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Toyota Prius

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  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    How long is the breakin period we are talking about??? :)
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    For the Prius it's 600 mi. For all other Toyota's it's 1000 miles. Don't worry just enjoy your trip. Vary the speeds as much as you can.. Take potty breaks and stop for meals/snacks. You might not need much gas.

    You can expect to get 450 to 500 miles on about 10 gal of gas ( 11.9 gal tank ).
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    I took a 600 mile trip in my Prius when it was brand new. I even used cruise. I was well aware of the requirement to vary speed. I found that, in practice, engine speed varies significantly with gradient and I felt that it was varying sufficiently and sufficiently often that I could meet the varying speed requirement and use cruise.
  • jpeters1970jpeters1970 Posts: 82
    I Would do the same thing. Cars are not like years ago where break-in was crucial to longevity. Just vary the speed and I believe that will suffice. On another note.... I had my first $40 fillup on my Prius!! OUCH!!!
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    THAT 40 DOLLAR FILL UP MAY SOON BE 50. :cry: :cry: I wish my Prius would hurry up and get here. :) :)
  • ctsactsa Posts: 6
    It may have been a $40 fillup, but I still have to fillup my Pathfinder at $65 - $70 per time about 3 times more than you do. I am now #1 on the list for a package 5 at a local dealership. I don't even care about color really. Hoping that it has XM radio, but don't even really care about that. Can't wait to get rid of the Pathfinder and the 14mpg.

    Hey, can anyone tell me if the "Sound Shield" in that 350 dollar package from the ports makes a difference? There are 3 or 4 things attached to that protection package, but I am curious about the sound shield. Please advise.
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    My Pius came in this morning May 27, 2008. :D :D :D I will pick it up on thursday May 29, 2008. I will keep you in formed.
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    My Prius came in this morning May 27, 2008. :D :D :D I will pick it up on thursday May 29, 2008. I will keep you in formed.
  • jpeters1970jpeters1970 Posts: 82
    Save your money!!! That is pure profit for the dealer and any benefits are marginal at best.
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    I can't find the instruction sheet I had that tells how to shut off the "Maint Reqd" light. Anybody know the procedure?
  • That is not documented in the manual. Do a google search and there are tons of sites which document the procedure. It automatically resets every 5000 miles.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    Toyota Canada reduced the MSRP for Prius by $1900 yesterday. IMO they only finished what they started last September with reductions of almost $3000. It's now sitting about where it needs to be to stop Canadian buyers looking to buy south of the border.
  • For the Engine Oil Replacement Reminder on the '06 Prius, it is on page 130:

    1)Press the "POWER" switch to "OFF" mode with the odometer reader showing.

    2)Press the "POWER" switch twice to select the "IG-ON" mode while holding down the trip meter reset button. Hold the button down for at least 5 seconds.
  • jwindmonjwindmon Posts: 2
    I know that the Toyota Prius is over rated because I used to sell them. You would be better off buying a car that gets 30+ mpg. They used to tell us that in the meetings when I worked at toyota. They thought it was funny. It makes perfect sense. Why pay $10,000 more on a vehicle at the time of purchase just to save pennies at the pump over time. It takes YEARS to just break even when you buy a prius. I wouldn't ever buy a prius. I just cant see paying $25,000 for a prius when I can get a a SX4 (which is rated better than the over priced corolla) for $15,000. You do the math!!! -Jerome Windmon
  • Is that the Suzuki you are referring to? That thing is so ugly. In that class I'd get the Rogue. The Prius is a great car for the price.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Some people just are not cut out for understanding complex ideas. From your post it's not a wonder that you busted out. Your understanding is too simplistic to be valid.....and your data is wrong thus your analysis is faulty. Just do the math.

    Research will help you.....somewhat. But consider this. The success of the Prius continues unabated so somewhere you missed something.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    I can't believe I fell for it. Your well reasoned argument makes it all seem so clear now. I shall go to my nearest Suzuki dealer and trade my Prius in against an SX4 on Monday. If only I had been able to consult you before I made such a huge mistake I might have been able to avoid it.
  • scottc3scottc3 Posts: 109
    "I know that the Toyota Prius is over rated because I used to sell them. You would be better off buying a car that gets 30+ mpg. They used to tell us that in the meetings when I worked at toyota. They thought it was funny. It makes perfect sense. Why pay $10,000 more on a vehicle at the time of purchase just to save pennies at the pump over time. It takes YEARS to just break even when you buy a prius. I wouldn't ever buy a prius. I just cant see paying $25,000 for a prius when I can get a a SX4 (which is rated better than the over priced corolla) for $15,000. You do the math!!! -Jerome Windmon "

    ----- Hey Jerome - Thanks for your insight. Sorry you don't work at Toyota any longer, it's one of the top selling manufacturers in the US.. and their quality is always appreciated. Why did you leave? How long were you there? We all know the turn-over is car sales people is very high, but leave Toyota ? Here's what is interesting to me, when a car salesman works for a certain company, it's the 'best' car manufacturer in the world, as your pay check relies on this. Then you change jobs and there is always something wrong the the last manufacturer...

    --- Will you be suggesting a motorcycle next, much less expensive, better than average gas mileage.

    Here is my point, the Prius is a very nice car for the money. It's not for everyone. If the only reason you buy a Prius is for gas mileage, this may be a mistake. Can anyone think of other reasons to buy a Prius? I can think of several, but I'll let you (the reader) come up with your own reasons.

    Hey, Grandtotal... have you looked at a Toyota Yaris? Yes, a Toyota, but not many will argue about the price vs quality of a Toyota. Personally, I'd buy a Toyota over a Suzuki any day of the week, based on manufacturing and quality - and years of being a top selling manufacturer... but that's just me.

    Just for fun, I looked up car manufacturer ratings..
    Toyota – 3.66
    Suzuki – 2.97
    (A huge difference!)
    Just for reference – BMW – 3.67, Mercedes, 3.33

    Here is the site these numbers came from…
    http://mycarstats.com/ratings/100makes_all_years.asp

    As a final thought, look at all the Prius's sold. If we were to assume all the buyers have NOT done the math, I think we can agree this would be a faulty statement. I'm sure there are a few smart buyers out there.. and they bought the Prius for some reason.

    Hope you enjoy your new Suzuki.

    sc
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    scottc3,

    My reply to jwindmon was tongue in cheek. There is no way I'd trade in my Prius for a Suzuki or anything else for that matter. I know exactly why I bought it and saving money on fuel was only one reason, and not even the most important at that. The Yaris while fine value for money is too small for our needs. Why does everybody compare Prius to Yaris? I think it must be because they have the same size gas engine, but really that's where the similarity ends (except that they both have core Toyota values).
  • 2dogsinva2dogsinva Posts: 1
    I have 2 dogs - both about 100lbs each. I am considering purchasing a Prius...but will both of my dogs fit in the back?
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,793
    "To post a message, compose your text, then click on Post My Message below. After posting, you may edit your post for 30 minutes. Your personal security is important to us, so please do not post your email address in a message."

    Contact the dealer and ask them if you can bring in the "4 legged kids" to see if they fit comfortably. It is worth a try.

    Are you planning to crate them, or just let them roam free back there?
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    Also, the Prius if often compared to the Matrix. Don't know why that is, either. It really doesn't compare to much of anything else, actually. It has approximately the same interior space of a Camry and is shorter than a Corolla, slightly. I see them categorized as compact cars, but they really qualify as intermediates, because interior volume is how the classes are differentiated, not exterior size. Go figure.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    In a slick trick of marketing hocus pocus Toyota has created a stand-alone vehicle that really isn't a stand-alone vehicle.

    It appears smaller than a Corolla but it has far more room inside
    It is smaller than a Camry but it has far more usable room
    It's a 5 door hatch where the other two are 4 door sedans..

    What other 4 cyl 5 door hatch does Toyota produce? It's the Matrix. Not by coincidence alone, the ICE-only Matrix is almost exactly the same size as the Prius and it's about $3500 less in price than the Prius. That's the 'hybrid premium'.

    Same configuration
    Same room inside
    Both are 4cyl vehicles
    Same equipment
    One has a hybrid upgrade and gets 48 mpg on average.
    One is a traditional ICE and gets 27 mpg on average.
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    We bought our Package #2 Prius December 26, 07. Not long before they totally disappeared from dealer lots and the lines began to form. We love it. We are well aware that we could buy, say, a Corolla that gets in the high 30's with the benefit of a gas/electric engine for less money. However: one unexpected, but huge benefit has been (after the fact, no less) is that our car, with nearly 14k miles on it, could be sold at any time for at least what we paid for it. It is truly rare for a car to hold its value such as this one has. At least so far. That won't always be the case, as more variety and availability is going to start showing up over the next couple of years and hybrids will be much more common.
  • I agree wholeheartedly. Some folks just don't get it. I wonder what will happen when the $40k Chevy Volt finally appears. Will arguments be made against that vehicle as well? It is pricey but definitely a step in the right direction. The Prius is a great vehicle at a good price point. That's why it sells like hotcakes!
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Someone had told me might be this forum or another one in CarSpace that there were 10 Prius available at a dealer in the State next to me. These dealers do not take cars off of their website. So all the Priuses are sold and websites are not updated.
    So if you rely on dealer websites it's probably inaccurate.
    In New England the earliest for delivery is Winter.
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    I have a 2008 Prius, but you know, if I were wishing for one right now, I wouldn't play the "gotta have one at any price" game. Heck with that. There are alternatives that come within shouting distance of the Prius (mileage-wise) that don't cost as much. Corolla, Civic, etc. Dealers, being what they are, will likely charge sticker for them. It's the times we're in, folks.
  • dofferdoffer Posts: 16
    The dealers may do this as a marketing ploy to get people to inquire about cars, availability notwithstanding, or perhaps they are just not timely in updating their website. If that's the case, then it makes you wonder about the dealership and how many other things are they not doing timely or correctly....
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    I clearly do not fall into the gotta have it category. In 2 years the market will be flooded and dealers will be begging from every contact they ignored right now. Fact is it's a shortage because no one expected the Prius to sell like it has.
    Gas will drop some and that will ease off the demand.
    Lots of nice cars out there but my wife doesn't like the Corolla or the Civic (we have an Si). She likes riding in the Si but prefers the Prius or the Fit for visibility.
    30mpg is what I get in the Si combined City and highway, and that's with 10% ethanol in the gas year round.
    We are going to wait and either buy a new Fit or Yaris or get a next Gen Hybrid in 2010.
  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207
    She likes riding in the Si but prefers the Prius or the Fit for visibility.

    That's the first time I have heard anybody accuse the Prius of good visibility. I find it one of Prius' minor bad points.
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