Waiting for 2017/18 top of line Prius to surface at dealership

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  1. IABoy987

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    The wife and I have decided now is the time to trade horses of our never-been-in-the-shop (except headlights, oil, recalls) 2011 Limited (has JBL sound and navigation system.) Figured battery probably reaching end of life and I'm sure something mechanical will finally go poof$$$ :eek:

    Contacted our local Toyota dealership where we bought our 2006 and 2011 models and told him what we wanted basically almost everything except a sunroof (leaks?). He will keep checking with Toyota lease returns as best bet for what we want, so said to just sit tight and wait. :(

    Not expecting a response here just some idle chit-chat. :)
     
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    how many miles on your 11?
     
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    Just turned 115K. On third set of new tires which we will swap with new car.
     
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    perfect time to trade imo. finding a gen4 will be interesting. are you trying any other avenues?
     
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    No, had good luck with this dealer, and not in any big hurry, just thought now might be a good time because all dealerships and banks are really promo-ing low rates and best deals. Figured if I don't push it, I might be in better negotiating position than if I am anxious and pester dealer.
     
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    agreed, play hard to get :cool:
     
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    A nearby dealership has a 2018 Prius Prime Premium for sale. :) After googling I found it is a hybrid plug-in but so far haven't read anything really negative about this model.
    So would appreciate some input, or should I take this discussion over to the EV forum to get the low down good bad ugly. I know it takes 6 hours to fully recharge and you carry the cable in the trunk well, and the charger receptacle is not compatible with anyone else's charging system. :( Anything else "negative" I should be aware of??? :unsure:
     
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    great car! you lose 3" of hatch space due to raised battery height and no spare or rear wiper

    charging is compatible with all levet 2 public chargers

    if you can plug in at home and utilize 25-40 miles of ev, it's perfect
     
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    Oh, only four seats?
     
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    Did more research and found out you drive the first 25 miles on battery before car reverts to normal Prius action. Great where we live as most things are close by. Salesman was very knowledgeable and completely answered our concerns. So now just get the money and pickup car.
    We got little trade in value so giving 2011 car to son, just have figure how to get it to California, and how to store car for 3 to 6 months meantime. Suggestions welcomed
     
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    did you do a test drive? how many miles on her?

    disconnect the 12v neg on the 11, pump up the tires to max sidewall
     
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    Yep drove it around town then up and down I380 full speed. Was impressed with pickup and go at least for wife and I old folks style of driving :D Has 7600+ miles, was locally owned by person who special ordered a new 2020 Prime.

    Thanks for storage tips.

    We were going to store car then drive it half way to meet son & wife, but now we may just have an auto transport company take it all the way to San Francisco drop off, thus avoiding flying in crowded planes, and having car sit in driveway for 3-6 months.

    This is going way off topic, but anyone here have experience or recommend a good transport company?? Or maybe what Prius Chat forum to ask this question for best reponse??
     
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    Prius prime is a great car… Notice appointments and plugging in is EC134430-7910-42FD-BE0C-CE62015876D2.jpeg fun
     
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    Im still torn between adding 17” wheels and getting insane efficiency. The short range kinda pushes me towards keeping it stock. (Got a new record recently. 6.94 miles/kWh). But the Prime’s design is aggressive enough to warrant larger wheels to take advantage of the design. Sigh.
     
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    The 17” Koenig Intentions are only 12 ounces heavier than stock...I noticed no miles per gallon difference with them 6CDDF22B-102E-4FC2-8867-3C8338F21F83.jpeg
     
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    We noticed with the 15" wheels that our speedometer reads higher that what we see when we pass various radar speed signs, i.e. if speedometer reads 27, radar says 24-25mph. I assume that 17" wheels would correct this so speedometer and real speed match, give or take?
    Although I like having this 2 mph safety factor especially in cities with those money grabbing speed cameras.:mad:
     
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    Or you could change the tire size to be consistent with the original total wheel/tire diameter and your speedometer will read correctly. The size of the wheel doesn’t matter much, it’s the size of the tire. Generally you want to keep within +/- 3% of the original outer diameter to avoid speedometer issues. Depending on the weight difference the 15” probably offer better mileage due to a decrease in unsprung weight.
     
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