Tag: Prius

22 Posts

Sep 19, 2014

Forget that SUV: Five Great Alternatives

Jim Motavalli

Wish the high-center-of-gravity, low MPG SUV would just… go away? It’s not going to. But, here are some much better options, in our opinion.

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Accuracy of Prius dashboard mileage
Apr 17, 2014

Counting Mileage: A Case of Prius Syndrome

Dear Car Talk

Today Tom and Ray counsel Pat through a case of "Prius Syndrome." Ever since getting his Prius, Pat has become obsessed with mileage but he's noticed that the dashboard reports that he's doing 3-4 mpg better than his old fashioned pencil and paper calculations indicate. Find out if he can trust his dashboard, right here.

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Dec 04, 2013

Buying a Used Prius? It Pays to Shop Around.

Jim Motavalli

Given the ironclad law of supply and demand, it pays to buy pre-owned hybrids and EVs in cities where they're not on everyone's shopping list.

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Tom Bodett drives a Prius
Oct 01, 2012

Driven to Extremes: Man Meets Prius

Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett spent a day with a Toyota Prius and it was not everything he dreamed it woud be. Find out why the guy who says, "It takes a real man to drive a minivan," felt totally emasculated by the cute little hybrid, right here.

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do i have to buy new prius tires from the dealer
May 17, 2012

Today: Cheap Sales Tactic for Prius Tires?

Dear Car Talk

George's Prius needs low-rolling-resistance tires, and his Toyota dealer insists buying the tires from anywhere else would compromise his gas mileage. Is his dealer full of you-know-what? Find out, and learn more than you ever wanted to know about these special tires.

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Can a Prius downshift
Mar 30, 2012

How To Downshift In a Prius

Dear Car Talk

Susan rented a Prius for vacation but never figured out how to shift into lower gear. And, the brakes didn't overheat, even when she took it down some steep, mountain roads. Can Tom and Ray explain why?

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Prius needs new battery
Nov 01, 2011

Today: Daphne's Prius Needs a New Battery

Dear Car Talk

I just got word that my Prius with miles needs a new hybrid battery. I got the car new and it's been well-maintained but the battery has not given us the 150,000 or 180,000 miles that we had hoped we could get.

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Prius braking ABS system
May 01, 2010

Is the interrupted braking sensation on Betsy's Prius really "normal"?

Dear Car Talk

Every time I am braking and go over a bump in our 2008 Prius (a frequent occurrence in hilly San Francisco), the anti-lock braking system kicks in. The problem is that when it does so, it feels like the brakes disengage...

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Jun 01, 2008

Today: A Prius guinea pig gets a raw deal.

Dear Car Talk

So, I was driving home in my beloved 2003 Toyota Prius on Friday. I turned right a few blocks from my house, and the wheel froze in the turned position ... I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a...

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is extended insurance for my car a good investment
Feb 01, 2005

Is an extended warranty worth it for a new-to-me used Toyota Prius?

Dear Car Talk

I have purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid with miles and the dealer is urging me to buy extended insurance that covers everything parts and labor to miles It costs and I wish I could determine whether that's a good investment...

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