There is always a large discrepancy between EPA estimates and real life gas mileage. I have read several reports of complaints by Prius drivers who really expected to achieve the EPA-estimated 60+ mpg.firepa63 said:I'm curious about the negative ratings for the Fuel and Electrical systems for the 04 model year.
The chart I posted came off the CR web site. The web is more current than the magazine. I subscribe to both.Old n Bold said:Strange! I have the CR annual in front of me. It is the 2006 buying guide that was released this fall for use in 2006.
It does not list the 2005 model of the Prius as it was too early to rate any of the 2006 models.
This is off the top of my head, so the verbage might be slightly offpaul16451 said:
What the heck is a SSC?john1701a said:It's a pretty safe bet saying they rate vehicles as originally equipped.
So if a SSC improves the model afterward, it will *NOT* be reflected in the rating.
That's likely the case, especially for the 2004.
Even if fixed I think it should be reported, after all it was an issue. I would guess that 99% of all the problems reported on all the cars in CR were fixed; whether by warranty, or owner's pocket. Where we would get into a grey area, is whether you should report a problem "solved" by a TSB, if you never personally experienced that issue.DanMan32 said:I would agree, the poor rating of the electrical and fuel is probably related to the issues that have been addressed by TSBs and campaigns. However, most of the issues were found during the corresponding warranty period and fixed, so the 2004 should really fall under the same rating as 2005.
Yeah, but the same would be true for many cars/issues. As long as everyone is measured by the same yardstick, its fair. And so, next year, we sould expect the '04 models to do better in those areas.DanMan32 said:The point to the report is for someone considering buying a 2004 Prius to become aware that they might have problems with the electrical or the fuel system. By now, all 2004s should have the problems in these areas fixed, so a new purchaser of a used 2004 should not encounter problems there.