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I got my Prius with option package 4 so it didn't include a cassette player. I have a long commute so I listen to books on tape (unfortunately, there just isn't nearly as many books available at this point on CD). I called a couple of dealerships and one told me that it would cost $1,100.00 to have the 6/CD changer compo Cassette system that comes with the higher option packages installed and the other one told me that the 6/CD Changer Cassette player combo isn't even available anymore. I know there is a slot under the current stereo system where I might put in a after market cassette player, but I am very leery of having anyone but a certified mechanic install something that is obviously going to involve getting inside the front console and messing with the wiring. Does anyone have any ideas on how I might go about getting a cassette player installed without having to pay $1,100.00? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Riff, the first dealer is correct, they are making the Prius with this combo. But since you have your car, I'd seriously consider not installing the cassette player but using a portable on the seat. It sure saves a lot of money and you would't have to worry about someone ruining your dashboard. Just a thought.
 

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And there's a power outlet inside the main compartment of the armrest, on the front wall. A portable cassette player can be easily stashed out of sight without having to unplug it.
 

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I went ahead and got a Panasonic RQ-A220 Cassette Player/Recorder. It's small enough to fit in the Storage compartment, but the sound quality isn't quite what I wanted. I was hoping for something small with decent sound quality (wanted my cake and eat it to :). The one thing that I wanted to avoid was having a boom box in the car all the time :). All the portable cassette players that I looked don't seem to use 12v so I am going to look for a adapter at Radio Shack later this week. It will run up to 20 hours on a 2 double A's so even if I can't get it to work with a adaptor 20 hours isn't to bad.

I usually don't buy my audio books. I get them from the Library and the ones here in Orange County, CA still have just a small selection on CD (they have a huge selection on Cassette though). I only listen to unabridged Audio books and they usually average from 10 to 16 cassettes. I wish the Prius CD Player played MP3's then I could covert the cassettes to MP3 CD's since that would only take a few CD's. Converting 10 to 16 tapes every time just isn't worth the time, effort, and expense since legally I can't keep the CD's after I return the audio book to the library.
 
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