2004 Toyota Prius Consumer Reviews

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2004 Toyota Prius
4.7
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Best car we ever owned

by from Arizona on May 9, 2007

This is the best car we've owned so far.We especially like the mileage we get In the city, if I drive speed limits and do"t accellarate too fast wecan average between 44'47 mpg. ON the cross country t...
This is the best car we've owned so far.We especially like the mileage we get In the city, if I drive speed limits and do"t accellarate too fast wecan average between 44'47 mpg. ON the cross country trip to Florida and back traveling at 65 mph(ten miles below the legal speed limit of 75 mph in most states) we averaged 47.3 mpg. On thr return trip I stepped it up most of the time to 75 mph and the mileage dropped to 44.1 mpg. Not bad.
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2004 Prius

by from on October 27, 2008

We take 11,000 mile trips across the US each summer and enjoy the reliability and efficiency of the 50 mpg. The state of WI was a surprise as the car mileage jumped from 45-48 to 54-58 with every fill...
We take 11,000 mile trips across the US each summer and enjoy the reliability and efficiency of the 50 mpg. The state of WI was a surprise as the car mileage jumped from 45-48 to 54-58 with every fill up there. Once outside WI our mileage fell back to the mid 40's. The seat (pedal/wheel/seat location and lumbar support) need some attention for future models.
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The facts are in the numbers

by from Ohio on December 25, 2013

The Toyota prius is a mid size car that offers fuel economy in the 40-50 mpg range depending on driving style, terrain, temperature. Boasting an extremely reliable yet timid 1.5L chain driven engine, ...
The Toyota prius is a mid size car that offers fuel economy in the 40-50 mpg range depending on driving style, terrain, temperature. Boasting an extremely reliable yet timid 1.5L chain driven engine, the prius offers an economic advantage over its belt driven competition. In addition to reliability and fuel economy the prius is also extremely safe with 4 star ratings on both front and side tests. In addition to safety the prius is also rather heavy at over 3000lbs adding not only to its safety in the event of an accident but also to its handling and quality of ride. Previous to the prius we owned a vw tdi and realized that the 20-30 percent gain in mpg was lost to the 20-30 percent increase in cost of diesel over unleaded at the pump!! That said the tdi also required a $1400 timing belt change every 80k that almost always has to be performed by the dealer due to the tools and computer software involved. The prius on the other hand is chain driven and can go for up to 500k without a change. There is however the battery that seems to be the biggest weakness of the vehicle requiring replacement at roughly 250k. There are however shops that specialize in this and offer remanufactored batteries for as little as $895 plus a $200 instillation.
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Most Economical Vehicle I have owned

by from Marion County, Oregon on July 3, 2015

The Prius I own, a 2004, was purchased in 2005, and had 20,000 miles on it, and had been a returned lease vehicle. When my local Toyota dealership sold it to me, they treated the sale as if I were buy...
The Prius I own, a 2004, was purchased in 2005, and had 20,000 miles on it, and had been a returned lease vehicle. When my local Toyota dealership sold it to me, they treated the sale as if I were buying a brand new vehicle. I have had no repairs other than routine maintenance. I still own the Prius now in 2015. The Prius regularly gets between 45 and 52 miles per gallon based on weather and the use of air conditioning, and the terrain on a given trip. My highest milage number was 61 between Sacramento, California and Los Angeles California. The Prius currently has over 160,000 miles, and has yet to need brakes. While I am not crazy about the styling, and the car allows a fair amount of road noise, the economy and reliability are exceptional. In addition, the interior is large enough that it can seat 5, 4 in reasonable comfort, and with the rear seats down can accommodate nearly anything I have wanted to haul. We have loved this car, and when we are ready we will be passing it down to our daughter rather than selling it. It is nowhere near wearing out.
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420,000 and still going...

by from Barrie, ON on February 24, 2015

I purchased this vehicle, 8 years ago and it was a 3 year old car with 22,000km on it so the first owner did not drive much. As the second owner I have commuted over 160km to work every day and taken ...
I purchased this vehicle, 8 years ago and it was a 3 year old car with 22,000km on it so the first owner did not drive much. As the second owner I have commuted over 160km to work every day and taken it on road trips to Washington, DC and a number of other long distance trips. This vehicle has been exceptional in many ways. I have not had to make any changes in batteries. The only thing that has had to be repaired is the water pump that just went about six months ago and the expense to fix it was nominal. Not only would I recommend this car as an exceptional value in gas savings - I tank for half the price of a non-hybrid and go the same distance - the body has not rusted as it is made from fiberglass and looks pretty much as good as I did when I bought it. I have taught all five of my kids to drive in it and they all want it when I decide to buy a new car.
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Excellent Car! One of the best cars I've ever had.

by from Seattle, WA on May 15, 2010

I went from a Saab 9-3 convertible to this car. I couldn't have made a better choice. This is a Package #9 car that I bought used with 45K miles on it. It is a 6 year old car at this point, but looks ...
I went from a Saab 9-3 convertible to this car. I couldn't have made a better choice. This is a Package #9 car that I bought used with 45K miles on it. It is a 6 year old car at this point, but looks like a brand new car still. The HID headlights, JBL stereo, nav system, voice recognition, iPod interface, leather and every other feature trump or match what you would find on the typical luxury car. As far as the mileage, I have a short drive to work (3 miles) in hilly Seattle. If you have to sit in city traffic, it is a nice feeling having the engine shut off and not wasting gas. I am averaging about 42 mpg around town, but get about 50 mpg on trips. I love the fact that I don't fill it up very often and that it is loaded with so many frills for such a small amount of money spend. It is not a car for every purpose, but it does most things very well. I will buy another when it comes time for a new car.
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A Car That Set The Bar High

by from Valparaiso, IN on July 22, 2012

Back in 2003 when the naysayers were bashing the Prius with its Hybrid Sys I decided to buy after a lengthy test drive. 154,000 miles later I'm a very satified owner. With the miles has come many surp...
Back in 2003 when the naysayers were bashing the Prius with its Hybrid Sys I decided to buy after a lengthy test drive. 154,000 miles later I'm a very satified owner. With the miles has come many surprises. 46MPG average..no serious repairs (a water pump)...Smooth as silk transmittion...brakes that last foever...reliability unsurpassed. There seems to be one or two flaws that I'll address here. One is the "Waffeling" sound when windows are open (very annoying). The other is the headlite replacing takes a brain surgen to master. In 9 yrs 3 bulbs and skinned knuckles. Truly one of the finest, most well designed cars to developed in yrs.
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ALWAYS IN PRAISE OF THIS CAR

by from BROOKLYN,NY on January 31, 2010

I AM 56 YEARS OLD AND WAS FORTUNATE TO OWN OR DRIVE JUST ABOUT EVERY CAR EVER MADE FROM 1955 CHEVY TO 2008 PORSCHE,AND I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU THIS PRIUS IS THE REAL DEAL.COMFORT,HANDLING,FEATURES,STY...
I AM 56 YEARS OLD AND WAS FORTUNATE TO OWN OR DRIVE JUST ABOUT EVERY CAR EVER MADE FROM 1955 CHEVY TO 2008 PORSCHE,AND I CAN HONESTLY TELL YOU THIS PRIUS IS THE REAL DEAL.COMFORT,HANDLING,FEATURES,STYLE,NOT TO MENTION GREAT GAS MILEAGE AND A GREAT FEELING THAT YOU ARE DOING GOOD FOR THE WORLD.(NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF GLOBAL WARMING YOU ARE ON).GET AS MANY OPTIONS AS YOU CAN FOR THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE.
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This is a fantastic car!!

by from New England on July 9, 2009

I bought one used in 2006 and have not had one single problem. It is cool looking, good for the environment and very nice to drive. I gave a 4 for performance because, come on, it is not a BMW. Costs ...
I bought one used in 2006 and have not had one single problem. It is cool looking, good for the environment and very nice to drive. I gave a 4 for performance because, come on, it is not a BMW. Costs $25 to fill up the tank - cant beat that!!!
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Some surprises

by from West Virginia on May 26, 2013

You will not only enjoy the fuel savings you get from this car, but you will enjoy the Prius's comfort. Whether you are making a trip across town or across the country, you will be find that the ample...
You will not only enjoy the fuel savings you get from this car, but you will enjoy the Prius's comfort. Whether you are making a trip across town or across the country, you will be find that the ample legroom and the comfort seating matches or exceeds some luxury vehicles. Another surprise is the performance. This car has great pickup and you can easily pass and get around other cars on the road. The Bluetooth technology for handsfree phones and GPS were availeble many years before other models. If you like technology, you'll like this car. The negatives are the interior design. I don't care for the consol and cup holder design. I also don't care for the screen in the back that covers what you have in the hatchback. It's a poor design but for some reason they kept it. I've had this car for almost 10 years and it has the reliability of a Toyota. It has over 110,000 and no problems with the battery. I had almost 80,000 before I had to do anything to my bakes! Other maintainence has included replacing tires and headlights. I'm going to trade it in next year for another one. I love this car!
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