Prius longevity proven mile after mile. [fimg=LEFT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Prius-II_on_the_Gulf_of_Saint_Lawrence.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Jan 8, 2011 Jesse Rudavsky’s Massachusetts based 2005 Prius-II on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence An update… Just over a year ago, his 2005 Prius hit 200k miles. Today, it has breached the 252k mile mark with the same engine batteries and driveline. In doing so, his Prius has been the most reliable car he has ever owned. Over 252k miles and not even a brake job. No suspension work, no exhaust work. Nothing, zero, zilch, nada, rien!!!! Nothing but basic oil and air filter and tranny fluid changes. According to Jesse, the car still rides and drives like the day he purchased it in February of 08 with 84,354 miles and still easily hits the EPA under normal driving conditions. He has taken many road trips of course including a trip to South Dakota and Wyoming in the fall of 2008, Alabama last year plus several trips to Florida and Wisconsin. The car has also seen the top of Mount Mitchell in NC at 6,684 feet. He hopes to get back to Alaska as he did in 2005 with his gen one Prius sometime in the near future. Jesse’s only complaint is the gas tank bladder which from a blinking indicator to first click can only hold 8 gallons in winter temps. There is no indication of battery degradation and he fully expects to easily surpass the 349,531 miles he placed on his gen one Prius. That vehicle was purchased with approximately 84,000 miles so between his first and second gen Prius’, over 433,000 miles have been accumulated which is certainly noteworthy! Finally, he strongly recommends the technology. Other vehicle’s in Jesse’s immediate family fleet include his 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, his girlfriends 2008 Nissan Altima Hybrid and his father’s 2005 HCH with a CVT. A very well rounded hybrid fleet indeed!