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#187 of 311 Re: seats [stevedebi]
May 27, 2008 (10:09 am)
I followed your link but found only complaints about the tires on the 2002 Prius. The four year old article points out that the Toyota Dealer found an additional tire that was in need of replacement. It sounds like an issue with the tire manufacturer or a maintenance issue with the owner of that Prius.
I don't own a Prius (mostly because I am unwilling to stand in line behind dozens of other buyers who are willing to buy a Prius on the dealers terms (often above MSRP)), but EVERYONE I know who drives a Prius loves the vehicle. Only one person I have spoken to has had a problem. A failed ECM after 110,000 miles on her 2002 Prius.
I will not be swayed by anecdotal evidence from a driver who doesn't understand the any mechanical device requires a minimum of maintenance. I won't blame the car. I would blame the driver who does not perform regular maintenance on the vehicle. Any driver who does not at least casually inspect the most important piece of safety equipment regularly (tires) deserves some inconvenience.
#188 of 311 Re: seats [gearhead8]
Jun 04, 2008 (3:41 am)
I don't own a Prius (mostly because I am unwilling to stand in line behind dozens of other buyers who are willing to buy a Prius on the dealers terms (often above MSRP))
I don't know where you're getting these quote over MSRP, but I recently got quotes for a loaded Touring edition Prius from 6 dealers -- half on the east coast (Virginia), half in the West (Colorado, New Mexico), and NONE were over MSRP and most were under MSRP, with the best about $900 under MSRP.
I, however, decided to wait for the 2009 model.
#189 of 311 Re: seats [orangelebaron]
Jun 08, 2008 (8:04 am)
The seats are the main reason I didn't get the Prius. I didn't like the styling inside or out, or the handling, or the poor rear visibility, but I was willing to live with the styling and just get one with the optional backup camera, but the lack of seat comfort and thigh support was the deal killer. Even a manual seat height/tilt adjustment knob probably would have been enough to cure the problem.
I have already purchased a new vehicle that only gets average MPG that I plan to enjoy for about 3-4 years. I will probably revisit the next generation Prius or another model that gets similar mileage in it's 2012-2013 model year.
The new Prius design would have been out for at least 3 years by then giving them plenty of time to fix glitches and adjust production capacity to demand.
#190 of 311 Re: seats [lotusfan]
Jun 08, 2008 (8:05 am)
There is nothing different about the 2009. No point in waiting for it.
If you are going to wait, you might as well wait longer and get the new 2010 model.
#191 of 311 question about my prius when stopping
Jun 08, 2008 (8:49 am)
Hello, I love my Prius but occasionally I'll be at a stop and the it will show on the display that it's not using electric or gas but the engine is still running. Then the engine will stop but make a thud noise and jolt the car. Is this normal?
#192 of 311 Re: question about my prius when stopping [prius08lb]
Jun 08, 2008 (3:51 pm)
Yes. Completely normal, just ignore it. 78000 miles and counting.
#193 of 311 Re: seats [jaxs1]
Jun 19, 2008 (6:32 am)
"There is nothing different about the 2009." -- How do you know what the changes (or lack there of) to the 2009 will be? When should Toyota annouce / present the 2009's?
#194 of 311 Re: seats [jde4]
Jun 19, 2008 (6:47 am)
A simple Google search will lead you to the news articles that talk about the new 2009 Prius model. See, for example: http://www.calcars.org/calcars-news/700.html
(Notice the Toyota confirmation about the lithium ion battery feature of the 2009 next-generation Prius.)
Perhaps some dealers would like you to buy now and not wait, so they are suggesting there will be no change.
#195 of 311 Re: Improvements wanted for 2009--Wish list [maribago]
Jun 19, 2008 (8:26 am)
Oh, also, the whole LED dash display needs attention. It is very hard to read in bright light conditions. Deeper recesses? Brighter LEDs? I don't know. Am sure Toyota can fix this.
And don't you just hate those cheap *plastic* triangular windows in back? Scratch-magnets, for sure. And it probably only saves 15 grams of weight.
#196 of 311 Re: seats [jde4]
Jun 19, 2008 (9:23 am)
research on the Internet..
The 2009's are being built now as we speak and will ship in August. There are no significant changes of any kind, packages, color, equipment, etc. Unofficially Toyota has said same to some key people in the industry, including some here at Edmunds.