Test drove the Prime, had an odd experience

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  1. Cosmo413

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    I'm looking at purchasing the Prime Premier. Currently have an '06 Prius, and the hybrid battery went boom, so it's time for a replacement. I test drove it, and at highway speeds (60-70 Mph), I felt like there was some sort of weird air pressure vibration in the car. Similar to my 06 when one window in the back is down, you get this pressure vibration at about 3 Hz or so when the air pressure isn't in equilibrium. But in this case, the windows were already up. Has anyone else ever had this experience?
     
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    Only when just the back windows are cracked. I found cracking the front windows too a little canceled it. You might consider another, different Prime test drive and if the same symptom occurs, crack the front windows, 1-2 inches, to see if it goes away.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    Yes - had the same thing happen in one of the Primes that I test drove. But not the one I purchased.
     
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    That would be unbearably annoying to have whenever driving on the highway.
     
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    kind of scary, wouldn't want to buy one sight unseen as many have here. no other reports of it though, iirc.
     
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    I do not have that problem so I have no direct experience to contribute. If someone within 150 miles of Huntsville AL has this problem, I’d be happy to do a house call.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    i wonder if one of the rear windows wasn't going up completely.
     
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    That is weird?
    Never had that happen to me.
    Did u try opening and closing the windows???

    Me to
     
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    I ended up taking 4 test drives, and detected this same effect in most of the vehicles, though to a lesser degree on all the other ones as well. But to be honest - this could just be me. No need to go into details, but I have some ear issues, and any type of pressure change, like increasing or decreasing altitude on a plane causes me discomfort. Sucks gettin' old doesn't it?

    That being said, unfortunately, this has caused me to not consider purchasing the Prius Prime. If I buy this car, it will be something I own for a minimum of 8 years, if not longer. I can't really consider purchasing a vehicle that I don't feel really good about from the get go.

    Many thanks to everyone who answered this thread.

    Actually, many thanks to everyone who ever helped me out on this forum, it's been greatly appreciated, whether it was my own question, or just information I learned by lurking!
     
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    Yep.
     
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    That’s correct.
     
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    Our car hasn't done that in 32k miles.
     
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    Did the car you test drove happen to have the factory cross bars installed? Mine came with it and they are exceptionally noisy without an additional wind deflector. Took them off and the car is now super quiet.
     
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