Newbie Test Drive Questions

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Bengineer, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Bengineer

    Bengineer New Member

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    Hey, Newbie here, I'm cruising PC pretty hard, going to school on all things Prius, and enjoying the forum. If you don't mind a couple of questions:

    1. How can you tell what trim level a particular P will have? Can you decode from the VIN? I've been looking but can't seem to find anything. And lots of folks may say they have a Touring model for sale, but it doesn't look like other Touring models for sale.

    2. Is there a way to gauge traction battery use/abuse from the MFD? I am mechanically inclined, and have done many things to cars in terms of repairs over the years, but need to cover my behind on the invertor/battery part of the P.

    Many thanks!

    Ben
     
  2. daisy555

    daisy555 Active Member

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    Hi Ben,

    I'm a newbie too. I sure wish one could figure this out by vin # but not so. Giving Toyota corp customer service vin # is most accurate way to confirm. I refuse to admit how many times I've called to inquire. Toyota employees don't always know where to look and don't typically know what I mean when I ask what "package" this Prius came with. Stating you are looking for original equipment usually helps. If they are having trouble, tell them it's located in the "Additional Vehicle Details" section.

    I also ask for first date of use and state where vehicle was initially purchased. This helps me determine if car was purchased in a state adhering to CA emissions laws and how much time is left on hybrid battery. Not everyone cares about this. It matters to me because I could pay $10,000 for two different cars and depending where and when car was originally purchased, I could have 2-3 more years on hybrid battery warranty or zero.

    The Touring model has larger 16" wheels with 7 spokes rather than 15" and 6 spokes. Toyota Corp. seems unable to tell me if a Prius is a Touring but you can request an original equipment info sheet for particular vehicle. This should give details on wheel size and upgraded suspension etc.

    If you are looking for a Gen lll Prius, I know they've renamed the trim levels etc. but I'll save that research for when I can buy a newer model.

    You can check 12V battery usage on the display but can't remember how. I've been told Toyota dealer can test hybrid battery to see it's failing but I'm not sure they can check for abuse etc. I'm sure someone else will chime in soon.

    Good luck and hope this helps!
     
    #2 daisy555, Sep 9, 2015
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  3. Bengineer

    Bengineer New Member

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    Thank you so much for your reply, this helps. It just sorta looks like we're on our own on deciphering, though I came across a good graph here that I'll print out and take with me on test drives.

    I appreciate the time you took with your response!

    Have a good one,

    Ben


     
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