2005 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Fun Drive-To The Poorhouse

2005 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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

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Fun Drive-To The Poorhouse
By Joe on


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!

Best Features

The vehicle can do ANYTHING at a price!

Worst Features

Just the maintenance; it's too expensive!
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By azwinnetka
on 03/22/12 23:15 PM (PDT)

Maintenance cost on my 2004 Prius is $173/10K miles, including tires, 12V battery, oil change, air filter and spark plugs... At 157K miles, I still have original Hybrid battery, struts. I don't know what you are talking about.

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By 3angelsfly
on 12/17/11 17:27 PM (PST)

How can this be true? Maintenance costs on my Prius that now has 145k miles has been next to nothing. Must be a bad dealership taking you for a ride.

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