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Toyota obviously still having problems, but

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/03/08/cal...ex.html?hpt=T1

20 minutes is a long time man. You didn't try turning your car off before then or hitting the brakes and the Ebrake?

Just seems fishy, or more likely idiot driver.

Of course the accelerator pedal never should have gotten stuck. So Toyota's fault, but having, what sounds like, and idiot driver just makes things work.
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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

He doesn't seem very bright. I guess people don't know how to put their car in neutral and turn it off.

Perhaps he wanted the drama/15 minutes of fame.

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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

Talking with my Dad the prius can't be thrown in to neutral (it won't neutral shift) if your on the gas. Not sure with the braking, but it will switch from regenerative to friction braking when you hit the brakes hard enough. I'd imagine regenerative braking isn't going to function when your on the gas, but the friction braking should.

Of course I have no idea how the prius ties it all together, but obviously it was possible to slow it down. Turning it off certainly worked which would have been about step 3 for me if braking and neutral shifting didn't work. Say 15 seconds after it started? Not 20 minutes later. Of course in my car I'd just pop the clutch in and curse at my car.
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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

Yeah the Prius "shifter" is more like a little joystick But the first thing I'd try to do is shut it off if the brakes aren't working. I can see some people with less common sense/less familiar with cars would maybe be frightened to do that at 90 MPH.



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Wouldn't shutting it off while in gear just cause the engine and wheels to lock up and cause you to skid out of control?


And if you could do 90 mph for 20 mins all while being the 'victim', wouldn't you take full advantage?!



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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

[quote author=siscim23 link=topic=167991.msg3561117#msg3561117 date=1268150063]
Wouldn't shutting it off while in gear just cause the engine and wheels to lock up and cause you to skid out of control?
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Surely this is a joke, right?
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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

I'm pretty sure that basically any car will not allow the engine to be shut off while it's in gear. You have to be in neutral.



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I guess it is....



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[quote author=halo0 link=topic=167991.msg3561126#msg3561126 date=1268150367]
I'm pretty sure that basically any car will not allow the engine to be shut off while it's in gear. You have to be in neutral.
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Huh? Try it on your way home tonight. You turn off the key, you turn off the engine. It won't let you turn the key to the "lock" position when in drive or reverse for obvious reasons, but will kill the engine.
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Re: Toyota obviously still having problems, but

Huh. I guess I've never tried it before. I've done it after shifting into neutral on a few cars but never in drive.



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