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Posted by timespace on July 12, 2007, 3:29 pm

Do the DRLs (daytime running lights) on the '07 Prius shut off when
the car is parked but "running"?  My '07 VW Passat's DRLs shut off
when the transmission is in Park and I apply the emergency brake
and the engine is idling.  One does not require the DLRs when
parked and it is an excellent way to conserve energy!

Joe in Canada

Posted by Marilyn & Bob on July 12, 2007, 3:59 pm

All I can tell you is that the 2002 Prius (the only one with available DRL
in the USA) does not shut off when the car is parked but the ready light is
on ("still running").  Also there is no way of turning them off, when for
example, driving through a Christmas Lights display.  Hopefully someone from
Canada can give you information on newer models with DRL.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on July 13, 2007, 1:00 am

Regarding the Classic Prius' DRLs:
For the holiday lights example (I've also heard of an astronomy
gathering), the simplest method is to set your parking/emergency brake
to the lightest setting prior to turning your car on.  When you turn
your car on, because the emergency brake is set, the DRLs will not
come on.  If you are just doing a short distance/slow speed drive
around the neighborhood looking at holiday lights, this short distance
with the parking brake barely depressed (first click) shouldn't be too

I know that I've seen a DRL-disable mod somewhere online for the
Classic...  http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toyota-prius/message/24085
(and this person did post a PDF somewhere, but I cannot find it at the
moment...  perhaps because I'm not currently logged into priusonline I
do not see the document.  http://www.priusonline.com/viewtopic.php?p 15

2002-2003 US Prius did have DRLs as an option.  2004-current US Prius
do not have DRLs even as an option.  Since DRLs are required in
Canada, there is the occasional discussion as to how to add DRLs to a
Prius imported into Canada from the US...  So, I'd suggest that the OP
ask on the Canadian list:  http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Canada-Prius/

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