A full-featured midsize family sedan that just so happens to be the most fuel-efficient and earth-friendly sedan on the market as well. The fact that it starts at just $20K makes the 2005 Toyota Prius all the more attractive.
by jadziasman on Mar 15, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Second owner. Extremely reliable.
Driven for 82K miles, Has 217K miles now.
Package 6 nearly all available options installed.
Except for three necessary repairs (HID headlight leveling sensor, HV inverter electric water pump, and gasoline engine water pump) no mechanical problems.
Uses a quart of oil every 3000 miles or less depending on average speed driven.
Traction battery still works.
Every light, switch, sensor, etc still function.
Original brakes and suspension.
Fuel tank capacity varies considerably with ambient temp.
Only holds about 8 gallons when temp is less than 20 deg F and holds about 11 gallons when temp is over
80 deg F.
Road noise an issue on concrete hwys.
by armory on Jan 13, 2013 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Bought used with 58k miles.
Car is extremely quiet.
Car gets around 48mpg after changing your driving habits.
You can fill up the gas tank for about $35.
Changing the oil is easy b/c the oil filter is attached at the very bottom of the engine and nothing is below it.
My hybrid battery died at 109k miles.
This is a $3500 repair at Toyota.
I would not have bought a Prius if I would have known the battery would not last longer.
I replaced the battery pack myself with a refurbished one from priusrebuilders.com for about $1000 and sold the car.
Money saved in gas was used to pay for repair.
A Prius sitting and not being driven is the number 1 reason for battery packs not lasting.
by 3angelsfly on Dec 17, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
We now have 145,000 miles on our Prius and it has no mechanical problems and drives as good as it did when I purchased it with 67k. Still getting 45 mpg, and I don't drive easy. Cannot find a better car out there for the money and cost of ownership. Have done basic maintenance--oil changes, spark plagues, air filter, trans fluid, and a new 12V battery, and tires.
Only thing that stopped working was the cd changer, but we use an ipod through the tape deck anyway. Still using original headlight bulbs, and brakes. Car handles well; very easy to drive, very good in snow and ice.
Unfortunately, the car does not have comfortable seats, and is not sporty or fun to drive for a young man.
by 72randy on Nov 30, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
This car had been perfect until a few weeks ago. With about 80,000 miles on it a warning light went on and we were told by a dealer it was due to the failure of part of the computer system to the tune of $2230. We've had six other Toyotas and have never had a major problem. With such low mileage, how can we continue to recommend this car to others? We're very angry being oldsters trying to navigate this economy with SSA and part time work. Disgusted.
by Joe on Oct 10, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Great car! Runs as well today as it did 1st day I bought it! The issue is maintenance costs, which are considerable IF you don't do your own maintenance! We've had no recalls, no repair under warranty, BUT the maintenance costs to-date approach $5000! That breaks down to about ($995/mo to be exact!) $3900 more than my 12 yr old pickup that I drive everyday! Ask to see the maintenance schedule & visit the repair shop and checkout the listed maintenance schedule prices! A REAL EYE OPENER! Oh, if I only knew then what I know now! OUCH!
by Drea on Sep 19, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
I bought his car at 5 years old with only 29,000 miles on it. I have been very happy with it in the 7 months I have owned it. True, it can be a little noisy but that has never bothered any of my conversations. I love driving a hybrid and how smooth and quiet it is on the battery. The gas is good, we get about 45 MPG. It is very roomy, my 6'6" brother can sit comfortably in the back seat while the people in the front have leg room too! The digital speedometer right in the drivers line of sight helps me keep my speed under control and I feel so safe in a car with side curtain airbags. Seats are fine, read some negative reviews about them but I have napped just fine on them. LOVE TOYOTA!