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Posted by cr113 on September 8, 2005, 6:36 pm
 

Paul Missman wrote:


Yea, that's really what I'm interested in, which car from an
engineering standpoint should last longer. I'm sure the new ones will
have problems but they'll fix that. I've always felt that big gas
engines were inherently difficult to maintain. Like you said, it will
be interesting to see how they hold up, especially now that some of
them have been around a few years.


Posted by Charles Marslett on September 10, 2005, 8:10 pm
 
On 8 Sep 2005 11:36:46 -0700, cr113@hotmail.com wrote:

Very true, my experience has been that almost all my non-standard
maintenance costs have been if four areas: transmissions, starters,
POWER DOORS/WINDOWS, and air conditioning.  And almost all of it
occurred from 5 years on.  So starting next year I expect to see more
problems with the 2001 Prius (it hits 5 years in service in February).

On the good side, as someone has mentioned, it has no starter or
transmission to speak of, so those problems won't happen.  It does
have two motor/generators that should be a lot more durable than most
of the rest of the car, but we'll see (as someone else mentioned, the
car seems to have no trouble running 200,000 miles, but 10 years is a
slightly different question).

And of course the electric accessorires and A/C are pretty much the
same as in any other similar price range car and should fail at about
the same rate, alas.  The 2004+ Prius does have an electric A/C rather
than a typical car A/C unit, so it should also, based on a mechanical
analysis, last as much as twice as long as the A/C in the older Prius
and in most (all?) other cars.

--Charles

Posted by cr113 on September 19, 2005, 5:04 pm
 
Charles Marslett wrote:


Hopefully they'll come out with a small pickup. I'd kill for a pickup
that got 35 mpg.

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Posted by Michael Pardee on September 19, 2005, 10:26 pm
 
It would make sense - I'm sure you aren't the only potential buyer who needs
a cargo hauler that can use gas intelligently.

Mike



Posted by B. Peg on September 9, 2005, 12:19 pm
 
Interesting  "real world"  information on the Prius durability:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8839690/

Basically, a Canadian cab driver that drove his more than 200,000 miles and
figured his savings to be around $00 a month by doing so.

B~




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