I am not sure that anyone has taken possession of one yet. Except for the back windshield wiper being standard (which it SHOULD have been, Lord only knows, in the 2004) in the 2005, I am not sure there are too many differences..... When someone finally gets a 2005, we will know for certain! Happy Prius driving!smtrader said:How are the 05 different from the 04 Prius??
I've read somewhere they've scaled back the 50% increase figure to something like 44%. (And I'll consider this rumor unless it is cited and substantiated.)Tharkun said:Is this 50% increase in production an addition increase or just the one that I already read about?
Heh. Being that the #9 Prius costs more than a decked-out Mini Cooper, I came real close to ordering a Mini. But I realized I should do my part to help reduce US fuel consumption. (And I really couldn't resist the Prius gadgets anyhow. )jenmarsh said:Everytime I get to ride in my boyfriend's new MINI Cooper, I crave a new car even more. It's just not fair I have to go back to my '95 Tercel. hehe
Are you sure that's an increase for 2005, and not the increase that Toyota has given for the 2004 in some states?Jeffo said:Actually...there are some differences. Perhaps most significant is an increase in the battery warranty to 150,000 miles or 10 years. (You also get a quick reference card, which my salesman said the 2004s didn't have.)
Daniel, I'm not a mechanical engineer, and have not researched the topic, but I can imagine that the transmission in a hybrid car like the Prius would be a lot simpler with far fewer moving parts compared to the conventional manual or automatic gearbox.Daniel said:... but it's also uninaginably more reliable than a conventional transmission.
No clutch, no torque converter. Just the "Power Split Device". See Graham's web site ("understanding your Prius") for great explanations about this. Although Graham's Prius is the "old" one, it applies to the new as well.Do you know if the Prius has a "clutch"? direct-drive without a clutch would make it even simpler still.