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New Prius Owners - Give Us Your Report

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  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
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  • We bought a 2010 Prius last year.

    It gets good miles on gas.Finally up to 51mpg. Other than the gas savings I would not buy this car again.The paint job is horrible.I have nicks down to the metal,and scratches all over my car.Never had this damage issue with other cars so early. Do not like the braking system. Any little bump in the road and the car jolts forward giving a loss of control sensation.This is same before and after the Toyota computer fix.

    I would not recommend this car to anyone if they asked me what I thought of it.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    I have not experienced any of your problems in my 2007 model.Maybe you should get an older one :)
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    A reporter is interested in talking with owners of the Toyota Prius who are also parents. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to pr@edmunds.com no later than Saturday, November 20, 2010 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.

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  • jhinscjhinsc Posts: 397
    I am very impressed so far, averaging approx. 50 mpg - we'll see how it does after a few more tanks of gas. It scoots along when needed, but I mostly drive it in ECO mode, which took an adjustment at first. I'm surprised at how quiet it is compared to my previous 08 Honda Accord. It also feels like I'm going slower than the speedo indicates, but I'm going with the flow of traffic.

    You have to wonder about all the hype earlier this year about the sudden accelleration problems with the Prius and various other Toyota's. Where are they now? If it's still a hazard, there would still be reports of it happening. I do believe there were incidents of runaway cars, but the floormats have been deemed the culprits. What is it about "shifting it into neutral" that's so difficult to understand? Not once during one of these runaway reports did a a driver said they did that - hmmmmm. That's my commentary.
  • dan19dan19 Posts: 10
    Just bought a 2010 Prius V with the Technology Package. Bought from a Ga dealer 200 miles away. On my trip home to TN, on two occasions, while traveling 70 mph, dynamic radar cruise control on, lane keep assist on, the vehicle suddenly braked. Both times I was passing a semi-tractor/trailer rig on a slight right curve. I understand how the pre-collision avoidance system could be a cause if I was on a sharp left turn. But this was on a slight right curve. I'm taking it to a dealership today. Has anyone else had this issue? I know there aren't many Priuses with the Tech Package. I'm confident that one of these tech features failed to operate as intended.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    Just a gut feeling that the pre-collision system IS the cause. It sounds a bit silly to say it this way, but I'd bet the system THOUGHT you were getting into a dangerous position and acted lke it thought it should. I'm not a real big fan of something driving the car other than the driver. Anytime you tell someone that the car is going to do something for them, they tend to think they don't have to worry about that anymore. The prime example is daytime running lights. Drives me absolutely nuts seeing cars running around at night with DRL's on as if they are headlights. :sick:

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  • dan19dan19 Posts: 10
    The Prius technician believes that the likely cause was the dynamic cruise control. Suggested using the lowest sensitivity of the three. He could find no issues with the sensors; there were no codes recorded. Service manager noted that the owners manual states that dynamic cruise control should not be used on winding roads. He was trying to blame me! I doubt if anyone would consider interstate 24 between Atlanta and Chatanooga to be a winding road. I took the car on a test drive on the interstate and could not replicate. So, perhaps this is an acceptable "fix". I'm taking a trip next week. That will be the real test.
  • nanabeananabea Posts: 1
    I am interested in buying a 2007 Prius. I have read some of the discussion about this vehicle and would like to get other's opinion. This car has 50,000 on it. I don't know what the asking price is yet. Would this be a good car to buy?
  • ;) I love my 2007 Prius, Gas mileage is great. Drives like a dream in the snow and ice. My husband who is 5'11 finds it a little uncomfortable to drive on a long trip but i am a shorty and I love MY car.. we have had NO problems with it and we bought it used also...it did not have as many miles on it as the one you are looking at though. I think ours had some where around 34,000..not sure.. I would not hesitate to buy another...
  • stevegoldstevegold Posts: 185
    I have a 2004 Prius that I bought new. It has 60,000 and runs great.
    I am 6' 1" and have no problem in either front seat even on 600+ mile trips.
    Occasionally I sit in the rear which is fine but when I'm in front, with the seat all the way back, it does make it tight for whomever is in back of me.
    There have been a number of annoying TSB's but they all have been done at no cost to me.
    My major complaint is a lack of power after 5 minutes on long, steep, straight, uphill mountain climbs when I can't keep up with the traffic going 80mph. That's because the great battery boost is limited to about 5 minutes in those circumstances. The 2010 and 2011 would do better. Also, I live in snow country and need a 4WD sometimes so I use my wife's car in a blizzard.
  • mickeyrommickeyrom Posts: 936
    It had 39,000 miles,and now it's over 52,000. :surprise:
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    I bought an '07 last summer and it's been great. I'd say to make sure you test drive a few of them around for awhile. It took me a little getting used to the interior layout, but after the initial period of having nothing in front of the steering wheel to look at, and after getting used to the controls on the central display, I really like it. Plus I figure that we're going to save at least $1000/year in gas, so that helps!
  • I am loving my 2007 Prius. I bought my Prius with 7,000 miles from a dealership. After 5,000 miles from driving to trailheads for 30 Fourteeners last year and 30,000 total miles during the past few years of mountain driving, I have encountered absolutely no repairs. I do my own synthetic oil changes every 7,000 miles. I did buy a set of all-season tires to replace the factory originals for a bit better traction in snow. I have had no problems staying on the road through blizzards and commute to work at 4:00 AM, sometimes before the snowplows have made a cut. During every snowstorm, I average passing five AWD SUV and pick-up trucks in the ditch. The weight distribution and drive of the Prius on snow and ice is superior to many vehicles that I have driven in my lifetime, similar to a VW Rabbit. I am 6'2" and have never felt uncomfortable driving my Prius, including on 1,000-mile cross-country drives. My year-round average fuel economy is about 45 MPG with the heavier, stickier all-season tires.See story~ http://www.katu.com/news/business/17972184.html :)
    US hybrid sales up 38 percent in 2007
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,003
    A reporter is interested in talking with parents who own a 2012 Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 3, Chevy Cruze Eco, Honda Civic Hybrid, Chevy Sonic, Honda CR-V, Toyota Camry and Toyota Prius V. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to pr@edmunds.com no later than Friday, November 30, 2011 and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle and the age of your child/ren.

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  • This seems to me the only appropriate forum to post on. While out Tundra was serviced, the dealer service dept. loaned to us for two days a new 2011 prius with only 60 miles. An alert salesman warned us that if you touch the accelerator and brake at the same time, the Engine will shut off. Sure enough as my wife was backing out of a parking space into the road she was flustered when the engine shut off blocking traffic. It took about 5 minutes for her to get going again. I don't know when Toyota put this so called safety feature on the Prius, but I dont like it! I experimented with it and thats the way it works. Since I have a permanent leg injury in which I brake with my left leg and operate the accelerator with my right, I can see it very possible for me to be on a highway with trucks etc. and have a sudden dangerous loss of power. I think this "safety feature" by toyota opens more of a hazzard than without it.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I agree with you but you are dealing with Toyota who think anything they do is right and the customer is always wrong. And only law suits convince them otherwise. :shades:
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 16
    Must be a 2011 addition. I have a steep driveway and I press accelerator and brake simultaneously all the time to negotiate the incline. Never did the engine misbehave in my 2010 model.
  • jav7jav7 Posts: 2
    I will try that in my brand new 2011 Prius III. 500 miles on it @ 659.9 miles/g (on board computer)
  • jav7jav7 Posts: 2
    I meant 59.6 miles/g
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