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So here's a question I don't think has been covered on here much or at all...

1) What color Prius do you have?

2) Was that your first CHOICE, or first AVAILABLE with the option package you wanted.

In other words, are you HAPPY, or COPING with the color you have.

And maybe someone can explain to me...

Tideland Pearl. http://www.prius.com shows it as being sort of a pastel green color. Yet, when people have posted pics of it, it's like a very deep charcoal grey.
Does anybody with a tideland pearl truly have a GREEN car? Did the color change when it hit production?

To answer my own question, I had ORIGINALLY requested the Milennium SIlver Prius, but turns out someone else had snagged that one first so I was told I could be next in line for the NEXT silver, OR take the Black that was coming in the same day. My main request had been that I get package 9 AND a grey/burgandy interior, so I leapt on it. Turns out, that although it's an INCREDIBLE b*tch to keep clean, I wouldn't have been truly happy with my silver Prius... The dark tint I have and chrome wouldn't have quite the same... uumph they do against black.

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Ha! Good question. I had been holding out for a silver with grey interior and the number 9 package. I mentioned this in another thread, but I had expected the car by now. My wife and I have a road trip planned for the end of the month, and of course I'm dying to have the Prius and enough time to get to know it before then. I called my sales guy two weeks ago, he said he could get me a green one with pkg. 9 at MSRP this month (next week).

While I was on the phone I pulled up the official prius site and I was looking at the green, and it was just too soft for my taste. Especially when I wanted the nice, clean, modern silver/grey combo. I told him I had seen this "other green" that seemed much darker, more grey and that I actually prefered that to the silver. He said some people perceived the green as a grey with hints of green. I was scratching my head. The sample on their own site just didn't say that to me at all. That's when I stumbled across this forum and I found TechnoMage's site with some picks of his tideland pearl. Hmm...same name, but those colors are so different and hey, that's the color I've been seeing around town and wishing I had picked!

So I voted that I comprimised, but in the end I'm actually getting the body color that I like best. I am settling on the tan interior, but also the more I see it the more I like the contrast. There is a tideland pearl, with the tan interior (it's the only option for that body color) around the block from my house. I must walk by it twice a day to oogle it until mine comes. There's also a blue and a black '04 that park in the lot right outside my office. They both have the tan interior and I'm starting to dig it, but deep down I'm a monochromatic kinda guy.
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Interesting that you compromised on the one aspect I refused to. I test drove the white with tan, package 9 in Cerritos , CA and HATED the tan interior from square one. Over the course of my car shopping experience I considered a Pontiac Grand Prix for a short time, and the concept of a two-tone interior (grey dash, tan other stuff) seriously bugged me...

The tideland thing IS INDEED a mystery.
Anyone know the WHOLE STORY behind it? John, Michelle or BIF perhaps?

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The chip in the brochure looked green. The picture on the website looked green. I am the only one who calls my car green. If you catch it in the sun it glitters a light grey green. Otherwise it is a nice shade of grey. Don't even think green or you will be diappointed.

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My previous car (non-Prius) was "medium grey metallic", so I wouldn't personally call Tideland "grey". However, it IS darker than what was pictured on-line; possibly due to either studio lighting and/or alteration in Photoshop or some such. Here's mine; while I did adjust it (slightly), this is very close to actual - other Tideland owners can confirm/deny this at their leisure.
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So here's a question I don't think has been covered on here much or at all...

1) What color Prius do you have?

2) Was that your first CHOICE, or first AVAILABLE with the option package you wanted.

In other words, are you HAPPY, or COPING with the color you have.

And maybe someone can explain to me...

Tideland Pearl. http://www.prius.com shows it as being sort of a pastel green color. Yet, when people have posted pics of it, it's like a very deep charcoal grey.
Does anybody with a tideland pearl truly have a GREEN car? Did the color change when it hit production?

To answer my own question, I had ORIGINALLY requested the Milennium SIlver Prius, but turns out someone else had snagged that one first so I was told I could be next in line for the NEXT silver, OR take the Black that was coming in the same day. My main request had been that I get package 9 AND a grey/burgandy interior, so I leapt on it. Turns out, that although it's an INCREDIBLE b*tch to keep clean, I wouldn't have been truly happy with my silver Prius... The dark tint I have and chrome wouldn't have quite the same... uumph they do against black.
Wanted Seaside Pearl and got it. Almost took the first offer of a dealer demo in Silver, but I can't get excited about the silver; no matter how I looked at it, it looked "dead" and cheerless, colorless, like wet concrete.
The next day, I got a call from a guy ( on another chatline I particpate in) who lived in a city about 200 miles from me, telling me that my exact color and option package was sitting on the lot unclaimed. One quick phone call and credit card deposit, and the car was mine at MSRP.
The Tideland does look like wet sand most of the time. It's only green in strong sunlight, othewise, charcoal grey. Interesting color, and my third choice.

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I originally wanted the seaside, but upon seeing it in person and seeing the tideland, I decided to go with the tideland. I would never have been interested in the tideland by looking at Toyota's site. The green they represented is not even close. It also helped that my wife liked the tideland the best as well.

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I wanted a Silver Bc/#9 and nothing else. So that is what I got, no matter how long I would have waited.

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2001 US colors (what about Hawaii/VIP?):
Aqua Ice Opalescent (color code 761)
Silver Strata Metallic (color code 1C5)
Super White (color code 040)
Electric Green Mica (color code 6R4)

2002 US (including Hawaii):
Aqua Ice Opalescent (color code 761)
Silver Strata Metallic (color code 1C5)
Super White (color code 040)
Electric Green Mica (color code 6R4)
Brilliant Blue Pearl (color code 8K
Blue Moon Pearl (color code 8P5)

2003 US (Hawaii?):
Aqua Ice Opalescent (color code 761)
Silver Strata Metallic (color code 1C5)
Super White (color code 040)
Electric Green Mica (color code 6R4)
Brilliant Blue Pearl (color code 8K
Golden Pearl (color code 057)
Black (color code 202)

2004 US (Hawaii?):
Super White (color code 040)
Millenium Silver Metallic (color code 1C0)
Black (color code 202)
Salsa Red (color code 3Q3)
Driftwood Pearl (color code 4S2)
Tideland Pearl (color code 6S9)
Seaside Pearl (color code 8S2)

2004 US interior colors:
Brown/Ivory (color code 0
Burgundy/Dark Gray (color code 1

2004 US available C/TR:
040/08 040/18
1C0/18
202/08 202/18
3Q3/08
4S2/08
6S9/08
8S2/08

2001-2003 Canada:
Ocean Blue Pearl (color code 761)
Silver Sand Metallic (color code 1C5)
Electric Green Mica (color code 6R4)
Alpine White (color code 040)
Brilliant Blue Pearl (color code 8K

2004 Canada:
Alpine White (color code 040)
Millennium Silver Metallic (color code 1C0)
Black (color code 202)
Salsa Red Pearl (color code 3Q3)
Driftwood Pearl (color code 4S2)
Tideland Pearl (color code 6S9)
Seaside Pearl (color code 8S2)

2002-2003 UK:
Island Green (color code 6R4)
Caspian Blue (color code 8K
Verdi Steel (color code 761)
Moonlight Silver (color code 1C5)

2004 UK:
Silver Steel - Metallic (color code 1C0)
Aztec Bronze - Mica (color code 4S2)
Pure White - Solid (color code 040)
Regency Red - Mica (color code 3Q3)
Sileni Green - Mica (color code 6S9)
Glacier Blue - Mica (color code 8S2)
Astral Black - Solid (color code 202)

2002-2003 Japan:
Super White 2 (color code 040)
White Pearl Mica (color code 057)
Silver Metallic Graphite (color code 1C5)
Dark Green Mica (color code 6R4)
Light Aqua Metallic Opal (color code 761)
Dark Blue Mica (color code 8K
Blue Mica Metallic (color code 8P5)
Blood Mica (color code 3P2 some burgundy (deep red) color...)

2004 Japan:
Super White II (color code 040)
White Pearl Crystal Shine (color code 062)
Silver Metallic (color code 1C0)
Black (color code 202)
Dark Red Mica Metallic (color code 3Q3)
Bronze Mica Metallic (color code 4S2)
Jade Green Mica Metallic (color code 6S9)
Blue Mica (color code 8M6)

2002-2003 Australia:
Aqua Ice (color code 761?)
Distant Storm (color code 1C5?)
Glacier White (color code 040?)
Racing Green (color code 6R4?)
Jewell Blue (color code 8K

2004 Australia:
Gun Olive (color code 6S9)
Crystal Blue (color code 8S2)
Ebony (color code 202)
Glacier White (color code 040?)
Merlot Red (color code 3Q3)
Sterling Silver (color code 1C0)
Magnetic Bronze (color code 4S2)

2002 Ireland:
Sky Blue
Laser Blue
Pure White
Reflective Green
Glacier Silver
Cosmos Blue


If anyone can add to my list (location, available colors, and paint color codes), please let me know.

On US Prius, the paint color code can be found on the door jamb label. It's in the C/TR: field. I think this plate may also be underhood (under-bonnet) in some locations.




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Yes, I still have color envy. Canada had this nice Brilliant Blue Pearl offered for the 2001 model year (a deep blue), but it wasn't available in the US, so I settled for the Aqua Ice Opalescent.

Then for the 2002 model year Toyota USA got the Brilliant Blue Pearl color...

My mother preferred the Aqua Ice Opalescent color, but she didn't want to completely copy me when she got her 2002 Prius, so instead she got the Brilliant Blue Pearl color.

I envy her Prius' color, she envies mine.


My husband is very happy with his Black 2004, Pioneer order. He's always wanted a Black car, and the 2004 Prius looks very sharp in the black!




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