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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars
Jan 11, 2010 (5:28 am)
I have an elderly friend who worked for Henry Ford who is writing his autobiography. I am amused at the hype given to the so called "quality" of the Prius when way back in the 30s and 40s inventors such as he could have put most of the auto industry out of business. In his words, "I did not want to put that many people out of jobs." This is amusing as many of my friends and family were put out of the boating industry due to the advent of the railroad in the early days of this country. And, just to think, how many horses were put out of work due to Henry Ford's Model T? As a side note, the depression was caused by the banking industry trying to put Henry Ford out of business. Does that ring a bell?
#7486 of 7505 Unclear to me
Jan 12, 2010 (4:56 pm)
I can't get the connection between quality of the Prius and Henry Ford having the capability of putting most of the auto industry out of business...are you saying the early Fords had better quality than the Prius, or ?? How did job losses in the boating industry take place due to the advent of the railroad. Apples and oranges? No, no bells are ringing about the Depression being caused by anyone trying to put Henry out of business?! I admit not being the greatest student of history, but it's been my understanding that the Great Depression was caused by over-valuation of the heated-up stock market. I've never heard of any ties to Henry Ford - but maybe I missed the boat somewhere, I don't know.
#7487 of 7505 Engine rattle
Dec 19, 2011 (6:17 am)
My 2010 Prius was parked outside overnight (ambient temp 30-40) after a trip of about 400 miles. It is usually garaged otherwise. Anyway, when I started the car the following morning, there was a huge rattle in the engine compartment. I shut it down, gave it five minutes and then everything was back to normal. The following two days I completed another trip of about 1000 miles without any problems. Is this something to worry about? My car is still under warranty so I will probably get it checked, but meanwhile would appreciate any thoughts since I am still on the road.
#7488 of 7505 Re: Difficult..... [wwest]
Jan 28, 2012 (1:09 pm)
Just curious if you own a Prius. I bought a 2010. First car I ever paid cash for. And boy, do I wish I had bought the VW Jetta Diesel instead (those 2 were the semi-finalists). I am so disappointed. I live in Cleveland. It doesn't get Dakota cold here by any stretch. Yet, the Prius is a different car Nov through the end of March than it is the other months. 47-51MPG in summer, 39-42 in winter. Wish somebody would have told me this. The Jetta Diesel gets the same 46-48 winter or summer. The car's heater/AC is god-awful. Too high tech for its own good. On a sunny winter day, about 34 degrees, I want some air coming in. But the setting LO is too cold, and the next hottest setting, 65, is too hot. Nothing in between. Oh did I mention the Prius' $3000 sunroof. I would have had to get the Solar package to get a sunroof. Great marketing Toyota. But worst of all, my range is limited because I apparently don't get to use the last 2 1/2 gallons in the tank. I only get about 440 miles (on a good day) and after driving 50 miles with the gas light flashing, I put in no more than 9.5 gallons. So what gives with the tank? I hate myPrius. And the latest thing, I seem to be getting 35 MPG right now
#7489 of 7505 Response to #7488
Jan 28, 2012 (1:57 pm)
Exactly the mileage issue I'm getting with my '08. On the heater issue, it sounds to me like something is wrong. It shouldn't get "too warm" on one click above "LO". Have the dealer look at it. Could be a warranty issue. About the 2.5 gallons left in the tank when it appears "empty" - I kind of like that feature. I consider it a safety margin from running out of gas altogether. My mileage, right now, is running 42 mpg. That's only if I baby it. My mother in law has the same exact car, an '08, and she regularly gets 46-48 during the winter. She's usually 52+ in the summer. ??
#7490 of 7505 Re: Difficult..... [50orbetter]
Jan 28, 2012 (9:02 pm)
All cars get less MPG in the winter, not just the prius. And don't forget diesel fuel costs more. Also, according to fuelseconomy.gov, jetta diesel owners in 2011 averaged 43 vs 49 mpg for the prius.
41mpg with the jetta wagon and 39mpg with and auto transmission. Plus I'd take the reliability of a toyota over a VW any day.
#7492 of 7505 Three, Four or V?
Feb 18, 2012 (8:13 pm)
Looking to get a Prius. About the only accessory I really need is the nav system. I commute about 30 miles a day, with 8 miles of that highway.
Which makes e best sense--the Three, Four or V?
And is this a car at it makes more sense to lease, or buy (with the 1.9% financing)?
#7493 of 7505 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Feb 28, 2012 (12:57 pm)
A reporter is looking to interview parents who own a Chevy Cruze Eco, Toyota Prius V and/or Honda Civic Hybrid. If you are willing to share your experience with the car, please email PRedmunds.com no later than March 10, 2012.
#7494 of 7505 Hey, Gary?
Mar 27, 2012 (3:27 pm)
Hey, Gary, here is your post back from Dec 20, 2005.
"Current hybrids are not designed for 10-15 years of relatively trouble free service. Toyota builds cars like that, just not the hybrids. When I see a 10 year old Prius II still running with no major problems I will come over to your side of thinking."
Does that hold true for Prius 1 longevity? Because I see 10+ year-old First Gen Prius cars all over Phoenix running fine.
I think it's time for a "mea culpa" on your part and admit that you were wrong in doubting Toyota's technology and the batteries and the idea of the Prius in general.