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#5256 of 7508 Prius reliability
Oct 18, 2004 (4:38 pm)
I don't own one, yet. I thought you might be interested in an article that's featured in the Toyota Gazette. It's a flyer that Canadian Toyota owners receive periodically (in the mail today). It talks about a 2001 Prius that was used as a Yellow (taxi) Cab in Vancouver.
In 25 months, the owner had put 332,000 kilometers (approx. 200,000 miles) on it. During that time it did not require any repairs to the hybrid system, or any major repairs beyond normal maintenance.
The only reason it was taken off the road was because Toyota wanted it back. Toyota offered to trade his vehicle for a 2003 so they could ship it to Japan, strip it down and check out every part. They wanted to see how the hybrid powertrain actually looked after all those kilometers. The article also talks about the mileage he was getting and the fact that the Prius required less overall maintenance than the conventional North American vehicles the company uses, including fewer wear and tear problems. You can find the article Toyota.ca under "What's New" - Toyota Gazette.
Hope this is not old news.
#5257 of 7508 Re: Prius reliability [petl]
Oct 19, 2004 (4:36 am)
Thanks.. this is very old news but new people arrive every day here. Thanks for sharing.
#5258 of 7508 Perfect use for a Prius
Oct 24, 2004 (8:18 pm)
I saw my first 2004 Prius on the road today. It was being used to deliver Pizza. It was a natural, kind of like the Oscar Meyer Wiener mobile. It will get a real workout with that job. My son wore out a 1994 Toyota PU in one year delivering Pizza's.
#5259 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [gagrice]
Oct 26, 2004 (4:31 pm)
You should test drive it when you get a chance.
#5260 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [usbseawolf2000]
Oct 26, 2004 (4:54 pm)
I tested them when they first came to San Diego in 2000. I liked it. Especially the silence at the stop lights. They still have a long way to go to be ready for what I would expect out of a car. The handling has never been great. The braking in spite of some of the tests is not up to what I would expect. I drive a lot out in the desert where the wind blows. Cross winds are a real weakness. I think it is a good commuter car, not as good as the Insight.
We just drove back from Las Vegas through a lot of rain. Dozens of the desert washes had water running across the road. I would not have felt comfortable crossing those streams with an electric vehicle. With the problems reported going through car washes in the Prius I would fear it would stop in the middle of the stream. I'll stick with the Lexus and Suburban until something better comes along. Nothing has so far.
#5261 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [gagrice]
Oct 26, 2004 (5:07 pm)
I mean test drive 04 Prius since the improvement took a leap instead of baby steps. BTW, I've never driven the classic Prius. People who drove 04 Prius do not make comments like Midcow.
#5262 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [usbseawolf2000]
Oct 26, 2004 (5:24 pm)
I went to the dealer in Hawaii to test one and he did not have a demo. Tried to sell me a Camry. He said it was a much better car than the Prius... That the Prius was a waste of money.... That was the sales manager at the Hilo, HI dealership..
#5263 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [gagrice]
Oct 27, 2004 (3:49 am)
Sounds like the dealer is an idiot like most. BTW... flooding rains last week and saw a red 04 prius and its driver electrocuted when driving through a puddle. Fears like yours make me really laugh!!! Oh.. folks..congratulate me.. just bought a 2nd car (impluse purchase).. a Mini Cooper S Convertible. Jan 05 delivery (so they say). That car seems as hot as the Prius!!
#5265 of 7508 Re: Perfect use for a Prius [usbseawolf2000]
Oct 27, 2004 (6:57 am)
"People who drove 04 Prius do not make comments like Midcow.
Interesting statement since I have test driven a 2004 Prius and I still make my comments.