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Posted by DougSlug on April 22, 2008, 12:39 pm

I've only had mine for a little over two years, so I can't answer your
question about how well it holds up.  I haven't had any problems.

Let me offer some other feedback.  Most feedback in this thread has been
very positive, and for good reason.  But I'd like to offer some less
favorable feedback based on my ownership experience so far:

 - Visibility is poor.  Lots of blind spots, rearview mirror is too
prominent in the sharply sloped windshield, especially if you're on the tall
side of average.  The rear spoiler is aptly named for its effect on the view
out the back.  The rear camera helps considerably if you have one, at least
when backing up.

 - Driver's seat lacks suitable adjustability for comfort, especially
because it lacks the ability to tilt the seat bottom upwards.  This is a
problem if you have longer legs.

 - Fuel efficiency does not match advertised values for most people.  This
depends on driving style, terrain and climate, among other things.  I am
continually disappointed when I see others posting MPGs in the high 40's and
50's when I only get low- to mid-40's despite being very conscious of
driving style.  I am in a flat area (central NJ), so that may be the biggest
factor for me.  As they say, "Your mileage may vary".

Other than these things, I agree with the positive feedback offered by the
other responders.  Despite this bit of negativity, I really DO like the car,
and I do NOT regret the purchase.

 - Doug

Posted by Chas Gill on April 22, 2008, 1:50 pm

Wouldn't it be great if one car had it all?  Much as I love my Prius I, too,
am a little aggravated by the seat height adjustment, which mostly just
lifts the back of the seat, reducing long leg thigh support in the process.
The blind spots on the front door pillars are very prominent and I just
haven't gotten used to them yet - oh! and in Europe we don't get heated door
mirrors or the vacuum flask engine coolant reservoir (Somebody must have
told the Japanese that it ain't cold in the UK!) but we DO get a really
irritating reverse beeper that we can't disable without invalidating the
warranty and a speedo which reads exactly 10% over at all speeds (to comply
with other European legislation that says that it can be "right" or up to
10% fast).  I would prefer it to be right.  And, yes, the real-world fuel
consumption gets nowhere close to advertised (although it's still pretty

Having said all of that these are really just niggles and the benefits of
the car far outweigh them.  I just wish there was an aftermarket outfit in
the UK that could put them right (with the exception of the door pillar, of
course).  I would pay good money for the mods, which would make a really
great car perfect!


Posted by Mr. G on April 22, 2008, 10:52 pm
 (Chas.Gill@gollum.btinternet.com) says...

This is one of the most-asked questions on PriusChat.com.  Unless the UK
version has this option blocked-out (which I've never heard mentioned),
you can turn it off an on, and it does not invalidate the warranty:

Mine happens to read exactly right, as checked both against GPS units
and timed measured miles.

BTW, my MPG (2007) is in the mid 50's in mild/hot weather, and drops to
about 50 during the coldest winter days.  That's measured from actual
fill-ups, though the MFD computer agrees with that pretty closely.

Posted by Chas Gill on April 22, 2008, 11:34 pm

Well, you've heard it now!  The UK reverse bleep cannot be disabled, except
by physically cutting a wire in the loom.  The software switch is disabled
in the UK version.

As far as the speedo goes, I'm not the least surprised that yours reads
accurately.  Given the sophistication of the car in all other respects I
would be very surprised if it were inaccurate - unless by design.  As I said
in my earlier post, the UK Prius has a Speedo that DELIBERATELY reads 10%
fast to ensure that it complies with European legislation in respect of
speedo accuracy (which says a speedo can be up to 10% fast but must NEVER be
slow) so they err on the "safe" side, I guess.


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on April 23, 2008, 2:12 am

This is the inside beep?

Who really cares?  How often are you in reverse?

No doubt it's some weird EU regulation that's been twisted by lawyers
into Toyota disabling the software switch.

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