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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,840 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Jan 012009


  • 15,000 miles


When I bought my new Prius in 2007 I knew there was something strange. Everytime I went down this big hill near my house the car would shoot forward a bit and it would be hard to brake. I called my dealer and they told me it was an advanced safty feature. The more I drove the car the worse it got. I would avoid routes with hills in the rain. In 2009 when I had my 2nd child I decided to get rid of the car because the problem was getting worse. It was as if I was sliding on ice in the middle of the summer

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

May 302007


  • 300 miles
I've complained -- with no response or help -- to a Toyota dealer about 2 concerns I have with my 2007 Prius that I've always believed were manufacturer/design defects: 1) the brakes skip when I hit a pothole, especially the one I traverse every weekday turning into my worksite. 2) during hard acceleration early in a drive (the uphill left turn leaving my neighborhood), there is a hesitation for about a second or two -- like the engine is going to stall and die (it hasn't yet.) when I 'floor it" to move into a hole in traffic, I get full power for a couple of seconds, followed by no power for a second and then a return of power. It's as if I took my foot off the accelerator, only it hasn't moved. My fear is that some time the delay will cause me to get hit and that some time the engine will just die. I've noticed this from when the car was within the first month old (I took delivery 4/30/07). Stevinson Toyota (golden, co) said they hadn't heard of such complaints. When I took it in about a year ago, they said they couldn't reproduce the problems and did nothing.

- Wheat Ridge, CO, USA

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