About Toyota Prius C
Toyota Prius C is a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback manufactured by Toyota since December 2011. It was called as Toyota Aqua in Japan. The first Toyota Prius C was introduced in Japan in 2011 but in United States in 2012. It belongs to the famous Toyota's Prius family as one of the most lucrative models in Toyota.
The Toyota Prius C was unveiled at the January 2011 North American International Auto Show as a concept car and the production version Toyota Prius C was introduced at the January 2012 North American International Auto Show in U.S. It went on sale in the U.S. and Canada in March 2012, starting its North American journey. There are four trim levels available in United States: Prius C One, Prius C Two, Prius C Three and Prius C Four. After three days in the American market, Prius C become one of Toyota's fastest-selling vehicles. A facelifted version Prius C was released at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. As a hybrid vehicle, Prius C gets power from either the Hybrid Synergy Drive or 1.5 L DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine mated to continuously variable transmission.
Toyota Prius C Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Even Toyota Prius C is made based on the latest and advanced Toyota's technology, however, some auto parts in it are still made of steel. They could wear out as accumulation of mileage. And here are the results when they wear out:
First, engine problems. Actually, this is also the most frequent encountered problem in most cars. While in Toyota Prius C, drivers described that engine performance would suffer as a decrease in gas mileage and fuel economy. Vehicle would be stuck in rough idle, dirt, grime and carbon deposits would be on the inside of the housing, engine overheating and Check Engine Light coming on would also happen. If your Toyota Prius C also gives out metallic sounds, you should check the air filter, intake manifold gasket, throttle body gasket, oil filter and EGR valve gasket.
Second, electrical issues. I believe it is not a rare problem on Toyota Prius C as it is a hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle itself. In general, cruise control switch is easily broken in Toyota Prius C. Signs show as the cruise control is in use but the light does not illuminate or the vehicle cannot maintain a set speed. Another easy-to-wear electrical auto part in Prius C is door lock.
However, keeping every auto part in Toyota Prius C in right order is the right way to increase its lifespan. Headlight used much at night or adverse weathers, should get replaced if it shines dimly or flickeringly. Wiper blade and its key part wiper arm are designed to clean off debris on the windshield to provide clear and bright driving visions for drivers, they need also should get replacements if work not properly.
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