Post here if your Prius works fine

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by macmaster05, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Butkus

    Butkus New Member

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    I have owned mine for 5 months and driven 2500 miles with absolutely no complaints or concerns, certainly no brake issues....
     
  2. lorraine

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    It is really not a problem because that is how the brakes are designed to work. The media should get over it!
     
  3. The Wild Rover

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    I've only got a little over 1000 miles on my car. So far I've never noticed anything wrong with the brakes or the way they perform. I'll get the update when it's offered, to be on the safe side. But I'm very happy with the car and do not feel afraid to drive it. So far, getting about 45+ mpgs in this cold and snowy midwest weather. Expect it to improve with the coming warmer weather.
     
  4. PasPrius

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    My first Prius was a 2001 for 100K miles.
    Wife's Prius was a 2005 for 25K miles.
    My second Prius was a 2007 for 35K miles.
    Traded 2005 & 2007 for a 2010.
    2010 has 3K miles in 6 months.
    No problems.

    I think the software programming for the brakes is a work of genius. You can actually feel it when you are braking on a slippery surface. The brakes are still working Mr. Wozniak et al!!! You are driving a hybrid electric vehicle with regen braking. It has one of the most advanced mass production, fly by wire electrical systems in it ever put on the road. The rest of the world is getting along with it pretty darn well.

    I love our Prius. My wife who can no longer drive loves our Prius. Our daughter loves her 2005. My sister loves her 2002. My BIL loves his 2004.

    Got the software update and 1st (6 month) service this morning. Could not be happier.

    PasPrius
     
  5. mitch672

    mitch672 Technology Geek

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    No problems here, as "officer bob brady" from SouthPark sais "Nothing to see here ya looky louis, move along" :)

    Mitch
     
  6. hockeydad

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    - While I've felt this braking phenomena twice, IMO, it's not an issue, and they work fine.

    - I have no other electrical/mechanical issues with the G3 after 7K miles.

    - I easily, and routinely, get (measured) more than 50mpg - even in the Winter. Yeah!

    - I love the solar roof option, and does help to keep the inside of the car cooler in direct
    sunlight of the Summer. Very unique feature.

    - I wish I could access the 12V battery from under the hood, and not in the rear.

    - I do wish the leather seats were better, and that some other materials in the car were
    upgraded...

    - It does annoy me that I can't get fog lamps with my trim level.

    - It does anger me that toyota has done a crappy job with handling this whole mess.

    - It does annoy me that Toyota (dealerships) can't seem to agree on the oil service
    interval - is it 5k or 10K? I've recently heard both. Are they incompetent, or is Toyota
    sending them mixed signals?
     
  7. Rokeby

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    I've been driving my '08 Touring for just over two years, 35k miles, 50 MPG overall.
    I love this subtlely strange little car.

    In my driving, I have in some small way experienced all of the alleged system
    "problems," except the floor mat stupidity. But never have I felt that the wheels were
    falling off. While my initial reaction was, "What the heck was that?" I considered it my
    responsibility to understand why and how the Prius is different than any other car I've
    ever driven. Herein lies the "subtle strangeness" of the Prius. For the most part , I have
    used Internet forums like this one to get the info I needed.

    There has been only one driving condition that I have felt the need to address; the Prius
    somewhat "soft" steering and a tendency to be affected by cross winds. Although it is
    generally conceded that the Touring Model is less susceptable to these issues, I have
    installed after-market rear body and front strut tower braces. In subsequent rapid lane
    changes occasioned by the carelessnes/stupidity of other drivers, the car's reaction has
    been swift, sure, and consistent. I experience little cross-wind induced lane drift.

    Initially, the Prius was marketed as a low pollution vehicle -- a Partial Zero Emissions
    Vehicle to be exact. The Prius does that all on its own. And unless you've done one of the
    false data hacks --e.g. fiddling the Inlet Air temperature -- it does it all the time in the
    background, thank you very much. The greater part of producing low emissions is burning
    less/little fuel. This high FE/MPG feature is surely the reason why most folks buy a Prius.

    You can get very good mileage almost without trying. With just some little effort you can
    go after the 'low hanging fruit" and do much better. One of the easiest strategies to adopt
    is Driving Without Brakes, DWB. The centerpiece of this method is to proactively adjust
    your following distance from the vehicle in front so that absent some boneheaded driver
    pulling a last minute lane change stunt you don't have to use the brakes very much.

    DWB requires a wholesale readjustment of how you drive. You have to actually pay
    attention to what's happening around you; traffic density, topography, upcoming traffic
    control signals, etc. You also have to be aware of how even small control inputs will
    change fuel consumption, especially the very small accelerator inputs that result in being
    propelled by the engine, by Motor/Generator1, rolling without any actual propulsion, and
    slowing using regeneration.

    Driving Without Brakes gives you the time and distance to actively anticipate what you are
    doing. It also creates the opportunity to be a better, safer driver. What's not to like?

    Any driver can use DWB as a first step in increasing their FE/MPGs. It just happens to
    work really well with the Prius' built-in energy saving/scavenging systems.

    I don't care what kind of irrational fear, uncertainty, and doubt the media is trying to stir
    up. I don't care why they and their hidden agendas/partners are doing it. I'm very happy
    with my Prius and I intend to keep it until there is an affordable EV that meets my
    needs....

    How soon will a mini-van version of the Ford BEV Transit Connect be on US showroom
    floors?

    N.B. I first posted this at CleanMPG.com.
     
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  8. fast48603

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    No problem with brakes or cruise control my 2010. Do have a rattle in the glove box area. Will mention when I get the recall for the brakes.
     
  9. PriWee

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    I've had my beautiful red prius for 4 months now and I'll never give it up. I've previously owned Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, Lincoln Mercury, Renault, Volkswagen. Not one of them can compare to this car. I haven't had a single problem. And the brakes..well, they work almost too well. With my other cars I basically had to stand on the brakes. I had to learn to soften my touch with the Prius. I'm a Toyota fan for life.
     
  10. J4mes

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    No issues with my prius so far at all! Except for a few flat tires and a couple of dings...are those covered under warranty? lol :)
     
  11. parnest

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    Had a 2006 Prius with 96k miles -- only *1* repair, the CD changer had to be swapped out. Got a 2010 IV 1 day before the brake issue officially surfaced, I love it, expect to get the software upgrade to the ABS, but have had no problems. I attempted to reproduce the problem on wet railroad tracks last week, but was not successful.
     
  12. mbarrows

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    We've had ours a little over 1 month and 1,000 miles; no big problems (and I wouldn't expect any yet). Had SSC-A0B done today but really think the brakes were fine.

    My only complaint are the rattles that have developed. One seems to be from the glove compartment area and the other from the center console area. They seem to be worse in cold weather. I've read from many others on here about rattles and their fixes and I will attempt to locate exactly where they are and address/fix them when the weather is better. I'll also mention these to the dealer when it goes in for the first maintenance.

    Our mileage isn't what it should be but my wife drives the car and doesn't drive for the best mileage. Also, it's been pretty cold and the ICE runs a lot more and makes the mileage worse. It will improve this spring (we had the same thing with the 2005 Prius).

    My wife took a direct hit from a rock that shot off from a passing truck and our windshield was chipped; we had it repaired (had the same repair done on our Thunderbird which has been fine for over 7 years); we are still sick about this with our brand new car.

    Love the features on the Level V ATP. All-in-all, a great car.
     
  13. A Prime Factor

    A Prime Factor Formerly "I want my PHEV"

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    My spaceship receives compliments on its color all the time.
     
  14. DeadPhish

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    It's officially 10K and Toyota said that the official written notices would go out in February, along with the free oil change coupons to the owners. Stores are never going to take the step on their own to tell a customer that he doesn't have to have his oil changed for a number of reasons unless they have something written in hand and on file.

    Doesn't affect us at all, everybody gets free oil changes for life anyway - except the for the upcharge for syn oil ( $18.00 ). On my 2005 with 142,000 miles I haven't spent a dime on oil or oil filters yet.
     
  15. robertp

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    I haven't been on here for a while.
    I got my 2010 Prius V with Nav on October 31, 2009.
    I am at 6000 miles and did not have a single problem with it at all.
    Just the regular maintanance; Oil change at 5000 miles and tire rotation.
    I am averaging about 42 mpg but that has to do with my driving style.

    My next car will for sure be a TOYOTA.
     
  16. mad-dog-one

    mad-dog-one Prius Enthusiast

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    Our 2010 Prius worked perfectly before and just as well after the brake AOB ECU reprogramming. As much as we tried, we were not able to create and never encountered the alleged brake issue. I cannot feel any difference in the brakes after getting the brake ECU reprogrammed, although my wife can and prefers the feel of the brakes now. Given that this is Valentines Day and because she is sometimes, ... usually, uh... I mean always right, I have deferred to her judgment
     
  17. macmaster05

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  18. G3priusV

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    Mine's been working just fine too. I drive everyday on very bumpy and uneven roads of road construction areas and almost getting to 10000 miles now and I have not seen or felt anything weird. I drive on PWR mode always and most of the time I drive it just like how I would drive a regular car without any much efforts of hypermiling and it still manages to get 55mpg in average during these cold winter days. It also feels a lot more stable and safe during strong wind or snow storm than driving in a SUV!
     
  19. NovaStu

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    I've had my V/ATP since June and have noticed the anomaly in the braking several times but passed it off as a "feature" of the way the brakes are designed to work. I didn't feel that it compromised my safety in the car. I'm still thrilled with my car.

    I'm saddened by watching all the "piling on" of people coming out of the woodwork to announce yet another perceived flaw in their cars. Today I've been reading about the alleged power steering "flaw" in the Camry. The most popular car ever built and there have been 100 or so complaints. Statistically, that's not even a blip! I think we're just watching the automotive equivalent of a mass hysterical hypochondria. I really feel sorry for Toyota. It's hard enough to deal with real problems but trying to tamp down perceived problems puts the company in a lose-lose situation. Hopefuly this hysteria will burn itself out soon.

    Stu
     
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  20. Sagitar

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    No problems. It has driven brilliantly in the snow (with Continental winter tyres fitted) and I am looking forward to going back to summer tyres at the end of March.

    I have been completely unable to get it to exhibit the braking symptoms described elsewhere.
     
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