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Posted by Larry Morphew on October 14, 2004, 5:18 am
 

I agree with you regarding the rear view from the center mirror (as I
mentioned in an earlier post). It could be better. We have 5k miles on
ours now and have gotten used to it but it is still somewhat annoying.


We ended up spending more than we wanted to but we still believe we
got full value received. Not sure I'd want to give up the options now
though. We like the gadgets as much as the next person, I suppose.
But, suffice it to say that we really didn't plan to spend as much as
we did. When and if you do make your purchase, be prepared for the
additional warrenty offer (increases the warrenty from 3 years to
whatever you want - we took 7 years) and, of course, they want to sell
you a service agreement, which we also bought but not so sure we got a
great deal on that now that we've had time to study it further.

I've seen some dash mounted satellite navigation systems that look
pretty good that can be added as an accessory item. These aren't from
Toyota but are relatively inexpensive. I'm considering adding one in
the near future.

Glad you had a good test drive. Hope you can eventually find the one
you really want.

Larry Morphew

Posted by Fustanella on October 14, 2004, 11:35 am
 

Does that cover the battery? One of the nagging concerns I have is what
would happen when the hamsters in there get tired, and who handles the
replacement cost. There's also the chance I'd be out of the car before then,
though I bought my current car new in '96 and it's going strong.


Steve's Kenwood comment gives me food for thought, and I'm also considering
one of the Palm OS handhelds with GPS built in as I'd get more overall use
out of it, in the car and out. The latter isn't as elegant but it is more
flexible.


It's in their court, augmented with the fine advice I'm receiving here and
in other Prius conversations.



Posted by Jerry W on October 14, 2004, 12:01 pm
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The good thing about an aftermarket nav is that it is portable. Many of =
them will cover a given area in more detail thatn the OEM version too, =
at least in the US.

If you get an extended warranty, shop around first and make sure you but =
the Toyota version not any other. 7yrs/100000 miles available for less =
than $,000 - see Priuschat.com

regards

Jerry
  > we did. When and if you do make your purchase, be prepared for the
  > additional warrenty offer (increases the warrenty from 3 years to
  > whatever you want - we took 7 years) and, of course, they want to =
sell

  Does that cover the battery? One of the nagging concerns I have is =
what
  would happen when the hamsters in there get tired, and who handles the
  replacement cost. There's also the chance I'd be out of the car before =
then,
  though I bought my current car new in '96 and it's going strong.

  > I've seen some dash mounted satellite navigation systems that look
  > pretty good that can be added as an accessory item. These aren't =
from
  > Toyota but are relatively inexpensive. I'm considering adding one in
  > the near future.

  Steve's Kenwood comment gives me food for thought, and I'm also =
considering
  one of the Palm OS handhelds with GPS built in as I'd get more overall =
use
  out of it, in the car and out. The latter isn't as elegant but it is =
more
  flexible.

  > Glad you had a good test drive. Hope you can eventually find the one
  > you really want.

  It's in their court, augmented with the fine advice I'm receiving here =
and
  in other Prius conversations.


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handles
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before
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systems
  that look<BR>&gt; pretty good that can be added as an accessory item. =
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considering
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gives me
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handhelds
  with GPS built in as I'd get more overall use<BR>out of it, in the car =
and
  out. The latter isn't as elegant but it is =

more<BR>flexible.<BR><BR>&gt; Glad
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Posted by richard schumacher on October 14, 2004, 1:33 pm
 

The traction battery (the big, expensive one) is covered by the standard
8 year/100,000 mile drive train warranty.  If the salesanimal said you
had to buy an extended warranty to cover that battery that long then he
was lying.  

After seven years of Toyota selling about 100,000 Priuses I have found
zero reports of battery replacements other than those damaged in
accidents.

All extended warranties are insurance policies, priced to return a
profit to the seller.  If you can afford the possible loss or repair
cost it's always a better bet to self-insure (in other words, don't buy
the extended warranty).

Posted by Fustanella on October 14, 2004, 3:03 pm
 
battery

We hadn't gotten to that point, since they didn't have a model that served
my needs.



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