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Posted by FKru on October 18, 2006, 12:52 am

I am thinking of buying a Toyota Prius Hybrid, but I am not sure how it all
works. I'm not sure how reliable the whole hybrid system may be, or of any
maintenance issues with them. Any comments from current owners would be

Posted by Bill on October 18, 2006, 12:58 am

My 2005 works great after 20K miles.  I drive 55 and get the stated EPA
mileage.  Haven't had any maintenance issues aside from a couple of recalls.
Are they any cars on the road that haven't been recalled for one thing or

Posted by Jim Byrd on October 18, 2006, 1:39 am

On Tue, 17 Oct 2006 20:52:03 -0400, "FKru"

It has a very good reputation for reliability. You get oil changes
every 5000 miles, not 3000, because there is less stress on the
gasoline engine. You should also rotate the tires every 5000 miles
(this is in the manual), and use the recommended pressures or higher.
The front wheels need higher pressure, most shops don't do this right.

I have run into no maintenance issues at all.

You don't have to know how it works; just drive it. You don't decide
when to turn the engine on or off; it does.

If you pay attention to the displays, it will educate you to change
your driving habits so you get even better gas mileage. I usually get
54 or 56 MPG, but sometimes have gotten 63 MPG.

Posted by richard schumacher on October 18, 2006, 2:54 am

Consult "Consumer Reports" online or in a library.  The current version
of the Prius has been very reliable.

For tonnes of user reports see

Posted by Dick Byrd on October 18, 2006, 6:41 am

If you really want to know how the Prius works, go to Graham Davie's
absolutely fabulous Prius web site:


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