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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback, Sedan
#95 of 261 Re: 110K miles [little_pogi]
Mar 29, 2008 (5:54 am)
Yes all Prius', as well as all 4c Toyota's from 2003 onward, use timing chains iso timing belts.
All V6s beginning with the GR family of engines also use chains iso belts
All the new V8's beginning with the UR family of engines will use chains iso belts.
As of today the only vehicles being made that use timing belts are the 3.3L V6 Solaras, the 3.3L hybrid Highlanders and the 4.7L V8's in the 4R, Sequoia and Tundra's.
#96 of 261 Re: PRIUS OWNERS W/ 50K : WHAT WE THINK NOW [cageybird]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:17 am)
I have some questions, I keep my cars a long time, just sold our 93 Buick had 114700 miles on it and am looking at the Prius,will be takeing a trip to Fl. once or twice a year from Mi., what kind of expenes can I expect say after 5yrs, how long does the battery go for and what does it cost to replace it.Say after 10yr does it start nickle & dime you. I do take good care of my cars, What are regular maintance expences on this type of car.
Thanks for your help
#97 of 261 Re: PRIUS OWNERS W/ 50K : WHAT WE THINK NOW [m2mazda6]
Apr 07, 2008 (10:26 am)
I have a 2004 since 2004. It's great and I recommend it highly. Great mileage (45-50), no other problems. Watch out for deep snow if you don't have snow tires.
#98 of 261 Re: PRIUS OWNERS W/ 50K : WHAT WE THINK NOW [m2mazda6]
Apr 07, 2008 (12:47 pm)
You ask alot about, down the road, issues. I can atest to the great satisfaction that the Toyota Prius gives me and it is of the highest accolades. I've owned over 50 cars and rank the Prius as the most dependable, thrifty, and most of all, the most inovative and smart car to come along in yrs. 77K miles and 4 plus yrs of total satisfaction. About the battery....in some ways, time will tell but...with a warrantee of 10yrs and everybody seemingly trouble free with them, I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find any complaints. Remember this! Toyota says that even if a problem occurs, only the cell that malfunctions need be replaced. This means that $$ costs are reasonable as opposed to total battery replacement costing approx. $3,200.00. (but going down lately). As to maintanance...Same as any other car for the most part. Brakes seem to last forever.(no kidding) As to 10 plus yrs down the road....I'll let you know when I get there. (and I plan on just that). I've driven from near Chicago to Atlanta Ga (720miles) and fill up once each way. Lastly, I've gone 546 miles on a single tank twice.
P.S. Prius: Car of The FutureToday!
#99 of 261 Re: PRIUS OWNERS W/ 50K : WHAT WE THINK NOW [m2mazda6]
Apr 09, 2008 (7:24 am)
100,000 miles or so is about young middle age for a Toyota. At 250,000 miles they probably ready for retirement. I've had several that have needed nothing but normal maintenance until well above 100,000 mi.
Regards the Prius the actual maintenance is probably less than any traditional car; no timing belts, plugs at 100K+, brakes lasting upwards of 200,000 mi. Basically it's oil/filters and air filters on a regular basis. Then wear items.
But... all new vehicles are just an assembly of mini-computers. These ECU units are just like your laptop. There might be as many as 20-40 of them in any modern vehicle....and the warranty on these units is limited to 36 mos / 36000 miles. The Prius units have been remarkably failure-free. But this is a personal decision of whether to get a 7 yr / 100,000 mile wrap around Vehicle Service Agreement or to self-insure your vehicle.
At 72000 mi I've done nothing to mine except repair phycial damange from being hit.
#100 of 261 Re: PRIUS OWNERS W/ 50K : WHAT WE THINK NOW [kdhspyder]
Apr 09, 2008 (9:39 am)
One major factor that stood out when deciding as to purchasing or not, a Prius in the early yrs, was ..."will the complex and computer filled Prius prove reliable long after the warrantee is expired?" I'm releaved to report (as most other owners) It is a tried & true car of a very high degree of longevity and dependability. I have 75K and nary a problem to report. I just hope the 3rd Generation comes along soon and excites me as much as this one. Those seriously considering one should give the Prius a test drive. It is the key to seeing how worthy the car is.
#102 of 261 How do you keep the display screen clean?
Apr 18, 2008 (10:36 am)
We have a 2008 Prius and the display screen has (of course) lots of fingerprints on it, but also has a real static/dust problem. Anybody have any good ideas to keep that clingy dust off the screen and dash, for that matter?
#103 of 261 Re: How do you keep the display screen clean? [rick294]
Apr 18, 2008 (2:58 pm)
I have the same problem. At Costco or other club store you can buy a large box of the small eye glasses wipes. I keep them in my car and wipe down the screen as needed.
#104 of 261 Re: How do you keep the display screen clean? [dstarinieri]
Apr 21, 2008 (1:29 pm)
Thanks! Someone has suggested used fabric softener sheets, but that didn't really do it. I hadn't thought of eyeglass wipes. Great idea!