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Old 10-03-2009, 12:51 PM   #11
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LOL, just kidding. I was really impressed with the workmanship and fit. And all the techie goodies. This year they began using the Corolla rather than the Yaris engine. And it runs both drive trains in series, or parallel, or independently... Which means you can choose to run on the gas engine in 3 modes. Alone, or charging the battery and powering the D/C motor, or use both the gas engine and the D/C motor (on battery power) together. You can also run on strictly battery mode to get to help if something goes astray. I'm going to join a forum put up to compare techniques, and resulting MPG'*. Basically I got a new toy to play with. But dont tell the wife. hehehe.
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I've always wondered how there transmissions work. How it works, switches back and forth from gas to electric or if it even does.
Assuming the electric motor is kind of like the alternator for charging while driving...does it have brushes or contacts that need cleaning or replacing over the years.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:58 PM   #13
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You probably ordered HID headlights to?

Nothing like driving around in a battery on wheels....lol
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:09 PM   #14
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No need the Prius comes OEM with Projectors and LED lighting. Another cool feature is the FOB keytag. It has a little key that flips out for emergency, But it isnt needed the balance of time. You out it in your pocket and forgetaboutit. When you walk up to the car, it opens automatically. You get in and merely push the Power button. It does nothing, nor makes a sound. Push on the gas pedal and it goes. You can not feel it transferring from gas to electric in any way. ConstantVariableTransmission requires no shifting, nor do you feel any. Smooth like you wouldnt believe. It also has Toyota'* version of T/C and StabilTrack. 15 inch wheels so my newer studded snows from old car are going on soon.
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Now now, play nice
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Oh so the transmission is like a snowmobile transmission. All one gear basically. Sounds like the Nissan Morano trans.
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The Yaris. I have yet to see one on the road.
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Just think Venom, your not going to be burning threw tires like mad. Might pay for it'* self that way before it does saving on gas.
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LOL! I'll be happy to race you Bonne to Boone Todd. Bring the title or cash. I dont spray for free.

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LOL, I corrected the spelling. ('cause I can) No idea of the logic and equipment yet Todd. I would assume the D/C motor has power and charging brushes, because you can chose whether the gas engine powers the car or just powers the battery. So there has to be two shafts coming out of the tranny? I'll know more when I get it and read all the literature.The braking system also employs generators that slow the car and charge the battery. The wife about through me through the windshield a couple times. It stops very well. They say it makes the brake pads last over 100k. We'll see. I'm just the one to put it through it'* paces. No clue to the brushes/switches, etc. Except the hybrid system is warrantied for 8 years. The way these cars hold their value, it will be traded long before any of them run up. I've read nothing but good things about the system holding up well. 51 MPG, well warrantied, excellent resale value, room for me, luggage/etc., easy to drive and comfy, lots of toys for this big kid to play with. For my get around car I think I made a good choice.
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