2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


2004 Toyota Prius: Hooray for the Tape Deck

May 26, 2010

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Yeah, I don't want to read about an old Prius either, but hear me out. This thing was redistributed within the company and therefore out of the LT fleet so long, its return means we've basically added another used LT car, like the Z06 or M3 (well, sorta). So as such, here's some used car advice.

As Kelly noted earlier this month, the Prius has a tape deck. While you can make all the books on tape jokes you like, you'd better hope that your used car from let's say 2006 and earlier has one. Because if it doesn't, it likely only has a CD player, which means you can only play an iPod through one of the those horribly unreliable FM modulators. You can also buy an aftermarket unit, but you know, that costs money.

Since the Prius has a tape deck, I'm able to enjoy my iPod as well as my portable satellite radio. The same goes for my '98 Z3, the '02 M3 and our old diesel Jetta. Other than the M3, I've found sound quality to be pretty decent.

The Z06? No dice, only a CD player. You can't fault GM for that, but in 20-20 hindsight, it would've been nice if it hadn't been so hip in 2002 and ditched those fussy old tape decks.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor on the DL @ 69,659 miles

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