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  •  I've still got mine, 10+ years later. (2+ / 0-)
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    JDWolverton, Zack from the SFV

    I love my Prius.  I really do.

    However, what they say about repair costs as they get older can be true.  I've dodged not one but two bullets on that front.

    Last January, the Check Engine light went on, and I took it to the dealership.  The problem was with the HV battery (not the usual 12-volt most cars have, but the hybrid battery).  It needed to be replaced: $3,500.  Luckily, it was under a recall, so even though the warranty had long run out, the recall covered it.

    Then, two weeks ago, the Check Engine light came on again.  Again, I took it in, and they said that the inverter coolant pump had failed and the inverter had reached 199F degrees.  They thought the inverter needed to be replaced: $3,500 + $1,000 in labor.  However, they said there was a 50% chance simply replacing the inverter coolant pump--not the inverter itself--would work: $500 total.  I took what was behind Door #2, and so far, so good.

    I love my Prius.  My plan is to drive the hell out of it, even though it needs to be repainted and it doesn't have an iPod jack and...

    However, I'm also bracing for a hybrid part repair that's going to cause me to seriously consider buying a new car.  Of course, that'd be a new Prius.  :)

    •  I am very happy with my Prius (1+ / 0-)
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          I bought it new in 2006 and have driven it all over the place, from CA to TX several times and back and forth between L.A. and Nor Cal. Five years and over 100,000 miles later it has had no real problems. I get around 47 mpg and can fit a lot of stuff in it with no difficulty.

           My only complaint is that it is not made in the U.S. The last car I had, a Toyota Corolla, was built here in California. This one is truly Japanese, not Japanese-American. At one point Toyota was considering building Priuses in America but then the recession hit and the idea was abandoned. I plan to drive it at least another couple of years, as long as the battery is reliable, or replace the battery and drive it another 100,000 miles.

      Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 53, new CA-30

      by Zack from the SFV on Sat Oct 22, 2011 at 10:50:24 PM PDT

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