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  1. Hi John My 2007 G2 is just a few miles short of 260,000 and like you, it is by far the best car I've ever had. They are used as taxis in a lot of cities so I imagine many do 300,000+ given the chance. Mine's had very little work done on it - a seized caliper, 2 broken coil springs the only necessary ones, and I had the radiator replaced when it became 25% clogged up with debris. The only time it let me down was when the 12v battery failed (after 11 years' use) which I was a bit cross about because I would have thought it was get checked as part of routine main dealer servicing, but they don't.
  2. My 12v battery died earlier this week, just like that! No warning, no tell-tale signs, I pushed the button on the key fob and nothing happened. Ok so it's 11 years and 227,000 miles old but I'm a teensy bit gutted old faithful let me down for the 1st time. Why aren't 12v battery checks part of the service schedules? The hybrid battery gets checked, and the key fob battery is routinely replaced, but nothing at all on the 12v battery! Anyway I got a like-for-like replacement from GSF, quite easy to remove and replace the dud one. In fact there might have been a clue, because for a few months now I've noticed that the red triangle warning light and buzzer briefly come on on starting up on occasions. I put it down to the car getting cranky in its old age. Anyway it hasn't done it since I replaced the battery. I understand there are checks that can be done on the 12v batteries, but these aren't routinely done. So mind how you go, if your 12v battery is a few years old, have it regularly tested! I think! By the way, I tried to see if this issue had come up before on the Prius forum, but apart from "manually" searching through 150 pages it doesn't seem there is a search facility in a particular forum.
  3. Just passed the 200,000 mile mark! The car is a 2007 one which I've had since 2010 when it had 18000 miles on the clock. Apart from routine maintenance in that time, the only things I've had replaced are the radiator (although they call this a condensor) which I asked the dealer to do as it was 25% clogged up with debris, and a foglight as the reflector deteriorated. In terms of bulbs I've replaced one headlight bulb (awful job!), a licence plate bulb and 2 sidelight bulbs. I'm on the 2nd set of brake discs and all 4 brake pads have 110,000 miles on them and lots of wear left in them. Dealer serviced, not cheap but they are very very good (Vantage Wakefield). Average MPG the last year 62.3, up to 68mpg summer, 58-60 winter. A lot of motorway miles in that. In the last 50,000 miles or so I now put in about a litre of oil between services. I generally get between 30,000 and 40,000 miles on the front tyres, and between 60 and 70,000 on the back ones. Gripes? Hardly any - the plasticky dashboard can be noisy sometimes, I have to apply copper grease to the front brake pad holders occasionally to get rid of disc squeal, and once I sprayed silicone lubricant on to the tie bar rubbers which were creaking a bit on uneven surfaces. Hopefully it will be good for many thousands of miles yet! However, there must be loads of Prius's out there with mega-mileages on them. In Leeds they are very popular as private hire cars, several of them have 57 and 58 reg plates.
  4. The lower section of my radiator is totally blocked with debris - where the airflow comes in through the low bumper grille. I tried cleaning it but it's a solid mass of flies etc, and all I succeeded in doing was breaking off loads of those fragile aluminium fins. Anyone else had this issue? I'll mention to Toyota on its next service but I'm anticipating total apathy!
  5. Awesome! That's a lot of miles on a 11 year old car - I wonder what does Bob does to rack up that figure!
  6. I get the same problem on my G2 every so often, it might last a few days or 2/3 weeks and nothing will fix it, then it seems to cure itself. It will be fine for a few weeks or months then do the same thing again. Seems to be no pattern to it, totally random.I would mention to my toyota dealer but I know from experience they are totally disinterested in minor issues like that, shame because they are excellent otherwise.
  7. I'm hoping mine keeps going - when I bought it 5 years ago it cost me a shade over £10,000 and it was less than 3 years old with 18000 miles on the clock. I've just had a look on Autotrader and to buy one now around 3 years old with low mileage would be nearer £18,000. That's a big hike in 5 years!
  8. I normally sit in the inside lane with the speedo indicating 65mph, but I know from having a separate satnav that the actual speed is around 60mph. I believe the slower you go on the motorways the better the mpg, this can be clearly seen when you're stuck in one of those interminable 50mph roadwork zones. You also do better sat behind something big to benefit from the drag, but obviously not too close! I use cruise control when the mway is quiet (rare these days) but I think I get more mpg than the cruise control does. I tend to speed up on the downhill gradients and slow down on the uphill. Prevailing wind seems to make a big difference, but there's not a lot you can do about that! Oh, and about every 4th tank I fill up with super-unleaded, and usually but not always the mpg is better, but not enough to justify the cost, i do it cos someone somewhere said it was a good idea!
  9. In a word, brilliant! But that doesn't mean perfect! I bought my 2007 Prius when it was 2 yrs and 9 mths old, it now has 138,000 miles on the clock. In that time it has had 2 repairs, a broken suspension spring and a replacement tail light bulb. The average mpg over that 5 years is 58.3, and that is 100% accurate, I always fill up and note the miles. The on-board mpg indicator can be very inaccurate, but overall on average is about 2 mpg optimistic. The mpg figure has improved each year, the last year being average 62.8. Whether that’s because the engine gets looser with mileage or because my driving technique is improving I don’t know. A significant chunk of my driving is on motorways as I use the car for work. I knew very little about Priuses when I bought it, I just wanted an automatic that gave a good mpg. I just don’t understand why everyone doesn’t have one! I note that in most cities, including my city (Leeds), Pruis taxis are very commonplace. Here’s to the next 5 years!
  10. My wife's January 2009 Aygo is rusting in several places along the bottom of the sills, and has been for 2 years or so, I've been over-painting the rust with Hammerite but it persists.
  11. Thanks for the replies, I think the upshot is that it's not worth it really, but for me it still goes against the grain to have the headlights on powered by batteries only! I have done a little experiment though which seems to support what you're all saying - with everything electrical on I can think of (except the fan heater of course) with the car sat still, the ICE never kicked in although I didn't leave it for so long, and I didn't see the battery charge display change either.
  12. Is it worth changing the front sidelight/parking bulbs for LED ones on my 2007 Prius? Existing ones are 5w, LED ones would be 0.5w and a lot brighter. What I am thinking is that I spend a fair bit of time stood in traffic in the dark with the 55w headlights on, draining the 12v battery and perhaps causing the engine to start up. You don't need a headlight beam to see where you're going in urban traffic, so all you need is a bright light so you can be seen, and LED sidelights would do that and not drain the battery. The theory sounds good - will it work in practice? Is it legal? Apologies if this has cropped up on the forum before, but without trawling through 120 pages of headers, I don't see how you can search the forums
  13. I suppose if you use the gunk to re-flate a punctured tyre you could leave off the Tyrepal valve cap until you get the tyre replaced. I've only once gone to my dealer with a puncture and they only offered to replace the tyre (screw was in tread) which is why I use the gunk aerosols. I took my spare wheel/tyre and the associated boot compartment out to give me loads more space in the boot, and I'm sure my MPG has improved since as well! I acknowledge it's a bit risky - if you get a bad puncture that the gunk can't fix then you'd have to call out the recovery guys and presumably borrow one of their spare wheel/tyres. I assume they would do that - hope Green Flag do cos that's the one I'm with!
  14. Pete B - Interested in the Tyrepal monitors - are they accurate, in other words have you checked what they tell you against a good pressure gauge? £135 not cheap but if they're good they're worth it! I've got 2 tyres now with punctures fixed (sort of!) by the Holts aerosol re-flators. They hold the pressure for a 2/3 weeks before dropping a bit so I tend to over-inflate to allow for it - 38psi on front and 35psi on rears (Gen 2). One over a year ago, the other earlier this year. Might not get the thumbs up from everyone but saved me a lot of dosh in recent years as I pick up nails/screws and stuff regularly - last year I had 3 punctured at the same time!
  15. So simple! Switched on the player, then half-inserted another CD in the slot, keeping hold of it. Pressed "eject" and hey presto the stuck CD appeared! Had to reach in with tweezers to help it out, then the other 2 popped out all by themselves. My feeling of elation didn't last long - I had the car up on ramps to check on rust underneath (bit sad I know but I dab on hammerite to any rusting bits of chassis! It gives me a cosy feeling inside!) and saw that a rear suspension spring was broken near the top. Dealer has quoted 295 quid (sorry, pound sign button doesn't work on the keyboard) to replace, advising me not to drive it in the meantime which is a bit rich considering they serviced it a week ago (including a free safety check sir!) and MOT'd it 3 months ago, and it has clearly been broken months if not years. No symptoms of anything wrong either. Anyway, it's booked in, Just doing the one side, thought they might say both rear springs would have to be replaced.