3 Reasons To Forget Scotty Kilmer And Get A Toyota Prius
Let me first start by saying that I think Scotty Kilmer has some valid points and, for the most part, is pretty darn reputable. He is an expert in the industry, and I respect that about him.
However, a car guy like him should be able to see the Toyota Prius is one of the most solid built cars on the planet, and instead of deterring people away from them, get the people interested. If you have fallen for his tactics, here are three reasons why you should get a Prius.
Reason 1: Solid Reliability
The Toyota Prius had to be a well-engineered car. It had to survive in a "gas" only world. Prius needed to prove that a hybrid car could be both affordable and reliable over time. Toyota did not mess around with building the Prius with a firm foundation.
There are plenty of Toyota Prius' out there that have hundreds of thousands worth of miles logged on the odometers and still going strong. Taxi fleets, Uber, and Lyft drivers all use them as well. Oh, and aren't their millions of these cars all over the world proving to us every day how solid they are? Day in and day out mile after mile, Prius has continually proven to be a car that is trustworthy and reliable.
Reason 2: Easy And Common Repairs
It is a sad day when your Prius does have an issue (albeit few and far between); however, there is some good news. Prius is so well manufactured that any issue that does arise, aside from recalls, usually has a solution to resolve the problem.
Ever heard of a Prius getting a P0A80 code? Oh wait, that is a "change the traction battery code." It happens, and they all do it at some point. Ever known a Prius to set a P0A93? Change your electric water pump.
The thing with these codes that many, and even Scotty do not understand is this. Also, there are a plethora of testing procedures on how to confirm why the trouble code set, which can be very intimidating. However, there usually have been so many cars that have had the issue, that it is not hard to find the solution.
There are common repairs on these cars, yes, but just because they happen does not mean that Prius is a bad car. All cars break; if they did not, Scotty Kilmer would not have a job. Prius happens to break consistently, so it is easier to find, fix, and keep driving.
Reason 3: Scotty Could Be Intimidated By The Technology
As I stated before, Scotty is a darn good back yard mechanic that has built a great following of DIYer's. He has some very sound advice, and for the most part, he can get the job done. However, I think that he grew up in a very different time where cars were not nearly advanced as they are today.
A Toyota Prius is a complicated machine. It has a slew of onboard computers, a complex hybrid system, and enough high voltage to slay a horse (though I do not recommend doing that). These cars are not like a 1993 Toyota Camry. They carry a different aura about them, and if you are do not understand the risks, they can be intimidating to repair.
For instance, his warning about there being no alternator and having to change out the whole transmission is a pretty far fetched idea. The Prius transaxle is pretty bulletproof with minimal maintenance. It is this kind of nonsense that has me asking if what he motives are for even reviewing the Prius in the first place.
I get it; I did not want to work on them either because I used to be scared as well. The point is I had to learn how hybrid cars worked, once I did my fear left me, and I became a new person. I think that Scotty needs to do that too and let himself grow a little more, growth is not always easy but it is worth it. I learn a lot from his videos when applied. The value of a good Prius is undoubtedly a better choice over many other used vehicles on the road.
Look, no mechanic, technician, or YouTube expert is ever 100% right. We all have our preferences on what we like to drive and why. Scotty is also entitled to do whatever he wants and give his professional opinion on what he thinks about the Prius; there is no harm in that. I do think that it would do him a world of good to learn more about hybrids. He also does say if you are going to buy one buy a Prius.
How about this, Scotty if you end up reading this article, I will offer my professional insight and experience to you about hybrids and specifically Prius at no charge. Heck man, I would even be happy to do a video with you that explains the cars better so more people can enjoy your help like many already do.
I think you are a great guy with loads of automotive expertise and years of significant, valid experience. When it comes down to it, Prius is a fantastic machine, millions of people know and love the car, just like they love you. Let me know when you are ready, and I will be here.
For the rest of you, get that Prius you have been wanting and drive. They are fantastic cars and very affordable too. Thank you for reading, and I will see you in my next story, 3 Things The Toyota Prius Needs That Tesla Has.
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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter is also an Instructor of Automotive Technology at Columbia Basin College. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporters.