I used to visit this forum daily. I haven't been around in a few years and just dropped by to see about a headlight issue that turned out to be a bad relay. I poked around a little and quickly read some of the same fear filled myths that used to permeate this website when I was a regular. Please let me share my experiences based on 8 years of ownership and 182,000 miles. My wife also has a Prius. Hers has 7 years and 184,000 miles of faithful service. My sum total of repairs consist of a MFD that went out at 116,000 miles due to the infamous bad solder joint. Toyota fixed it for free though it was 80,000 miles out of warranty. I had to replace both front axles at a cost of 1400$ due to the abuse of high speeds on our country roads. I'm a bit more careful now. I have never done a single thing for my brakes and the fluid still looks new. I change the oil with 3 quarts of mobil1 every 12,000 to 14,000 miles. The car recently started to use a little oil. I know this because the oil light flickered on and when I checked, I had to add over 2 quarts to get it to the level that is shown when 3 quarts are used at an oil change. This indicates to me that over the hottest summer on record, I was running on less than a quart of oil without any apparent effect. It had been over 18,000 miles since the last oil change. Kudos to Toyota and Mobil1 for exceeding expectations. Finally for some bs priuschat myths. I have heard for years that you shouldn't add fuel after the pump clicks off because it will flood the charcoal canister and reduce your mileage. BS, my wife and I have done this for over 300 fillups each. We add 1 gallon after the pump shuts off and we both have long term fuel economy of well over 50 mpg. The other one is the dreaded, don't drive it if you run out of gas because you will ruin the battery. My wife has little to no experience with this but I've run out of gas numerous times and run the battery to empty on many occasions without the dreaded killing of the battery. Not a good idea but the battery management will not let it run down to zero regardless of what the gauge says. I'm thrilled with my car and am first in line for a plugin in my area. I got rid of an f150 8 years ago and since then my savings in fuel alone have completely paid for the purchase cost of the Prius. If you figure in maintenance that I haven't had to pay for I'm even further ahead. I use the Prius like a truck and regularly haul lumber, conduit, concrete, tools, cabinets, you name it. The car is amazing and if it died today I would feel I got a great deal out of it. I would run right down and buy another one but I hope it will last till the new one comes out. It still drives like new and has never needed an alignment. It has never pulled or had any bad tendencies. When I am forced to drive anything else, it is a disappointment.