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Posted by Michelle Steiner on October 21, 2004, 5:59 am

And for those of us who don't own a Palm or laptop?

Depends on how much convenience is worth to you, and not having to have
extra equipment in the car.

But the Prius's GPS is closer to $900 than to $500.

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Posted by Michelle Vadeboncoeur on October 14, 2004, 2:53 pm
stude@morphew.org (Larry Morphew) wrote in message

For the extended service agreement (extended warranty), the Prius only
qualifies for the Toyota Extra Care Platinum Plan for the
Toyota-backed warranties.  You do NOT have to buy it at closing, but
you can buy it anytime before your 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty
runs out.  you do not have to buy it from the dealer that sold the car
to you, or the dealer where you intend to have the car serviced.  You
can shop around, as pricing varies from dealership to dealership.  You
can get the maxed out 7 year/100,000 mile/$ deductible plan for less
than $000 (shorter length plans for even cheaper), if you know where
to shop...

Lots more info about the Toyota extended warranty, including known
dealers with good pricing (and how to get out of your current
overpriced warranty and buy it cheaper), can be found at:

I've heard varying stories about the Toyota Prepaid Maintenance
program...  Some dealers claim that you can only buy it at closing,
some others claim that it is only good at their dealership, but I
don't know if they're really selling the Toyota plan.  I do know that
you can also shop around (check with some of the dealers in the above
document) and get a better than MSRP price for the plan, though.
Whether it is a good idea depends on the price that the plan is being
offered to you at, and what the going rate is at the dealership's
service department that you're planning on using (different shops have
differernt hourly rates).  MSRP for the program is at:
Note that you'll be double-paying for the Toyota Roadside Assistance
with the prepaid maintenance plan, as every US Toyota Prius comes with
it free for 3 years/36,000 miles.

Posted by aaron klein on October 14, 2004, 2:49 pm
 Been on waiting list since April 04 in New York.  A prius came in August,
but dealer wanted 3000 over MSRP.  I walked.
Are these cars available without dealer overcharges??  Has anyone paid MSRP?
Above?,  Below (HA).
AK in NY

Posted by Michelle Steiner on October 15, 2004, 5:02 pm
 In article

Many dealers sell at MSRP; I bought mine at MSRP in Fresno, CA, even
though I live in AZ.  I realize that living in NY, CA is not an option
for you.

But it looks like the backlog is soon to be resolved.  A dealer here who
told me in April that they stopped taking orders because they had a
one-year backlog told me today that they have sold out their waiting
list and have some coming in soon that are not spoken for.

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Posted by Larry Morphew on October 21, 2004, 3:29 am
 Yes, Aaron, around here (Iowa) they are going at window sticker - same
in Colorado where we bought ours last July.

As a matter of fact, a salesman told me today (while I was waiting for
my 5000 mile lube, oil, filter) that he sold one last month at $00
under window sticker but added that it was to a very good and regular
customer. This was a salesman at an Iowa dealership.

You should NOT have to pay above MSRP!

Larry Morphew
'55 Studebaker Commander
'04 Toyota Prius

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