Are sunroofs on a 2012 Prius Three really that rare?

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  1. djsandman

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    I had originally signed to get a 2012 Prius III with a Sunroof in the winter grey metallic cover. They said it would take a minimal of 30 days to maybe even 90 days or more to get one. About 2 weeks later into my waiting period and I'm thinking it will be a longer wait than a shorter one.

    When I look at the South East Toyota inventory I see 287 Prius Three models. Of those only 25 have sunroofs. Of those 25, only 2 are winter grey.

    So I have actually already decided to go without the sunroof, and pick the more popular Blizzard Pearl (my #2 color choice) and get the car sooner. I will actually get this car within the month since it's already coming to this dealer.

    So my question is, are sunroofs on a III model really that rare? Same with the color choice too I guess. I wouldn't imagine winter grey to be a low production color but it seems to be one.
     
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    I don't know the numbers.
    I would guess availability might vary greatly regionally.

    I think the problem is Toyota is of course going to strive to build as closely as possible to meet demand. It's not just a Sunroof....its the entire solar package. So when you talk about a 3 with sunroof, it also includes the production addition of solar panels and other upgrades.

    I don't know. Honestly? My opinion is get what you want. I would wait, or expand my search parameters. But 30-90 days?

    My fear is if you start out with a compromise as to what you are accepting vs. What you really wanted, that just eats at you.

    Maybe you just need to more agressively expand your search?

    I would think Winter Grey III's with Solar Package are unique and "rarer" but they shouldn't be unobtainable.

    Of course? I have an Anne Rice, patience of the undead. But I always recommend waiting for what you want, over compromising to get something quicker.
     
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    While Sunroof was on the wishlist, it's something I felt could compromise on. I would have liked to get one, but I don't need one....plus since I'm financing 2/3 of the cost it lowers my payments significantly.
     
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    White is cooler (even without the sunroof) and looks cleaner longer, it is a popular and high demand color, if I had the choice when I got mine, that's the colour I would have chosen. Don't know about the dark grey, but the dark blue is a bitch to keep clean and shows dirt easily. If you don't love it, don't get it, but it is a good colour choice! (imho).
     
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    Is there any similar search I can do for our region? I also want a III with the solar roof, but fortunately don't have a near-term need for the car.

    - Chris
     
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    I was able to do the search through my dealer's website. You might have to look at a few area dealers websites before you find one with the ability to search your region though because not all dealers allow it.
     
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    Did you search for a Blizzard Pearl w/sunroof? We have a 2011 Prius III w/ sunroof. I found there were more Prius IV w/sunroof in 2011 when we purchased. It's a great looking car, especially with the contrast of the black sunroof roof on the Blizard Pearl, a beautiful paint. I park it next to a Mercedes C class at my office and the Mercedes owner is jealous of the paint job on my car.

    Good luck and work with a dealer to get the car you want.
     
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    There are still only 10 Blizzard Pearl III's w/ Sunroof. It makes sense that there would be more IV with Sunroofs though since that Sunroof package also includes the popular tech package. I wish I could afford a IV with the Sunroof package, but that pushes it out of my price range. Actually, the III w/ Sunroof pushes the top of my price range.
     
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    You have a great alternative .
    Why don´t you go for Sea Glass Pearl ?
    i would love to have that color,but unfortunately we do not get it in Germany !
     
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    That's one of the colors I originally looked at but didn't care for in the end.
     
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    Yes, SR on the Three is rare.
     
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    Care to explain?
     
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    did a search and found several. There is a Sea Glass Pearl at local dealer (close to me).
    and one where I bought my vehicle. May want to do more searches...
     
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    I don't know how else to explain except most people who are willing to pay extra for SR usually opt for more features such as found in the Four (leather, etc.).
     
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    I guess it all boils down to how you want to define "rare".

    4 leaf clovers are "rare".

    I kind of think of anything you can order and receive in 30-90 days as being available, and while not necessarily easy to obtain, not "rare".
     
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    I am interested in a 2012 Prius IV w/ sunroof, in Barcelona Red. Checked online and local dealer has two. I know you said III, but for mine I seem to be set.

    Good luck.
     
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    Curious.
    When I bought my III last week, I went in to the dealer with one requirement; sunroof. He had a grey & a white to choose from, and I picked the white. He also said white was probably the most asked-for color. The only thing it didn't have that I wanted was leather, but that's being added this week.
    I can't believe you have to wait that long for a sunroof car. They are obviously out there, and some are sitting on dealer lots.
     
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    I looked at several dealerships in the bay area, sac and Reno/Carson and found that if the dealer had <10 cars there would usually be no sunroof but if they had >10 (about 20 cars on lot) you might see 1 or 2 with sunroofs.

    Out of 200 or so Prius cars on the many (more 10 lots) that I looked at, I found about 5 cars with sunroofs.

    That was my experience.
     
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    That's probably true. The place I got my car from was a large dealership. I'd guess they had 10-15 Prius's on the lot on a Monday morning & said they sold 9 on the previous Saturday. The other place I looked at only had the sunroof on the V.
     
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    Maybe its just me, but the sunroof really gives the car a different, more "fun" and carefree feel. Definately an option worth searching for!
     
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