100,000 Mile Club

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by efusco, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. srellim234

    srellim234 Senior Member

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    It's much better if you can split the cost of the conditioning system with others in your area but I wouldn't go as far as saying you shouldn't buy one. Though the cost may seem high related to the value of the car when initially purchased, much of the money can be recouped by selling the used unit should you ever part with the car. There's also the prospect of others eventually joining you to share the cost later.

    The principles behind it are sound and recommended by battery experts who deal with rechargeable batteries in other industries. I know in my case it has strengthened my battery health, delaying what most likely would have happened already: battery failure. The jury is out on how long it will extend the battery life, whether that be one, two, five, even ten years or more, but I'm convinced it has prolonged it a year and a half so far. The price of replacement batteries has gone down in the last year and a half, making the repair cheaper, so there's that to consider against the cost of it too.

    In the meantime, the longer it goes, the more I continue to sock away each month in my "set aside for car repairs" account. . When the expensive brake actuator or battery eventually fails (hopefully not soon) I am now in a position where I can either fix the Prius I have or pay cash for a newer car.
     
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  2. JC91006

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    Yes you are correct, you have many valid points.
     
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  3. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

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    I bought our Prolong equipment then had other join later:).

    Works very well for us(y).
     
  4. Graeme1949

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    Fairly new to this forum, and this area is a recent discovery.

    I am the original owner of a 2004 Prius. It currently has over 195,000 miles and is still my daily driver.
    * Almost all service is done by Toyota dealers (but not the selling dealer after our buying experience.) Exceptions are noted later.
    * All scheduled maintenance has been done as close as practical to the 5,000 mile intervals.
    * The car still has the ORIGINAL traction (main) battery with no known issues.
    * The auxiliary 12 V battery has been replaced once.
    * Tires have been replaced twice.
    * The 195,000 mile service included the brakes. For the FIRST time. Front brake pads were replaced and the rotors were turned. The rear brakes merely needed adjustment. (I asked about this ... the dealer says that Toyota originally said the brakes would last "the life of the vehicle." Those of us with over 100,000 miles are redefining what "life of the vehicle" can be.
    * Personal maintenance ... not much, because not much was needed and because I have not maintained my own vehicles since the late 1980s. I did replace both tail light assemblies: one because the clear plastic was cracking & discoloring, and the other because the brake light (not separately replaceable) was intermittent. Easy and low cost. I also added side window deflectors.
    * The car has been in the (non-dealership) body shop twice. Once because the front bumper was mysteriously damaged in a parking lot, and most recently because I was rear-ended in traffic. (That sickening feeling when you are stopped in traffic, hear the screeching tires behind you, and you know that there is nothing you can do about it!)
    * Overall (long term) fuel mileage is in the mid-40s range. That includes all types of driving: local roads, highways, coastal plains, mountains, all kinds of weather found in the eastern USA, and different driving styles.

    I assume that later this year I will be posting an update in the 200,000 mile section.


    -Graeme-
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    Sent ?.
     
  5. ParadisePrius

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    Reached the 100,000 club last week.

    I bought it at 72,000 miles. Have not had to do much to the car, but here is a list

    - Changed 12v battery once
    - Changed all 4 tyres once

    And that is about it. Fuel economy is the same as always. Only engine oil and air filter serviced at normal intervals of 5k miles.

    Have never had any error lights of any sort.

    Rare?
     
  6. Graeme1949

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    Correction to my previous (# 864):

    I overstated the odometer reading. Everywhere I had 195,xxx should be 190,xxx. Not much of a difference, but I must be accurate.

    I am beginning to think that this long vehicle life must be close to "normal" with the Gen2 Prius. It is not unusual any more for me to see 2004 models in particular on the road around me. It helps that the 2004 appears to be unique in a couple of unique ways:
    * they do NOT have the "hybrid synergy" logo plate on the front fenders, and
    * as best as I can recall, every 2004 model I have seen is the same blue color as mine.

    It takes a while for some of us older folks to get used to the idea that now a vehicle does not always have to be replaced every 2 or 3 years. Previously the oldest vehicle we had was 10 when we traded it. And it reached that through a combination of careful care, regular maintenance, regular trips through a carwash, and aftermarket rustproofing treatments. (Thinking of that, it's been a long time since I've seen one of those rustproofing businesses. I guess they got driven out of business by we customers who don't need them any more.)



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  7. kenoarto

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    123456...miles ! 2005 bought rare dealer demo in January 2006. Front brakes and bearings at 110,000 miles. Original HV battery. Xcountry trips to Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. Never a breakdown...
     

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  8. jacobbrown740

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    Hi everyone,

    im at 177,000 miles
    Gen 2, 2008

    Converted from hid to halogen headlights for $180 (everything) at 150,000 miles since hid bulbs are so expensive

    Still getting 43 mpg driving 120 miles a day monday thru thursday

    Best gas saver ever, especially over my other vehicles crappy 10 mpg

    Just wish the steering wheel would go up more or seat go back more (Im 6' 5")

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  9. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    Actually, Graeme, the Millennium Silver is what I see the most out here in the West. I would have preferred the Seaside Pearl you have or the Salsa Red Pearl, but just about every Prius my local dealer was receiving in August 2004 was Millennium Silver. I later bought a Spice Red VW Jetta Wagon TDI that is an almost match to the Salsa Red.
     
  11. Graeme1949

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    OK, so I suppose it was just the East Coast that got all the blue ones. Th only times I've been to the west coast in the last 15 years is for business meeting or conventions, and I'm not really looking for Prius'es in those cases.

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  12. ewxlt66

    ewxlt66 Active Member

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    Dude. Go visit http://www.extendmyseat.com

    The absolute best money I've spent on my Prius. 6'6 here. IMG_4816.JPG
     
  13. SPEAKERNiGHT

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    I crossed my 2009 Prius into the 100,000 club about a couple of months ago going back up from a trip to New Orleans. Now since then I've driven so much more and sitting at a pretty 104000.
     
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    jacobbrown740 New Member

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    Im 6'5" im litterally touching the door and center console as i drive and dont have much room

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