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2004-2009 Toyota Prius Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • bob104bob104 Posts: 94
    30,168 OTD isn't bad for a Touring #6 given this market. I paid exactly $30,000 in Oct. 07 including an extended warranty 7yr/100k worth about $1100, or $28,900 comparing apples to apples. If you traded a 22 mpg car for the Prius you'll make up $1300 in 6 or so months depending on how much you drive.
    However, I think the Touring is not worth it. $500 (after negotiations) more and it gets about 3 mpg less due to the wide, sticky tires. The fancy wheels are covered with unfancy hubcaps and the sport suspension is best described as simply stiff.

    Off topic: The Economist states that Fiat has a 900cc, 80bhp turbo engine that is rated 69gm CO2/km. The Prius is rated 104gmCO2/km. All else being equal the Fiat should get 66mpg compared to the Prius' 44 mpg. The Prius requires several hundred pounds of extra materials for the electric powertrain.
    Light is good. And the turbo allows you to putt along efficiently most of the time with the turbo in reserve like Popeye's can of spinach, just like the electric side of the Prius.
    Ultimately we'll have plug-in hybrid electrics with 40 hp electric and 40 hp turbos getting a combined 100 mpg-equivalent--Popular Mechanics.
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,518
    Hi howac. Toyota is not currently providing lease support on the Prius in any region. As a result, if you were to lease one through Toyota Financial Services right now, you will have to use its standard lease money factor. The last time that I saw it, TFS' buy rate standard money factor was .00235 for consumers who qualify for its "Tier 1+" credit tier.

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  • kbenderkbender Posts: 1
    Hubby and I have been considering the Prius but have yet to drive one, as none of the lots in our area have them in stock. We finally drove to Naples, FL yesterday (Germain Toyota) to see to pre-owned 2008 Prius Base models they had in stock (no package...base models both. The mileage on one was around 9K, the other around 17K , I believe, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, imagine my shock when I sat in the passenger seat and saw the prices on the window.....get this...

    $33K marked down to $31K.....YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! That should be illegal. We drove one anyway, just because we didn't want to have wasted our trip, but I can't believe they even had the gall to actually ask that for a base used model....disgusting!

    Woah....makes me not even want to buy a Prius at all.....and also reminds me why I never end up buying a Toyota....I always go in loving the vehicle but the dealers here just are unbelievable!

    The dealer in Ft Myers says they have a 6 week waiting list. Is that about the norm? When I go on their website, they do show inventory coming available...could that be, or could it be they just don't update their website for their waiting list backlog?
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    Just bought a new 208 Prius , with packages, plus # 2 and Good floor mats for 23,909. Which is the MSRP. I will take delivery on thursday May 29, 2008. :D :D
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    That is an unreal price read post #1509. It takes 6 to 8 weeks if you order a Prius, I was lucky mind had been ordered for the dealership and they let me buy it before it came in. :D :D
  • m2mazda6m2mazda6 Posts: 20
    My dealer called today I'm next in line, could have hade one now but it was black, we want a Green one, we can wait so I get the next Green one in
  • klasklas Posts: 22
    It alwasy puzzled me what's with the hysteria around Prius? I personally didn't buy the 2008 model because I did not see any substantial savings in it and waiting what next generation will bring us. Is it 2009 or 2010 that we should be waiting for?
  • sharon22sharon22 Posts: 28
    The 2009 will be a carryover with no significant changes. The 2010 being announced in January will be the one that will be the 3rd generation Prius. You can see the exterior and read all about it on
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    I am seriously looking at Prius. Typically used a Prius with less than 20K miles sells for about $ 500 less than a new one here in NW WA.
    I am considering a loaded 2007 Prius w 9K miles for $18500. The hitch is that it has a salvaged title & was originally registered in my county (so at least it is not flood car!). Carfax says airbag deployed. The seller swears it did not & says take it to a mechanic. I imagine even Carfax could make an occasional error.

    I would definitely take it to Toyota dealer a for a pre-purchase inspection. Will a dealer be able to tell definitively if the airbag are functional or is there someway a savvy rebuilder could cover up a missing airbag? Thanks
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    Be careful, there must be a reason for selling a loaded 2007 Prius for 4 or 5 thousand under book. What seems to good to be true, sometimes are to good to be true. Check it out.
  • sharon22sharon22 Posts: 28
    Do any of you know what this color looks like? I've been on waiting list for an 08 Siliver Pine Mica and dealer just called to see if I'm interested in this color TODAY. I can't find an "accurate" picture of it online and have to tell him in a couple of hours. (Dealer is two hours from here.) Thanks!
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    It is a pail green.........light green
  • sharon22sharon22 Posts: 28
    Really? I thought the pale green was the Silver Pine Mica. Thanks for such a quick response! Anyone else have an answer?
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,879
    Well.. if it has a salvage title, something happened to the car...

    I certainly wouldn't risk $20K on it... Even if the dealer told you nothing was wrong with it, you would still have the salvage title, killing it's resale value. I doubt it has any warranty..


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  • 3c33c3 Posts: 74
    Based on what I see at, Seaside Pearl is more blue than green. If there is a Toyota dealer nearby, see if they have another vehicle with the same color.
  • bob104bob104 Posts: 94
    You can go to and configure your Prius including colors. The Silver Pine Mica is the more popular color, being kindofa "enviro green" khaki. I have it and it's doesn't heat up too, too much in the sun. White shows every tiny ding and scratch.
    Try this link:
  • gadriver4gadriver4 Posts: 14
    Hi! I'm another Atlanta area Prius hunter. We talked rt @ the time you got on the waiting list. Anyway, I think the Seaside Pearl looks v pretty but def more bluish if that makes any sense? Did you look at this photo? So what did you decide??

    Also wanted to update you as we finally decided it just didn't make sense NOT to get a Prius. We put $ down & ours should be in tomorrow b/c we didn't specify any color or package so was easier to find. I'm v excited. :) Our's is driftwood pearl w/beige interior. I wanted grey interior but just happy to get a Prius w/our commute. Edited to add we're paying MSRP which I've never done b/4 but still think it's worth every penny to be honest.
  • oldcoacholdcoach Posts: 28
    seaside pearl is light blue...sorry thought you wanted the color silver pine, which is light green.
  • sharon22sharon22 Posts: 28
    Yes, I remember talking to you about the difficulty we were having finding a Prius in the Atlanta area. Congratulations!! I think the Driftwood Pearl is a great color. I had said I wanted Silver Pine Mica, but the dealer I'm using over in Athens called this morning and said a Seaside Pearl was arriving and wondered if I'd accept it since it was a pkg 2 with no Toyoguard or extras on it that I didn't want. Finally, found some "real" pictures of the color on I do think it's a nice color so . . . I thought it was on the lot, but it actually arrives June 10th so my name is on that one and when it arrives, it's mine if I like it "in person". Heyward Allen Toyota in Athens has been fantastic to work with. What dealer are you using? Let the forum know the details (since that is what this thread is about). I'll do the same. Congratulations again!!!
  • gadriver4gadriver4 Posts: 14
    I'd def accept the seaside pearl since it's got everything else you want & nothing you don't want! Congrats! Darn it that's a bummer it's not on the lot today! Glad you're happy with the dealership. We're purchasing from Legacy Toyota in Union City and they have been good so far. Car suppose to arrive any day (litarally tonight). Whoo-hoo. Will post details once purchase is complete. :) :)
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