About Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric automobile manufactured by Toyota since 1997. The first Toyota Prius went on sale on 10 December 1997 as world's first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car. Though it is the first try, however, it received big success. As its debut, it has received Car of the Year Japan Award for two times and Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference Car of the Year award. Up to today, it has been produced through four generations.
The third generation Toyota Prius (XW30; 2009-2015) was first unveiled at the January 2009 North American International Auto Show. It only offered four trim levels: Prius Two, Prius Three, Prius Four and Prius Five in United States. As a 5-door liftback (4-door sedan was not available since 2003), Toyota Prius was powered by a 1.8 L 98 hp 2ZR-FXE inline 4-cylinder gasoline hybrid engine for models outside China. Then during September 2015, the fourth generation Toyota Prius (XW50; 2015-present) debuted in Las Vegas. It was not available in North American market until January 2016. Still as a 5-door liftback and gets power from the 1.8 L inline 4-cylinder gasoline hybrid engine.
Toyota Prius Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even though Toyota Prius belongs to the strong Prius family, it still could not withstand the wearing process led by nature. Some problems would come for it after it reached at a certain mileage:
First, excessive oil consumption. This problem really sucks especially in a world with high-priced fuel. According to Toyota Prius owners, this problem is closely related with the engine. Specific symptoms include poor gas mileage, decreased power and acceleration, rough idle, sometimes, the Prius would be in a no start condition. If the Check Engine Light on your Prius comes on, please check thoroughly the oil filter, air filter, spark plug and EGR valve gasket for precaution.
Second, premature braking and suspension system failure. Normally, brake pad set in braking system of Toyota Prius is vulnerable. If it goes wrong, signs such as noisy brakes, vibrating brake pedals as well as poorly responded brakes would remind you of replacing broken brake pad set. As for suspension system, if you hear excessive grinding noises or find your Prius bottoms out, you can try checking the strut housing and coil spring insulator.
But, if you want to keep your Toyota Prius at the best shape, then more need to be done. Seat belt is both important and fragile in a vehicle, you should remember to replace it every time after accident. Headlight, fog light bulb and headlight bulb are responsible for lighting road ahead and warning other drivers and pedestrians, especially at night and adverse weather conditions. Cabin air filter, however, plays an important part in venting fresh air into the compartment. These auto parts should be on your maintenance list as well.
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