How to embarrass yourself with your Prius

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by Embassy, May 26, 2006.

  1. Embassy

    Embassy New Member

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    We have a white 05 Package 6 Prius, which includes the Bluetooth wireless key feature. It's sufficiently convenient that I actually resent driving my wife's car, especially when I buckle up and discover that the key is still in my pocket and I actually have to physically do something with it to get the car to go.

    But the magical Bluetooth keyfob has another side: Last night I had to drop off my wife and son at a Cub Scout event, my oldest daughter at a musical event, and then go to the gym. I put on my gym clothes and the four of us got into the car. Mom and son were dropped off fine, and then daughter and I drove east towards her high school at about seven thirty PM. The school is conveniently across the street from my gym, and is about three or four miles from where the Cub Scout meeting was.

    The setting sun washed out the lights on the instrument panel, my daughter and I were chatting happily, and I'm an ignoramus. I got the Prius all the way to the high school, dropped off my daughter, and shut the car off for a second to tell my daughter something. As I left to go to the gym, I discovered something I should have realized earlier.

    I didn't have the key.

    Turns out you need the key to START the car, but not to RUN the car. So, I had the fun of running three or four very hilly miles, into the sun, to meet my wife, who had the nearest key, home being another two miles distant from that. And then back.

    I'm just glad I figured it out before going to the gym. It was leg day and I would have been totally unable to run the distance after heavy squats. As things stood, it wasn't a lot of fun to do an unprompted run of that distance. I mused about the environmental goodness of running rather than driving and decided that I'd rather have been in my Prius anyway.
     
  2. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
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    hehe.

    just a note, the fob is RF, not bluetooth.
     
  3. Dripps

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    My Prius beeps when you leave the car while it's running and the key isn't in it. I had my key and my husband was driving. I went to run into the store and although he could drive it around the parking lot it was beeping at him the whole time! It wasn't happy until the key was back inside.
     
  4. Prius Maximus

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    1. Pull into a rest area with the wife sleeping.
    2. Get out and lock the doors for her protection.
    3. Go take a leak.
    4. Come out and go check out the pop machines.
    5. Hear a burglar alarm go off and ignore it because your Prius does not have a "burglar alarm" but a theft deterrent system.
    6. Stroll back to the car and find your wife with her hands over her ears locked in the car, and an alarm going.
    7. Dumbfounded, try to think how the heck to turn the thing off, never having had an alarm system on any car you owned before this one.
    8. Do NOT look at the truck driver at a nearby picnic table laughing his arse off.
     
  5. hdrygas

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Prius Maximus @ May 27 2006, 02:21 PM) [snapback]261845[/snapback]</div>
    You sir are a bad person! A gentleman does not do this! May my seconds call on you sir!
     
  6. BVISAILMAN

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    There is also a light on the dash that looks like a keu with a line through it to let you know tha the KEY is missing.
     
  7. savingtheearth

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    Great stories Maximus and Embassy. I enjoyed!
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Dripps @ May 26 2006, 11:00 PM) [snapback]261604[/snapback]</div>
    I'm rather curious about this. How is it possible that the OP (and others) could not have known that they didn't have a key while the car was still running if it constantly beeps while running without a key nearby? I checked and mine does the same thing (and the beeping is definitely annoying and unmistakable).

    Unless this is something that was fixed with the '06...
     
  9. Stilview

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    Drive 55 in the HOV lane while the other lanes are moving at 65++
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Prius Maximus @ May 27 2006, 05:21 PM) [snapback]261845[/snapback]</div>
    ROFLMAO~ :lol: The truck driver was probibly thinking of the polish joke about the woman locked in her car! :lol:
     
  11. Dr Rocket

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Stilview @ May 30 2006, 06:18 PM) [snapback]263115[/snapback]</div>
    I hope you are kidding. If not, screw you.

    I can't stand those beamers stuck at 75 in the car pool lane when everyone can go 85.
     
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