

Carpe Diem wrote:

The cruise control information is still in the Messages and Files
section of the Prius-Europe Yahoo!Group.  Perhaps the
poor-excuse-for-a-search-engine message search on the yahoogroup
message archives just didn't find what you were looking for.

Other European Prius discussion groups are listed in their Links
(Bookmarks) section under "Prius web sites".

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on July 17, 2006, 5:17 pm

Carpe Diem wrote:

Well, one option is to buy the Prius from a different country than your
own.  I've heard of at least one Italian who went to France to buy his
NHW20 Prius because the French Prius comes with cruise control while
the Italian Prius does not.  (Each region seems to order their Prius
with whatever options they like, but all of the European Prius all meet
the EU regulations...)

A few people in Europe and in the UK have been upgrading their NHW20s
that did not originally have cruise control...  It's just missing a few
parts (like the steering wheel control stalk).  See:

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Prius-UK/message/6331  for a
parts/price list and install story

You would need to be a member of the Prius-Europe yahoogroup to view
these files, but:

parts list:


and the head of the long thread about the Cruise Control retrofit for a
European NHW20:

More info on the Classic's (NHW11) cruise control can be found in the
toyota-prius yahoogroup. I know of a few Australian classic Prius
owners that had the kit shipped to them and installed (RHD) and it
works fine, but they lack the CRUISE light on the dash to know if the
cruise is enabled.


In the US I had ordered mine for my 2001 through Metro Toyota. Although
Eddie Bell is no longer with us, the parts department there is still
very helpful and decently priced. I don't know if they'll ship to
Europe, though.

Posted by windwatcher on July 17, 2006, 11:19 pm

If you drive in a metropolitan or suburban area, you may never use the
cruise control.  If you drive on superhighways without a lot of cars,
cruise control is great.  When most of your driving consists of lots of
stops and starts, the cruise control is a waste of your money.  I might
use my own cruise control for 5 percent of driving tim in New England,
USA because most of my driving is within 50 miles of home.  If you take
a lot of long trips on long straight roads with little or no stop and
go, it would be worth it.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on July 17, 2006, 11:27 pm

Here in the Phoenix suburbs, there are many roads where you can go a
mile at a time at speed limits of 40, 45, or 50 MPH, without stop signs
or traffic lights.  I use cruise control when driving on them.

Stop Mad Cowboy Disease:  Impeach the son of a Bush.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on July 18, 2006, 3:13 pm

windwatcher wrote:

I'm just as likely to use the cruise control in the backroads of New
England, as I am to use it on the highway.  Since you cannot tell the
speed of your car by the sound, it is very easy to be going faster than
you really should or want to (and especially so on the NHW20, which is
quieter than my NHW11 that I added the Toyota cruise control to it).
The cruise control can be set to as low as 24MPH and usually holds
speeds to +/-1MPH, and can be a great help at keeping you from meeting
up with speed traps or going faster than you should when a sharp turn
come up...  I enjoy using it in a 30mph mountainside community, for

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