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What is the difference between owning the grey import Prius (2000 and under) as opposed to the Aussie delivered Prius 2001+?

Will Toyota service dealer try and rip you off as far as partsand service costs go?

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Not really they should be the same car so parts should all be the same, where the difference may be is if the import version has or hasn't got features the locally sold version did, and also greys tend to have a lower re-sale value, but strictly on general parts and service it should all be the same, I don't believe the Prius differs all that much from market to market.

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Toyota dealers will not touch imported prius. Apparently this instruction comes from TMCA.

Really?

Is there any reason for this?

Because they are upset that you bought the car from Japan for vastly less money than what they sell them here for. Shows how much faith they have in the car if they don't want to know about it ;)

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Toyota dealers will not touch imported prius. Apparently this instruction comes from TMCA.

Really?

Is there any reason for this?

Because the imported ones are a generation older than the ones we offically sold, and the HSD unit and batterys are different. And unless your good with japanese, the on screen display is pretty much useless. And don't bother asking a dealer for a conversion "kit". They don't exist.

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Dunno about that, I have one, and it is excellent.

Service is easy as, and costs to run are great.

The Kanji side is a little confusing, but takes 3 mins to know what is what. Pretty much the same as the Aus one, apart from less luxury in the Aus version.

Dealers... Yep, they had no hand full of $$'s, and that is probably it.

The import is almost same as the 2001-2003 Aus version really from a drivers side, maybe a little less on the throttle, but thats about it. We love ours... both the NHW10 & NHW11.

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