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Prius in cold winter climate

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Posted by George_J on January 2, 2005, 6:43 pm

Does anyone have experience about Prius in cold weather?
Do the batteries survive freezing temps? Can you start
the engine when it is 10F or even 0F? Do you need an extra
battery charger or other devices? Or is Prius a car only for
mild or warm climate?

Posted by Jerry W on January 2, 2005, 6:55 pm
The Prius is unusually good in cold weather. Some of the most enthusiastic
owners live in Minnesota and points north.

Where do you live? You could try
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/toyota-prius  or

for more authoritative information



Posted by A Schwartz on January 3, 2005, 2:11 am
 One Canadian on priuschat is complaining that at -30F it takes along
time for the cabin to warm. He has no other complaint. Peace Ammiel

Jerry W wrote:

Posted by richard schumacher on January 3, 2005, 3:36 am


Posted by olicount@mac.com on January 12, 2005, 2:26 am
George_J wrote:

I use my Prius everyday in Upstate NY.  I got mine the day before
Thanksgiving and didn't park it in the garage until Middle of December.
We had a couple of below zero days and it started and ran just fine.
At that temperature it takes about 10 minutes for the cabin to warm up
and it sucks gas.  Mine got 40mpg the first tank full.  The first snow
produced a delightful, for me anyways, adventure that I dread with my
truck.  And the weather has been mostly icy, but the Prius has
responded great.  Very little worry about slipping and sliding, but
after 30+ years of winter driving, I drive cautiously anyways.  The
Prius has been a pleasant surprise and now I look forward everyday to
using it, salty roads or not.

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