A long overdue life update

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by hobbit, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. hobbit

    hobbit Senior Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    2004 Prius
    I haven't been on Priuschat in ages; I think I last posted in 2016.
    However, I *still* have that green(ish) 2004 of song and story and
    webpages, still going strong with its original pack that only got
    its straps reworked but still has all the original modules. With
    a little better insight into pack health with a newer OBD2 widget,
    I see that block 13 is worth keeping an eye on as most likely to start
    going weak on me -- which is odd since it's on one end, rather than
    the middle where most other battery problems seem to begin.

    The only outstanding issues are noncritical; the rocker panels are
    starting to rust through and will need some patch-up soon, and I
    frankly don't know what's holding the rear muffler in place anymore.
    New England road-salt, y'know -- the same thing that's ultimately
    killed all of my previous cars, too. It's not consuming oil, which
    is probably due to the very gentle life the engine has had -- now
    at 284K and hopefully heading for "odometer limbo land".

    Anyway, in the process of my holiday travels down south this year, I
    stopped in at Tampa Hybrids and had a pleasant bit of geeking with
    Todd and his crew. It's always awesome to see a yard full of Priuses
    in various states of intact-ness. While they do rebuild and sell a
    few complete cars, they mostly use the boneyard for pulling parts
    and often send the remaining hulks off to Steve at Autobeyours as
    he's more into the bodywork end of things. They spend a good amount
    of time on repair and maintenance for a customer base as well. It's
    totally like "Luscious East" in a way.

    In the meantime, I've also picked up a Hyundai Kona EV, which has
    already gone through a handful of hacks beginning about five minutes
    out from the dealership, and has its own web-tree by now. The rise
    of EVs is very interesting to watch and now be part of, but the
    infrastructure for rapid-charging that is *not* Tesla still has a long
    way to go before it's really ready to support roadtrips. So I take the
    Prius for the long haul. Maybe next year I'd be willing to charger-hop
    that trip, especially if the networks rectify their unfair billing
    practices, but it'll still take about 4/3 longer in time and cost.

    It was nice to find a couple of familiar names over on the "insideevs"
    forum, which among several seems to have the best technical content and
    I've already dropped my share of rants there. I'm not the only Prius owner
    that became intrigued by the Kona or the other Hyundai/Kia offerings.
    I'll admit to a bit of anti-Tesla bias just from a market and business-
    practice standpoint, even if they're technically on top of their game.
    I'll sit there and happily watch Youtubes from Tesla owners and Rich
    Benoit because it's all good learning material.

    Nice to see the community here still so vibrant! That's always been
    one of the best perks of Prius ownership. Oh, if anyone happens to
    know how to contact "USBSeawolf" out of band, could you plz poke him
    that I PMed him a question? I have no other means of contact. tnx..

    m.wynn, strawbrad, ydpplqbd and 6 others like this.
  2. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    May 11, 2005
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Plug-in Base
    wow, nice comeback!(y)
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  3. PriusCamper

    PriusCamper Senior Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    2007 Prius
    Wow... Thanks for the update! So amazing to think that famous write up of long ago of you buying your brand news Prius and heading straight for snowy conditions to study traction control has kept you loyal to that same car all these years!

    I wish everyone else realized that these cars don't have much problem going 300K miles or more if you keep an eye out for trouble and do basic maintenance promptly! We'd could solve alot of wastefulness in this world if people were more like you!
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  4. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Sunday driver DIY’r

    Oct 17, 2010
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    2010 Prius