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I currently own a 2003 Prius with less that 4,000 miles on it. I am considering selling it and using the money plus a little extra for a 2004 Prius. What do you guys think about this?

What are the differences and similarities of the 2003 and 2004 models?

Furthermore, would there be any reason to hold of for the 2005 model?

Thank you very much.
-Aaron
 

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Electro-Pri said:
I currently own a 2003 Prius with less that 4,000 miles on it. I am considering selling it and using the money plus a little extra for a 2004 Prius. What do you guys think about this?

What are the differences and similarities of the 2003 and 2004 models?

Furthermore, would there be any reason to hold of for the 2005 model?

Thank you very much.
-Aaron
I think, in your situation, I'd hold out. Coupla reasons....1)Resale won't change much b/w now and a year or so from now on your '03; 2)You probably would have a hard time getting an '04 this year anyway; 3)Let 'em work the kinks out of the new model and see what additions, if any, come out on the '05.

Down side, price may jump by then. The other thing is that you may be satisfied with the '03 and not want the financial hit of the newer toy.
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Electro-Pri said:
I currently own a 2003 Prius with less that 4,000 miles on it. I am considering selling it and using the money plus a little extra for a 2004 Prius. What do you guys think about this?

What are the differences and similarities of the 2003 and 2004 models?

Furthermore, would there be any reason to hold of for the 2005 model?

Thank you very much.
-Aaron
I like my 04 but am not ready to get rid of my 03! I just like the feel of the classic and like the way it drives. If I had to make a choice, I would have to go with the 04 because of the room and power difference.

 

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I enjoy driving both the 03 and the 04, although my wife mainly drives the 04. Unless you know you can make money on the 03, I'd hold off on selling. I would think you'd take a beating financially. The 04 is really quite an upgrade as far as comfort and power, but so far I'm getting much better MPG with the 03. Dr. Fusco makes a good point on the MSRP for the 05's, rumor has it Toyota's is going to up the price.

good luck

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Let me go into more details as the thinking behind this possible swap.

I am 14 and a half, and will be driving in a year. I am 5'11" and about 120 lbs. My dad is 6' and weighs quite a bit more than I do. A BIG part of our wanting the 2004 is the fact that it is bigger! As fuel mileage goes, the more the better, and we would rather have more leg room than better mileage.

I realize that there will definitely be some money lost between selling the '03 and getting an '04. I think we would be fine with an '04, but it might be a problem due to the demand of them. Also, the possible increase in cost of the '05 is not appealing. :?

So now what do you guys think? Do you still advise against it, and recommend keeping our existing '03? Oh, and what about the possiblity of buying a used, but excellent condition '04? Is that possible to do even? I mean who would ever want to sell a Prius in the first place. :mrgreen:

P.S. I joined up a few days ago on this forum and am amazed by the wealth of information you guys provide us newbies. Thanks for the help. Your opinion is valued and appreciated greatly!
 

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although the specs claim more head/legroom
in the 2004, taller people seem to
fit better in the classic Prius as
compared to the 2004, particularly in
the back seat area. I suggest that
you get a test sit in both vehicles.

The turning radius is tighter in the
classic Prius.

The classic Prius has a secured
trunk. Not only is it good to keep
valuables away from curious eyes, but
you don't have to worry about valets
getting at your stuff. Personally,
I prefer the safety of a trunk, which
keeps your cargo from becoming a
flying projectile in a hard stop or
accident condition.

The 2004 appears to get lower MPG than
my classic Prius in winter, but on a
nice day the 2004 seems much better.

The 2004 has the annoying habit of
resetting the MPG counter at gas fillups.
The same counter on my 2001 was only
reset once since I've owned it (darn
service tech <grumble>), so it's
mostly a lifetime MPG counter.

Emissions are fewer on the 2004
Prius, with a longer emissions
warranty in the state I'm in (MA
follows the CA emissions standards).

The classic Prius comes with the
first 5 scheduled services free from
Toyota. The 2004 does not (although
some people have convinced their
dealer that the classic Prius' program
didn't list a stop date so they're
getting the program on their 2004s).

The 2004 Prius gives a slightly
quieter/smoother ride than the
classic Prius, not that the classic
Prius was noisy or rough...

2004 Prius are hard to come by, with
several month waits right now, so I
wouldn't sell the 2003 until you
definately have a 2004 replacement.
(No word yet on the 2005 Prius, just
rumors, but I'd expect the price to
go up to match demand...) The
classic Prius has a rather depressed
resale value right now, as several
classic Prius owners "traded up" to
the 2004 Prius.
 
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