2005 Toyota Prius gas-electric hybrid from North America


It's good enough to buy another Prius, if this one ever quits running


The steering shaft was replaced under warranty.

The 12 volt battery was replaced in late 2014.

The odometer quit working at 299,999 miles, although the speedometer continues to work fine. I now use the trip meters to track total miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car when gas was over $4.00 per gallon, after checking on the car's reliability record. By removing the rear seat, I was able to use it as a delivery vehicle, and be able to load and unload it more easily than my Camry.

The MPG varies substantially from summer to winter. Low 40s are typical in winter, and 45 to 50 in summer. I have never tried summer driving without the A/C. Only two repairs are: $175.00 battery last year, and electrical charging outlet that has not been repaired. I've owned over 100 cars and trucks in the last 50 years, and none have been more reliable.

The main problem around here is: if we get more than 4" of snow, the Prius won't push it. Then we drive our old Highlander.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2015

27th Sep 2015, 11:51

The odometer stopping at 299K miles is a well-known problem affecting the 2004-2005 models of the Prius (as well as the 2003-2008 Matrix and Corolla).

Toyota considers it a "maintenance issue" and has only offered to pay 1/2 of the approximately $600 cost to replace the odometer.

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.

General Comments:

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.

2005 Toyota Prius Hatchback from North America


Very cost effective and efficient


So far, NOTHING! I have another 2005 and a newer 2010 Prius. Awesome cars.

The custom leather seats are amazing, the HID lights are cool too. Only complaint is I wish the navigation was more like my phone, but we are talking about a car made in 2005, when we didn't even have smartphones that were worth a damn until about 2009.

General Comments:

Get one, you won't regret it. Even the higher mileage cars have proven great. Thank you Toyota for making a quality product that I can use with my business, without worry of a sudden huge expense.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2013