Posted by cgates30 on December 7, 2005, 6:31 am
I put a deposit on an '06 Prius today, but later in the afternoon I got
a call from the dealer telling me the HK package isn't available in our
region. That's a bummer because I really want the HID lights, but I'm
not willing to pay an additional $900 for the Navigation package that
also includes HID.
The HK package is available in California, but not in the pacific
northwest. What a dirty trick Toyota is playing!
Does anyone know how the DVD nav system works? Is there a DVD player in
the car that could also be used to play movies through an auxillary
Posted by email@example.com on December 7, 2005, 4:11 pm
It's not Toyota corporate. It's the individual Toyota regions that
decide which option packages that they wish to order and stock.
Best way to tell what is available in your area is to go to
http://www.toyota.com/prius (unfortunately Toyota now forces you to use
a Flash-enabled web browser), and on the left side under "Shopping
Tools" use the "Build and Price your Prius" option (fill in your ZIP
code) to see what option packages are available in your area.
If the option package (as seen at
http://www.toyota.com/prius/options.html ) isn't available in your
local Toyota region, you'll either have to find a local dealer that is
willing to do a special order or dealer trade with a dealer outside of
your region. Or, you can input ZIP codes of regions that you are
willing to drive/fly to, and order your Prius in the region that is
carrying the option package that you really want.
The Navigation system stores the map and POI data on a DVD (as opposed
to several CDs or a hard drive (HD). It only has mapping software
(doesn't have the required MPEG decoder) to be able to play DVD movies.
Besides, in many states it is illegal to have a video screen in a
vehicle that is viewable to the driver.
There is a demo of the navigation system available on the Lexus
website. Pretty much the same system, but some of the dash button
locations are different.
Posted by cgates30 on December 7, 2005, 6:02 pm
Thanks for the reply. The dealer had told me they would probably have
to do an inbound transfer at the port, but later called to tell me they
aren't allowed to do that any more. It isn't clear to me if this is a
dealer policy or policy at the Toyota/regional level.
I live in Oregon (no sales tax), so I'd hate to buy in California and
end up paying enough tax that would cover the additional cost of the
navigation system. If it were a couple hundred dollars I wouldn't
complain, but $900 is a lot to hand over for something you really
don't need/want. I live in a town that measures 5 miles at its widest,
so I know all the streets well...
Oh, the sales rep called this morning to tell me about silverstar
bulbs. Any word on performance for these bulbs? I suppose that is an
option for me, but don't they have a tendency to blind oncoming
motorists (no auto-leveling system)? I suppose the same is true of the
after-market HID kits I've seen advertised on the web.
Any aftermarket / OEM H.I.D. kits that have autoleveling?
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on December 8, 2005, 3:16 pm
2006 package 6 (HK) comes with the factory HIDs. They do have the
And yes, they are very bright. You may need to lower their base level
a bit, so as not to be constantly flashed by oncoming drivers.
You might want to call a California dealer (remember that California is
split into two different Toyota regions, North and South!), and see if
they've done OR sales before. It might be possible for them to not
charge the sales tax on an out of state resident driving the vehicle
out of state... (When my mother bought her 2002 in RI, living in MA,
the dealer collected the MA sales tax, and not the higher RI sales tax.)
Posted by Michelle Steiner on December 8, 2005, 4:13 pm
There is also the option of them delivering the vehicle in Oregon; that
would eliminate any California sales-tax considerations.
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