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Posted by Michelle Vadeboncoeur on October 14, 2004, 9:47 pm
 

The hybrid battery, in the US, is standardly covered by the 8
year/100,000 mile Hybrid Vehicle System warranty.  If you live in CA,
MA, ME, NY, or VT, the hybrid battery on the 2004 and newer Prius is
covered by the longer CA Emission Control warranty for 10
years/150,000 miles.

See question #17 on:
http://www.toyota.com/vehicles/2005/prius/faq.html

<quote>
17. What is the warranty for Prius?

Toyota has extreme faith in our hybrid technology, so Prius comes
standard with the following coverages:

Basic: 36 months/36,000 miles (all components other than normal wear
and maintenance items).

Hybrid-Related Component Coverage: Hybrid-related components,
including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control
module and inverter with converter, are covered for 8 years/100,000
miles. The HV battery may have longer coverage under emissions
warranty. Refer to applicable Owner's Warranty Information booklet for
details.

Powertrain: 60 months/60,000 miles (engine, transmission/transaxle,
front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, seatbelts and airbags).

Rust-Through: 60 months/unlimited miles (corrosion perforation of
sheet metal).

Emissions: Coverages vary under Federal and California regulations.
Refer to applicable Owner's Warranty Information booklet for details.

Accessories: For accessories purchased at the time of the new vehicle
purchase, the Toyota Accessory Warranty coverage is in effect for 36
months/36,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service date, which is the
same coverage as the Toyota New Vehicle Limited Warranty. For
accessories purchased after the new vehicle purchase the coverage is
12 months, regardless of mileage, from the date the accessory was
installed on the vehicle, or the remainder of any applicable new
vehicle warranty, whichever provides greater coverage, with the
exception of car covers. Car covers are warranted for 12 months from
the date of purchase and do not assume any coverage under the Toyota
New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

You may be eligible for transportation assistance if it's necessary
that your vehicle be kept overnight for repairs covered under
warranty. Please see your authorized Toyota dealership for further
details.

For complete details about Toyota's warranties, please visit
www.toyota.com, refer to the applicable Owner's Warranty Information
booklet or see your Toyota dealer.

Prius customers are covered by roadside assistance and road hazard
insurance for 36 months/36,000 miles from the vehicle's in-service
date. Examples of this service include flat tire, vehicle lockout and
jumpstart. See your Toyota dealer for details.
</quote>

Posted by John DeGrazia on October 17, 2004, 8:39 pm
 


considering

I gotta recommend a GPS navigation system that is designed for automotive
use. They are much more intuitive in a car, and the controls are set up for
some one that has to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. I use a
Garmin eTrex Legend when I am on the road, and it leave lots to be desired.
The display is smalland monochrome . The memery only holds 8 meg of maps.
There is no voice activation, or contingency re-routing.

-John



Posted by Steve on October 19, 2004, 10:30 pm
 On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 13:39:00 -0700, "John DeGrazia"
with:


Another comment about Navs designed for automotive use.  This is true for=
 the
Kenwood, the Toyota Nav, and the Nav that I have in my Murano.

These Navs not only have the GPS receiver, but they use gyros to detect =
heading,
and the speed pulse from the car to help clock milage.  The three systems
cross-check each other, and if you get in an area that you can't get good=
 gps
coverage (such as a tunnel), the gyro and speed pulse keeps the Nav on =
track.

The other thing about hand-held Navs is that I don't know if they are =
designed
for the conditions that you find in the interior of a car.  I know that =
in the
summer here (Miami), the interior of a car can get upwards of 140 =
degrees. My
Nav screen gets hot to the touch.   When I lived in Minnesota, the =
interior of
the car could vary from -20F in the night and morning to 50F in the early
afternoon if the car sat in a sunny spot.  The in-car Navs are designed =
to take
these kind of temperature extremes, as well as noisy electrical power and=
 a
significant vibration.  Are inexpensive hand-held units designed for =
these
conditions?  I don't know, but it's important to know this for =
reliability
reasons.

I really like the dual displays, and wish my Murano had dual displays =
(one car,
one Nav) rather than the integrated display it currently has.

Also, and the Kenwood Nav, if the Nav unit dies outside warranty, I can =
just put
another Kenwood Nav in the car without spending big $ for an OEM =
replacement
unit.

Steve in Miami
 '04 Seaside #7

Posted by Dirty Old Man on October 20, 2004, 12:49 am
 Can you take your gps out of the car to go geocaching?
My handheld unit has withstood a dip in a stream, numerous rigorous
rides attached to my motorcycle, it can easily move from my car to my
wife's, it can be taken out of the car for walks. I could go on and
on. For me it was a very easy decision to make. For less than $00.00
I have all of the capabilities of the in dash nav system plus so many
more for considerably less money.
This was as easy as deciding who should be our next President.

Alan





Posted by Michelle Steiner on October 20, 2004, 1:53 am
 

All the capabilities?  It can give you routing to almost any address,
freeway entrance or exit, or business in the continental United States,
including inputting the phone number of a business and getting the
routing?  It can give you the phone number of almost every business in
the continental US?  It lets you specify that you want to keep off toll
roads, or that you have a detour on your route?  It has a legible 8"
monitor?  You can zoom the map display?


Well, yeah, that part was easy.

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