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Toyota Prius (First Generation)



  • cgangelcgangel Posts: 2
    I did contact my insurance company Friday. They will get back to me on Monday.

    In the meantime, do you know where I can get a second opinion on whether to have the hybrid system checked first or have the body work done first? I don't want the body shop messing up the hybrid system accidentally.

    Thanks for your help. I'll keep you posted as to the outcome of this ordeal.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    Were I you, I'd take the car to your dealership and let them coordinate with their preferred body shop. We often get cars that have been in accidents (not a Prius yet). We check them in through our service department and do whatever we need to do first, then send it down the road to a shop that does all our work. This ensures that you get genuine Toyota equipment and the work will be done in the correct order for your situation.
  • I am considering buying a Prius for daughter in college (an environmental studies major). She is excited by the prospects of driving this car and many of my questions have been answered in this forum. The car would be in Vermont and not driven frequently during the school year. Would this be a problem? If she drove it once a week would that be sufficient? Does anyone have any info on how you might get in line for the 2002? At this point we won't get a car until August and I might wait for the 2002 with the prospects of cruise control.
  • dsgechodsgecho Posts: 89
    I think the Prius is really meant to be driven more than once a week on a long-term basis.The Prius certainly runs in cold climates but doesn't get its best mpg there. Cruise control retrofit kits for the 2001 model will arrive in May.I believe also 2001 orders will be finished with April production but no word when 2002 gear up in production actually starts. See the prius groups for more details.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The manual has tips for cars that will be stored for 3 or more weeks at a time. I'm sure it would be fine being driven once a week.

    As to the 2002, I was told by my distribution office that orders will be taken in "about 2 months". This is the answer I got last week, so look for something in mid to late May. I'll post here if I hear more on that.
  • I pop in here from time to time, and monitor the yahoo newsgroups Prius list as well. Have some very happy clients here!

    I knwo the whereabouts of an aqua ice Prius in Southern Calif near the water, with CD and mats. I can't post here with any other info due to the terms of service, I think they'd have to shoot me or something but if anyone is out there who doesn't want to have to wait 3-4 months for their Prius, email me and I can tell you where to find the car.

  • Here in CA, the orders for 2002 will be acceptable in May, and the new "extras" that will be available to the best of my knowledge are side airbags, cruise, and the 6-disc in dash change (ala Corolla). No new colors confirmed but we all are awaiting the new blues anyway.

  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    I just discovered something odd with these Prius sales. Here in the Central Atlantic Region, if a customer backs out of a Prius order, the car must be returned to Toyota. We can't sell the car to anybody but the person who ordered it.

    It turn out that this is not a nationwide policy. In Southern CA, if the customer backs out after the car reaches the dealership, they can sell it to anybody. If I sold cars there, I'd push through a bunch of dummy orders to get some of these on my lot.

    The moral to this story is, if you live in Southern California, you may be able to trip across one without waiting. In fact, I think Dianne at Carson Toyota has one right now.
  • dsgechodsgecho Posts: 89
    Just a tip to check out e-groups on the Prius as there are several ways to put cruise on the Prius including a dealer kit in May or do it yourself is not hard [all Toyota parts], or an electronic link type. Makes the vehicle MUCH nicer for distance driving and is almost as good as careful control of speed with your foot.
  • No, I don't have one available. Might I add a little "something" to your findings? We really cannot just "sell to anybody". We are obligated (and morally obligated too) to call the next folks waiting on our lists and offer the car to everyone. And, true to form, folks want their cars "right now" then they make the decision to order one in the first place, so a car that's defaulted to the dealership is often spoken for anyway.

  • I have read many user reviews and and driving tests and am impressed by what I have read so far.
    I am possibly moving with my girlfriend and my commute to work would be about 80 miles each way.
    How does this car handle at 75mph, if it will go that fast and how is it in snow, 0 degree days, etc.

    Thanks to all that reply.
  • denniswadedenniswade Posts: 362
    wonderful. My friend has one, and I've ridden with him to work several times. The car is uncannily quiet, handles decent, gets 52 mpg for him, and should be a breeze in the snow.
  • Hi Prius People! As to inquiry about how the Prius handles winter conditions, I have some information for you. I live in New England; Connecticut to be exact. We have had one heck of a winter and without hesitation, I can endorse this car as capable of handling the most wild of weather phenomena. When the going got tough, this car got tougher. True to form, it is front wheel drive and can handle most snowy weather conditions. Icy conditions, on the other hand, is best left to Mother Nature. The power is there to move through snow with ease. On several occasions this past winter, I was able to drive through 20 or more inches of snow without slipping once. This surprised me. Like yourself, I was very anxious about this car's ability to handle uncertain road conditions. Now I am not. As for driving 75 mph, this car can easily do that as well. P.S. I am happy to report that I am getting about 45 miles/gallon. You see, as the air warms this car gets increasingly better mileage. If you're in a cold climate you can expect a sharp decrease in mileage. I averaged about 35-38 miles/gallon over this winter. Still, that isn't bad. That's better than most conventional cars, and I was happy with that. I think, however, since you are going such a great distance to and from work, the engine will be quite warmed, thus allowing for better mileage. I hope I was of some help to you. Take care! KEEP IT GREEN! :)
  • I live in the country but work in the city. I drive just under 100 miles round trip, 5 days a week. Is anyone out there putting those kind of miles on a Prius? If so how is it holding up?
    And are you satisfied with it?

    Right now I am driving a 94 Camry with 244000+ miles on it. I was thinking my next move may be toward a Prius.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    I saw someone make a statement that they thought GPS might be available for 2002.

    Does anyone know if this is a fact for 2002 US models?
    That would make it the lowest priced car in America with a GPS Navigation system.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Someone posted a question months ago asking how effective the air conditioner was. I didn't see anyone reply. Can it keep you cool in very hot summer tmperatures?

    The other concern is resale. I don't think may people would want to be the second owner of the Prius when the battery replacement was nearing. That may hurt resale value. (unless gas is $3 per gallon at the time)
    Has anyone priced extended warranties on the Prius? It may help you sell the vehicle even if you never needed to use it yourself.
    Anyone lease one? What type of lease deals are available?
  • sfchewsfchew Posts: 8
    Does anyone know how long the batteries are suppose to last and how much they will cost to replace? I think this will be one of the major cost of ownership in this kind of car.
  • cliffy1cliffy1 Posts: 3,581
    The factory batteries have a warranty of 8 years or 100K miles and this warranty is NOT prorated. This is a good thing because at current levels, the whole battery pack costs $4000. This price will come down as more are built.
  • To get the best mileage out of your Prius, you must inflate the tires to the proper pressure. Underinflation increases rolling resistance and decreases mileage.

    Our Prius was delivered with underinflated tires at 30 PSI in each tire. The proper pressure is 35 PSI in the front tires and 33 PSI in the back tires.

    Even with the underinflation, we were able to get 51 mpg on one tank of gasoline. Not bad.
  • georgeh131georgeh131 Posts: 3
    Any ideas on the best solution for a bicycle rack on a Prius?
    We've been driving ours for the past week and love it. But the dealer has no recommendation, and responded "install per manufacturer's recommendation" -- lots of help there!
    Ideally, I'd like to install a hitch receiver, but I know Toyota frowns on anything that resembles towing.


  • guzguz Posts: 7
    I am new to this board, but not new to Edmunds Town Hall. I am considering the Prius for my daughter. The car sounds great, but I am concerned with the HOT Florida weather. It's my understanding that if the AC is on, the best the Prius will do is 39 MPG. Does anyone have experience with the Prius in Florida or other hot climates?
  • snagy1snagy1 Posts: 55
    recently rented a prius (second time in 6 months), in winter driving, handled snow well here in snow belt county. ave 45 mpg with heater to keep warm.. rented last week and ave with city only driving 58 mpg, and some airconditioning. will buy a 2002 if I can figure out how to do fold down rear seats.
  • gadgetdocgadgetdoc Posts: 1
    I am strongly considering the Prius but I am somewhat concerned about the recent crash test results posted by the national highway transportation safety association giving only three stars for the driver. I was hoping for at least four stars. Does anyone have any comments regarding this?
  • Consumer Reports rates the VW Passat very highly for safety. The NHTSB gives the Passat great marks for a compact car.

    However, if you look at the Prius crash test results and the Passat crash results, it is clear what makes the difference. The Passat is equipped and tested with side air bags and side head air bags--the Prius is not.

    If you look at the forces exerted on the femur, the Passat fares much worse than the Prius does. In the Passat, one of the passenger's femurs takes over 1,000 pounds of force in the impact!

    I would venture to guess that if the Prius were equipped with these additional two sets of air bags, its score would surpass that of the Passat. (The driver's head stresses pull down the score for the Prius.)

    Side air bags will be available on the 2002 Prius. There is no word about side head air bags. We can only hope that Toyota wises up and makes these additional bags available sooner.
  • s852s852 Posts: 1,051
    Passat is much larger than a Prius. Isn't it a mid-size?
    Do you mean Jetta?
  • riz4riz4 Posts: 2
    Hi! I'm new to this town hall and have been enjoying the posted messages. I am considering purchasing a hybrid vehicle but have my sights set on a 2003 Ford Escape. I currently drive a pickup and enjoy the extra space for many of the things I haul. Does anyone have any information on the Escape hybrid? My current lease is up at the end of this month and I can't decide if I should lease a Prius until the Escape is available. I understand that the 2002 Prius will have cruise and side air bags, but what about a fold down rear seat? That would be very helpful. Also, I've been told that there is only one lease program for Prius and it is for 4 yrs. Is this correct?
  • riz4riz4 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the web site--I've checked it out previously and was hoping for more info.
  • reticent1reticent1 Posts: 70
    Word has it that there is a hybrid minivan on the drawing board for Toyota for 2003-2004. Looks like a cross between the old Previa and the new Sienna. Somewhat shorter, but it's hard to tell from the artist's renditions.

  • reticent1reticent1 Posts: 70
    Since gas has hit 2 bones a gallon these days, Prius orders on the internet have increased 60% on the west coast. The bulk of the increased ratio orders are in California.

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