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Old 19 Nov 2011, 07:03 am   #1 (permalink)
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In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
interior of our 2010 Prius II, the mid-level passenger side vent is
rattling like the proverbial snake while I drive. Adjusting the position
of the vent changes it a bit, but doesn't eliminate it. It started with
the cold weather, and has no apparent relation to blower speed or mode.
Anyone else experiencing this, or know how to remove and quiet it?
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Old 19 Nov 2011, 08:23 am   #2 (permalink)
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In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
wrote:

> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
> interior of our 2010 Prius II,


Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
say anything like that.
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Old 19 Nov 2011, 06:44 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
> wrote:
>
>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
>> interior of our 2010 Prius II,

>
> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
> say anything like that.



As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by
the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.
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Old 19 Nov 2011, 07:17 pm   #4 (permalink)
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In article <OaXxq.34778$SW4.28828@newsfe08.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
wrote:

> >> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
> >> interior of our 2010 Prius II,

> >
> > Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
> > say anything like that.

>
>
> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
> drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by
> the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.


wow.

Anyway, I know on my 07 that the dash is 99% pressure fit--it comes
across with just pulling, and one screw.

More importantly, the vents are pressure fit. Poke around the net,
you'll probably find that they just pull out. If yours is rattling,
maybe you can pull it and brace it with a bit of folded paper.
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Old 20 Nov 2011, 06:07 am   #5 (permalink)
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Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
> In article <OaXxq.34778$SW4.28828@newsfe08.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
> wrote:
>
>>>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
>>>> interior of our 2010 Prius II,
>>> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
>>> say anything like that.

>>
>> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
>> drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by
>> the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.

>
> wow.
>
> Anyway, I know on my 07 that the dash is 99% pressure fit--it comes
> across with just pulling, and one screw.
>
> More importantly, the vents are pressure fit. Poke around the net,
> you'll probably find that they just pull out. If yours is rattling,
> maybe you can pull it and brace it with a bit of folded paper.



I'll try something like that this week. (I work weekends.)
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Old 20 Nov 2011, 04:51 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Leftie wrote:
> Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
>> In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie
>> <No@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>
>>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of
>>> the interior of our 2010 Prius II,

>>
>> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
>> say anything like that.

>
>
> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
> drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by
> the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.



I forgot to mention that the steering wheel was designed for small
Japanese women. The gap at the bottom where a lot of people like me like
to grip it with one hand (the other being on the middle left or right
side) is too small for any normal sized hand wearing a glove, or any
large hand at all. I an averaged-sized man, and it's too uncomfortable
for me to use 5 months out of the year. Another Toyota design triumph.

Don't get me started on the push button controls that are too small
for a gloved hand...
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Old 20 Nov 2011, 04:57 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Leftie" wrote in message news:WCeyq.1800$Jo1.702@newsfe06.iad...

Leftie wrote:
> Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
>> In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
>>> interior of our 2010 Prius II,

>>
>> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
>> say anything like that.

>
>
> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
> drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by the
> lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.



I forgot to mention that the steering wheel was designed for small
Japanese women. The gap at the bottom where a lot of people like me like
to grip it with one hand (the other being on the middle left or right
side) is too small for any normal sized hand wearing a glove, or any
large hand at all. I an averaged-sized man, and it's too uncomfortable
for me to use 5 months out of the year. Another Toyota design triumph.

Don't get me started on the push button controls that are too small
for a gloved hand...

Does you feel unique when you read that Prius outranks everything in
customer satisfaction?

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...isfaction.html



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Old 20 Nov 2011, 06:28 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Al Falfa wrote:
> "Leftie" wrote in message news:WCeyq.1800$Jo1.702@newsfe06.iad...
>
> Leftie wrote:
>> Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
>>> In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie
>>> <No@Thanks.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of
>>>> the interior of our 2010 Prius II,
>>>
>>> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING
>>> to say anything like that.

>>
>>
>> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to
>> stop drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care
>> of by the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.

>
>
> I forgot to mention that the steering wheel was designed for small
> Japanese women. The gap at the bottom where a lot of people like me like
> to grip it with one hand (the other being on the middle left or right
> side) is too small for any normal sized hand wearing a glove, or any
> large hand at all. I an averaged-sized man, and it's too uncomfortable
> for me to use 5 months out of the year. Another Toyota design triumph.
>
> Don't get me started on the push button controls that are too small
> for a gloved hand...
>
> Does you feel unique when you read that Prius outranks everything in
> customer satisfaction?
>
> http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...isfaction.html
>
>
>

Yes, but then they didn't ask me. Also, since my GF leases the car,
with me helping pay, it isn't technically "my" Prius. Thankfully.
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Old 20 Nov 2011, 08:15 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"Leftie" wrote in message news:m1gyq.28767$D32.26401@newsfe20.iad...

Al Falfa wrote:
> "Leftie" wrote in message news:WCeyq.1800$Jo1.702@newsfe06.iad...
>
> Leftie wrote:
>> Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
>>> In article <%UMxq.43139$0s1.42852@newsfe11.iad>, Leftie <No@Thanks.net>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of
>>>> the interior of our 2010 Prius II,
>>>
>>> Beware--Bob Wilson will soon be here to take you to task for DARING to
>>> say anything like that.

>>
>>
>> As long as he doesn't tell me that Toyota did it on purpose, to stop
>> drivers from falling asleep. That function is already taken care of by
>> the lack of self-centering steering, and the uncomfortable seats.

>
>
> I forgot to mention that the steering wheel was designed for small
> Japanese women. The gap at the bottom where a lot of people like me like
> to grip it with one hand (the other being on the middle left or right
> side) is too small for any normal sized hand wearing a glove, or any
> large hand at all. I an averaged-sized man, and it's too uncomfortable
> for me to use 5 months out of the year. Another Toyota design triumph.
>
> Don't get me started on the push button controls that are too small
> for a gloved hand...
>
> Does you feel unique when you read that Prius outranks everything in
> customer satisfaction?
>
> http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...isfaction.html
>
>
>

Yes, but then they didn't ask me. Also, since my GF leases the car,
with me helping pay, it isn't technically "my" Prius. Thankfully.

These days, with women outperforming men in so many endeavors, it's not
surprising she would be the creditworthy one in your partnership.
Apparently she is satisfied with it, huh?



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Old 20 Nov 2011, 11:34 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Nov 19, 7:03*am, Leftie <N...@Thanks.net> wrote:
> * * In yet another manifestation of the appalling lack of quality of the
> interior of our 2010 Prius II, the mid-level passenger side vent is
> rattling like the proverbial snake while I drive. . . .


That would fit in under the 3/36000 mile warranty. So far, we've only
had a loose floor mat and the brake software fix. Otherwise, no
problems with 52 MPG after 23,000 miles.

Bob Wilson
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