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Hi,
We put down our deposit on the package 4. What accessories do you all like? We are interested in bumper protection and the cargo net to start with. And where did we read about that stick on thing for the bumper to help you parallel park? We live in NYC, by the way.
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Tanya and Ben
 

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There's also a Rear Bumper Protector that goes on the top of your bumper so that when you pull stuff out of your trunk it doesn't scratch the actual bumper. The one for the Toyota Matrix fits perfectly on the Prius, and IMO it looks better too. There are also others that have gotten cloth of plastic "hoods" for their MFD because sometimes the sunlight streams into the car making it difficult to see the screen. I've been told to get "side moldings" that will help your car from getting dinged by SUVs/trucks with giant doors :p Heheh..

Here are a few photos of the stuff I'm talking about (the side moldings are on the Prius photographed:
http://www.ocprius.com/mods.html

And here are some links provided by the OC Prius club with other "Accessories" information:
http://www.ocprius.com/modlist.html
 

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Based on what I've seen on some other NYC Prius:

NY Throughway Green Pass (Discount tolls using a hybrid/green EZ Pass)
http://www.nysthruway.gov/ezpass/greentag.html

The stickers are big and ugly, but you can get the single-occupancy Clean Pass HOV stickers for the LIE (Long Island Expressway).
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/dmvfaqs.htm#cpv
http://www.dot.state.ny.us/traffic/its/ ... intro.html


I agree - if you're going for the rear bumper applique (covers the top of the rear bumper from scratches from moving cargo, clear plastic with bumps on it spelling "Prius"), you may want the black rubber version (rear bumper protector) from the Matrix instead. http://www.toyota.com/matrix/accessorie ... rearbumper

Alternately, you could look into the installation of a clear 3M film paint protectant product, offered through various installers under various names like Clear Bra or Invisishield and the like.

For parking aids, I usually just leave the headlights on, and use their glare on other objects to tell how far away from things I am.
 

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tp said:
Hi,
We put down our deposit on the package 4. What accessories do you all like? We are interested in bumper protection and the cargo net to start with. And where did we read about that stick on thing for the bumper to help you parallel park? We live in NYC, by the way.
Thanks!
Tanya and Ben
I have a cargo floor cargo net from David Honl. I don't see his website any longer. Does anyone know if he's still out there? He gave a nice discount for PO posters, and I love my net.
 

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I agree - if you're going for the rear bumper applique (covers the top of the rear bumper from scratches from moving cargo, clear plastic with bumps on it spelling "Prius"), you may want the black rubber version (rear bumper protector) from the Matrix instead. http://www.toyota.com/matrix/accessorie ... rearbumper
actually, I think there's a step up from either of those...its the one for the Corolla, which can be found under Prius parts on metrotpn.com.
The Matrix one, which I have on my 2005, is kind of worthless because the top rear lip of the bumper is not protected. Mine has been scratched numerous times loading golf clubs, etc.

I have the corolla one on my wife's 2006, and it is black plastic with a curved lip that protects the upper edge of the bumper.

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One of the best investments is the side moldings from metrotpn.com - they paint them to match your car with Toyota paint. They DO help prevent door dings from other people parked next to you.

I have a 2006 and I upgraded to leather seats at my dealer, Crystal Auto Mall, in Green Brook NJ for $995 + tax, and I got a loaner car for two days.

I wish I could find a convenient place to get the 3M 'clear bra' installed - the closest place I've found is about 70 miles from me.

Oh - I forgot! I also got the Prius Hood that goes over your MFD display to reduce glare - look up Prius Hood on ebay.

I also have All Weather mats that I bought from metrotpn - haven't gotten a rear cargo weather mat yet.

AND I got the Weathertech window deflectors - they prevent rain from dripping into your car, and you can leave the windows open a bit to get fresh air even in the rain. Without them, rain and condensation rolled right off the roof into my open window - I like to have the windows at least partially open much of the time for ventilation when I'm doing 'city' driving and it's warm but not warm enough to waste running the AC.
 

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I purchased a leather center armrest cover and side door armrest covers from Prius Hoods on eBay. I'm very satisfied with them.

Enjoy your new baby.
 

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just perfect!

Thank you everyone for your advice. We will definitely start with the bumper guards, then look into the side moldings and the display hood.
:lol:

PS: love the green thruway ezpass and headlights idea Michelle!
 

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side mouldings and mpg

It seems to me that maybe the reason the Prius is not offered with a side moulding option is because it would cause some drag and cut down on mpg. Possible? Every part of this car seems very carefully streamlined, even the dips in the roof.
 

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I purchased the "Nifty Cargo Tote" as well the cargo nets. In the two weeks I've had my Prius the Cargo Tote has seen way more action than the nets. I find it quite handy and versatile as well. Plus, when needed it will fold up into a small, flat package that can be tossed in the under-floor storage.

If anybody is looking for a sun shade for the front windshield I would also highly recommend the CoverCraft UVS100. It is a little on the pricey side but it fits perfectly, doesn't sag, is reasonably easy to install and remove and will last a long time. Here in the desert I use a sun shade all year round so I don't mind paying a little more for a quality product.
 

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Well, one part of the Prius that isn't streamlined is the wheels. Some owners have purchased shallow "moon" style hubcaps and attached them to the "superfulous" plastic rings. They claim an improvement in mileage.

Just like a Prius owner, anything to cheat the poor oil companies. ;)
 
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