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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#588 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [mickeyrom]
Mar 30, 2010 (7:46 pm)
MICKEYROM: Under my circumstances, I was ridding the brakes, that at the moment seemed like a lifetime just to maintain a safe distance from the 16-Wheeler truck in front of me. I was to scared at the time to even consider pushing the PRIUS' Stop button! As of today, this 2007 PRIUS' odometer reads about 28,700 miles. As of today, the news report about getting NASA involved just highlights the disadvantage that owners of TOYOTA' car that experienced accidents or problems, had to faced in order to scientifically prove that a PRIUS "computer-glitch" DOES exist! Are you the owner of a TOYOTA Prius and what is its model year?
#589 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [stonewall2007]
Mar 31, 2010 (3:55 am)
Yes I do own a Prius.It's a 2007 model with approx. 46-47K on it's odometer.
I only asked if you had tried to push the stop/start button,or put it in neutral, because IMO if it is in fact a computer problem,those things would probably not work since it's all electronic.I have yet to read where some owner had the UA happen, and did the the Neutral or stop button thing successfully.
Are you still driving the same car? I suspect that not all of the Priuses have this problem,which makes it more difficult to diagnose.If I were you I would completely remove the floormat so that they could not blame that should ,god forbid,that happen again.Clearly that glitch exists in your car.I would not drive it,except to to trade it in.It may be dormant,but it's still there.
#590 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [mickeyrom]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 31, 2010 (8:56 am)
I don't think they are going to find the problem, NASA or no NASA, because statistically speaking they would have to test the car repeatedly for about 10 years to eliminate the "one in a million" odds of a multi-system failure that defeats all the redundancy and defaults and fail-safes that Toyota built into the electronics.
Right now, my opinion is that IF there is a way to cause unintended accleration (and there might very well be) that the drivers do not use the fail-safe systems properly to control it.
#591 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 31, 2010 (4:52 pm)
As an owner of an 07 Prius with over 64K+ miles and no problem with it. I am still having a hard time believing people claiming SUA with their Prius. As stated by another poster, I tested different scenarios on how to slow my Prius down with my foot on the gas and brake peddle at the same time, no problem. How to put the car into neutral while it is moving, no problem.
I find it interesting that some of these people claiming these problems has just recently join Edmunds . I believe Toyota when they say they cannot duplicate the SUA problem. With NASA involved and if they cannot duplicate the problem, what will these skeptics say, Toyota have NASA paid off too?
Too bad I am not in the market for a car right now. If I was, I wouldn't mind buying another Toyota due to the good discount they are currently offering now. I wish the deals were this good when I bought my Prius back in 11/06.
#592 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [avucarguy]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 31, 2010 (5:04 pm)
Well considering how much money NASA gets, or used to get, and how rigorous their testing was for moon shots----think about the bugs they never found, either.
I'd like to see someone who's an expert in risk management, who could calculate from the number of Priuses sold, and the number of miles driven, and the age of the vehicles, and the number of "somewhat" substantiated incidents....exactly how much risk there is here.
I guess my point is that there may be a level of risk in life that has such low odds, that it is not worth defending against---or is even indefensible against.
#593 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [avucarguy]
Apr 06, 2010 (2:35 pm)
I'm interested in this thread,because while I have not had the problem of acceleration that's out of control I have had my car rev for no reason.It never happened in the first year-only sometime in the second year did I notice it. I asked the service manager about it and he shrugged his shoulders and said not to worry about it.It was long before the acceleration publicity so I shrugged it off too.It happened on the highway once or twice,but was momentary.It has also happened with the car in park in my driveway.It's rare-maybe 5 times total in about 2 1/2 years. Has anyone else had engine revving as opposed to the pedal sticking?
#594 of 674 Re: 2007 PRIUS: "Near Death Experience!" [south4]
Apr 06, 2010 (2:53 pm)
Holy Mackerel! My 2007 has not done that...yet.If it does,the service manger will never get away with a shrug.Is your car under any kind of warranty?
#595 of 674 2010 Prius 9 months 12K miles
Apr 21, 2010 (6:03 am)
Overall I'm happy with my Prius, which replaced a minivan and I don't miss the minivan. Prius issues:
1. Brakes (we all know about), pot holes, railroad tracks, any slippery conditions etc.
2. Poor visibility when backing up.
3. Sometimes the XM radio is choppy and only clears after restarting the car.
4. XM radio is hard to find stations like specific sports games.
5. Navigation is a pain to configure destinations, I end up using a Garmin which can be configured quickly while the car is in motion.
6. Heated seats buttons are inconvenient for the driver and cannot be seen by the front passenger.
7. Sun visor does not extend far enough when used against the side windows.
8. I've never achieved 50MPG and the onboard computer shows around 2MPG greater that what the MPG ends up as. I typically get 43-45 in winter, 45-49 in the summer.
Apr 28, 2010 (10:27 am)
If you own a Toyota, live in LA or Orange County, CA and have a favorite story about your car, please email your daytime contact information and year/make/model to jfallonedmunds.com.
#597 of 674 2010 Prius-would not buy again
Oct 03, 2010 (5:54 am)
We bought a 2010 Prius last year.
It gets good miles on gas.Finally up to 51mpg. Other than the gas savings I would not buy this car again.The paint job is horrible.I have nicks down to the metal,and scratches all over my car.Never had this damage issue with other cars so early. Do not like the braking system. Any little bump in the road and the car jolts forward giving a loss of control sensation.This is same before and after the Toyota computer fix.
I would not recommend this car to anyone if they asked me what I thought of it.