2003 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: A little bit disappointed

2003 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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A little bit disappointed
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2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


We were so excited to own this car. It is our first new car and I share it with my wife. We drive it more then average drivers ~18-19000 per year. We average 40 miles per gallon and that is when we do not use the air conditioning. We have asked our Toyota dealership about it and they have not been able to answer except by saying it must be because we always accelerate too fast, which is untrue. We also recently had to replace the "transmission knob sensor" at a cost of $750 and it was no longer under warranty. we have also had some other quality problems with the car. It also goes through tires faster then other cars.

Best Features

It is awesome that it shuts off when you come to a stop. All cars should have this feature. We also like the insturment cluster. They are also holding thier resale value which is good for us as we are planning to sell ours sometime soon and get the new version.

Worst Features

Again there are some quality issues. Also we have found that the Toyota service people are not especially knowledgeable about the nuances of the Prius and it would be nice if they were more informed as you can not bring the cars to other mechanics.
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