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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#105 of 261 Thanks, everyone!
Apr 21, 2008 (1:37 pm)
I just found this site last week and I surely do enjoy all of your comments. I know that my new Prius is a very complicated machine and it is a bit scary to think what "could" happen. But so many of your comments are reassuring as to reliability and longevity of the Prius that my mind is now at ease. I can fully relax and enjoy our new car. Love that Barcelona red! We traded a 2005 Corolla that had over 80k miles on it (we bought it new) for the Prius. We really likedthe Corolla, but it was a CE model with no options and the Prius is well equipped by comparison, so It's been a real treat for us. The interior is beautiful, but that upholstery does look fragile, doesn't it? Apparently, from what some of you have written, though, that it's actually easy to clean. We have the biscuit-colored fabric. I kind of wince when I get in to sit down with my blue jeans on. Almost like it's too nice to sit on. Toyota quality is legendary and we are happy owners. Keep on posting!
#106 of 261 Thanks, Railroadjames
Apr 21, 2008 (1:39 pm)
I didn't know that the complete battery replacement charge had dropped to $3200, and sure didn't know that the individual cells can be replaced as opposed to the entire thing. Enjoy your positive outlook throughout your postings.
#107 of 261 Re: Thanks, everyone! [rick294]
Apr 21, 2008 (5:59 pm)
The seats are great and the car is easy to keep clean, however be very very carefull of the interior plastics. They scratch very easy. The insides of my doors are all scratched up as well as the plastic in the hatch area. The paint also chips very easy. In defense of the car I drive 100-200 miles a day and get in and out of it many times a day, but the plastic and paint are still cheap.
#108 of 261 Re: Thanks, Railroadjames [rick294]
Apr 28, 2008 (5:26 pm)
I started this particular "Topic" for everyone to appreciate the perspectives of "owners with high milage Prius's." I found myself very much interested in what owners of high milage cars had to say about this unique hybrid car both pro & con. I first came across owner/operaters of taxi cab Prius's in Vancouver B.C. With very high miles (120K - 150K) They were extreamly pleased with their hybrids. Literally exclaiming how the Prius saved their jobs when gas went ballistic. Recently I met someone actually older than me at a movie parking lot sitting next to my '04 Prius with his '04 Prius (thought they might mate and make baby Prii's ha! ha!). He had 132K and spouted what I always seem to hear...."Great Car!!" I've learned alot from other owners and it seems to be a bottomless pit of happy owners. Seems to be a pattern of smiling folks in "Hybridland."
#109 of 261 long term owner
May 06, 2008 (10:00 am)
5-1/2 years and 98,000 miles, no mechanical issues or complaints, but I am on my 4th set of tires.
I find if I go too fast they fail, so I never push the rated speed anymore. I have always loved it and knew from early on with the Prius that my next car would be a Prius.
(Hoping for a PHEV model soon, will keep mine a few more years if need be to wait)
#110 of 261 Re: long term owner [gwmort]
May 08, 2008 (7:22 am)
Can you expand on your tire wear experience. I am awaiting my Touring Prius and have heard some issues with Tire wear. The tires seem to have a "V" speed rating which seems to indicate a higher speed tire.
Are you running "V" rated tires?
What do you mean by "I never push the rated speed anymore"?? Can you expand on this some more?
Also, can anyone out there suggest a good 3 season tire for when my first set wears out?
Good meaning: >=50K miles on a set, good 3 season traction, low rolling resistance and lower noise?
#111 of 261 Good tires to buy
May 08, 2008 (9:02 am)
Go with a set of Michelin HydroEdge tires. 800 rated for treadwear, 90,000 mile tread wear out warranty. We got ours at Costco, which is cheaper than WalMart.
HyroEdge is Michelin's lowest rolling resistance tire, by the way. They are wonderful where it rains a lot or for slushy surfaces. Combine those attributes with your traction and stability control, your ABS, and you've got a winning combination!
#112 of 261 Re: long term owner [gwmort]
May 08, 2008 (7:54 pm)
So you have the older model. The first model sold in the USA?
#113 of 261 Re: long term owner [gagrice]
May 09, 2008 (1:52 am)
Unless gwmort was exaggerating slightly regarding the age of his/her car, it must be the older (NHW11) model.
#114 of 261 Re: long term owner [grandtotal]
May 10, 2008 (6:10 am)
The reason I asked is the tires on the first model were a real expensive oddball. I know a friend that wore out two sets before he found a good alternative. He had to special order the OEMs from the Firestone store. He ran on his spare for two weeks when one of the OEMS failed. The new Prius seems to do much better on tires.