Jerry's Evolving Thoughts on "new-to-me" Prime Premium

Discussion in 'Prime Main Forum (2017-Current)' started by jerrymildred, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    10,164
    13,835
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    jerrymildred likes this.
  2. Salamander_King

    Salamander_King Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    6,068
    4,733
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    Yeah, I've seen that used part for sale on eBay. I am still wondering how hard or possible to remove the acrylic part without destroying it? If possible, I was thinking of taking it off and painting just the acrylic part and put it back on the grill. The black plastic part of the grill subassembly on my PRIME is OK. I just have a crack on the acrylic part.
    Screenshot 2020-01-11 at 10.20.02 PM.png
     
    jerrymildred and Raytheeagle like this.
  3. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    10,164
    13,835
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    I'd say make sure all parts are warm before attempting anything;).

    But can they be separated: yes

    Is your car with a crack in the glass jaw an issue: maybe

    If our Prime has a crack in the glass jaw (or when it does), will I poke the bear: Nope

    The Prime is a point A to Point B car to me. And it does that fantastically well:).

    I'll save the fate tempting for another task(y).
     
    jerrymildred and Salamander_King like this.
  4. Salamander_King

    Salamander_King Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    6,068
    4,733
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    Yeah, unless it is super easy and cheap to fix it I am not going to touch it. Replacing the entire grill parts (cost ~$350?) is way too much for my liking. The other only reason I might want to fix the crack on the front would be if I trade-in or sell the car early. Cosmetic on a car plays a big role in the selling price more than internal mechanical issues.
     
    Raytheeagle likes this.
  5. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    7,639
    9,364
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Yeah, that's my main concern in getting a new one. The job was actually entertaining to me, but I would be UPSET if I spent several hundred dollars and then something broke the new one a week later. :mad:

    It looked like it would come off and I considered trying it, but I didn't because the black part was right against the crack. I couldn't see a way to reinforce the repair.
     
    Salamander_King and Raytheeagle like this.
  6. Raytheeagle

    Raytheeagle Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    10,164
    13,835
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area, California
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Plus
    If your old Sienna is any gauge though, when the time comes to offload it, a crack in the acrylic will be a smaller concern;).

    We offloaded our 2010 when it had 200k miles on it. I can see a similar thing happening about 8 years for now with this Prime:).

    That is of course if Rivian gets their act together and the R1T is a reality:whistle:.

    Otherwise I'll keep piling on the miles and see how long the Prime lasts(y).
     
  7. Salamander_King

    Salamander_King Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2015
    6,068
    4,733
    0
    Location:
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2020 Prius Prime
    Model:
    LE
    Yeah, if I keep the PRIME for as long as I did Sienna (12 years), small crack and dent and rust are a non-issue. As I said, it matters if I trade-in or sell the car early. I was severely penalized on very minor scratches and other cosmetic issues on my last trade-in on my previous Gen3 to PRIME jump. My Gen3 was only 2.5 years old with 36K on it but the dealer knocked off $2K from the BB.:(
     
    jerrymildred and Raytheeagle like this.
  8. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    7,639
    9,364
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Mine's still young, too, and that was a factor in my deciding to mess with it. (I just turned over 40k miles yesterday.) But I do plan to keep this one for a long time unless a typical Florida driver intervenes.
     
    Raytheeagle likes this.
  9. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    7,639
    9,364
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Update on the driver's door "armrest" project. Not sure if I've mentioned it in this thread, but if Idid, it was a long time ago. So here's a short history.

    The armrest on the door is insanely low. It's nowhere near my elbow even when I'm not trying to hold the wheel with that hand. I made a felt covered platform and tried various ways to secure it without defacing the car. None seemed to work that well and the felt cloth was a little scratchy. So here's what I hope is the "permanent" arrangement.

    Inside is a stack of those shiny foam pads like what they pack computers in. Not spongy, but firm. On top of that is one of the very firm wrist rests like some people put in front of their keyboards, cut to length. And then, for padding, I used a couple Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleaning sponges cut to fit. They were just the right width, but it took 1-1/2 of them to cover from end to end.

    Then, with some coaching from my amazingly skilled wife (made her own WEDDING DRESS!!) I stitched some black cloth over it and secured it to the arm rest with some black elastic. It's not a work of art, but I think it should work long term. It's nice and stable, and feels way better than the felt cloth.

    IMG_1655.jpg IMG_1656.jpg
    IMG_1658.jpg
     
  10. jerrymildred

    jerrymildred Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2016
    7,639
    9,364
    0
    Location:
    Tampa, FL
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!!
    It's hard to believe that I bought this car a year ago today. It's still the best car I've ever owned. Still comfortable and rattle free -- except for when my wife doesn't get the seatbelt buckle quite right when she gets out. Then, next time I drive, I have to reach over and untwist it. And there was an occasional rattle in the dash that I was able to track down and stifle.

    The steering wheel and upholstery still look new. On the outside, it has some added character thanks to hitting a road runner at about 65 mph and cracking the grill. Those are pretty solid birds!! And there are a few minor dings and chips from rocks, flying pieces of exploding tire, and other airborne FOD. There's a bit of a rub mark on the back bumper that sprouted one day while my wife and I were in the grocery store. Not very prominent, but it's there. Otherwise, the car still looks great for one that's been on the road for 4 years and spent about 2-1/2 winters in the north with all the salt and ice chunks.

    So, now for the one year stats.
    • Miles: 19,138 as of when I got gas just before arriving home yesterday.
    • Total cost of gas and electricity: $619.77
    • Total fuel cost per mile including a 6,013 mile road trip: 3.24 cents/mile
    • Cost per mile of my last tank of gas including electricity (2,757 miles): 2.04 cents/mile (I spent almost twice as much on electricity as on gas. LOL! At $2.179/gallon, this was the cheapest gas since Feb. of last year.
    Fuels savings compared to a typical 28 mpg car over the first year are $1,124.32.

    Other operating costs, not including unnecessary do-dads: $911.59
    This includes:
    • new tires with alignment
    • 2 oil changes
    • replace ATF-WS
    • another 4-wheel alignment
    • brake fluid flush and replace
    The tires were obviously the big ouch. So, with those out of the way along with brakes and ATF, I should be set for a while.
     
  11. Prodigyplace

    Prodigyplace Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2016
    11,054
    10,682
    0
    Location:
    Central Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Congrats! For the record, that is 366 days. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
    jerrymildred likes this.
Loading...