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Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius V, Car Buying, Hatchback, Sedan
#7 of 18 Imani1
May 17, 2012 (9:35 pm)
I'm not sure if I'm out here alone with this problem, but I just bought a 2010 Prius and the brakes are slipping when it hits a bump. When I went to the dealer, Bayridge Toyota, Brooklyn, they acted like they didn't know what I was talking about and tried to charge me 189.00 to look at the car. I asked them if they had a specialist to take care of this known problem (It was in all the papers in 2011) and they said they had never heard of it.???? Now, the whole world had heard of it, but my misfortune was to buy a floor model for a 2010 in 2011 and I trusted the dealers at Plaza Toyota.
This brake problem is very scary and I wonder why more people aren't complaining. Please write me if you have this problem. There is a class action suit against Toyota for it and I'm doing all I can to get them fixed. I only found all this out after researching the issue. All the joy has gone out of my new car buy. Great Mileage or not bad brakes are a hazard and no fun at all.
#8 of 18 Re: Imani1 [imani2]
May 18, 2012 (3:29 am)
On my Honda Fit the antilock brakes start activating sometimes if I'm braking on bumpy roads...maybe the bumps provide the same trigger as slippage?
#9 of 18 Dislikes - 2011 Prius II
May 18, 2012 (6:49 am)
1. The interior of the shifter knob is NOT lighted. There's an LED light that shines on it, but I think that's more of an afterthought.
2. The lighter is too low, below the console with the shifter.
3. It would be nice if you could set the car to default to EV mode, and have it resume once you restart the car from a stop. Once you reach the max speed, it turns off. Once you are at a stop, you have to hit the button again to get back into EV mode. That manual stuff is a bit annoying.
4. Interior is a combination of tan and light grey. Keep it one color.
5. Huge blindspots in the rear corners
6. Rear wiper is a bit useless. Would like greater coverage.
7. Steering wheel has limited upward adjustment
8. Going uphill from a standing start. (ha ha)
#10 of 18 Re: Imani1 [imani2]
May 19, 2012 (7:33 am)
"..when it hits a bump.."
Nature of the BEAST, FWD hybrid vehicles.....
During the use of light to moderate braking only regenerative braking is used. Since ONLY the front wheels are doing the braking, a slight, momentary, loss of braking traction on the front wheels of a FWD vehicle raises the potential for a loss of direction control substantially so those events must be addressed quickly and firmly.
Just think of it as an automatic switch, insofar as braking is concerned, from FWD to "AWD". With that "bump" the rear (and front) hydraulic brakes are "instantly" brought "on line". Since regenerative braking has no "Anti-lock" mode, and is most definitely front "biased", it is also instantly disabled.
This latter effect is why you feel a momentary forward "lurch", it is due to the time it takes to bring up the hydraulic braking pressure once the regenerative braking results in impending wheel-lock/skidding.
#11 of 18 Re: 2012 Prius V - likes/dislikes and cost [bobw3]
Jun 08, 2012 (7:16 am)
bob3 I dissagree, the prius V has more leg room and more head, hip, and shoulder room. It is easier to get in and out of for a big man like me.
it also has a longer wheel base and rides smoother, it would be worth the extra money to me. I am trying to trade with Scott Crump Toyota here in Jasper, Alabama. They will not budge off the MSRP and want me to give them my 2007 Honda CRV. I am paying cash, no financing. But the salesman pissed me off by saying, "your asking us to take a 4000 dollar loss". I replied, " no I am asking you to sell me the Prius V 5 for 30k and give me 15k for my CRV, it is the most popular small SUV in the country." His response was as snippy, "Oh I highly dout that!". I told him to go get my keys and I left. Now they have a saleswoman calling and emailing me and I have not responded to her emails, and nicley tell her I will have to call her back... I am trying to play hard to get, I will see if that helps.... wish me luck because I really love that Prius V 5!!!!!!!!!!
#12 of 18 Re: 2012 Prius V - likes/dislikes and cost [jenm1231]
Jun 08, 2012 (7:27 am)
Did you drive the 5? I am wondering the differences b/t the 3 and 5 because they are asking if I would deal on the 3, but these morons will not come off the MSRP. I think I would do better with a dealership that has one on the lot?
#13 of 18 Re: 2012 Prius V - likes/dislikes and cost [campyman1]
Jun 18, 2012 (1:25 pm)
I'm not a "big guy" so maybe that's why I didn't notice the difference much. And I don't know what you mileage/condition are on your '07 CRV, but the Edmunds retail for an '07 CRV with 60,000 miles is $13,800 and trade-in $11,800. With the Prius V being a new vehicle and gas prices high, there's not much reason for the dealer to go much below MSRP nor much incentive to pay more than trade-in value for your CRV. But good luck anyway.
#14 of 18 Plug In Hybrids
Sep 10, 2012 (3:42 pm)
thanks for the note on the C Max; I thought it might provide more cargo space than the Prius V, but you're right--it doesn't. The main attraction the C Max held for me is the option for a plug-in hybrid; I've heard the estimated range is in the neighborhood of 30 mi. Would you happen to know whether Toyota has any plans to introduce a Prius V with plug-in capability? I have a fairly short commute, and love the idea of not having to burn any gas!
#15 of 18 Re: Plug In Hybrids [steve150]
Sep 11, 2012 (4:12 am)
I like the idea of plug-ins too, but if the plug-in C-Max is going to cost $5,000 over the cost of a hybrid C-Max, then the payback time could be pretty long depending on how often you need to get gas and then the cost of electricity.
My commute is about 10,000 miles per year and costs about $900 in gas at 45mpg and $4.00/gal gas. I figure the electricity for those 10,000 miles would be about $250, so I'd save about $650 per year, but that would mean it would take 7.5 years to break even on buying the plug-in if it cost $5,000 more. So for me the price difference would have to be less.
#16 of 18 Prius V and Price Paid
Oct 11, 2012 (8:23 am)
I got my Prius V at Boch Toyota in Norwood, MA. Salesman was very willing to work with me. I bought the top model (the 3) with wheel locks and rear bumper protector for about $350.00 over true invoice pricing (Yes, including the dealer holdback!) I also got the floor mats thrown in. The dealership also matched the dealer cost price I got from a volume dealer on the 8 year extended warranty with zero deductable. I love the car but have to quibble with a few things.
Lack of power seats, real leather, and an operating sunroof. Why can the Camry Hybrid offer all these with only a slight gas penalty (even the Prius C gets a real operating sunroof) and the Prius V can't? Also Toyota needs to get rid of that ridiculous speed lockout for the GPS so a passenger can use it while the vehicle is in motion.