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| || ||2001 Toyota Prius Review, Phil Valyou|
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| ||What things have gone wrong with the car?||1.No solution to tire edge wear problem.|
2.Newly surfaced battery corrosion issue of great concern and no solution offered.
3.Deteriorating ride and handling coupled with tire wear problem suggests a suspension design flaw.
4.Dealer service capability queationable.
5.Free service at 7500 mile interval for 37,500 mile. Now that I pay dealer suggests service every 3000 miles!
6. Car is noisey. Driving through water is still scarey. Outside noises even with windows closed are annoying.
| ||General comments?||My satisfaction with my Prius and ealer has steadily declined since taking delivery October 2001. Mileage has declined to 41 to 42 mpg from 46 to 48 mpg. Replaced tires every 16K miles because of exterme edge wear. Ride and hanling deteriorating ( my son confirmed ) and most recently batteries are being replaced becauseof "corrosion".|
The dealer has always been minimally communicative which I first thought was personality but now suspect was deliberate. Would not buy another as I don't think Toyota did a thorough engineering job - too much CADCAM, not enough personal engineeing. Should be purchased as a second car that is used for short local trips by a person who will not rely on the Prius for critical transportation needs. Lease from Toyota for a short term to minimize risk.