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Why You Should Not Buy A Toyota Prius

I do not want you to buy a Toyota Prius, and here are my reasons for it.

According to some popular YouTube guys, the Toyota Prius is the worst car you can buy. Well, are they right or not? I will tell you my opinion on why I think you should not buy one.

The Toyota Prius Is Terrible Because It Has Great Fuel Economy
I want people to spend hundreds of dollars at the pump... said no one ever. The Toyota Prius is one of the most popular vehicles because it keeps your hard-earned money in your pocket.

2008 Toyota Prius Fuel Economy

I hate it that my Prius gets 57 miles per gallon; it is so frustrating. Saving all that money makes me just want to get rid of it. The fact that Toyota could even conceive of a car that gets such good gas mileage is beyond me. Please do not buy a Prius so you can save on gas.

The Toyota Prius Is Unreliable
According to Scotty Kilmer, the Prius is a bad car because you cannot change the alternator due to high voltage. How dare Toyota design a vehicle that has fewer moving parts that could fail and have someone stranded. Terrible.

2010 Toyota Prius bad head gasket after repair

Prius is so unreliable that owners are reporting hundreds of thousands of miles without any significant issues. Even those crazy hybrid battery packs have become better over time and kept people on the road longer.

Toyota wanted to push customers away so badly that they made it 10 years 150,000 miles with their battery warranty. Tragic.

This article is satire if you did not catch on to that. It is refuting claims that the Prius is not a great car to own and operate. Prius is reliable and very economical. They are beautiful cars, and I can attest to that after owning 14 of them myself.

I hope this sparks a few laughs for my readers out there and helps curb those "Monday Blues." Have a great day, everyone, and I look forward to seeing you in the following article.

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There are legitimate reasons not to buy a used Prius. Any model may need a $2500 high voltage battery by 200k miles. Some years have expensive habits like head gasket fails, oil burning, brake by wire master cylinder fails, and or inverter issues. All run $2,000 and up to fix, some even require a replacement engine. 2010-2014 models are in this problem child category unless they are very low mile and, ideally the pistons, rings, master cylinder and or inverter were already changed earlier under powertrain warranty or special customer support programs.
"Any model may need a $2500 high voltage battery by 200k miles" 1. That battery only costs that much if you buy a new one. Refurbished batteries can be had for half or less. Considering it's already probably a 10+ year old car, why would you need a brand new battery? 2. Please tell me what car I can buy that isn't in danger of having a major component die by 200,000 miles? I'm out of date but my family went through a series of GM minivans that all had transmissions die between 120 and 140 thousand miles. 3. Look at the taxis around any city in America, odds are 50%+ of them are Toyota Prius. That should tell you all you need to know about a vehicle's longevity and economy
Yeah, I have owned 7 of them, my first one has 350k miles on it owner says, lol never a issue, I am a mechanic, I own a 2o17 my first new car in 40 years. Eco model gets 85 mpg nursing it around town, 54 mpg at 80. If you don't buy at prius...your loss! Why are there so many prius taxis in New York city.
I have 236,000 miles on my Prius and it was going strong right up to the point the cat was stolen two days ago and now I am waiting for insurance to figure it out. It is a 2007 and was still running strong, my point is that any part can last a long time or fail prematurely and even at 2500 for a battery might be a good deal depending on how many miles you have driven the car.
I have serviced my 2007 prius regularly and it's still going strong. I don't want to get use to a new car. I know what this one will do.
Hmmm interesting comments. I own a 2011 Prius I bought used in 2012 with 19k miles. It now has 192k and I haven’t had to do any of the things you mentioned. I had to replace my brakes at 160k but that’s been the most expensive thing I’ve had to replace outside of a set of tires. I’ve been very happy with my purchase.
Although, I'm glad to own a prius, I'm not sure they should exist because I've seen pretty convincing figures that at retail price they are less economical than the non-hybrids unless you are going to drive prodigously high miles. They also have a rather poor resale value since prius owners are generally the type that like buying new. However, the low resale value makes them great options for people like me who buy used. And in response to Rj, I've fixed my battery twice for only $45. This isn't for everyone but you can also get some mechanics to do that job for you for around $750.
These people clearly have no idea what they're talking about it is one of the most reliable cars out there. You can pick up a reconditioned battery for around $700 and will last you years and years. The alternator is also not hard to change you just have to make sure you disconnect the hybrid battery first.
In the car business on and off since 1975, Sales, Service, Leasing Chevy, Porsche, Audi, VW, Volvo, MB, etc Have owned dozens of cars, some for 22 years, some for 22 days, I don’t tolerate unreliable lemons like the brand new 1998 Ford Windstar Limited that left me stranded in the middle of an expressway because of a flimsy, plastic, ‘made in China’ fuel pump FAILURE at 7,500 miles. When the technician showed it to me I was astounded how cheaply made a vital part appeared. Bye Bye Windstar. Sold it to a retired rock star who liked the fancy chrome wheels of ‘The Limited’ model. No, I don’t hate Fords. Me and my 2 partners who operate a large, growing INDEPENDENT repair shop have JOB SECURITY for life as long as the heavily marketed Eco-Boost engines need turbos and timing chains replaced. We love those $5,000 to $8,000 engine repairs, thank you also to Chrysler ! What’s my point ? If 90% of our customers drove TOYOTA Priuses, we’d go out of business in 18 months. One of our whiz kid computer geek friends actually designed a program to determine when the business would fail if we only had the LEGENDARY Prius in our shop of highly compensated MASTER TECHNICIANS ($100K+).
I want to know why the writer of this article owned 14 of them, when that car has only been around for 20 years. What are you doing to them?? Have you been forced to switch insurance companies over the years? Anyway, I prefer the Corolla hybrid. Gets around the same gas mileage, it's every bit as reliable, but looks like a normal car. Some of us JUST want to save gas without virtue signaling and having our peers think we like to sniff our own farts (Southpark reference lol).
I have a 2010 prius with 200k miles on it runs great I love it
The Toyota Prius second generation is the most reliable durable car ever produced. The first one I bought brand-new lasted for over 300,000 miles and it had very few issues along the way. I paid $23,000 for that car I now have a 2005 which I paid $4,000 for with 250,000 miles still going strong. The person who is against Toyota Prius doesn't know about Toyota Prius and this article is biased and it's probably for political reasons but I am a Trump voter and a conservative Prius owner. I'm tired of these dummies with these stupid articles just ignorant.
Calls the article ignorant and biased, but doesn't realize it's satire even though it says it is, then brings up his political leanings for no reason I can discern. *giggle ~ snort ~ guffaw!* BWAHAHAHAHA!
Read brother lmao. Why do you call the author ignorant when you yourself didn't take the time to read past the first few sentences when he himself states that he was joking with the title to give us a good laugh!!!
I'm on my second Prius ~ this one is a PriusV and I love it! They truly are generators on wheels!
I got 450,000 out of my 2016 prius 4.
Kilmer has long the biggest joke in the actual automotive community for a very long time. You can't change out the alternator in a Prius because it doesn't have one. I've talked to you, Peter, about my first gen on several occasions over on Facebook. I don't own it anymore but that thing had over 300k miles on it and only needed 3 cells replaced to get back on the road. Now I'm back to daily driving my love, my lifted first gen Sportage. There's something wonderful about driving a car built for (and won from 1993-1997) the Baja 1000 on a public road.