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  • A reporter is looking to interview parents who own a Chevy Cruze Eco, Toyota Prius V and/or Honda Civic Hybrid. If you are willing to share your experience with the car, please email PR@edmunds.com no later than March 10, 2012.

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  • gopriusgoprius Posts: 15
    I have a Toyota Camry. When you close the driver's door, it makes this nice thoomp sound. Our new Prius doesn't make the same sound. There's sort of a kind of metal sound when I close the door. I took it in for service, and they said it's normal. For those of you who have a Prius, how does your door sound when you close it?
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,195
    My doors close with a solid thump. If it is all the doors, I wouldn't worry. One cool characteristic of my prius is that when sitting at a light in the rain, the wipers on high rock the car back and forth. How cool is that !!! Great car. No problems and lots of room.
  • bigbutrbigbutr Posts: 111
    I've recently acquired a 2012 Prius II and noticed the same thing. It is almost like a hollow sound when you shut the door, like it's missing soundproofing or something inside the door. I am going to stop by the local dealer and shut the doors on some of their display models to see if it is the same. If it is, then I'll just live with it. Kind of hard to be upset with a car giving me over 52 mpg.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,624
    Light weight = high mpg! :)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,953
    A news reporter would like to talk with hybrid car owners in Northern California. If you fit the description, please contact pr@edmunds.com by Wednesday, April 25, 2012
  • imani2imani2 Posts: 3
    About my brand New 2010 Prius - At first it was wonderful....
    I'm not sure if I'm out here alone with this problem, but on my new (25 miles) 2010 Prius 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 even though it is under warrantee. I asked them if they had a specialist to take care of this well known problem (It was in all the papers in 2011 with the recalls) and they said they had never heard of it.???? But it seems the only ones who hadn't heard about it was me and these Toyota Dealers - but the rest of the whole world had heard about it. 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 mine properly fixed. I only found all this out after researching the issue. Now 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. :mad: If anyone has advice let me know.
  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    The discussion you should post this in is Toyota Prius Brake Problems. You'll find that you get a better and faster response by posting in a a discussion where your area of interest is already being talked about. You may even find that someone has posted a similar problem and the solution is waiting for you to read.

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • jordanbev5jordanbev5 Posts: 2
    Love our new 2012 Prius 4! Mostly due to getting 50 MPG already! have filled up half the tank because I haven't used any more!!! Great to drive and it is a beautiful car! We got the 4 because of hating the fabric on the sides of the inner doors, and the console. I like the all "leather" like feel instead, and it will stay cleaner in the long run! Also, got the darkest interior color for that same reason, as well as, the black dash looks awesome! Great little car and intending on going on a long trip to test it out soon.
    thank you to all for all your comments which helped me make my final decision on buying it!!
    Beverly :)
  • rustyxmrustyxm Posts: 2
    I bought a 2011 Prius on 6/16/11 and have already 39,879 miles on
    It this is do largely to several trips back east i,am generally happy
    With the car but i do have some complaints the first one being
    Gas economy 51/49 i dont think so! my car does much better on the
    Hwy then around town but where i live it is very hilly and i,am lucky
    To get 40! i have talked to other owners where i live with a similar
    Gripe! i would think for the estimates to be close to accurate you
    Would have to be driving on a flat surface all the time and that,s not
    Realistic! also you can never recover the miledge back going up a hill
    And going down the other side it being equal of course.

    I have a hill locally that takes 3.5/10,s of my meter but only puts
    1/10 back on going down the other side.

    Another gripe! NO REAR AIR CONDITIONING VENTS it get,s very hot
    In the back seat this is something that needs to be addressed.
  • rustyxmrustyxm Posts: 2
    I have the same sound of course (The metal sound) as i call it
    The reason the saving of weight through out the car including
    Door panels in back less solid less weight!
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    MPG estimates are based on flat terrain. Any car you drive on hilly terrain will produce poorer MPG, although I do think that smaller-engined cars will show a more noticible difference. So a big car's MPG may drop from 20 to 17 mpg on hilly roads, while a small car may drop from high 40's to high 30's. Then of course high 30's mpg is still better than 17mpg!

    Same with speed. In the southwest the MPH Limit is 75 or 80, meaning that you can legally drive 80-85mph without worrying about getting a ticket. But that will really cause small engine cars to lose a lot of MPG.

    I do agree with the rear AC vents, so I ended up tinting the windows and that helped. Seemed like in the old days, no car outside of a minivan/SUV had rear AC vents, but then they probably had more powerful ACs.
  • imani2imani2 Posts: 3
    Hi - MPG, I bought a new 2010 recently as a floor model and was very disappointed because I only got like 29MPG. I went to different discussions to see what I was doing wrong and got a ton of answers. After about a month it went to 30 - 35, then after a few months it went to 39 max. On my last fill up it went to 50 and has hung in there at 46 or higher - even though I'm city driving, using the same hills and valleys.

    I did take advice though and allow it to cruise (foot off of gas) when I'm up to speed on a city road. And I can only find gas with 10% ethanol, but the same gas has seen my MPG go higher and higher so that isn't much of a factor. I'm in NY and there are a lot of hills. My opinion is that it will break in after about 5 months - I only drive on ECO, except when I must enter a highway - this requires more horsepower.

    So drive in ECO, the pickup is a bit slower, but I do 65 or more in it and I don't change it on a hill, only when I enter a highway. And give the car time to break in. I'm hopeful of getting that 50 or 55MPG like some others have reported, but doubt I'll every get much more than 65. Good luck :blush:
  • I have had my Prius now for nearly five years and 55,000 miles. I live at 9,600 feet, so drive many mountain passes above 10,000 feet on 6% grade or better. I also drive a lot of unimproved Forest Service dirt roads.

    My lowest fuel economy is 43 MPG with all-season radials in winter. My best fuel economy has been driving down in Denver, only 5,000 feet, during the summer with the factory original tires, about 55 MPG. I am gentle on acceleration, coast into intersections, and try to drive under all posted speed limits.

    If you want to maximize fuel economy, I suggest driving slowly, anticipate stop lights, empty the vehicle of luggage and other gear, drive on half-tanks of fuel, get on a weight-loss diet, and buy lightweight tires that will likely fail you on icy roads in winter. ;)
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,195
    edited July 2012
    just finished a 1500 mile trip in my 2010 --- 70 mph --- hwy with grades --a/c--- averaged 52 mpg on the computer. No attempt to hyper mile. Plenty of power up hills and to pass.
  • michaelcozensmichaelcozens Posts: 23
    edited August 2012
    Just purchased a new Prius Plug In Base Model. I am sure there will be a seperate discussion on these soon! Have only had this a week and I can tell we will not need to fill up but once a month. The charger plugs into 110 and takes a few hours to charge. We can go about 10 miles on all electric, my wife works 5 miles away so for a commute she can be all electric for the week! Will be interesting to see what the electric bill looks like next month. Impressed so far. I will follow up post in a few months once I can get a line on the average mpg- I suspect it will be 80 plus for us.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    edited August 2012
    I go 40 to 47 miles per charge with my Volt. I got mine last April and still have over a half tank of gas that came with it and over 3500 miles so far. :P
  • that's a good point. What people pay per Kw varies widely throughout the country, and what time of day you charge the car also matters in calculating a real world cost-per-mile.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,195
    You might want to add some fuel stabilizer at that rate !!!!
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    edited August 2012
    A Volt gas tank is pressurized and recomends Premimun gas as it has a longer shelf life to keep the fuel from getting old. The computer is programed to run a tank of gas per year through the car in order to make sure the gas doesn't get stale. This car isn't for all but if most of your driving is 40 miles or less it can save you a ton of money. I was spending $200+ a month and now zero on gas. My electric rate is 8.6 cents and 11KW is a full charge. So 99 cents to fully charge it. I think Hybrids are the wave now and in the future, no matter who you get it from.
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