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.

2003 Toyota Prius T-Spirit 1.5 from UK and Ireland


Cheap to own green technology


Nothing, it has been faultless.

General Comments:

Vehicle bought after previous Land Rover Freelander became too expensive to run, have been impressed with its overall lack of cost to own. Depreciation has been minimal, servicing costs minimal so far (enough support online to service this car yourself quite comfortably).

My wife drives it about 2 miles to work each day (so four miles return journey) and we never get less than 42 miles to the gallon, may not sound a lot but the Landrover achieved about 18 MPG (and that was a diesel!) due to the short journeys.

When we take it on holiday, I achieve 55-60MPG on a motorway run, fully loaded with the family & luggage. Also road tax at £15, makes my day when the annual reminder comes through.. the Landrover would be £400 when the latest raft of changes come through..

Fears of battery degradation appear unfounded, I can still do 28MPH for about 1 1/2 miles on a full charge (once rolling that is!) Our vehicle is one of the original press fleet from the release of the NHW20 model, and so far has proved the most fascinating car to own, the technology still amazes me now after 2 years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2009

2003 Toyota Prius High end SUV from North America


Zippy car that feels like a sports car


At 10,000 miles, the special computer-screen type dashboard started flashing "engine and vehicle failure". Toyota offers roadside assistance for the first 36,000 miles, so I had the car towed back to the dealer, about 2 hours away from me. It turns out the computer program stopped performing and the dealer had to wait to get a new computer program from Japan. There was a second Prius in the shop at the same time that had the same type of failure. It took about 10 days to get the car back.

General Comments:

A very nice, zippy, high-performance vehicle with a great turning radius and terrific pickup; it feels like an expensive sports car.

There are some flaws though: 1) an extremely small rearview, causing blindspots 2) no ability to buy extras from Toyota (like seat covers), since Toyota carries nothing for this car; 3) small trunk that won't fit a large suitcase 4) a car probably not for heavy winters 5) a dashboard that requires you to touch-screen for radio, CD, tape, which also requires you to fiddle with the screen, taking your eyes off the road. The dash with all the features on one screen is not intuitive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2003

2003 Toyota Prius -- hybrid from North America


The sweetest city and suburb vehicle I have driven in 58 years of motoring


Nothing has failed.

General Comments:

We purchased a Prius for several reasons: mileage, quietness, smoothness, comfortable cabin for two senior citizens, and the environment.

Current view: It is the sheer serenity and comfort coupled with the maneuverability of the machine that now speaks most strongly to me as a driver. We would replace it "on the spot."

Negatives (Mild) : Homely exterior, driver leg room, and as with early Porsches, I will want to be careful of potential, abrupt over-steer on slippery surfaces. Also, the machine is vulnerable to side winds. I suspect all these negatives will be eliminated or reduced with the forthcoming model (Fall, 2003).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003

30th Aug 2003, 23:01

I agree that the technology is fascinating, even if I do tend to be a V8 guy! I just wish someone would make a bigger one, as I've 3 daughters, ALL in car seats. (oldest is 3 1/2) But it is a REAL GOOD start!!

13th Sep 2003, 06:25

Congratulations on considering a vehicle which does not solely rely upon fossil fuel energy. It seems like a most sensible choice to me.

It's a shame that these cars are still selling at a bit of a premium, but hopefully you early adopters will pave the way for the rest of the populace having the opportunity to own a similar vehicle.

I myself have only seen one totally electric car (making no engine noise at all -- weird!). I agree that safety is also an important factor when considering a vehicle. Imagine a pedestrian being hit by an electric vehicle not hearing it coming.