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Re: Chevrolet Bolt - 60 kWh, 238 mi, < 7s 0-60

Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:36 pm

Done. And thanks for the useful tip. It seems I need three more of those planks...
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:41 pm

Posts above were moved from another topic.
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:19 pm

Thanks LB, after all it's not like this thread is a hotbed of posts :? the last posts were back in April and as I noted then, 2 years before that :shock:
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:03 pm

I was so hoping the 2020 prime would have both the 3 back seats AND a larger battery, I got have of my wish :)
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:27 pm

BrockWI wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:03 pm
I was so hoping the 2020 prime would have both the 3 back seats AND a larger battery, I got have of my wish :)
For me it was 1/4th of what I wanted........I also was somewhat insistent on the 3rd seat, even if it only got used a couple of times by small kids but I'm only giving Toyota 1/2 credit for the 1/2 sized battery ;) .......well and I also couldn't stand owning a car that looks like the new non prime Prius, so thats a plus. I've heard the design of the new Prius compared to an angry insect and I can't say I disagree, WTF where the old codgers at Toyota thinking when they gave it a green light :roll:
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:04 pm

If they had put the Prime drivetrain and battery (and heated steering wheel, and heat pump) in the Gen III PIP body, that would have been a hit - at least with those of us who love the 'haul anything' aspect of that body.

I tried the seat thing, BTW, and it should work. Now if only they had allowed for it to really fold flat...
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:46 pm

The Prime's basic range/mpg specs are a good match for my requirements, so I'd be happy with the current-sized battery. While I don't care either way about the fifth seat, what isn't acceptable for me is the loss of cargo space behind the rear seats compared to a normal Prius (or the AWD, which I looked at along with a RAV4 hybrid at the dealer).

While I find the looks of the Prime acceptable, I too would prefer the Gen 3 body for general utility. Unfortunately, the Prime would still be out for me as it still has the driving dynamics of a Prius, and while they improved those for the 4th Gen, it's only from abysmal to mediocre. What would best match my needs is a compact AWD CUV with a Voltec powertrain and 1/2 - 2/3rds of the Volt 2's battery pack. That doesn't look like it's going to happen unless Buick does it, so the only remaining affordable PHEV hope is a RAV4 PHEV, and it's unknown if they'll offer that with AWD.
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:23 pm

I finally added an aftermarket steering wheel heater to our PIP. It was this one:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1


It is easier to install on a Prius than on most cars and trucks, because the Prius Gen III steering wheel is 14 and 1/8" in diameter, instead of the usual 14.5" or larger. It was still a bit of an effort to get it on, but I warmed it first and it was on in less than 5 minutes. I followed the advice of a previous reviewer and installed it with the socket pigtail (which can be tucked into the cover when not in use) in the 5 o clock position, and outboard (toward the driver) so that when the wheel is turned the cord doesn't tend to wrap around the steering wheel. It takes a little getting used to, but it works pretty well. Much less convenient than an OEM hardwired unit, but also much better than none, believe me. The cover is thick, soft foam. You may have to squeeze it slightly to feel the heat, because of the thick foam.
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:50 am

^^^ interesting. Of course my first thought would be the cord getting tangled around something or the wires eventually breaking from near-constant movement, but maybe these concerns are unfounded. I'd sure like to add a heated steering wheel to our '07 Prius, we added heated seats all around(front and rears) from almost day 1(aftermarket shop) as to get heated seats(and only the front seats) Toyota would have forced us to purchase the top of the line model(many thousands of dollars more, including options we didn't really want) so overall we've been very happy with the after-market hi/low heated seats but after having a heated steering wheel, it's almost a must for any new car purchase.
Keep us informed on how the steering wheel heater works Leftie, I for one might be interested in purchasing one at some point if yours works out well.
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Re: Official Toyota Prius PHEV thread

Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:54 am

^^ manufacturer recommends against use while driving. You can view that as lawyer CYA but it does reflect a real problem with the cord wrapping around the steering wheel column. Owner reviews say the same.
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