Great car until the hybrid battery pack failed at 109k
By armory on
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.
Gas mileage, interior room, interior quietness.
Increase longevity of hybrid battery pack, decrease price of parts, make car easier to work on for the DIYer instead of forcing use to take it to the dealership.
You can search and find where owners use a scan tool and hook it up and it can cause another code to appear and you have to take the car to Toyota to have the code reset. If you try to change the front brake pads and push the caliper piston down to install the new pads, it can set off a trouble code which you have to have Toyota reset for you.
You cannot get a lot of parts from your local parts stores for example: A/C compressor.
Car has over 14 computers and most of them are over $1000 if they need to be replaced.