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#10 of 65 2008 prius problem
May 07, 2008 (9:06 am)
just want to know if anyone else has had this experience. when driving my car, or sitting in a parking lot, the volume of the radio will go off the charts. The first time this happened (it has happened 3 times total) I thought someone hit my car. the only way to reset the volume of the radio is to turn off the car and restart it. also, when this 'event' occurs touching the screen will also produce an ear splitting noise. the car is 5 weeks old and has 800 miles on it. so far, Toyota has said that i can bring it in whenever I am 'in the area' so they can see the problem for themselves. this response seems unsatisfactory to me, does it seem that way to anyone else?
#11 of 65 Battery Life and warrentee?
May 21, 2008 (12:04 pm)
What is the battery life of the Prius batteries? How often would they need to be replaced and the costs?
#12 of 65 Batteries warranted 8 or 10 years
May 23, 2008 (4:56 pm)
Depending on where you live, Prius drive batteries (not the 12V one) are warranted 8-year 100K miles, or 10-year 150 miles (CARB states like CA, MA). And there are Prius taxis with 200K+ miles (and lots of Gen I Prius with lots of miles) that are still on original batteries. So honestly I don't think many people ever paid for battery replacement yet (not unless they go over the warranty or drive more than cabs).
In terms of battery price, I have heard the whole pack is nearly $3500, but Toyota recommends replacing only defective batteries, not the whole pack, so one is unlikely to pay that much to replace a few batteries.
If I ever have to pay $3500 for batteries, I am moving to a plug-in (hopefully it will be that cheap by then).
#13 of 65 Actual MPG vs. Computer MPG
May 30, 2008 (10:39 am)
Has anyone kept track of MPG manually and compared it to what the computer says you get? I am a gas mileage nut and have always figured out my gas mileage on all vehicles I've ever owned. I've had my 2007 Prius for a year now and, other than a few times, I have always gotten less gas mileage than what the computer says I'm getting. It should at least average out but that has not been the case. I still love my Prius but.......
#14 of 65 Re: Engine control questions [blburke] & mileage
Jun 12, 2008 (10:39 am)
I have consistently gotten between 51 and 52 mpg over 47,000 miles on our '04 Prius (except for Dec & Jan in CA, when fuel has the 15% ethanol mandated by the state for pollution control help. Then I get about 48 mpg) I have checked the Prius screen mpg against 2 pencil and paper checks over the years. The screen mpg and pencil/paper checks were within .2 mpg of each other, on one the screen was ~.2 mpg more than my division, and the other the screen was ~.2 mpg less than my division.
By the way, how did I discover I had a slow leaking tire, you ask? When my mileage dropped from ~51.3 to ~50.3 I decided to check the tires, and sure enough, my right rear was down to 16#. Another benefit of the running mpg screen.
#15 of 65 Re: Engine control questions [blburke] & mileage [peakoil]
Jun 15, 2008 (7:36 am)
You must have the secret touch! My Prius will only bless me with
a 45 mile average no matter how I drive. If I must drive 55 to get
50 mph my average is ok.
Please tell me how you do it.
#16 of 65 2002 Prius Electrical Problems
Jun 16, 2008 (6:44 am)
My daughter has a Pruis that she (we) have been mostly pleased with. We bought it used about 9 months ago and had it checked at the dealer at purchase. We also have it regularly maintained at the dealer.
Yesterday she experienced some hesitation on her way to the store. After about 15 minutes she returned to the car and when trying to start, the dash lights fickered a few times and the horn beeped. She managed to drive it home without any more trouble but once it was turned off, it won't run anymore. The lights, horn, keyfob and radio all work. When I turn the key, I get nothing. Well the console and dashboard lights, do light up but the engine isnt engaged.
I was planning to have it towed to the dealer but was hoping for some ideas before I get there .. and find out what this is going to cost me. Has anyone here experienced the same thing?
#17 of 65 Re: how much does a battery cost [railroadjames]
Apr 14, 2009 (6:28 pm)
do you have any idea what the cost is for the individual cell unit?
#18 of 65 2010 Prius Mechanical / Electrical Problem
Oct 12, 2010 (2:25 am)
When battery gets to 2 bars and car is shut off for 1 to 2 minutes the car makes a loud mechanical sound like it is having trouble switching from battery to gas engine. Has only done a couple of times mostly noted in colder weather.