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#7488 of 7508 Re: Difficult..... [wwest]
Jan 28, 2012 (12:09 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 7508 Response to #7488
Jan 28, 2012 (12:57 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 7508 Re: Difficult..... [50orbetter]
Jan 28, 2012 (8:02 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 7508 Three, Four or V?
Feb 18, 2012 (7:13 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)?
Feb 28, 2012 (11:57 am)
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 7508 Hey, Gary?
Mar 27, 2012 (2:27 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.
#7495 of 7508 Hybrid Northern Californian?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 19, 2012 (12:01 pm)
A news reporter would like to talk with hybrid car owners in Northern California. If you fit the description, please contact predmunds.com by Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
#7496 of 7508 Wheels and seat
May 01, 2012 (6:25 pm)
Purchased a 2011 with the 17 inch wheels last year. Other car was a 07 TCH. The seat in the Prius not comfortable for long road trips. Take the Camry anyday. Obviously very different cars.
Anyone have recommendations on after market seat supports for the Prius?
On the wheels... Anyone out there with the 17 switch to the regular 15 or try 16 for a more comfortable ride ? Time to have some cheese with all my whining' and buy some new wheels. Cheers
#7497 of 7508 Re: Wheels and seat [greendog]
May 05, 2012 (8:26 pm)
i drove 2000 miles last summer in a Camry. Both the Prius and Camry have uncomfortable seats, but what I find helpful is to roll a hand towel, and place it towards the lower back. it puts some pressure on the back, to make it feel a bit more tolerable.