Is the Prius reliable?

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Old 27 Apr 2010, 04:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is the Prius reliable?

Is a Prius with over 100,000 miles going to cause me a lot of problems?
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 04:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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What year is it? You might want to check this out:































http://www.consumeraffairs.com/autom...s_battery.html
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 04:30 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You need to check and see if the batteries are OK. Have a mechanic check it out. Toyotas are very reliable.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 04:50 pm   #4 (permalink)
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First I will admit I am no expert, but I was a tow truck driver for two Toyota businesses. In my experience I towed very few Prius cars and the few I did were damaged in accidents (not being towed for mechanical problems.) So my opinion is that they are very reliable cars. Though you can check a particular vehicles past by entering the VIN # on your states DMV site.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 05:05 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Its a toyota so itll last forever. The thing that people dont think about is that every few years your going to have to replace some battery made for the prius and it is quite expensive.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 05:20 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Yes, great car rarely see any problems with them.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 05:30 pm   #7 (permalink)
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its a hybrid. its going to cost a fortune to replace the batteries. dont buy it.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 06:10 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Get comfy, one of my usual looooonng answers...















Assuming that the Prius has been driven as a regular car and not as a cab or other abuse:















1. the first tune up on the gas engine is done at 100,000 miles















2. the warranty on the entire hybrid system is 100,000 miles, with the expected life of the batteries is 150,000 miles however, the current record for a Prius is 360,000 miles with the original batteries (not a typo)















3. the steering, braking and accelerator are electronic systems, so there is no steering pump or belt; the regenerative braking system does most of the braking so the brake pads should last well past 100,000; there is no accelerator cable, so you will not get cable stretch lag from the cable going slack with age and wearing out the accelerator linkage















4. electric motors do not wear like ICE (internal combustion engines), there is not the issues with friction and wear and tear like a gas or diesel engine















5. there is no automatic or manual transmission to wear, and the continuously variable transmission unit does not require 6. Prius are the flagship hybrid vehicle for the entire world, not just the US; these are scrutinized and abused much more by Toyota than by anyone else and have a massive reliability record































Pointers on making your car last beyond 100,000 miles:















1. change the oil on the engine every 3000 miles and make sure the air filters are replaced when dirty will give well beyond 100,000 miles of service, just like all Toyotas















2. get a digital tire gauge, about $10-15 dollars, and use that instead of the cheapy $2 stick gauges; you will get more accurate readings and your mileage will stay where it should















3. rotate the tires every other oil change and check the tire pressure 2X a week using the pressure off the sticker on the driver's door frame, not the tire itself; tire pressure for the Goodyear Integretys on a Prius is 35 psi front and 33 psi rear, a couple pounds over won't hurt















4. don't use more than E85, the higher alchohol content from more than 15% ethanol will cause the engine to misfire, your mileage will go down because alchohol is less dense than gas and will not burn as well, and other economic and political reasons we won't go into here















5. perform the 15,000 mile services at a dealership you can trust, they will have the latest service bulletins, recalls, or other specialized info and tools that the local guys or even national chains may not have















6. read the owners manual, it's like reading the phone book, I know, but there is a lot of very useful info in there and they wouldn't pay for it to be printed to give it to you if didn't matter
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 06:15 pm   #9 (permalink)
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No it is not reliable and yes it will cause you some serious problems due to its age and mileage.































Biggest is the battery pack change out. Do they even have a price set for that? No, it is like eating Lobster-You pay Market price- ouch!































Run and hide. Everyone I know who had one dumped it. It just isn't much of a car and the maintenance "Nightmares" are legendary.































Oh, you are an avid environmentalist? By all means get one, How rude of me.
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Old 27 Apr 2010, 06:35 pm   #10 (permalink)
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You'll just need to replace the battery! I don't think a Prius will cause a lot of problems, since Toyotas are reliable.
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