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Hybrid Spotting

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The first hybrid I spotted while driving my brand spanking new 2004 Prius was an Insight. That was cool, since there aren't too many around here (Minnesota). But unfortunately, the driver didn't notice me. Would you?

I had a fun time way back playing with Insights on the road with my 2001 Prius. At first, they'd think I was just trying to get their attention to acknowledge their hybrid. Then after giving the thumbs up to them, I'd point at mine... then just stare. Eventually, some would light up with a expression of new found happiness realizing the encounter that just transpired. I'm very much looking forward to same again. So, start scanning the roads for a new hybrid.

Have any of you seen a 2004 Prius on the road yet?

At night, both the back & front are quite unique. During the day, the front may be tough. The back is easier, with the Insight style little tinted back window. And of course, the side-profile is pretty obvious.
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You can't go 5 minutes without seeing an original Prius around here, for reasons that Tim mentioned I have not had a wave from any as of yet. The only '04 I've seen was on display and it will definately be more noticable than the original Prius and the HCH.

Insights seem to come in waves, might see 1 or 2 in a month and then see 5 in a week. So far 2 this week, one on the road and one parked at Trader Joe's in Petaluma.

BTW, how do you like the '04 Prius so far? And did you get the optional self parking system? That's one feature I would like to see in action just to ooh and ahh at :)
That's too bad about those options not being available. I bet Toyota just doesn't want to be the ones parking the car in our lawsuit-happy country. Is the forced EV mode different than it running on only electric at <15 MPH like in the original Prius?

Luckily there are quite a few more of any given car that you don't see when on the road. I think there are at least 3 or 4 Insights my town but I rarely see them.
dazey said:
Insights seem to come in waves, might see 1 or 2 in a month and then see 5 in a week. So far 2 this week,
Little late posting, but last week I fullfilled that 5 in a week wave of insights, saw 3 more on Friday. 1 one the road and 2 parked. Also saw my first '04 Prius on the road today.
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