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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#629 of 674 This car has been a nightmare!
Jan 23, 2012 (4:36 pm)
A few weeks after we purchased the 2011 Prius the carís engine stopped running while I was on the highway with no warning. Toyota disregarded my complaint and told me they could not replicate the problem. Next, the car made a metallic banging noise when I started the engine. The motor mount was replaced and Toyota says they are aware of the problem and cannot guarantee this will permanently fix the issue. Now, our energy saving sun roofís seal suddenly disintegrated for no apparent reason. Toyota is trying to figure out if they will repair the seal or if we will have to repair the seal. I am frustrated and will never buy another Toyota again! This comes from a person who comes from a three generation Camry family. The Prius has multiple defects that Toyota needs to address before I will ever purchase another vehicle from them.
#630 of 674 Re: This car has been a nightmare! [nv2011]
Jan 23, 2012 (5:13 pm)
Mine hasn't been a nightmare and the engine has not shut down, thank God.
However, I JUST this minute came back from a quick trip to the grocery store. When I started the car it did the metallic banging thing as soon as the engine started (not after the customary delay when starting the car cold.) THAT is disturbing as we bought it new on Nov 22, 2011.
Will be visiting the dealer tomorrow for sure.
#631 of 674 Re: This car has been a nightmare! [lowflyer1]
Jan 24, 2012 (2:23 pm)
I believe you should study over the lemon law of your state. In Florida the lemon law works and it very likely will work for you. If I were you, I would go for a replacement car from Toyota. The problems on unintended engine shut down occurred on a 2 day loaner of a new 2011 Prius ll from the service dept while our Tundra was being serviced. Dec. 19 we purchased a new 2011 Prius lll. We now have 2100 miles on the car and this has not once happened. Toyota's official responce is if you push the brake and accellerator at the same time, the engine will shut down. Perhaps the first loaner car was more sensitive to this planned safety feature. If they don't fix this for you Toyota will have to replace the car or purchase the car back under most State Lemon laws which usually reads they have 3 tries to fix it or else! Good luck and be safe
#632 of 674 New 2011 Prius 5
Jan 26, 2012 (3:50 pm)
Picked up my Silver 5 right after Thanksgiving. Deal was OK, car is great. Zero issues, however, I have not tried to push the brake and accelerator at the same time...yet. You can bet I will on my next venture on a clear road to gain that experience. Some times I two foot drive and I can read that this may not be the best practice with Toyotas.
I installed a front upper tower brace, small mud flaps and also the premium Lexus/Camry horns. Installations were a little involved, but accomplished without incident. The car handles very well with the Bridgestone tires and 17" rims and the horn is excellent rather than the wimpy OEM junk.
Getting 47.5 average mileage from day one with just over 2,000 total miles. Recently the mileage went up about 3mpg which is most likely due to engine break in.
I am very pleased with the car that I will use mainly for client calls within a 200 mile range. Also very pleased, and truthfully surprised, that the power is very adequate. This coming from an owner of a 1999 Ford Lightning truck with 440hp.
I am also finding the Prius very quiet compared to my Ford 500 which I drove for the past 6 years over some 95,000 miles.
I got every upgrade that is offered for the 5 series. The tires, handling and headlights are some of the best features. I find the hard plastic expanses rather cheap however. Wish they had put in more of the soft touch feeling stuff.
#633 of 674 Re: This car has been a nightmare! [lowflyer1]
Feb 07, 2012 (9:25 am)
I know that there is a SB about a design problem in the intake manifold causing noise during cold temp start ups caused by water build up from frozen condensation melt, but not a recall to the best of my knowledge. I recently found out from a Toyota service source that a production change for this problem is on our 2011 lll built in Oct. 2011. I believe an engine mount change design was also made. I hope this information will be of some use to you in getting this design flaw corrected in your Prius. It requires changing the intake manifold to the new design manifold. It may also require an engine mount change.
#634 of 674 I love it more everyday
Feb 27, 2012 (9:16 pm)
#635 of 674 I love it more everyday
Feb 27, 2012 (9:33 pm)
I bought a 2011 Prius hatchback I. So far each day gets better and better ----I can't believe the power of the gas engine, when you ask it to accelerate onto the interstate -----it's a rocket!!!! I gave my brother my all-wheel-drive 2000 Subaru ----and I am not sorry that I have front wheel drive ----the engineering of the vehicle is spectacular -----I drove a Volvo and that car doesn't move in cross winds, however, they use the highest grade of steel available, Boron ----and of course they can not get the mileage because of this. Two great manufacturers ----I would like to see them get their heads together to make an ultimate car!
I find that handling and not power has saved my life on many occasions. Only once, in my lifetime did I need power, and that was because of my poor planning in keeping up with everyone in traffic. Now, I try to stay away from the pack. And that is the best way to be safe and to be able to find a way out. Never let yourself get boxed in. Drive Safely
Feb 28, 2012 (11:55 am)
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#637 of 674 2011 Prius II Door closing sound
Mar 26, 2012 (6:12 pm)
I have a Toyota Camry. When you close the driver's door, it makes this nice thoomp sound. Our new Prius doesn't make the same sound. There's sort of a kind of metal sound when I close the door. I took it in for service, and they said it's normal. For those of you who have a Prius, how does your door sound when you close it?
#638 of 674 Re: 2011 Prius II Door closing sound [goprius]
Mar 28, 2012 (6:22 am)
My doors close with a solid thump. If it is all the doors, I wouldn't worry. One cool characteristic of my prius is that when sitting at a light in the rain, the wipers on high rock the car back and forth. How cool is that !!! Great car. No problems and lots of room.