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#279 of 370 First Ford Explorer Now Toyota Prius
Mar 21, 2010 (1:49 pm)
In 1999 I purchased a Ford Explorer. Soon after the purchase the stuff hit the fan about the Firestone tires and Explorer rollovers. After the media hype and hysteria calmed down the problem involved Firestone tires that were blowing out during the last third of their lives and the subsequent rollovers of the Explorers. The hysteria about how unstable Explorers were had some truth to it, but the laws of physics that caused the Explorers to roll over when driven like sports cars applied to all SUVs. Ford's mistake was designing a cheap tire that created problems when they got older. After a while the hysteria died down, the Firestone tires were replaced and I got ten good years out of that SUV. In fact it is still going strong. I sold it to my neighbor when I purchased the Prius.
Now I am living through another recall issue. I picked up my Prius in August of 2009. The car has met or exceeded my expectations. I had the software upgrade of the ECU and I am confident that in years to come I will enjoy the Prius as much as I enjoyed my Explorer. My wife and I drive our Prius keeping in mind that it is not a Corvette or a Mustang. We have adapted our driving styles taking in to account that the Prius accelerates slowly, but can keep up with most cars driving at highway speeds. We have adapted to the moment of “anxiety” when braking on bumpy roads while the car switches from regenerative braking to hydraulic braking. The recall has improved the “anxiety” inducing switchover. Hopefully, in time this issue will go the way of the Explorer-Firestone issue and we will get back to discussing MPG’s and how we can convert the current generation of Prius to a plug in hybrid.
#280 of 370 Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius
Mar 22, 2010 (7:28 am)
I have taken this to the next level. Here is my filing with the NTSB, please reach out to them if you have the same issue. We need to act in numbers to get a response.
Notification of Case Registration (All times are GMT-0500)
Project: NHTSA Hotline Center
Case: IVOQ: TOYOTA PRIUS
Date: 03/03/2010 Time: 14:41:43
Entered on 03/03/2010 at 14:41:43 EST (GMT-0500) :
TL- THE CONTACT OWNS A 2007 TOYOTA PRIUS. WHILE APPROACHING ANY TYPE OF STOP AND DECELERATING, IF THE VEHICLE TRAVELED OVER A SERIES OF BUMPS OR ANY UNEVEN ROAD SURFACE, THE VEHICLE WOULD MOMENTARILY ACCELERATE AND IMMEDIATELY CATCH ITSELF. THE CONTACT STATED IT FELT SIMILAR TO HAVING DEPRESSED THE BRAKE PEDAL AND REMOVING HIS FOOT MIDWAY THE ACTUAL BRAKING. THE DEALER WAS CONTACTED AND ADVISED THE VEHICLE WAS OPERATING AS IT WAS INTENDED. THEY ALSO ADVISED FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE MANUFACTURER, WHICH HE DID. THE MANUFACTURER DID NOT RESPOND. THERE WERE NO RECALLS. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 40,000 AND THE CURRENT WAS 80,000. *KMJ
#281 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [pweiss1]
Mar 22, 2010 (8:39 am)
GMT-0500??? What are you? Some sort of astronaut? James Bond perhaps? COME ON people. PLEASE, keep it real. Man, oh man! When the going gets tough, the squirrels come out of the woodwork. I just cannot believe this is actually happening in 2010. Little Orphan Annie SECRET decoder rings now available.
#282 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [pweiss1]
Mar 22, 2010 (5:28 pm)
I also filed a complaint with the NHTSA, I want everyone to know how unsafe these vehicles are. Oh what I would do to have my 2006 Honda Accord back. it was very safe, reliable, has ABS brakes and a complete brake system that worked. Never skidded or stopped breaking in the middle of breaking, or lunged forward during breaking. I had my recall done on Friday, 3/19, 2010. Have already exp several episodes of brakes having intermittent episodes where they do not seem to work. I told the GM where I purchase the car, that if one more critical thing occurs due to the scrambled brake system, I will sue not only Toyota but the dealership as well. Lets hope this does not happen. Anyone out there want a good buy on a 2010 Prius with 1300 miles on it. I am willing to deal!!!!
#283 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [cgolliher]
Mar 23, 2010 (7:18 pm)
Good news is that they have a fix for the braking software for the 2010 model available now. Head to the dealer.. The issue that others like myself is that they are claiming that my 2007 is not on the list.. but there is no proof that the hardware and software is not the same as in the 2010!!
#284 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [pweiss1]
Mar 23, 2010 (7:48 pm)
When we were researching purchasing a 2010 Prius last December I talked to three Toyota service managers in the Dallas area and all said the 2010's braking system was redesigned from the prior Prius models. However, none of them new what the differences were, only that they were different.
#285 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [pweiss1]
Mar 24, 2010 (1:16 am)
Is that a second braking fix- I have already had the system flashed- as the first braking recall for the 2010 Pruis Warranted..However the fix generated a whole host of of new and unresolved braking issue's. Are you making reference to Toyota acknowledging a second braking issue? Please Advise
#286 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [cgolliher]
Mar 24, 2010 (4:40 am)
Please describe for us current brake problems OTHER THAN the ABS disconnect issue which the recent recall was supposed to correct. I have been driving my 2010 since early December, got used to the ABS disconnect-on-bump problem, but have had no failures whatsoever. Frankly, all other 2010 and earlier Prius owners that I know or strike up a conversation with have had no failures. So what is happening to you--in what circumstances OTHER THAN the ABS disconnect issue is of interest. Thanks.
#287 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [pweiss1]
Mar 24, 2010 (4:44 am)
I am confident that the 2nd Generation Prius needs a fix too! My accident was due to complete loss of braking for a couple seconds. Keep on writing in your complaints to NHTSA - the more that we accumulate the less Toyota can ignore the issues they ignored.
#288 of 370 Re: Prius Braking Problem is with the 2007 Prius [margieprius]
Mar 24, 2010 (8:13 am)
After the recall, was completed on my car, I continue to feel brake failure. I call it brake failure when I am pushing on my brake pedal and braking in not occurring. This seem to be a common occurrence on rural roads. I live out in a rural area and feel like my car does not handle well at all on these road. Seems like the braking systems works great in town and on the main highways. I am very unimpressed with this Toyota. Again for all of you out there that seem to think this is nonsense, make me an offer on my car. I am looking to sell it!