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  • grandtotalgrandtotal Posts: 1,207

    The original poster posted MPH and meant MPH. He's talking, I think, about the difference in speed reported by his GPS and his speedometer.

    There is a legal requirement that speedometers should not read slow and within a certain percentage of actual speed. A 2 MPH error at 50 MPH sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    ahhhh...duh. Good pickup. My bad.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    My 2007 TCH is also off by about 2 mph. Wonder if it's a 'Yota hybrid issue?
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,028
    6 months behind your post, but i am sending that video to all the prius owners i know.
    LOL! is all i can say.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Hey, better LATE than NEVER amigo !!! :)
  • Hey Prius owners. I haven't been on the forum since I first bought my '06 Prius, in part because I have been busy working with my anthropologist sister on a book about American car culture. The book was released this week and is titled Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and its Effect on our Lives. It reviews the current state of our nation's love affair with the car and highlights many hidden or infrequently discussed costs of car ownership.

    In it I tell the somewhat amusing and embarrassing story of my trying to find and buy a Prius in the summer of 2006 when they were pretty hard to come by here in New England. You can learn more about it at our Facebook fan page,, or I'd welcome any feedback you have if you get a chance to read it.
  • oldsargoldsarg Posts: 21
    I have an elderly friend who worked for Henry Ford who is writing his autobiography. I am amused at the hype given to the so called "quality" of the Prius when way back in the 30s and 40s inventors such as he could have put most of the auto industry out of business. In his words, "I did not want to put that many people out of jobs." This is amusing as many of my friends and family were put out of the boating industry due to the advent of the railroad in the early days of this country. And, just to think, how many horses were put out of work due to Henry Ford's Model T? As a side note, the depression was caused by the banking industry trying to put Henry Ford out of business. Does that ring a bell?
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    I can't get the connection between quality of the Prius and Henry Ford having the capability of putting most of the auto industry out of business...are you saying the early Fords had better quality than the Prius, or ?? How did job losses in the boating industry take place due to the advent of the railroad. Apples and oranges? No, no bells are ringing about the Depression being caused by anyone trying to put Henry out of business?! I admit not being the greatest student of history, but it's been my understanding that the Great Depression was caused by over-valuation of the heated-up stock market. I've never heard of any ties to Henry Ford - but maybe I missed the boat somewhere, I don't know.
  • aghoshaghosh Posts: 21
    edited December 2011
    My 2010 Prius was parked outside overnight (ambient temp 30-40) after a trip of about 400 miles. It is usually garaged otherwise. Anyway, when I started the car the following morning, there was a huge rattle in the engine compartment. I shut it down, gave it five minutes and then everything was back to normal. The following two days I completed another trip of about 1000 miles without any problems. Is this something to worry about? My car is still under warranty so I will probably get it checked, but meanwhile would appreciate any thoughts since I am still on the road.
  • Just curious if you own a Prius. I bought a 2010. First car I ever paid cash for. And boy, do I wish I had bought the VW Jetta Diesel instead (those 2 were the semi-finalists). I am so disappointed. I live in Cleveland. It doesn't get Dakota cold here by any stretch. Yet, the Prius is a different car Nov through the end of March than it is the other months. 47-51MPG in summer, 39-42 in winter. Wish somebody would have told me this. The Jetta Diesel gets the same 46-48 winter or summer. The car's heater/AC is god-awful. Too high tech for its own good. On a sunny winter day, about 34 degrees, I want some air coming in. But the setting LO is too cold, and the next hottest setting, 65, is too hot. Nothing in between. Oh did I mention the Prius' $3000 sunroof. I would have had to get the Solar package to get a sunroof. Great marketing Toyota. But worst of all, my range is limited because I apparently don't get to use the last 2 1/2 gallons in the tank. I only get about 440 miles (on a good day) and after driving 50 miles with the gas light flashing, I put in no more than 9.5 gallons. So what gives with the tank? I hate myPrius. And the latest thing, I seem to be getting 35 MPG right now
  • rick294rick294 Posts: 77
    Exactly the mileage issue I'm getting with my '08. On the heater issue, it sounds to me like something is wrong. It shouldn't get "too warm" on one click above "LO". Have the dealer look at it. Could be a warranty issue. About the 2.5 gallons left in the tank when it appears "empty" - I kind of like that feature. I consider it a safety margin from running out of gas altogether. My mileage, right now, is running 42 mpg. That's only if I baby it. My mother in law has the same exact car, an '08, and she regularly gets 46-48 during the winter. She's usually 52+ in the summer. ??
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    edited January 2012
    All cars get less MPG in the winter, not just the prius. And don't forget diesel fuel costs more. Also, according to, jetta diesel owners in 2011 averaged 43 vs 49 mpg for the prius.

    41mpg with the jetta wagon and 39mpg with and auto transmission. Plus I'd take the reliability of a toyota over a VW any day.
  • Looking to get a Prius. About the only accessory I really need is the nav system. I commute about 30 miles a day, with 8 miles of that highway.

    Which makes e best sense--the Three, Four or V?

    And is this a car at it makes more sense to lease, or buy (with the 1.9% financing)?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    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 no later than March 10, 2012.


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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Hey, Gary, here is your post back from Dec 20, 2005.

    "Current hybrids are not designed for 10-15 years of relatively trouble free service. Toyota builds cars like that, just not the hybrids. When I see a 10 year old Prius II still running with no major problems I will come over to your side of thinking."

    Does that hold true for Prius 1 longevity? Because I see 10+ year-old First Gen Prius cars all over Phoenix running fine.

    I think it's time for a "mea culpa" on your part and admit that you were wrong in doubting Toyota's technology and the batteries and the idea of the Prius in general.

    Waiting...... :shades: :shades: :shades: :shades: :shades:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    A news reporter would like to talk with hybrid car owners in Northern California. If you fit the description, please contact by Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
  • greendoggreendog Posts: 8
    Purchased a 2011 with the 17 inch wheels last year. Other car was a 07 TCH. The seat in the Prius not comfortable for long road trips. Take the Camry anyday. Obviously very different cars.
    Anyone have recommendations on after market seat supports for the Prius?
    On the wheels... Anyone out there with the 17 switch to the regular 15 or try 16 for a more comfortable ride ? Time to have some cheese with all my whining' and buy some new wheels. Cheers
  • gopriusgoprius Posts: 15
    i drove 2000 miles last summer in a Camry. Both the Prius and Camry have uncomfortable seats, but what I find helpful is to roll a hand towel, and place it towards the lower back. it puts some pressure on the back, to make it feel a bit more tolerable.
  • 63pro63pro Posts: 15
    I just committed the bone head error of trying to leave my garage with the trunk lid up on my 2010 Prius and the garage door promptly "shed" my car of the rear spoiler. To my amazement the spoiler was in good shape but the attachment bolts holding the spoiler to the trunk lid had been ripped out. Have any of you had this happen and what did you do to repair it? I would like to salvage it and not have to buy a new spoiler. Any good epoxies that would work well? Any advice on how to remove the inside trunk plastic to get at the wiring would also be welcomed. Minus a few scratches on the outside, it is still in good shape. Thanks :confuse:
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    You're not alone!! I did this twice and the second time was a disaster!! I tried epoxying the bolts back on to the spoiler, which was scratched but no major cracks except for the bolts, and that did not work. I did shop around and found a number of eBay sites that had spoilers, but I decided to go with a new part from Toyota. The local dealer in Delaware could not beat the price I received from Metro Toyota in Kalamazoo, MI. $298.74 + 11.58 shipping. This saved me a little over $100. The installation was quite simple. Just make sure you have all the nuts that attached the spoiler to the hatch. If not, order them. I used a Spackle knife to get the plastic trim off of the hatch, being careful to keep track of the plastic fasteners that attach the trim to the hatch. Of course you can always have the job done at Toyota or a auto body shop, but that should not be necessary if you are handy.

    Good Luck

  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    Forgot to mention the only challenging part of the installation of the spoiler is getting the center brake light and wiring attached to the new spoiler. The tolerances are pretty close so you will have to use a string and a small weight to get the string through the spoiler and then carefully pull the wiring harness, to which you attach the string, through the spoiler. Also, salvage the right and left end pieces so you will not have to purchase them. My spoiler had them attached, but the service rep asked me if I needed the end pieces.

  • 63pro63pro Posts: 15
    Thanks so much for your reply. I am at the crossroads here, as I was going to attempt the epoxy bit, to see if it would work. Do you remember what type/brand of epoxy you used? I can't get a handle on the composite material the spoiler is made of, so maybe that may have been a problem, but I don't know. However, if epoxy just doesn't work, it is pointless to waste the time. When you took the plastic off the back of the inside of the lid, I assume you had to remove the lower and larger half first and then pull off the plastic that actually covers the bolts etc., of the spoiler? Did you wind up busting some of the plastic tabs in trying to remove these liners? Thanks again for all your help. Jim
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    Sorry, I don't remember the name of the epoxy, but I do remember the epoxy failed while I was reinstalling the spoiler. I was glad it happened at that time rather than while I was driving. The thought of having the spoiler fly off and damaging another car or person did not make me feel warm and fuzzy!! Since I did not know how to find out the composition of the spoiler's plastic, I decided to save time and worry and purchase a new spoiler.

    No problem with the plastic tabs, except for them flying around while removing the liners and keeping them in place reinstalling the liners.

    Hope this helps,

  • Mine is also chirping. it's a 2007 and it started during our trip to the Rockies. we were between 8-12,000 ft. it mostly occurs when pushing the Park button. Now, 2 months later, my Maintenance light is on...IDK what the deal is, but I'm getting it checked out. I've noticed others posting about it happening with elevation change.
  • Anyone heard when the 2014 models will be available. Apologies in advance if this was already discussed but I haven't seen anything on this.
  • I will pick up my used 2012 Prius tomorrow. The car has 23000 miles on it. With our last Prius
    we put on about 18000 miles. What would the advantages and disadvantages in getting the Vehicle Service Agreement for about $2000. We had it on the last vehicle and did not really use it. We had no problems in the 4 years we had it. Thanks for any advice.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited January 2014

    If you are a parent of young children (at least one under 12 years old) who owns a 2012-14 Toyota Prius, a reporter would like for you to fill out a survey for use in a print publication. Please email no later than Wednesday, January 8, 2014, for a copy of the survey.

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