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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#30 of 261 Maintenance Experience and Concerns
Aug 23, 2007 (8:04 am)
I am in the third year of my ownership of Prius 2004 (bought it used). I changed the motor oil from dino to semi-synthetic to fully synthetic mobil one oil to allow for even further reduced use of oil from the Gulf Oil countries (Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc). It is my contribution to the troops to help minimize our reasons for staying in Iraq. I change my oil every 10K miles now myself, of course after the 36K mile marker has passed. That makes my contribution to the Exxon Mobil company as small as possible. I have justified my extended change interval with a previous post under my name. I recycle my oil with the local Pepboys, just 5 minutes walk from here.
I have changed the cabin air and engine air filters myself to reduce the expenses using "quality" Toyota-branded filters. I have changed my tires to relatively long-life tires by Goodyear: Comfortred, again to reduce my landfill contribution, keeping the two best tires from the Integrity (1st set) series for when the Comfortreds are worn or in case of a blowout.
Lastly, I changed my transmission fluid around 65K miles based on studies I read online about others analyzing their transmission fluid and finding the appropriate time to change it around 65K miles. Again, I used the Toyota WS-ATF (World Standard=WS) for the fluid change - and did it myself again. Of course I recycled it with the neighborhood Pepboys too.
I do have a 100K mile extended warranty from Toyota, so I am still careful about what oils and fluids I use. I drive about 2K miles a month (24K/yr) and thus drive about 60% more miles every year than the "average" driver (15K/yr). It's much cheaper the way I maintaine and I believe I have the maintenance down to an art. I am still open to improvements if you hear of any!
#31 of 261 Re: Maintenance Experience and Concerns [antonyhsu]
Aug 23, 2007 (9:31 am)
You seem to be taking extensive steps to care for your car but I must admit surprise to your 10,000 mile durations between oil changes regardless of the use of synthetic fluids. Although most manufacturers recommend 3,000 to 5,000 miles intervals. I, on the other hand, follow my pappy's teachings. 5,000 miles and every other time the filter. To each his own. It just seems odd that you are so elaborate with so many duties and go to what I would call, extreem miles b/4 changing crankcase fluids. Enjoy your Prius and many miles of savings and green days ahead.
#32 of 261 Car is a Joy to drive
Sep 17, 2007 (4:56 pm)
After owing the Prius for 13 months and having driven over 40,000 km I have to say this car has been a great car. Recently we took our second long trip with the car over 3000 km. with 2 adults, 2 larger teenagers and an 8 yr old. With the hatch back full of luggage including smaller cooler. After driving 2 days at 120 - 130 km/h and passing many other cars with cruise up and down hills we averaged 55 mpg! (acutal calculation). Also I am using Mobil 1 changing every 10,000 kms and this is only vehicle in 20 yrs of ownership where the oil is unbelievably clear after each change. Even my wife really enjoys riding and we both hate the days we need to take our second vehicle out (Ford Explorer). The CVT trans is so smooth a even that every time I am amazed at the technology. My only drawn back with this car for driving is the higher road/tire noisy present when driving down highways... but around town I don't think there is a better car anywhere!!
#34 of 261 maintenance light stays on
Sep 27, 2007 (1:22 am)
I have an 05 prius and I change my own oil . The "maint reqd" light comes on How do I get that to go off what do I do every oil change?
#35 of 261 Anyone heard about this?
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2007 (7:52 am)
According to ConsumerAffairs.com some Prius owners are reporting problems with unintended acceleration. Personally, I think something like this is either a result of stepping on a wrong pedal in a brief moment of stress/confusion, or related to an issue like the Toyota floor mat recall with a floor mat geting onto the accelerator. if your car suddnely makes a move you don't expect, I think a lot of folks might have a hard time thinking about a rational explanation instead of jumping to the conclusion that something must have been wrong with the car.
But since this is a topic about long term Prius owners, this would be the place to ask if anyone has experienced this or knows someone who has.
#36 of 261 Re: Anyone heard about this? [pf_flyer]
Sep 27, 2007 (7:57 am)
consumeraffairs.com is a NOTORIOUSLY anti-hybrid site. I have complained to them for years that I can easily find anti-hybrid stories on their site and seldom anywhere else.
Trust the validity of anything posted there on your own peril.
#37 of 261 Not so much concerned about that site
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Sep 27, 2007 (8:05 am)
...and claim of unintended acceleration would always seem, at least to me, to have a relatively simple explanation other than a "defect'.
This isn't about pro/anti hybrid. just trying to get to the root of something that SOME Prius owners are bringing up.
#38 of 261 Re: Not so much concerned about that site [pf_flyer]
Sep 27, 2007 (9:24 am)
I'm just saying - be careful spending any valuable time on issues you find on consumeraffairs.com because they are a suspicious source of info.
As you say, almost all historical instances of "self-acceleration" have been proven to be "driver error" and not a system problem on a vehicle.
If there is an issue with the Prius accelerator system having a problem I would be highly surprised.
As I would with ANY car accused of having a "system problem" which causes "unexplained acceleration."
There was an issue in the past 3 years with a Civic hybrid owner who claimed this and it was proven to be a hoax (at least in my mind) with the intent of discrediting "hybrids" by saying that they "randomly accelerate on their VERY OWN!!!"
I take all these reports with the required grain of salt until the day that scientific testing can reveal that any car can "randomly accelerate" on it's own.
#39 of 261 Re: Not so much concerned about that site [larsb]
Sep 27, 2007 (10:33 am)
Why would you accept the words of someone happy with their hybrid, and not the words of someone that is NOT happy with a hybrid?
Consumer Affairs may be the only place besides the ODI that a person can complain about a problem with a hybrid. I have witnessed on this site many cases of people having a problem with a hybrid and their integrity was questioned.
You have shown yourself to be much less tolerant of those that are not happy with their hybrids than those that are.
Speaking of randomly accelerating. I drove a new Mercedes GL yesterday. I did not like the way the transmission downshifted when you let off the gas. And it was not very linear in its acceleration when you took off. It would surge with a slight touch of the accelerator. I don't think I would get used to that. So if it happens on $70k dollar vehicles it can happen on hybrids.