Toyota's Prius may save you money on fuel, but more than make up for it in repairs.
The Toyota Prius is the quintessential example of a green car. Advocates tout the fuel economy as the answer to driving green and preserving the environment, but there are many vocal dissenters, too. ConsumerAffairs.com published a report that documents the incredible costs of maintaining this eco-mobile.
One example of replacing the battery pack cost an owner $4,500, and it was required with less than 150,000 miles on the clock. Another Prius owner had to have a transmission replaced, to the tune of $7,000, just past 116,000 miles. Other examples of extremely high maintenance costs abound on the site. Used Prius buyers may be risking huge repair costs down the road, even on models with less than 150,000 miles. Does owning a diesel-powered car still sound so bad?