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  1. Any Toyota service department should be able to confirm by checking against the VIN. Here are the recalls for Toyota http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952857 You haven't said which series you own. 2009 covers the change from NHW20 aka Gen II aka 2004-2009 model to the ZVW30 aka Gen III aka 2010 model from May 2009. (The 2012 facelift is still the ZVW30.) The NHW20 had two recalls in November 2012. The ZVW30 had a recall in February 2010.
  2. The ride quality of the Prius 30 is on a par with most small/medium cars. I can't speak fit the Prius C because I can't fit in it (I'm 195cm). Battery life is not worth worrying about. Unless you will be driving in severe, sub-sub-zero or extreme heat, the battery will take care of itself. If you flog it, it will still return reasonable fuel economy. If you learn hypermiling techniques and learn about the machine, you'll get the ADR figures in most conditions. It is possible to get better fuel economy from the Prius C in city conditions but the Prius 30 is better if you drive at highway spe
  3. 1. Is the Prius any good? Very good. While the price reflects the cost of the hybrid gubbins, there's plenty of other technology that you won't find on any car that side of $50,000. (The argument that you won't save enough money from petrol savings to make up the difference is silly. You won't save money driving a Lexus, so just buy a Chery instead.) It is a "fun" car. not as in "sideways", "loud" or "sporty" but as in "video game". It has good interior space and will take a surprising amount of luggage. 2. Is it any good as a family car as my wife will be using this car along with our 6-
  4. That's great news, whatever the font. Were you able to assess the condition of the battery from the wreckers? Does it drive as good as new?
  5. That's great news. However, I demand to see photos! :D If I'm lucky I'll be helping to refurbish a NVW11 Prius early next year. I suspect that we'll be enhancing it somehow.
  6. Hi Subbu Maybe you should post against Dolce_Vita's thread, since it is about buying a Prius. I would agree with Dolce_Vita's answers, however the price of servicing is a little higher (inflation) and the price of a replacement HV battery is a little lower. Here's a few things to consider: Since that post, Toyota Australia has released the NVW30 Prius (Gen III), the Toyota Camry Hybrid, the Prius C and the Prius V and you could include the Lexus CT on that list. So you can now choose from a compact hatch, a medium-sized hatch, a sedan and a 7-seater wagon. You say that you have a 2009 Prius.
  7. Check with Toyota to see if they can supply one; see how much and see what warranty they will put on it. HV batteries in current cars come with a combined 8 year, 160,000km warranty in part because they are so reliable. Then see if they would fit a HV battery from a wreck where the vendor is offering 3 month warranty. Any pictures?
  8. Welcome ArnoldE That's one special car. You should see what Toyota would be interested in doing with the car, given its historical significance. Have you been using the car regularly, recently? Can you determine the cause or extent of the failure? I don't know the price of a replacement battery for a Gen1, but $3,000 is the quoted amount for Gen2 and Gen3. You closest you can get to battery repack in Australia is probably NilCO2. Contact www.NilCO2.com.au as they fit batteries to create Plug-in Prii. If they don't repack, then you could remove your HV battery and replace it with a much la
  9. I just fitted a DEFA engine block heater to my NVW30 Prius. DEFA is a Norwegian company that makes a huge range of engine block heaters. Their distributors are Waeco-Dometic, but not in Australia where Waeco is better known for cooling than heating. Waeco would need to certify it against Australian electric standards, which isn't economic for the number (1) they are likely to sell. No such restriction on self-importation. DEFA doesn't sell them, but Bjørn was very helpful and answered enquires very quickly. I had to find a on-line retailer from Europe. I stumbled onto www.CARandCAMP.de but t
  10. I'm in the same boat. The right corner of the bumper was pushed in and popped out again by car park faeries. The damage isn't great and I have coverage for little dings, so I can get it fixed quite cheaply. I initial hope was that I could fit a body kit instead of fixing the bumper... but of course the body kit would only cover the bottom of the bumper and not replace the whole thing. Get the repair assessed, because it may be possible to fix it. As for fitting a reversing camera, check Toyota Manuals here and search for "Rear View camera". The installation instructions assume wiring to th
  11. Midnight, here's the complete list of cars, in English: http://www.trdparts.jp/english/list_car_index.html You'll notice that there's a lot more than Aurion and HiLux. I have Japanese brochures for the Prius alpha (Prius V NVW40 when it goes on sale here) with 10 pages of accessories, including 6 different Navigation units to choose from, but no TRD parts for the NVW40 or NVW41. Yes, TRD in Japan is not the same as TRD in Australia.
  12. The TRD parts for Toyota's large range of hybrid vehicles would tend to improve their fuel economy. Changing bulbs for LED reduces drain from the 12v battery, lowering the car reduces drag, etc. all of which saves petrol. On the other hand, changing wheels might not help if weight reduction is offset by increased drag from wider tyres and spoke pattern. http://www.trdparts.jp/english/list_aqua.html TRD parts for non-hybrids may include parts specifically designed to increase performance and therefore almost certainly increase fuel consumption. Just think if you could order TRD parts for a
  13. Hybrid taxis have a few big advantages over LPG and Diesel taxis: The Prius can manoeuvre for up to 1 km on battery alone. That's while running the A/C and lights so maybe a bit less if the radio, dispatch system, EFTPOS terminal and other accessories are taken into account. Regenerative braking extends the life of brake rotors since the brake pads only touch the discs when applied hard. Over 200,000km before replacement is not unusual. Engine either runs at high load and therefore efficiently or not at all and therefore even more efficiently. The Falcon, Camry (non-hybrid) and Skoda Superb
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  15. Hi Dolce Vita The original Engine Block Heater for the Prius is from Toyota Canada. AFAIK it is fitted to all Toyota Hybrids in Canada and perhaps even to all Toyotas. I asked a Toyota spare parts guy in Canberra about the EBH. As it happened he had lived in Canada and he immediately understood why it would be a good idea for a Prius in alpine areas of Australia. He also confirmed that Australia doesn't get them. The EBH is about the size of a cigarette lighter. There is a hole in the block into which the EBH fits snugly. It warms the block and the transmission. (I've since discovered tha

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