The symptons you are describing, I have experienced today after replacing the 12V battery. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. But unlike it's younger 2004 to 2009 Prius the 2001 to 2003 Prius are equiped with factory cruise control which works well except on hills. The contact stated that the check engine warning indicator continues to illuminate on the instrument panel. Suddenly, a strong burning odor circulated inside of the vehicle and the engine began to overheat.
I have been lucky so far that I have not been killed. Until the day we buy a full electric car, it is difficult to imagine there will be a time when at least one of our cars is not a hybrid. The purchase date was unknown. References to products, offers, and rates from third party sites often change. Durability One of the big myths out there is that the components of a hybrid will wear out and be costly to replace.
This is my first post, so bear with me please. I drive rural roads up to 55 mph and average usually around 46 miles per gallon of regular gas. The high-tech, high voltage systems in this vehicle is nothing for anyone but a trained, certified technician to be messing with. There is a certain satisfaction that comes while driving this car that I never got in my other cars. The quietness of this car while driving in the city and silence at idle is amazing! Sorry to learn of your problems, but a good perusal of some of the threads here in PriusChat might have saved you much wailing and gnashing of teeth! This car is great for customization : I've added an aftermarket sunroof no problems! Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? Again, this seemed to be normal wear, not anything unusual. The car was purchased use with about 62k miles on it. All cars get better mileage when you accelerate and brake gently.
In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. Oh, and it has a very tight turning radius. Once on the freeway, the battery rarely, if ever, kicks in. Toyota recently announced they are coming out with a larger version of the Prius, but they will not offer a third row of seating in the version they plan to export to the United States. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year.
The technician also says that he can't do any further tests unless he replaces the fuse. The steering wheel became very rigid while I was driving, and I had to clasp the steering wheel firmly to control the steering of the vehicle. I have never had to replace the original 12 Volt battery for my Prius, that is, until this year. Kevin Cardiff Jun 19, 2008. All symptoms happen almost immediately after key-in and startup. The hybrid battery fan is on. The mileage has been poor around 30 miles per gallon.
Weak 12 Volt Battery We were most surprised to discover that our Prius actually has a conventional 12 Volt battery just like any other car, in addition to the larger high voltage battery. My daughter took a 3500 mile road trip a few days later. They mechanic told me there was nothing wrong with my car and that he was going to push it out into the road after he pulled out some parts I refused to pay for as I wanted to wait a day until I could talk to the Toyota 1 800 complaint line. When he is not writing, he has a career in information technology and is also a commercially rated pilot. When the car goes up a hill, the battery adds in its extra 30 hp. The alloy wheels sparkle and the rear spoiler gives a nice sporty look. But I gave it 4 stars for handling because it is so nimble in traffic.
I told them that their excuse was lame and that was not exceptable. Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. After replacement was told it was now the high voltage batteries needed replaced. Toyota corporate says its not their concern. It has a good trunk area and has performed very well. I was getting 44mpg on the highway and 49 in the city. The seats are soft and supportive, the driving position is high and visibility on all sides is great.
I have been lucky so far that I have not been killed. The failure mileage was 68,500. I found a used one with 54,000 miles on it on labor day 2004. Rising Gas Prices Equals Rising Hybrid Prices We knew we had to pay a bit more for our used Prius due to. In researching the Prius, I learned that it prevents cold starts by storing coolant in the equivalent of a thermos.
Obviously, the car went dead. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Obsolete design and ergonomics but a good used car and absolutely reliable. I like the older design much better sedan than the newer more boxy version. Almost bought a new car but couldn't swing the cost. I am waiting for prices to come down on used 2010 Prius.