Toyota Prius Models Are not Just Fuel Efficient, But Reliable and Economical To Repair
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The Once in a Lifetime Toyota Prius Maintenance You Will Ever Have To Do

Just how long can you expect your brakes to last on a Prius? Find out now when you can expect to have them serviced; or, how to do it yourself and save $500 or more with this easy to follow comprehensive guide on replacing the front brake pads and rotors on 2004-2009 Toyota Prius models that you will likely ever have to do just once during the lifetime of your Prius.

The Power & Magic of Owning a Prius

There’s no doubt about why Prius models over the years are a hot ticket item for used car shoppers. Look at any online listing on why you should own a Prius and “fuel efficiency” is almost always at the top of the list.

However, there's much more to it than that: reliability and ease of repair---both of which make the Prius a good economical choice if you are fortunate enough to find one for sale new or used in today’s current market.

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So, just how reliable is a Prius; and, how easy is it to do repairs on a Prius?

A good example on both counts is highlighted in two Toyota maintenance-related YouTube channel videos posted (the first, very recently) that illustrates the power of regenerative braking when it comes to brake life as shown in a 2004 Toyota Prius demonstrated by the Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel hosted by the ever-popular “Peter.”

The second video---although a little older---is relevant as a good demonstration of how easy it is to change the front brake pads and rotors of the same model of Prius discussed in the first video.

Related article: How to Inspect The Transmission Fluid on a Used Prius

That said, here are the two videos that you are encouraged to watch in their entirety and possibly even begin to become a Prius convert after watching and learning why Prius might be a better choice for your next car.

Toyota Prius Brakes After 196,000 Miles

2004-2009 Toyota Prius Replacing Front Brake Pads & Rotors

And finally…

For additional articles about good vehicle models that make excellent used car choices, be sure to check out these useful articles titled “Best Used Cars and SUVs for Less Than $5,000” and, “Consumer Reports Used Car Pick Finds From $40,000 to $7,000.”

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Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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I bought a 2001 new (had to order online) with 330,000 miles when I traded it in 10 years later because it quit maintaining highway speeds (I would have kept it but the dealer's computer would not talk to the car and they wanted me to pay thousands to replace components they were guessing were bad). I never did any brake maintenance on it and had plenty of lining material remaining. Once you learn how to maximize the regenerative braking (I used to apply then let up a little which actually made it brake harder) then the physical braking gets used only a small percentage of the time and only when the vehicle is already traveling slowly. So in my case, this "once in a lifetime" maintenance ended up being "never".
Wow! 330,000 miles and never replaced the brakes! I am impressed. Thanks for the input. Any readers out there who can top that one?
I inherited a 2006 Prius from my mother and passed it on to my nephew a couple of years ago. It's still going strong on original batteries at 270,000 miles. I did have to do brakes a couple of times as well as exhaust. The front wheel bearings both went at around 200,000 miles. And I broke off the rear plastic trim on the tailgate in super cold weather. But that's it. No major maintenance issues at all. I now recommend the Prius as an affordable and fuel efficient choice for almost all circumstances. If it had more clearance I would have probably bought a Prius AWD to replace the '06. Instead I bought a RAV4 Prime. I was willing to take the risk of buying this 1st gen vehicle because of my experience with the Prius.
Thank you for the testimony on just how great Prius can be for car owners---much appreciated. 270,000 miles on the original batteries is quite an accomplishment.
Yes. Prius was great, except when the brake booster fails and stealership want 2 k for actiator, you want the remodeled updated actuator flat topped cylinder than the original. The o rings that retain maintain brake pressure go bad. Brake barking. Also the inner gas diaphragm fails. So collapsed inside tank. I was limited to 3.6 gallons per fill up. A commuter prius
Thanks for the heads-up on the actuator replacement---much appreciated.