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Hi - this happened once to my sister, who was driving while I was on vacation, and once (I think) to me. When it happened to me, I literally thought I'd just blinked, it was so quick and apparently minor - but I'm posting to see if we need to worry. The situation-
After driving some miles at normal speeds (40 to 60 mph), you go into a parking lot and slow down. As you move into a parking space, the prius dies on you and the check engine light comes on. This happened to my sister two weeks ago; the only thing she noticed that was at all unusual was that the car was in "B" rather than "D" at the time. It started up normally and has been fine since. What could have caused this? could it have anything to do with a hesitation I somethimes sense in the motor when shifting between the gas and electric motors? Or is it just a freak occurence that we needn't worry about? If it occurs again, I'm certainly going to call the dealer; this was a demo 2003 which I bought just 6 weeks ago. TIA!
 

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thanks!

I guess I won't worry, then. We both found you really have to look when shifting; if you're not careful, you can get it into "B" rather than "D" really easily. In future I will certainly be careful!

So the hesitation when shifting from engine to engine is normal? I ask because, as I said, this was a demo model with a lot of previous drivers and I didn't have a good experience buying it (though I love the car).

Also, I hadn't realized that "B" was so different from "1" and "2" gears in a normal car. Well, I'm still learning! Thanks again-
 

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Not at all-

What I said precisely is that it slips easily from "D" into "B" when shifting from reverse, for example - and I usually back out of parking spaces. It's also very easy to get into "N" rather than "R" - the shift lever moves extremely easily - but when you're in "N", you know it! When you've gone from reverse to braking, you don't necessarily know it because you can drive forward at slow speed - normally exactly what you're doing at such a time. So I've just got to be sure to check the monitor every time, because I can't always tell by feel what gear I'm in. I guess you could compare the lever to an extremely sensitive keyboard - I'm used to a much stiffer one. Hope this is clear now. I'm just glad I don't have a serious problem!
 
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