2005 Toyota Prius Base 1.5 from North America
Very nice till the battery pack goes out
I bought the car in 2010 with only 24,000 miles.
The heater started leaking water in 2012.
In August 2014 the car suddenly stalled and had to be towed. The problem was it needed a whole new battery pack.
Yes, it was nice getting 42 MPG, but all my savings were quickly deleted by being forced to pay $6,100 for a new battery pack.
My sister is still driving my old 1998 Nissan Altima that I gave to her in 2010. The Nissan has 180,000 miles and no real issues.
I will never buy another Prius. Sure it was nice getting 42 MPG, but I'd have saved money by getting 27 MPG in a non-hybrid.
The long term economics don't add up with a $6,100 battery pack.
Three other Prius owners were paying for new battery packs while mine was being repaired.
The car drives good and I was sure on a high horse till the $6,100 bill came in my face.
I was emotionally crushed and didn't really have the money. The whole reason I bought the car was because I took a new job, and was going to have to drive a lot of miles and needed a 40+ MPG car.
I will never buy another Prius. I'm trading it off before something else goes wrong on a new Sentra.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2014
16th Nov 2014, 16:35
Yes components fail in all engineered systems. BUT the Prius battery has been shown to be extremely reliable. As for $6100, at FCP Import the replacement can be had for less than $1800, and if you're a a bit handy, you can put it in yourself. So $6100 is the dealer gouging you. Let's see, 2005 to 2014 is nine years of 108 months, thus for an $1800 battery and ~350 labor you are looking at an averaged cost of $20/month. Not shabby.