"I purchased the 2007 Prius new in late 2007 with navigation system, bluetooth and leather interior. It was a smaller car than I was used to, but thought I would give it a try. I have been 110% happy with the cost to operate and maintenance, the roomy interior, comfy seats, and the cargo area exceeded my expectations The savings I have experienced over the time I have driven this car has basically paid for the car in my opinion. All of the components of this car still work well and are in good condition. This 2007 still has a lot left in it and I will keep driving it with pleasure."
Pros: "Economical, well equiped, good interior space"
Cons: "Expensive maintenance, noisy at speed, no EV mode"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"The car is excellent to drive overall, but it is awful to maintain. Luckily the car is mostly reliable, but if something fail, your wallet will not be forgiven. I'm not talking about replacing the engine or airbags, just the basic typical parts that have to be replaced from time to time like headlights or catalytic converter. To make matters worse many of these parts are not available in the aftermarket. It also has some latent problems for which the car was not recalled in time, like the headlights ballast and the speedometer."
"It's a nice car and good for the environment. One can save a significant amount of money (gas costs ~$6/ gal where I live).
An absolute huge problem is the starter battery. It's much smaller than a normal car battery and much, much weaker. If the Prius is not driven for ~two weeks, then the starter battery will be be 100% drained. In the winter, five days of sub-zero weather will render the Prius useless without a jump-start.
I've bought the car new in 2006 and it currently has about 27,000 miles on it. I live in the city and rarely use it. Therefore, I can in no way, shape or form recommend a Prius for anyone who will not be using it on a daily or semi-daily basis."
"Long story short: The power inverter fails and replacement cost is $10k USD quoted from dealership. If you are lucky they can replace the transistor kit inside the inverter for $4k USD. I got stuck with the latter.
I am a commuter and needed a gas efficient car. I purchased my Prius with about 60k miles and certified used from the dealership. I also bought the extended 120k mile bumper to bumper platinum warranty in case anything would go wrong with it.
All was fine in the first year of driving. I took the car in for regular oil changes and recommended services (replaced drive belt, etc.) I felt like all of the other happy Prius drivers in these reviews, laughing at all of the other gas guzzling drivers on the freeway. Then one morning I get the 'red triangle' (hybrid system failure) signal and the car is having trouble getting the gas engine to start/work properly. I limp it to the dealership within my warranty period and they reset the signal and everything seems fine.
For the next 1.5 years I drive the car conservatively and pass the 120k mile warranty period. Then at 122k miles I get the 'red triangle' signal again but this time my car will not even get into the 'Drive' position. I tow it to the dealership and they quote me $10k to replace the inverter. After further discussion they mention there is another route with replacing the internal transistors with a kit for $4k and we go this route.
All of my gas mileage savings vanished before my eyes in a single expensive repair. Consider it when purchasing a Prius / hybrid car. I am not sure if they have resolved this issue in the later generation models but I would stay clear of this one.
Aside from this trouble the car is smooth to drive. The interior seems roomy for the small size car. Materials are decent and I really liked the digital displays (for an '09 car it still feels relevant in 2016).
The car is slow to pick up, even with the electric motor assisting the gas engine. Get used to merging at a slow speed (but you still get around 10mpg while accelerating while other cars get 0mpg which is nice). A major con is that if the auxiliary battery runs out then you have a major problem because it is unlike a regular car that you can jump the battery and drive it to a mechanic. When the aux battery dies it cannot supply power to the hybrid system and the gas engine does not work without the hybrid system. In short, you have to get it towed when the battery runs out. I forgot to mention earlier it is expensive to replace the battery because it runs for $200USD and you pay to tow it there. And if you do not know why the Prius died then sometimes they charge an 'investigation' fee to tell you that the battery is dead."
Pros: "Great mileage; very reliable;easy maintenance"
Cons: "Dent near the rear passenger door"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought this car new, so I've been the only owner. It has a great gas mileage, fairly new tires. I would have kept it for a few more years, but I came across a very good opportunity I couldn't resist. There has been no major mechanical issues. I enjoyed driving it throughout the Western United States as it is extremely quiet and easy to drive. It's very inexpensive to maintain unlike a Mini or a BMW."