Toyota Prius updates for owners
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2 Simple Updates to Make Your 2004-2009 Toyota Prius Feel Modern

I love my Prius, and if you ask just about any Prius owner they will tell you the same thing. When I first got my 2007 Toyota Prius touring edition on the road I could not wait to get going on a road trip and start saving buku bucks. There was an issue though, one I did not anticipate would drive me crazy.
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Back in 2007 before smartphones really started to take off big time, car manufacturers were still installing audio system with CD players, and some higher end models had the ability to hook up an iPod through an auxiliary cable (or aux cable for you millenials). This meant that I either had to dig out my old 5th gen Ipod and hope it still worked (the battery was toast by the way) or use CDs, no thanks. I bought a Toyota Prius to have a good time with, not spend time trying to figure out what album would “take me back."

Something had to be done, and luckily for me, and all of you readers there are some fantastic, and inexpensive solutions for your Toyota Prius.

Prius Bluetooth Audio Streaming Update

Toyota Prius Bluetooth Update

If you are anything like me, then you must enjoy getting in your car, turning on Spotify, Pandora or whatever music interface you choose and selecting a prefabricated set of songs or channels to play to your heart's content. 2004 to 2009 Toyota Prius did have on some trim packages available bluetooth but only for phone calls. This means that if you wanted to stream anything else, you were pretty much out of luck. Until today.

My touring edition Prius came with the infamous aux port which with a little research landed me a really cool interface module available here on Amazon. It is super simple to install and you can keep the factory look and feel of the Prius but just update it a little bit. It works incredibly well, and anyone with a little time on their hands can install it. I first had mine inside the center console where the aux port is, but moved it up to the dash where it was more accessible. $26 bucks, a couple hours for a custom install, and bam, I am streaming my favorite meditation music while zipping around town at a cool 45 to 50 mpg.

Cell Phone/Tablet USB Charger Update on Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius USB Update

Anyone who owns a cell phone, tablet or both knows that running on low battery means the end of your life as you currently know it. I love renting new cars because of the ability to plug my phone in and charge it while I utilize other things such as maps, and Amazon music. While this update does not offer either of those two things, it does offer the most critical one, charging (speaking of batteries: read about 5 battery technologies that are influencing Toyota Prius Hybrid and EVs).

This nifty little USB wire in charge port is also, like the previous update, a very easy install. Best part is it fits tight in the factory hole as if it were meant to be there all along, genius. The charger, found here, is also inexpensive and boasts a 1.2 amp (phones) and a 2.1 amp (tablets) charging port. For less than $40 bucks I can update my 12 year old Toyota Prius to make it feel like a modern one. Game changer for sure.

I hope this bit of great info finds you well and that you too can benefit from these small updates. The Toyota Prius is meant to be loved and cherished, so why not do that in style?

Look out for more updates from us here at TorqueNews.com and also other articles on your Prius. See you in the next story where I am discussing the 3 top best tries for Toyota Prius owners.

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Peter Neilson is automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He is an automotive technology instructor at Columbia Basin College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reache on Linkedin and at Certified Consulting.


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Comments

Could you provide links to the products you installed?
Where are the links to the accessories mentioned?
Do you have links for these?
The links are missing.
Hi everyone, we will update the story soon with the links to the accessories used in this story update your 2004-2009 Toyota Prius.
It's been a few days now and you still haven't added the links. I'm not going to keep checking back, so thanks for nothing.
Here is the USB Charger Link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FFL2E6Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Here is the Bluetooth Aux Adapter Link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B4775JT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Have you found the links to post yet? I read this story when it first poped up, and it was in the links in your "7 Prius hacks." I'd like that adapter...
Here is the USB Charger Link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FFL2E6Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Here is the Bluetooth Aux Adapter Link - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B4775JT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
If you do need to replace the battery with the 3,000$ price tag the Toyota corporation has a "GOOD WILL" they will help out with. All you have to do is tell the dealership that you would like to get "GOOD WILL" they may not be happy when they hear those two words but they will give you the Toyota corporation phone number. Then you just call up the Toyota corporation let them know you have a prius and need a new battery but it's too costly for you and you would like to get "GOOD WILL" they will take all of your info and the dealerships info as well they will work a deal out with the dealership to where the Toyota coporatio. Wil pay a certain amount of the battery's cost and the dealership will pay a certain amount and you will have to pay a small amount I paid only 850$ for my new 3,000$ battery. They said they do this since it is so costly.
Could you upload a video of you installing the bluetooth module on your/a Prius?
Sure, I actually just recent received it and will be doing the install soon. I'll do my best to attempt a video.
Awesome. That will be so helpful
Hi, is there a video where we can see how to install both, USB and Bluetooth interface. It will really help a dummy like me. thanks.