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Posted by Jean B. on August 27, 2005, 2:05 am
I was just reading a saga elsewhere, and the person had to get
into his dead Prius using a manual key.  I didn't get a manual
key and am wondering whether I should have.  It would make
sense, but then I also am unaware of any key holes.  So, if
there is no manual key, how do you get into your car if it is
totally dead--or your key's battery is dead (and the other key
is elsewhere)?

Sort-of relatedly, I would guess that if one has a battery
problem, it might make more sense to call Toyota and not AAA,
since Toyota should know how to deal with this.  Right?
Jean B.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 27, 2005, 2:38 am

The manual key is inside the fob; it has a small ring attached to it.  
There are instructions in the users manual on how to remove it from the

The keyhole is on the driver's door, just aft of the black button (if
you have Smart Entry), or just aft of the door handle (if you don't have
smart entry).

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

Posted by Jean B. on August 27, 2005, 3:28 am
 Michelle Steiner wrote:

Oh good.  It must be tiny, since I didn't notice it.

Ditto on the handle.  Yes, I do have smart entry, which is
pretty cool--esp. that you don't even have to touch the
button!  (That has actually screwed me up a couple of times,
when I have then pressed the button, not realizing the car has
alreadty unlocked!  :-)  )

Jean B.

Posted by Ingenuous on August 27, 2005, 4:31 am

Jean, the black button is used to lock the car, not unlock it.  Get out,
press that button, listen for the confirmation beep and walk away.  No need
to take out the fob and use the button thereon.

Posted by Jean B. on August 27, 2005, 2:04 pm
 Ingenuous wrote:

???  It sure unlocks it--and the salesman pointed that out as
one of its virtues.  It does both!  (Or mine does; I think
they can be configured in various ways.)  I agree re the
key--which is part of why I gather I have not examined it well
enough.  I get as far as groping for it and then remember I
don't need to get it out--unless I want to let my daughter in
a teeny bit more quickly.  (I gather that function can be
altered too...)

Jean B.

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