"When I first bought this 2004 Prius in 2008, I loved it. Then about a year later a headlight went out. The headlight itself cost $353, labor to replace it was$85-120, depending on which dealer I took it to. Of course, I opted for the the $85, and I was able to get Toyota to reimburse me the cost of the headlight. Now I'm worrying about the other headlight. It is doing the same thing that the first one did, right before it went out for good. What sense does it make to make an economical car with a headlight that costs this much. What's up with that, Toyota? Would I buy it again? Maybe, after I checked around to see what replacement costs were for parts on other makes and models!!"
"I have had my Prius for just over 2 years and 40k miles, and it has met or exceeded all of my expectations during that time. I am a conservative driver and my fuel economy has averaged 55 mpg, comparing the odometer to gas receipts. My passengers are often surprised by the spacious interior, and the hatchback design and folding rear seats allow for a tremendous volume of cargo to be carried. Nothing about the car appears to be cheaply built, and it has needed only the regularly scheduled maintenance so far. After purchasing my base model for $21k, I project that over its lifetime the true cost will be lower than that of much cheaper and smaller cars."