Proud owner of a Prius since 2005. Love the tech package, wish it wasn't $4k on the S...
My daily ride has been a Prius I bought new in Jan 2008. I traded in my Acura TL because I had a 30 mile commute. The Prius saved me on gas money and time, because I was able to snag one of the special license plates that gives me carpool lane access.
I've found the Prius an incredibly utilitarian vehicle. No regrets with that purchase, but I'm looking forward to having even more utility in a jaw-dropping beautiful package when I trade in the Prius for my Model S
I have two, a 2001 that my wife drives and a 2004 that I drive. The cars have been great but the dealer service has ruined the Prius experience (When you have to bring your own measured amount of oil so that they don't overfill, it's just not enjoyable). I've only had one other car that's been up to Prius standards--albeit in a different way--the 1969 DS-21.
I drive a 2001 Prius classic. 178,000 miles 47.5mpg average mileage and still on my first set of brake pads. Hope to keep the S just as long, maybe get that 500 mile battery after the first 8 years.
I bought my wife a 2008 Prius - it's been great, and really reliable. However, she's now talking about driving my S to work whenever I'm out of town. Hmmm...
We have a 2007 Prius we bought new, and with which we have been very happy. We also bought a 2008 which we just sold in anticipation of the Signature arriving in a couple of months.
We also have an all electric RAV4 that is a one-off conversion - Lithium cells with a solid 100 mile range.
I feel as if driving the Prius and the RAV4 provided a little practice for the regenerative braking and the general philosophy of driving to conserve power.
We'll keep the Prius for cross country trips; otherwise the Signature will be our normal ride with the RAV4 as the back up.
Rolled my 2005 Prius w/ 185K miles last March. Second Prius is 2006 with 135K miles. Expecting Model S in December.
2006 Prius. Wonderfully reliable ride. 112K miles - I commute 80 miles/day. Looking forward to the Model S.
Had 2004 Prius for 7 years, now drive a 2010. Father had a 2007, sister has a 2008. Am Sig 695, but will keep the Prius as 3rd car.
I have a 2004 Prius with the geeky tech package 9. Almost no problems for over 80K miles; she will be [slightly] missed when the Model S takes her place.
2006 Prius - 109,000 Only service has been a headlight, 12v battery and tires. Excellent vehicle - Model S will be the new standard.
Sousaphil | June 9, 2012 new
I'm looking forward to having even more utility in a jaw-dropping beautiful package when I trade in the Prius for my Model S
Now, there's an interesting sub-question/topic! How many will be trading in a Prius for the 'S'??
I have a 2007 Prius with 43k miles on it that will be sold/traded when my beautiful S comes home.
My wife drives a 2009 Hybrid Escalade
I drive a 2006 Prius
P 5277 (but I have two days to decide if I want to upgrade to Signature Performance)
i have a 2006 Prius and will keep it. extraordinarily reliable and useful for >300 mile trips!
That's remarkable; I didn't think any Sigs (Perf or otherwise) were available except on the 'cancellation list'. Is that what you're referring to?
We had 2 2001 Prius, but gave them to my kids and father as I transitioned to EVs. My youngest daughter still has a 2007 Prius and my son a 2007 Camry Hybrid.
I'm on my second Prius. Before that, I had a few Corollas. I was shocked at how much more room the Prius had. The hatchback idea has been great for occasional trips to the nursery for mulch or plants, etc. Now with the S I'll have two trunks. That is just too cool. (Now, when I go to Costco with a friend, I can have one trunk and they can use the other!) With any of the cars I've owned, I've never had to worry about maintenance except for oil changes and the like.
In both Priuses (What is the plural of Prius?!)the doors have gotten pretty dinged from nearby cars opening against mine. Of course, one can put a dent in the door with the pressure of a thumb, I think; the metal is so thin. Does anyone know the thickness of the aluminum used in the S? I'm assuming it will be thicker than the metal used in the Prius. I certainly will be more careful as to where I park in relation to other cars, but I don't want to have to be overly cautious either.
- Now, there's an interesting sub-question/topic! How many will be trading in a Prius for the 'S'?
We'll trade the 2004 in and keep the 2001 (the 2001 has fewer miles and the interior material quality is actually better then the 2004's).
- Does anyone know the thickness of the aluminum used in the S? I'm assuming it will be thicker than the metal used in the Prius.
The only aluminium used in the Prius is in the rear hatch. Doors and hood are steel.
- I certainly will be more careful as to where I park in relation to other cars
The problem will the the difference in size rather than the material (aluminum being stiffer than steel). The Model S is 20 inches longer and 8 or 10 inches wider than the 2G Prius. That will make it very easy to be dinged in a parking lot. I'm thinking that if your concerned about it, the only thing you can do (other than park far away) is put on those rubber bumpers. With luck you will be able to get them colour matched so they won't look quite as bad.
With any of the cars I've owned, I've never had to worry about maintenance except for oil changes and the like.
So, now you won't have to worry about it at all! Life will be boring ...
In both Priuses (What is the plural of Prius?!)
Prii? Pria? Prioi? Only Toyoda knows for sure ...
Toyota has maintained that Prius is the plural of Prius. Note that the Japanese language has no plural form so that's entirely understandable. However, last year Toyota held a poll about what should be the plural of Prius and Prii was the winner by a large margin. So the traditionalists still use "Prius", the avant-garde use "Prii", and those who can't decide use "Prius cars".
Jerry3, you crack me up! It was just an off-the-cuff comment or my attempt at being funny. I didn't really expect an answer, but I do appreciate the official word. It does come up more than I would expect!
I've been following the Prius groups for about ten years now :-)
Our 2006 Prius is going to U Mich. or U Wisc with my daughter (she doesn't want to drive the wife's Lexus RX450). Love the keyless remote, but not thinking about buying the S tech package for that convenience.
I own a 2004 Prius, purchased brand new. I will keep it, great car and it will become my first line of defence when my kids try to "borrow" my Model S;)
My wife and I commute 52 miles round trip each day in a Prius 2010. Can't wait to do it in my Model S. Commute, get your mind out of the gutter :)
How do you do it while commuting? Doesn't it make you late for work?
We drive a 2011 Prius, my wife loves it we traded in a 2009 Mercedes S63 for it, crazy huh we wanted to get ready for the E.V. Experience
I'm an unintentional Prius owner. I totally my car right around Christmas of last year. It's part of the worst week of my life:
Monday 12/19 - I get a call from Bank of America informing me my identity has been stolen. They caught them before they stole $56,000 from my bank account, which would have prevented me from buying my Tesla!
Tuesday 12/20 - My girlfriend undergoes surgery for a ruptured appendix. It likely ruptured on Sunday, but took 2 days to show signs bad enough to warrant her going to the hospital (she's a trooper!). She goes into septic shock and is placed in the ICU.
Wednesday 12/21 - In my rush to get back to the hospital, I totalled my Mazda 3 on the highway. Rear-ended a guy. Totally my fault.
So, that week kind of sucked. I didn't get to go home for Christmas. My girlfriend is OK now, but was in the ICU for 5 days and in the hospital for 2 weeks.
Because of the holiday week, I didn't hear back from the insurance company and repair place for 2 and a half weeks before learning my car was declared totalled. Bought a used Prius as a replacement in mid-January. Got a great deal on a 2010 model with the rear camera and nav system. I consider it my stepping stone until I get my Tesla this year! I'm #1689 in line.
Also, I'm sure my insurance bill for this car is going to be NUTS :(
WOW timdorr, I'm sorry, that is a rough end of year! I bet you look forward to an uneventful 2012 aye? Best of luck with everything, really!