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New Prius, now the fun begins

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I recently (yesterday, as a matter of fact) purchased a new 2003 Prius for my wife. I must admit, I'm surprised at how much pep the torquey electric motor is it seems to be just as capable as any normal car. She was able to keep up with me at 80mph on the ride back down the NJ Turnpike and the ride is very smooth. Exactly what shes looking for.

Of course, no car is good enough as is (check out the M-class forum on to see what I mean). Ive already compiled a long list of things Id like to add to the car and was wondering if you would care to add any more:

A Valentine1 radar detector would be useful. My wife is used to a much lower Honda Prelude and shes got a tendency to go a little faster since the Prius is up a little higher.

I found a place that will let me integrate a CD/MP3 player:

I like this little brake/engine indicator:

It would be very neat to have a rear-view camera:

The remote trunk release is a neat feature:

Something else that Id like, but probably involves a software upgrade for the trip computer, is an estimated miles until empty. Probably the most useful upgrade would be Xenon projector headlamps, anyone know if any assemblies exist?
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Clean, Simple Nav mod

First, look through ( ) then you can understand better the details of my somewhat simple but very effective mod.

I installed a very small but, rather OEM looking on/off rocker switch in the lower mid-console and it works very nicely. I did not go to the trouble of installing the timer mentioned in the above URL, so I or my wife has to reach down about every 30 seconds or so and cycle the switch back on then off again so that she can continue working the Nav's features that are normally unavailable during movement. We have had no trouble whatsoever with the modificaiton and are very pleased that we now have it.

In this URL ( ) you'll see a switch installed in a plastic panel that is at the bottom of the center console just above carpet. This is a small panel and easy to remove. Just behind this panel where the carpet terminates are a couple of wire bundles (loosely held in black plastic) coming up from under the carpet. One of those bundles has the the V-W wire coming from the Nav unit under the passenger seat.

I cut my V-W wire at this point and installed a cute little rocker switch into the plastic panel that covers this area. Nice simple and clean install.

Pittsburg, TX
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