It was actually easy and looks 100% Toyota when done!
I got the parts kit and instruction manual from www.airandsound.com
It wasn't too bad for a shade tree mechanic like me, I can change oil, plugs
brakes and stuff.
After pricing what the Toyota dealer wanted $595 !! I did a search and found
it for $200
I like keeping an extra $400 in my pocket!
Its as smooth as any factory cruise! They have a large selection of other
Two years ago I received a base Prius--no package, no nothin'. Had to
be ordered special, took 4 months to come on the boat from Japan.
Doesn't have an AUX plugin to the stereo, NOTHING.
But it does have cruise control.
I'm guessing they all have cruise control, because they ALL have what
*my* car came with as a 2007 model.
I only know what Toyota says: It's a package option on the standard Prius,
standard on the Touring model. Take the link I posted. That is precisely
what they say and it certainly confirms what the OP said about adding a
third-party cruise. Perhaps Toyota has a misprint.
They've switched things around. Mine has everything Package One is
listed with, except for alloy wheels. Two years ago, that wasn't
Package One in my area.
Remember, each regional distributor does his own thing.
I was under the impression a business, any business, was obligated to offer
product at the advertised price. I tried a few zip codes and the product
was consistently offered at that price. If you can't buy a 2009 Prius w/o
options for $22750.00 plus state and local taxes then what the heck? Are
they giving the FTC a wedgie? From what I read, the OP's link to a 3rd
party cruise, along with his testimonial, may be of value to anyone who
purchases the base model.
Yes its a base model,
and with a little more investigation the parts, they are made by the Toyota
So its the same parts you'd get in a Toyota box plus the instructions and
stuff, but No High priced dealer mark up or dealer service dept bendover
without a reach around.
So its Toyota quality parts in one kit with instructions on what must be
It also fits the Tundra, Tacoma and Corolla according to the instructions.
I'm Right, U R Wrong!
"Was Istoben" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
No law requires a Prius to be sold at the MSRP, which stands for
"Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price". Normally, that is enough more
than the price for which a dealer is willing to sell the vehicle that
the dealer may appear to be giving discounts, but when a vehicle is in
really great demand, the dealer may ask for more than the MSRP and get
Of course not, but the FTC examines deceptive practices. If you advertise a
particular product at a particular price but no such product exists at any
price, that would be clearly deceptive. Recently folks have been discussing
Honda's competition with the Prius. Until people were able to sit in the
Honda, the discussion centered around the price difference. That difference
was based on the advertised base price of the Honda and Toyota hybrids.
Using some of the reasoning I've seen here, all Toyota need do is advertise
a lower price on a non-existent model to beat Honda. Were this to happen,
Honda would complain bitterly to the FTC. If a dealer advertises the
product at the base price, no matter who their distributor is, they must, at
a minimum, have that product on hand at the time they place the ad.
But in the instant case, this is all moot. According to the OP he bought
the base model and it comes without cruise control. Toyota's on-line
literature confirms his claim. Obviously the model IS available. He is, as
his handle clearly states, right.
Well...except that all Priuses have cruise control. Moreover, THINK
about it for a minute. Why would Toyota sell a hybrid WITHOUT cruise
control? Unlike a conventional vehicle, the Prius is ELECTRIC drive and
comes with ALL of the elements of cruise control already 'built in' as a
part of the hybrid system. The cruise control function is valuable for
fuel economy which is the objective of the hybrid in the first place.
Toyota WANTS you to have cruise control on your Prius. Do you think
they would sell one without it?
Well... except that they don't, and simply saying they do over and over
doesn't change that. The OP bought one without cruise control. How did
he do that if they don't exist?
And why does Toyota's own web site say that they're an OPTION? Did you
even bother to look there?
Think about it all you want. Fact is they sell a base model Prius
without option packages, without cruise control.
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Think about it a little bit more. As has been said here many times before
the Prius is a gas-engined car with electric assist. This has (as we say in
the UK) sod all to do with cruise control (as far as I can see). Cruise
control is about selecting a road speed and then controlling the "throttle"
to maintain that speed. In which case it could just as easily be applied to
a steam driven vehicle. How the control is achieved is the key. As the
Prius has a "fly-by-wire" throttle, control is probably more easily
achieved than the steam engine, but I don't think hybrid technology has the
I am open to educating, however.......
I would think of the Prius as more an electric-drive vehicle with a
gas-engine assist since the front wheels are driven by the MG2 electric
motor and therefore are not powered unless MG2 is operating. The
throttle for the Prius gasoline engine is always controlled by the
computer which also monitors the road speed so the cruise control
elements are already included on every Prius. However, I investigated
the cruise control 'option' for the Prius and it was not even available
for the 2001 first generation model for which the only options (in the
U.S.) were a CD player and floor mats. The 2002 and 2003 models (also
first generation) had cruise control available only as an option. The
second generation Prius beginning with the 2004 model had cruise control
as standard equipment for 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. For 2008 and
2009, cruise control was included as standard equipment in the 'touring'
model but not the base model, although it is included in all of the
options packages and, as a practical matter, almost every Prius comes
with an option package. However it is theoretically possible to buy a
2009 Prius without cruise control. So...I was wrong to state that every
Prius has cruise control, but only like 99 percent of them.
On Mon, 04 May 2009 10:52:50 -0700, "David T. Johnson"
This is not correct. You seem to be thinking that the Prius is powered
something like a diesel-electric locomotive. Power to the wheels can
come from any or all of the gas-engine, MG1, and MG2, under the control
of the computer. For the Prius, cruise control is simply another input
to the computer, which decides how to provide power or braking to the
wheels depending on the car speed, and settings of the accelerator or
brake pedal, gear selector, etc.
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