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    upfisk Junior Member

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    Has anyone installed on of these on their Prius? The directions on where to plug in this device to the Onboard Diagnostic Port is confusing. Heck I don't even know where any diagnostic ports are located.
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    Politburo Active Member

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    The OBD port is below the steering wheel, right side.
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    I had started a thread about this a few months ago. I called the company and apparently they only monitor how fast you break. I guess if they monitored your speed, the would be monitoring you breaking the law and they would have to tell the cops and that would be a mess.

    Most people here thought it gave them too much information about where you travel to at any given time and how fast you travel, but I would do it for 6 months which is what progressive evaluates your driving habits for.

    I didn't because they ran a report on my history and there was a second not at fault accident on the record (one which never happened) and their rate was very high as a result. Calling the reporting company wouldn't help, because Progressive had run the report and they only run new reports every six months.

    Anyway, I may go for it this September.
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    I had Progressive for many years.
    I found out why they call them Progressive.
    Progressive is how your rates escalate every 6 months.
    For several years, I didn't notice, but then I started questioning them and it was not about my driving habits, it was about NY state, and it was the fault of the politicians, and the lawyers, and incidence rates etc...........
    finally I got rate quotes from elsewhere............

    My insurance went down 40% per year by going with Liberty Mutual!
    And that was with a 1 year policy, not a 6 month policy like Progressive would only write. I was guessing the 6 month policy was so they could raise the rates more often.

    So, would I trust progressive to "help me out" with a snapshot?
    I don't think so!
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    wojo New Member

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    I went to Progressive when I bought my Prius in April, They gave me the lowest quote out of 4 other insurance companys. After being a Geico customer for 10 years , I pay the same amount for 3 vehicles with Progressive as I did for 2 with Geico!
    The little plug in device comes in the mail in about a week, It plugs into the port right under the steering wheel. Well I am a little leary of what it records and sends out. According to them it only records miles traveled, and hard braking, over 7mph per second slowdown.
    The operator told me you COULD get, up to 15% off your premium, But most likely 5-10%. I could not get a straight answer out of her, just a maybe.
    We will see , Had them for a month or so, and drive very resonably, and watch the braking. Driving for gas mileage with the Prius really helps in that respect.
    Getting high 50s to low 60s MPG. in my 18 mile trips to work, and Lovin it!..........Wojo
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    bisco cookie crumbler

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    good luck. it will be interesting hearing your experience when your 6 months are up.
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    Jim E. Junior Member

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    Did you go through your agent or through the Progressive website for your Snapshot device? When I had Progressive back in December (before switching to 21st Century & saving about a thousand bucks/year), I ordered Snapshot through the Progressive website. It arrived within 2 days. 3 weeks later, after seeing some unusual results in the Snapshot portal and not receiving any answers from Progressive via webmail sent via their "contact me" buttons, I called my insurance agent. She called her contact at Progressive, and they got snotty with her when they found out I was using a Snapshot in a Prius. "Snapshots are not compatible with hybrid vehicles because it counts a trip every time the engine shuts off. There is no way to adjust it. Why is your client wasting our time using a Snapshot?"

    My agent had exactly the same response as I did, except she wouldn't admit to using colorful language cause she's a pro. So I unplugged that device and had it in the mail within minutes. It felt like I was cutting an unbilical. It felt great.

    The number of trips you take in a day count against you.

    Snapshot was counting 4, 8, 9+ "trips" on a single 1-way 5 mile commute from this end of town to the other, & the Snapshot web portal was having a fit tellling me I was taking too many trips.

    I was less than impressed with Progressive, and especially with their Snapshot program.

    Using their "contact me" web-mail dialogue buttons was like sending radio signals into a black hole; & if Snapshots were incompatible w/hybrid vehicles 4 months ago, they should (a) have said so and (b) not issued one to a hybrid owner. It also seems to me Progressive should have been able to figure out I was not a good Snapshot candidate by virtue of the fact the vehicle they were insuring was a Toyota Prius ... but perhaps that notion is as outrageous as rates they were charging. (No tickets, no accidents, small town, low crime, and mileage considerably less than 12K/year... and PS, it pays to shop!)

    I'm not saying Progressive couldn't have magically improved Snapshot in the ensuing 4 months by making it hybrid-compabible, or that they aren't suddenly answering questions sent through their Snapshot portal dialogue button. I'm just sharing my own experience for what it's worth.

    I will caution you however that I have read ScanGuage-II devices (which also use the single OBD-II port) are incompatible with Snapshot devices, even if you somehow manage to hook each of them to the one port under the driver's dash.

    I replaced Snapshot with a Scan Guage-II mounted to the top of my rear view mirror, and I find that to be of enormous utility.

    Driving around with Progressive's Snapshot, on the other hand, was like driving around with my mother in the front seat. It made me drive like a pansy and it pissed me off.

    But that's me :)
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    ^^
    Thanks. Not that I have Progressive Insurance but I do have a SG, that's a pretty funny incompatibility. It clearly seems like they need to improve their algorithm for determining a trip.

    They could look a values like engine run time (in seconds) that resets that starts at 0 when you power up or look at the voltage.
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    Jim E. Junior Member

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    Perhaps if I'd shared my experience 4 months ago instead of being embarrassed to admit it, I could have saved someone else the same grief. Better late than never I spose :)
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    Gary Otto Member

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    Had these on a 2007 4 Runner as well as a 2004 Silverado. They caused some engine and traction warning lights to come on in the 4 Runner and I believe it caused the speedometer to read 16 mph high on the Silverado.....but not before we got a 30% discount. I don't think I would risk installing one on something that is so heavily computer controlled like a Prius. We have since removed them and returned them....both vehicles function normally now.
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    After 15 years, I am quite happy with SoCal AAA!

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