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Most Obscure Prius Facts (Way out there)

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by 200Volts, Nov 20, 2006.

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  1. 200Volts

    200Volts Member

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    My most obscure Prius fact: The FM radio cannot be switched between FM1 and FM2 while in reverse.
    (edit: By pushing the FM button).
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    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

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    How about this?

    EPA City MPG is higher than Highway MPG.
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(200Volts @ Nov 20 2006, 03:31 PM) [snapback]352287[/snapback]</div>

    That's because the Doppler effect on radio waves in reverse would cause FM2 to be lower than FM1, which would violate FCC doctrines. It's a little know fact that this was the cause of Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the Superb owl. :blink:
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    qbee42 My other car is a boat

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(narf @ Nov 20 2006, 07:02 PM) [snapback]352303[/snapback]</div>

    The lesser known "Part 14" of the rules and regulations.

    Tom
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    The fact that the car carries a spare tire seems to evade a certain
    percentage of the owner population...
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    _H*
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(200Volts @ Nov 20 2006, 05:31 PM) [snapback]352287[/snapback]</div>

    The HID headlight auto-leveling system adjusts only for vehicle pitch caused by things like carrying a heavy load. Many people incorrectly think it adjusts for going up and down hills. The really obscure part: it doesn't operate between 0.4 mph and 19 mph, or above 112 mph. Even more oddly, it doesn't control at all while accelerating.

    Here is the page from the service manual that details this:

    [attachmentid=5730]

    - Tom

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    Hi All,

    The Prius Steering wheel is not circular, but oval. This permits better veiwing the the speedometer and other controls during straigt driving.

    Once you get used to it, it also results in easier reach for hand/over/hand steering.
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    I don't know whether this qualifies as "obscure"; but driving the Prius is highly addictive. :rolleyes:
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    The passenger's vanity light can't be switched on unless the mirror cover is first slid open. The driver's vanity light can't be switched on unless the mirror cover is slid open, AND the car is not moving.
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    Stev0 Honorary Hong Kong Cavalier

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    There's a sooper-seekrit storage container under the front cupholder.
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    In the image of the Prius on the Energy screen, The two wheels on the left side of the Prius (bottom of the screen) have five spokes. The other wheels (top of the screen) only have four.
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    hyo silver Awaaaaay

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    The stereo can be turned on from the steering wheel by pushing twice on the 'mode' button.

    edit: I was wrong. Once is enough.
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    While listening to a CD, hold the up or down arrow for a few seconds; it will change to the next / previous CD.
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    The front-left side is lower than the front-right side. If you don't believe me, measure the height from ground to the lower edge of side mirrors. They diff by about 1 inch. <_<
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Warwind @ Nov 20 2006, 06:52 PM) [snapback]352357[/snapback]</div>

    I'm not sure this is true. I'm sure I've done this while moving, though it was in slow traffic. (I'm a diagnosed fidgiter. Anything with a hinge wears out faster when I own it.)
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Warwind @ Nov 20 2006, 06:52 PM) [snapback]352357[/snapback]</div>

    This is not true on my '06. I could turn on the driver's vanity light while the car was in motion just fine.
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    DaveinOlyWA 3rd Time was Solariffic!!

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ceric @ Nov 20 2006, 08:32 PM) [snapback]352394[/snapback]</div>

    measure the height of the doors instead. the right side mirror is positioned higher in order to be seen from the opposite side of the car.

    also on the vanity mirror, the light on the drivers side does work when its moving. have used it many times. the switch must be on to work though.

    all in all, this is an interesting thread. gotta go out and check on a few of these
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    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator Staff Member

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    The steering wheel, like the Earth, is not round.
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    "Even more oddly, it doesn't control at all while accelerating."

    Actually, it HAS to work this way or the car would be "chasing" the adjustment every time you sped up or slowed down. The rear suspension conpression is the same whether from load or acceleration. By disabling adjustment while accelerating, the system ONLY adjusts for load.
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(KTPhil @ Nov 20 2006, 10:55 PM) [snapback]352405[/snapback]</div>

    I understand the implication, I just found it odd that it wouldn't adjust for acceleration. As you say, the compression is the same as from load. I would think you would want to adjust for that tilt whether from load or acceleration. I am pretty sure my old Audi A6 with HIDs adjusted for acceleration, but since it was a turbo, acceleration squat was way more dramatic.

    Maybe the update rate is too slow for acceleration changes. Makes it so the system doesn't hunt (or "chase") and only corrects for slow and steady changes to the car body stance.

    - Tom
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