That’s approximately how many miles one man has logged in his Prius taxi. Manfred Dvorak, a cab driver in Austria, tells the tale of his 621,000-mile (one-milion kilometer) Prius in a series of videos posted by Toyota Austria.
“The figure of one million kilometers itself speaks to its excellence,” Dvorak said of his Prius. “Even if the engine survives [in other cars], the other parts will break down. But this is not the case with this vehicle. It still continues to run well,
He paused for a second to try to recall if the Prius has ever broken down before stating, “Nope, by no means.”
In a second record, Dvorak talked in this area how much fun the high-mileage Prius is to drive, with the car still maintaining its skill to quickly accelerate and handle the mountain curves with ease.
“The acceleration is very excellent,” clarified Dvorak. “I’m sure the drivers I have overtaken feel the same way.”
Of course, these are promotional videos made and released by Toyota. It doesn’t grow that Dvorak has given an interview to any other news source (at least within the U.S.), so it’s hard to verify his tale.
But his claims of 621,000 miles
Taxis in general see far more wear and tear than most other cars on the road. In the U.S., the average taxi logs 70,000 miles each year (according to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission). Compare that to the 13,000 miles most household vehicles travel annually. These aren’t simple miles, either, with taxicabs spending a significant part of time navigating stop-and-go traffic, which wears heavily on a vehicle’s powertrain.
Even looking beyond the realm of service vehicles, it still doesn’t grow that Dvorak’s taxi is a singular exception of a long-in succession Prius battery pack.
In the San Jose Mercury News, Gary Richards listed more than half a dozen examples of Prius owners
“The only problem that I had regarding the battery was a cooling issue that occurred due to dog hair sucked into and bottleneck the battery cooling fan located below the rear seat,” remarked the 530,000-mile Prius owner. “Toyota did not design an air filter for this rear seat vent. It is probably the only design flaw I would mention in this area the car.”
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“We hooked up a 2002 Toyota Prius with nearly 208,000 miles on the clock to our testing instruments and compared the results to the nearly identical 2001 Prius we tested 10 years ago,” said Consumer Reports editors in 2011.
“We found very modest variation in performance when we tested fuel economy and acceleration,” they concluded. “Our testers were also amazed how much the car drove like the new one we tested 10 years ago. We were also surprised to learn that the engine, transmission, and even shocks were all original.”
“So is an ancient Prius a still a excellent value?” questioned the editors. “We
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