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#219 of 433 Re: maintenance for prius. [tyler70]
Jul 25, 2009 (12:16 am)
As an owner of a 2004 Prius I can attest to the car's reliability and low cost of ownership. I have close to 70,000 miles and I've changed the oil at 5,000 mile intervals with synthetic oil. Air filters and tires were changed at their normal intervals. I think the 2010 model will do just as well if not better. It is the most reliable vehicle I've owned. I considered a Jetta diesel but the VW reliability really turned me off. They've improved but nothing compared to Toyota or Honda. I think the Ford Fusion hybrid is a great alternative to someone who wants a Prius but does not like the futuristic non-conventional styling. I've read fantastic reviews of the FFH from consumers and journalists. I think since many of the components are from Toyota suppliers you are going to see good reliability. Besides, Ford has really improved over the last few years.
#220 of 433 How the Pruis Really Works
Jul 25, 2009 (5:29 am)
I have a 2004 Prius. It is the best car I've owned including a Cadillac Fleetwood in the 80's. I change the oil and oil filter myself in the spring and in the fall. Nothing unusual.
I did install a Fumato oil drain plug as I do on every new car I get. The simple twist action just makes it easier for Do It Yourselfers.
The engine comes on for a short time at first, probably to charge the traction battery.
It also reloads the still warm radiator coolant from the thermos jug. No need to warm up the Prius.
Most reporters still don't get it. It gets most of it's economy from the DIRECT drive of the small ICE engine which is fine for city driving and most highway cruising. Aerodynamic styling, light components and regenerative braking add to the economy. It gets it's good performance from the fast acting intermittant boost of the electric motors when accelerating, passing or climbing "short" hills. The DIRECT HSD is more efficient than generating and using electricity 100% of the time.
#221 of 433 Love My Prius
Jul 25, 2009 (1:02 pm)
It has been my tenth day of my 2010 Prius ownership. It's a premium package plus sunroof. In Canada we have different packages.
Sold my 2007 BMW 335i and am more ecstatic about my Prius than the BMW. No kidding. Just a short time ago as a BMW driver I was swearing at all slow drivers and now I just love going on the slow lane and enjoying the scenery.
For the first time in my life I dont want any other car than the car I am driving right now. And believe it or not I am almost getting the EPA mileage though I am not quite there yet.
It still takes time to transform a lead footed BMW driver into a feather footed Prius driver. My only regret is that I did not buy a Prius sooner.
Pardon my praises but I am still at the 10th day of my honeymoon with my car.
Jul 25, 2009 (1:07 pm)
CNET reviewers picked the Honda Insight over the Toyota Prius?
Why? Because they felt it was more of a performance car.
That makes no sense whatsoever! Both the Insight and the Prius are lame performance cars. That is like comparing a BMW 335i and a Audi S4 and picking the BMW mainly because it has better fuel consumption .
In my particular case I would sacrifice speed/perfromance/driving dynamics for low mileage in my Prius anyday. Otherwise I would have kept my BMW!
Jul 25, 2009 (3:05 pm)
I'd have to agree. Have you sat in the new Insight? Very cheap feeling doors and the interior is tight. I'd take the next gen Prius any day over the Insight. Now as far as other Hondas are concerned, they make great cars. I think their cost cutting really shows on this vehicle. To get at the ~20kUSD price point they definitely sacrificed quality. Slam the doors and you'll see what I mean. It feels like a 1972 Datsun B210 my parents had when I was a kid!!!!
#224 of 433 Re: maintenance for prius. [tyler70]
Jul 26, 2009 (4:12 am)
The Toyota hybrids actually need less maintenance than a non-hybrid of the same size and type. The hybrid systems need no maintenance of any kind at any time - EVER. The only requirements are..
oil/filters every 5K or 6 mos
air filters 30K, 60K, 90K, 120K etc
inverter coolant drain replace 100K
spark plugs replace 120K - 150K as needed
The rest of the items like tires wipers and alignments are 'wear' items
You may not have to replace the brakes - EVER
#225 of 433 Re: maintenance for prius. [kdhspyder]
Jul 26, 2009 (8:13 am)
that is good to know. thanks alot.
#226 of 433 Re: CNET [dewey]
Jul 26, 2009 (11:20 am)
My wife and I really wanted to purchase a Honda. So, we went to our dealer and test drove the Insight. It was a downer. The Insight could not compare to the Prius IV we eventually purchased. Both cars could not hold a candle to our Accord Coupe V6, but we are not purchasing the car for its acceleration. We want a high mileage, hybrid vehicle that is a hatchback. That left the Prius as our only choice. The Ford Fusion is a nice car, but it is not a hatchback. In fact the rear seats don't fold down because the battery is behind the rear seats. The one thing the Insight had that is missing on the Prius is a USB connection for an MP3 player. I understand that this feature is coming in September if you get the navigation package. Since our car does not have the navigation package we will find an alternate way to listen to our MP3 player.
#227 of 433 Re: CNET [bioman]
Jul 26, 2009 (2:08 pm)
Doesn't it have a audio imput? On our HHR that we tow behind our motorhome it has the audio imput beside the radio which works great with our Garmin which has a built in MP3 player so we get the mapping and it quiets down the music when it needs to give directions, all through the car radio.
Jul 26, 2009 (5:41 pm)
wait, does it really not have an ipod interface?? there is no input jack??