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#1366 of 1489 experience of selling a prius
Sep 16, 2003 (6:59 am)
A year ago I traded in my 2001 Prius for a 2003 with all the options. I did get a good price for the 2003, but the trade-in price of the 2001 was just OK. The dealer said that the 2001 would be sold at auction since he claimed there wasn't much of a market for used Prius's. The '03 was in the dealer within a week so I didn't have a chance to advertise the '01 in a newspaper. Over the past year I've only seen two used '01 Prius's for sale in the newspaper and both times it was from the same dealer, not the one I was dealing with, and the price seemed to be pretty low.
Has anyone had any experience selling a used Prius and had a problem getting a decent price for it? A friend of mine just retired from a job and started selling Toyota's. He claims that the dealer he works at has a brand new Prius on the showroom floor and they can't sell it.
I love my Prius and was thinking of purchasing a 2004 but I'm not sure that I could find a buyer for the '03.
#1367 of 1489 Prius sightings anyone?
Sep 21, 2003 (5:53 pm)
Just wondering if there have been any 2004 Prius sightings yet? Does anyone know if the 2004 is on the road yet or are still waiting for Octoberish for delivery?
Sep 22, 2003 (5:03 am)
Hi Paul34b - you might also check the 2004 Toyota Prius - What do you think? discussion to see if anyone else has more info.
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Sep 22, 2003 (12:58 pm)
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Sep 23, 2003 (7:37 pm)
First of all, I want to say how much I love my Prius. I have had it for 2 1/2 years and had to go out of state to get it because of the long waiting list for a new one. Anyway, the original tires had to be replaced at about 15,000 miles because of wear as a result of the unique braking and regenerating system. I was informed that the new tires were stronger and would not wear as quickly. I just had my 37,500 mile check up/oil change and, sure enough, two tires have to be replaced. The others don't seem to be too far behind. To replace tires every 20 - 25,000 miles seems like a big service expense that I was not prepared for. Have others experienced the same problem?
Sep 24, 2003 (3:23 am)
Underinflation will kill those very soft tires that come with Prius.
Increasing the tire-pressure to a more appropriate level and switching to a tire with a more normal rubber hardness, you'll discover the tires last quite a bit longer.
Using Goodyear Allegras running at a minimum of 42/40 (front/back PSI) you'll get at least 40,000 miles from a set. Mine are at 27,500 miles now and they look fantastic. There is still quite a bit of tread left.
Sep 24, 2003 (5:52 am)
OEM tires for the 2001-2003 Prius in the US are:
Bridgestone Potenza RE92 XL (Extra Load)
Treadwear 160 Temperature A Traction A
new tread depth is 10/32"
according to the bridgestone usa site, these tires are supposedly warrantied to 40,000 miles, same as the 260 treadwear non-XL version (even though there's less tread on them)
most owners seem to get in the 20,000-30,000 mile range with these tires, by having a properly-aligned car and keeping the tire pressure at a minimum of the factory-recommended pressures of 35psi front, 33psi rear, check the pressures regularly, and rotate their tires at 5,000-7,500mile intervals.
(Depending on the destination of the Prius, the OEM tires are different brands/models. Dunlop in Canada, Michelin in Europe, for example. I haven't heard of tire problems outside of areas that use the above Bridgestone Potenzas as OEM tires.)
2004 Prius uses different sized tires, rumor is US will be getting Goodyears.
I'd suggest changing to another tire with a higher treadwear rating, so long as it has a high enough load rating for the Prius.
#1373 of 1489 Why doesn't Toyota .............................
Sep 24, 2003 (8:06 am)
use a tire size more appropriate to the Prius' considerable mass?
The 1984 Civic was OEM equipped with 175 section tires of a HIGHER profile (and consequently higher load capacity) and it was only 1950lbm!
Sep 24, 2003 (8:35 am)
> use a tire size more appropriate to the Prius' considerable mass?
They switch from the original 15" in 1997 to 14" in 2000 to increase city efficiency.
#1375 of 1489 Whatever gains in fuel economy.....................
Sep 24, 2003 (8:58 am)
are attributable to the reduction in rotating mass, can't possibly be worth the cost in handling capability (and consequently safety) attributable to inadequate tires!