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#1439 of 1489 Board confusion
Nov 01, 2003 (10:45 am)
To Pat... this is a bit confusing. This board is in the Sedans topic. But almost all of the recent discussion is on the '04 Prius, a hatchback. However, there is a separate board in the Hatchbacks topic on the '04 Prius, but it isn't called "Toyota Prius 2004+" to be consistent with other boards that start anew with a new model (like the board on the '04 Sienna), it's "2004 Prius - What do you think?".
One way to make it real clear which board is covering what car is to call this one "Toyota Prius 1997-2003" and the one in the Hatchbacks topic "Toyota Prius 2004+". Just a suggestion.
Nov 01, 2003 (10:49 am)
Excellent point, backy - thanks.
#1441 of 1489 My Prius is suffering
Nov 22, 2003 (6:55 pm)
Until recently I have enjoyed getting 42-52 mpgs in the 2.5 years that I owned my 2001 Prius. However, my check engine light came on at around 29,000 miles and I am currently only getting around 36 mpg!!! When I took it to the dealer for the check engine light problem, they replaced a "Pipe Assy, Exhaust($1487), Actuator Assy, w.Bra ($134), Gaskets, and an Oxygen sensor ($125). Since the installation of those new parts (which were covered under warranty) the gas consumption has been in the mid-30's. UGH!! When I took it back to the dealer, they put it on a computer and reported "they could find nothing wrong" and suggested I keep a log of my own, rather than depend on the computer read-out. However, I know something is terribly wrong because just riding up a slight hill, (that I ride up each and every day to my house), I lose a mile per gallon whereas before all this started I only used to lose .2 of mile per gallon driving up the same hill. Also, I am only getting about 350 miles between fill-ups. I used to get well over 400 miles. Has anyone else experienced this problem with their Prius? The dealer seems not to be too interested in my problem. I wonder if Toyota would be more interested?
Nov 23, 2003 (6:13 pm)
___In many cases, once the EGR valve starts to go, fuel mileage and performance will drop hard. Just a thought as to what could be causing your lower mileage possibly? Cold weather shouldn’t hit your Prius that hard as this as you have probably already surmised.
___Wayne R. Gerdes
#1443 of 1489 my 2 cents
Dec 15, 2003 (5:03 am)
a car mag did the math, it would take 150k miles before a hybrid would pay for itself. they don't make economic sense, but they must be sold so the technology can filter to larger vehicles. i feel the future is diesel, if we could only get the low sulfer fuel. the difference between a golf jetta diesel and the prius isn't very much, but the tech is cheaper. and people are very cost sensitive. then they can introduce a diesel hybrid
Dec 15, 2003 (8:42 am)
What was the car mag's basis for comparison to the hybrid? That would make a big impact on when the hybrid "pays for itself." If they are comparing to a compact like a Corolla or even an Elantra, I could see where they would conclude that the payoff comes after 150k miles. But if they are comparing to larger, more expensive vehichles like midsized cars, minivans, or SUVs, then the payoff would come much sooner.
#1445 of 1489 Hybrid Diagnostics Mechanic in E. Bay?
Jan 07, 2004 (10:28 pm)
I am in the process of purchasing a used 2001 Prius from an individual. Her Toyota dealership provided the repair record, but refuses to look the car over for me (I'll pay for it.) Another dealership also won't do it. AAA doesn't have diagnostic equipment for hybrids yet. The seller is concerned about taking the car to a private mechanic that neither of us knows. She's concerned they'll mess up the sensitive hybrid system. The prices is good, but I need to have a 3rd party check the car out before finalizing the deal. Can anyone recommend a reliable, honest, proficient mechanic w/ Prius experience in the East Bay (near San Francisco), preferably Walnut Creek/Concord vicinity?
#1446 of 1489 2001 Prius Appropriate?
May 07, 2004 (11:04 am)
I'm considering buying a 2001 Prius for my lengthy daily commute. Five days a week I drive 120 miles round trip to my place of employment. The miles are all on the interstate and it is not an exceptionally hilly route. My speed of travel is generally 70 mph. Would you Prius owners recommend at 2001 Prius for this commute? Any idea what sort of gas mileage I might expect under these conditions?
Any advice or opinions appreciated.
#1448 of 1489 Toyota prius service 2003
May 09, 2004 (6:58 pm)
I thought prius had free service for life my mother in law has one her dealer is telling her no anyone one have any doc's on this??