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2002 Prius with 193,000 miles
By manatee624 on
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2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
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Bought it new in June 2003. I'm amazed the car it still gives me 42-46 mpg each fill up in mixed city/highway driving in busy Miami traffic. This has been the most reliable car I have owned in 40 years of driving. Repairs so far: full brake job at 100,000 miles, replaced replaced rear wheel bearings at 155,000 miles, replaced ABS brake module and engine belt at 165,000 miles, replaced steering rack at 175,000 miles, added refrigerant gas to AC at 190,000 miles for the 1st time. As a preventive measure I also replace the small 12V battery every 3 years. The car is still running fine on the original high voltage battery. Everything thing else is original. I love it!
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Terrific car that just keeps purring along after 193,000 miles. It still drives and rides like when it was new - no exaggeration! Quieter than most conventional car inside the cabin, even at highway speeds (this 1st gen Prius is quieter and rides better that my wife's 2nd generation Prius). It's a great car for city driving (nimble with small turning circle). On the average I get about 42 mpg in city driving (with the AC on), about 55 mpg at a constant 55 mph, and about 44 mpg at a constant 70 mph.
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Low beam on headlights gives poor illumination. Thin floor carpet looks cheap.
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