I’ve had the Prius for 3 years as of Mar 31, 2010, and it’s been a great car for us. As the 3 year mark turned over, I was at just over 60,000 miles, which is a pretty heavy load. That level of driving really contributed to my positive experience since it means that I saved a lot of gas over most other cars.
As with most things in my career with SQL Server, I don’t see the idea of going with a hybrid as black or white. It’s not something that I think we should push as heavily as we are in this country. Personally I think the decision to buy a hybrid “depends” on many factors. I’m not pushing the hybrid, but I do think it works in some situations.
As far as my experiences. In 3 years, and 60k miles, I haven’t had any issues. If I don’t have any more in the next year, then I think I’ll have wasted a couple thousand $$ on an extended warranty at this rate.
In 3 years, I have
- changed the oil about every 5k miles with synthetic oil.
- replaced the tires
- rotated tires
- replaced seat belts (4 of 5) that my dog ate
Other than that, no issues. I had to jump start it once, but that’s it. No other repairs. It’s been a solid, reliable, Toyota-like car for me. Just no issues.
The bad things I’ve felt are the handling in the snow. It does not deal with slick surfaces well and the rtaction control is a POS for getting started in snow. I wish that thing would not enable until you hit 5 or 10 mph, but that’s about it.
The interior (cloth) has taken a beating with 3 kids and dogs, but otherwise everything works well and it’s the car that I tend to drive most of the time.
If you drive a lot, it’s worth looking at the Prius. But do so from a financial perspective. I’m not sold this is the best way to go for the environment (I vote for hydrogen and fuel cells w/ electric motors). However if you drive a lot, this can can potentially save some serious $$.