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My sister and her husband have had an 04 for about a year now... My mom and sister drove it from CO to Seattle and absolutly loved it... after they had it about 6 months my brother in laws parents bought one... do you have any specific questions you mighyt want me to ask them?
 

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My sister and her husband have had an 04 for about a year now... My mom and sister drove it from CO to Seattle and absolutly loved it... after they had it about 6 months my brother in laws parents bought one... do you have any specific questions you mighyt want me to ask them?
Wanted to find out if they had any problems, or know of any problems and what kind of mileage they are getting in town and on the highway. I am thinking about replacing a old ford escort with one.
 

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They have not had any warranty type issues with it at all... the first generations had free maintenance and service for life because they didn't know what kind of issues they might have. But there were very few bugs and it seems that they fixed all of them!
I just tried to call them to see what kind of mileage they're actually getting but seems they aren't home. I know that the city milage is better than hwy. Compared to an escort you'll be really impressed at how far you can go before fueling!
 

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TRD4ME / PARKSOFFROAD.COM said:
Looking for real world info from someone that has one.
Do some research on the service life of the battery. I've heard they typically last for about 7 years and cost several thousands of $$ to replace. AGAIN, this is what I was told by the dealer. I was looking at them for a commuter as well because you can drive them on the HOV lanes in N.VA... I instead got the VW Jetta with the TDI (Turbo Diesel). I'm getting around 42MPG and over 600+ Miles per tank (14.5) gallons.. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable economy car.

PS. IT's MUCH funner to drive then those wimpy electric cars. There are also chips available that will knock it up to 140hp+ and 270lbs+ torque..
 

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Do some research on the service life of the battery. I've heard they typically last for about 7 years and cost several thousands of $$ to replace. AGAIN, this is what I was told by the dealer. I was looking at them for a commuter as well because you can drive them on the HOV lanes in N.VA... I instead got the VW Jetta with the TDI (Turbo Diesel). I'm getting around 42MPG and over 600+ Miles per tank (14.5) gallons.. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reliable economy car.

PS. IT's MUCH funner to drive then those wimpy electric cars. There are also chips available that will knock it up to 140hp+ and 270lbs+ torque..
I drove a Prius for a few days, it was just fine when it came to power / acceleration. They come with a 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty on the electrical system and batteries, so if they went at around 7 years at least you know that you would have a new set right about the time the warranty was going to expire!
 

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Well, I sat through about 3 hours of videos and lecturing on the Prius during one of my Toyota classes at school. It was interesting, but pretty overwhelming.

To sum it up: they are extremely complicated to service due to all of the ECUs and wiring and you better not get in a bad wreck because the extrication is complicated (high-voltage wiring in doors).

-There is a constant supply of TSBs on these cars, but they are new, and Toyota is changing the systems that need help

-The steering is electronically assisted and the throttle and brakes are completely electronically controlled.

One thing I DO like about them is the smart key system. I think it's something like push the button once to turn on the accessories and push it twice more to start the engine. Kind of weird, but progressive in technology nevertheless.
 
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