Post # 1
How do you like it? Have you had any major costly repairs? What year is your car? How many miles have you put on it? What’s your gas mileage like relative to where you live?
My old Taurus jellybeanmobile (they do look like that, don’t they? To me, anyway) has finally decided that it’s time for her to retire. She hasn’t completely died yet, but I’m just waiting for it any day now, lol. DH and I have been researching the Prius for the last couple years in anticipation of having to replace my car at some point…We are confident in our decision to purchase one, and feel that the safety rating plus the gas mileage will be a much appreciated upgrade. My current car only gets 18mpg and I drive ~80 miles round trip per day…So I spend a lot of money on gas.
However, I’ve been met with a lot of resistance when I excitedly tell friends we’re getting one. “A Prius? Why?” “Don’t you know those are so expensive to maintain?” “Don’t you know the battery will blow up and it will cost you the same amount as the car to replace?” “What about your transmission since it’s constant variable?!” There has been SO MUCH negativity and I can’t figure out where it’s coming from.
So I thought I’d ask you guys for testimonials or experiences, so I can gain a greater understanding of what it means to own the car, as opposed to just research and test drives.
Post # 3
DH has a Prius. It is only a year and a half old so at this point we have had no maintenance costs. He is a total car guy…the Prius is just a functional car to get him to and from work and for trips, etc. But we love that car! Prius is completely reliable and cheap. He generally gets gas mileage in the 40mpg Range. Often higher. And I am confident that if my husband thought that the maintenance costs long-term trumped the savings from gas mileage, he would not have bought it. He researches everything to death before buying, particularly cars since he knows so much about them!
Post # 4
So do we! My husband has read all the consumer reports from like 2005 to now on the Prius, and discussed it with his dad (who is a mechanic & gearhead), and is confident in our decision to buy it. I just feel like I’m getting so much hate from everyone else. “A Prius? Really?” or “Well good luck with that” or whatever…I don’t understand it.
Post # 5
How do you like it?
We love it. My only issue is the blind spots in the front of the car. There are two wide posts where the windshield meets the passenger and driver doors. The plastic rain guard on the sidee doors further obscure the view.
Have you had any major costly repairs?
What year is your car?
How many miles have you put on it?
110,000. That is a lot of miles to put on a 4 year old car.
What’s your gas mileage like relative to where you live?
We regularly drive a 130 mile round trip. It costs $10 in gas. That’s about 40 mpg.
Post # 6
We have a Pruis!!! I LOVE my car. Seriously, I have ZERO complaints about the car!
We had a 2004 Prius, 85,000 miles and live in Los Angeles. I loved that car. It was still running and had never had any major repairs (we took it in for “check ups” or whatever the car equivalent to that is every 6 months-year). Unfortunately, in November, we were hit by a drunk driver and our car was totaled. It was SUCH a bummer. I was insistent that we buy another Prius to replace it. Particularly because we had been rear-ended by a car going 70mph (we were going in the same direction at 20mph, so a force of 50mph), there were 4 of us in the car, and we all walked away from the accident with VERY minor injuries (whip lash). I feel so safe in those cars now!!
Now we have a 2006 Pruis with about 84,000 miles, living in LA. It never had any major repairs, just general servicing. It is in amazing condition. Again, no complaints.
My favorite part is I drive between 50-70 miles a day (depending if I have to drive DH to work or not) because I commute to work. The car gets between 45-50 mpg, so we don’t really spend much on gas considering how much we use it. It’s such a smooth ride! We love our car and I can’t begin to tell you what a great decision it was to get one. My husband and I have to get another car soon (we only have one car between us, and in LA that’s really unheard of… but we’ve made it work for 5 years now!), and I just can’t imagine buying anything but a Pruis!
Post # 7
@Ms.GoodEarth: That is awesome!! Testimonials like that make me SO EXCITED! I did notice the blind spots during my test drives…My husband drives a Matrix, and it has sort of the same body shape. He got those little rounded mirrors the size of a 50 cent piece and put them on his side view mirrors so he can see the entire side of the car…I asked him if we could do that too to fix that issue.
@Ms.GoodEarth: Woooooow I am so glad you guys are okay!!! I read that to my husband, he went to school in LA, lol! He insisted on buying the Prius (over the C version) because of its crash test rating. I am glad to hear it lives up to that reputation! And that you guys were able to get another one! 😀 I am also glad to hear there haven’t been any major issues with mileage that high (my current car has 151k on it lol. Poor dear).
Post # 8
@icanhearyousmile: We have one. A 2006, not sure how many miles we have on it now but we don’t do a ton of driving, DH uses it to commute about 20-30 miles/day. And for the first 2 years, we lived in Boston and drove it maybe once a month for groceries. We have never had a major repair. I love it. 45-55 mpg is average for us.
Post # 9
I love my 2012 Prius V. I have about 37,000 miles on my car but that’s because I’m a visiting nurse and travel a ton! I get about 41mpg and fill up every 5 days. I haven’t had any costly repairs at this point but the 30,000 mile service cost almost made me fall off my chair.
Post # 10
@Monica5373: Do you mind if I ask what you spend on a tank? Lol, the car we’re looking at is used, and is at 38k miles, so I guess (hopefully) the 30k miles maintenance has been done on it…I might ask about that, what does it entail? Do you mind me asking what it costs? And why isn’t that covered by a warranty?
Post # 11
@icanhearyousmile: everyone hates on Prius’ for some reason! We have an 08 Prius and it’s awesome. No major problems and we got it for super cheap! it only has like 70k miles on it. the mileage is amazing and it only takea $20 to fI’ll it up. People are super rude on the road ive noticed when driving it tho!
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn
I have a 2006 Prius and I love it! The only major work I’ve ever had done of my Prius has been preventative. I have replaced tires and I just replaced my 12 volt auxillary battery, which was $200. I get 50 mpg and I love driving my Prius! It’s a fun car to drive and it’s held up very well these nearly 8 years that I’ve had it.
Post # 13
@MissSweetiepie: Yeah I have observed other drivers around Priuses and they do kind of get cut off a lot. But at the same time, the Prius drivers around here can be d-bags, lol! So I think it’s even as far as rudeness goes. XD!!
@Irish2014: Is the auxiliary battery the one that drives the hybrid part and ties into the main battery, or? (I’m not too bright when it comes to hybrid car parts)
Post # 14
@icanhearyousmile: I don’t have a Prius- but my dad has one (and I’ve driven it many times)– he’s had his for 4 years. He has had no major repairs at all on it. I honestly don’t remember his exact gas mileage, but I want to say it’s about 40 mpg. Whatever is it (we haven’t talked about it in awhile)- he loves it. My dad is a total gadger/car guy– we went to lunch about a week ago and were talkin about new cars since we just got one. My dad he said he usually gets a new car itch about every 3 years, but he hasn’t done anything about it because he likes his Prius (my guess is he’ll get a new Prius when it’s time)– my dad is a man of logic for the most part– so the gas mileage was a huge think for him when he got it. The other family car is a Lexus SUV– which my stepmom drives. They take that when they need lots of room (like when them, luggage and the dog all go out to Steamboat)– the cool part about the trunk in the Prius??- the dog can happy fit back there and he’s happily in the car with the rest of the family.
The good news is: you have a warranty on the car. If after the first few years you feel like the car isn’t what you thought, you can sell it- especially if you take good car of your car. But my dad– who is very particular– loves his Prius and would reccomend it to just about anyone!
Post # 15
@MrsEME: The folding seats was a huge plus to us in addition to the safety rating and gas mileage. It’s a big deal since we often make the drive to North Carolina or Delaware to see my grandfather/pseudo-grandparents. In addition, we have moved several times and had friends who have moved, so having the extra cargo space is a huge plus. Especially since after we get a house I fully intend to get a dog. 😀
My DH is an engineer and he researches everything into the ground…so I know what you mean about that! Logic and intelligent decisions is SO IMPORTANT to my husband, lol!!
Post # 16
We recently went through the car bbuying process and ended up with a Corolla, but we spent a lot of time looking at the Prius. In the end, I didn’t like the huge center console the new ones have. The old ones were better inside. But we got a great deal on a new car, so it didn’t make sense to buy new. Also, we calculated out how long it would take to save enouhg gas to cover the price difference between the Corolla and Prius and it was arouund 10 years. Toyotas last forever, so the Pruis would probably win in the long run, but not as much as we thought when we first started looking.
All that being said, I’m a little sad we didn’t get a Prius. They’re just so cool. I hope you like yours!