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#7090 of 7508 Re: Prius Brake Pedal Noise [gpost]
Jan 20, 2007 (11:42 am)
I am researching the Prius brake Noise (chirp). This noise started in my 2006 Prius (at less that 8,000 miles). I noticed it during my commute in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have driven the car up and over the Sierra Nevada mtns. once - but the noise did not start on that trip. I have had the car into the dealer 3 times for repair. The noise escallated to happening every time I started the car; whether or not the brake was depressed. The technician diagnosed the problem as part of the ABS system. The brake actuator was was replaced. The noise reappeared after several weeks, and Toyota recommended that the brakes be bled due to the possibility of air in the lines. That was done. The repair lasted a couple of weeks and reappeared again. Toyota sent a technician to my local dealer to evaluate the issue. His recommendation was to bleed the system again. I do not have confidence that this is the final solution since it's does not appear that the source of the problem has been found.
In addition to the chirp, the car developed the rough stopping issue also reported by others. It's as though the brakes were grabbing - a smooth stop was not possible by anyone driving the car. The solution for this was to resurface the rotors, and sand/clean the brake pads. This seems like an inappropriate issue for a car with 11,000 miles - mainly freeway driving.
I'm interested in hearing from others who are having similar issues.
#7091 of 7508 Re: Prius Brake Pedal Noise [ltnunes]
Jan 20, 2007 (5:44 pm)
Nothing like this yet on mine. 14 mos's and 37,000 mi.
I have a friend who's at 36 mo's and 135,000 miles with no issues at all save worn fabric and he's still on his original brakes.
#7092 of 7508 Toyota quietly puts first incentives on Prius
Feb 05, 2007 (6:07 am)
News Item from Automotive News:
Amid all the recent talk in Washington about raising fuel economy standards, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. was quietly trying to work off a backlog of unsold Prius hybrids by offering the first incentives on the fuel-saving hatchback. Seven of Toyota's 12 U.S. sales regions were offering a low lease payment, cut-rate finance deals or cash to the dealer for each unit sold.
#7093 of 7508 Re: Toyota quietly puts first incentives on Prius [c2rosa]
Feb 05, 2007 (6:58 am)
The Automotive News article also points out that Prius sales DROPPED in 06 compared to 05.
#7094 of 7508 Re: Toyota quietly puts first incentives on Prius [kurtgg]
Feb 05, 2007 (7:27 am)
A very slight drop, and expected with the availability of the Camry hybrid in 2006.
#7095 of 7508 Re: Toyota quietly puts first incentives on Prius [kurtgg]
Feb 05, 2007 (7:48 am)
Within 1% of the target which was the same target as the year before. Essentially it hit its goal.
Now this year 3 months into the 4th year of this model's life it's acting just like any other vehicle. It's not new, astonounding, innovative or cutting edge. It's just a car. Typically in the final years of a model incentives are the norm rather than the exception. OK the Corolla was an exception last summer but that was due to forces outside the norm.
#7096 of 7508 To Prius or Not to Prius?
Feb 05, 2007 (7:21 pm)
One of our 2 minivans just died, and we're not only tired of the minivan thing, we're even more tired of burning gallon after gallon of gasoline. We'd really like to go with a Camry Hybrid or Prius. My wife hates the Camry entirely due to the trunk size and lack of a true pass through (doesn't meet "Soccer Mom" standards). She loves the Prius, but my daily commute during the week is a combined 25 minutes on 40-50 mph rural roads combined with another 25 minutes of 75 mph super highway traffic. I've read reviews about the Prius not being a "highway" car due to seat comfort, ride and handling issues. Plus the comment that it's really not designed to operate at 75 MPH effectively. Can anyone comment on real-world experience in this regard? Is the prius really best as a city car, or can it provide day to day comfort in the driving scenario I describe. Yes, I've test driven it, but its hard to gauge doing this type of daily commute from a test drive! (wish I could rent one!)
#7097 of 7508 Re: To Prius or Not to Prius? [zacware]
Feb 06, 2007 (6:31 am)
I've got a similar commute to yours although 70 is about the max on the interstate segment. I've had my Prius since Nov '05 and now have 39000 miles on it. The four previous commuters were LE Camry's.
A) My commute is 75 mi each way, 15 of which is at about 30-40 mph and 60 of which is about at 60-70 mph.
B) Overall fuel economy for the Prius now is 48.1 mpg ( 51 in summertime and 45 in wintertime )
C) I like the position and the support of this Prius better than any of the other 4 Camry's, or the current one. It's a lot firmer.
D) I do like very much the electric power steering ( EPS ) that the Prius offers. I find it very very precise in handling. It does eliminate 'road feel' but with this smany miles it could float for all I care I have no interest in 'feeling the road'. There is no play in the wheel.
E) With a relatively high profile and somewhat narrow width it is prone to being buffetted in the wind.
F) The Prius will do much better in slower driving situations like suburban or city streets. It can easily do 75 or 85 mph on the highway but I feel that the 1.5L ICE is on the small side for the size and the weight of this vehicle. OTOH the 2.4L in the TCH is better matched to the larger size and weight of that vehicle. When driving on the HWY at say 75 mph it's the ICE that is primarily driving the vehicle.
I switched out of Camrys after 16 years of commuting in them. I think that the Prius is much better than any of the past 4. As your wife notes it is more useful. I've had a 43" flatscreen and briefcase and set of golf clubs in the back of the Prius.
#7098 of 7508 Re: To Prius or Not to Prius? [zacware]
Feb 06, 2007 (1:26 pm)
I've not found the Prius (2007/pkg#4) to be particularly prone to wind buffeting after having driven it around in the nasty, down-slope and blizzardy winds we've had around Denver the past few weeks. More than our Volvo S60, less then our Grand Cherokee. I've been in minivans that really get buffeted around when you're quartered behind a semi and it's nothing like that.
I hated the driving position at first but eventually got used to it after using the same setting as my wife but sliding it back. I had been trying a semi-reclined position ala the Volvo but it was killing my shoulders and neck. The steering wheel does not telescope.
Be sure you test both the Touring and non-touring suspensions as they are quite different in feel, with fans for both setups. To each his own. (We very nearly passed on the Pruis based on our first test drive with one model, but tested again with the other and found it enough to our liking to buy the car.)
Our typical drive is similar to yours though shorter. Five miles of twisty mountain road at 35 mph; 10 miles of county highway at 45; 20 miles of interstate. All downhill one way, uphill coming back. Averaging 45-48 right now with Colorado's winter oxygenated blend and the application of "lips" -- foam inserts on the grill to keep the engine running warmer. (Everything you'd ever want to know about this over at the PriusChat.com "Modifications" forum. Use at your own risk.
I haven't been out and about with the car at speed for any long trips but am continuously surprised at how many of them are showing up at ski area parking lots. Those folks are braver or better drivers than am I -- or have switched to snow tires.
Your wife apparently has vetoed the Camry hybrid but let me add that my brother-in-law just got one and really loves it.
Good luck with your decision, Phil
#7099 of 7508 Faux Metalic Dash - Paint Matchup
Feb 07, 2007 (8:42 am)
I've been reading many of the messages here and on accessories and haven't found any that respond to this. I have an 06 pkg 6, dark gray interior. The padded segments of the dash are a dark gray but just below the blowers right and left of the LCD display it's a tacky looking faux metal that is really a thin metal flake-like paint over a light gray plastic. Has anyone else found a close match from a parts store like an Autozone. I'd hate to walk into one and say I need to take about 15 of your spray paint can lids outside and compare them to my dashboard.
Putting 3 tons less crap a year into the air,