2003 Toyota Prius 10ème anniversaire HSD from France


Impressive car for the money



General Comments:

Amazing car for the money: I paid only €10.200 for mine at a Toyota dealership with full service and full warranty when it was 5 years old and had less than 65.000 km.

Nothing has gone wrong, and given Toyota's reputation for reliability, I hope it will go on like this. Service at "my" official dealership is quite inexpensive and excellent.

I've had to replace the front brake pads at 145.000 km and the complete rear brakes at 155.000 km. I have a set of winter tires, but other than that, I've only had to pay for service.

I waited years before buying this car and spent hours researching it, and I'm not disappointed.

Sure, the gearbox can be annoying at time, allowing the motor to rev up and not really converting that into movement, but most of the time, it's so relaxing that it doesn't matter. The seats are not the best for long trips (give me Volvo seats anytime!) but they're adequate, and the car feels quite spacious for its size.

It's also very well equipped for the price, although some features are pretty useless: self-parking is too slow, voice recognition, well, does not recognize much and the audio system is below average.

I've traveled a lot with this car, I've even slept in it (with the seats folded, the cargo area is long enough for my 1.85 m) and for the first time I don't know what car to buy to replace it (that is, as an economical, reliable family car, otherwise I have plenty of ideas...) ! So I hope it will live up to Toyota's reputation of reliability and has many more kilometers ahead of it.

Too bad it's such a dull car to drive...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd April, 2016

2003 Toyota Prius 1.5 hybrid from Dominican Republic


Don't buy used, buy new one and sale it before break down


Inverter at 75k.

Inverter pump at 130k.

Shock absorber at 100k.

A/C evaporator / condenser at 90K.

HV battery at 140k.

General Comments:

Don't buy it used, you will deeply regret it. Because parts are expensive, all you save from gas will be spent on expensive parts ($1k for inverter, $2200 for HV battery). If you really want gas economy, buy a Yaris, which is the same body with a conventional engine, and the mileage difference on the highway is almost the same. Don't trust the manufacturer's mileage claim, or other claims; at freeway speed, the Prius hybrid tech won't have an advantage as the engine doesn't shutdown at all.

And if you live other countries other than the USA, Canada, Japan or Europe, no dealer will stock Prius parts, so you have to wait for a long time for a simple part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st August, 2015

2nd Aug 2015, 20:43

If you waited until 140k to replace the battery, then any fuel benefits you were getting were long gone.

That said, it could be worse. You could be driving a GM car that is rated for half the mileage and gets half of what it's rated for, and be replacing all of your struts and wheel bearings before the car hits 40k. And that is if you are lucky!

3rd Aug 2015, 21:09

Owning dozens of GM cars beyond 100,000 miles, and only 1 required a wheel bearing. Struts? Not a one.

18th Dec 2016, 19:11

Fuel saving against what car? Against a Nissan Versa or Corolla is minimal. One needs to compare apples to apples, oranges to oranges. A gen 1 Prius is not big car, it's a compact car. And the list continues to grow:

At 145k:

Rear wheel bearing.

4 door lock actuators, yes, all 4 doors.

Front suspension arm.

Centre console LCD turning black, almost unreadable.

Centre console cover cracked (they seem not to be UV protected, unlike the rest of the dash panels).

Leaking engine rear seal.

19th Dec 2016, 15:57

What GM specific model and year are you basing an entire manufacturer's lineup on? Broad sweep of a brush comment. Not all Toyotas are bad either, especially older ones.

19th Dec 2016, 22:24

Maybe he could sell the Prius and upgrade to a used Chevy Volt.

21st Dec 2016, 05:30

Or just ditch the whole hybrid gig, and buy a Corvette.

21st Dec 2016, 19:29

You will have to go to Tesla's battery sports car for the time being. How many people go from Prius to 638 HP at the pump?

22nd Dec 2016, 10:04

20:43 has still not answered what new GM car that refers to the complete GM lineup. What model and what year are you referring to? He mentioned Corvette by the way as an alternative to his Prius past ownership. Not an actual Corvette owner. So what GM car has the catastrophic failures prevalent throughout the whole line as mentioned? I am not seeing it in my cars and multiple full size Chevrolet trucks.