Obsession,Everybody, just keep in mind that as the years go by EVERY car out there will have more and more technology. Even the "basic" cars have a million things that can still go wrong. Also, the 2004 Prius has extra glitches because it was the FIRST year of that particular generation. That's why I try to avoid a car until it's been out at least a year-it gives the manufacturer a chance to work out glitches. Obviously, you'll still see issues later, just not as many.
Toyotas are very reliable, they run forever. It doesn't mean all the electronics will work forever There are tons of older Toyotas out on the road with 250k+ miles, and trust me, almost all of them have something broken, i.e.: Power seat quit working, ABS quit working, radio display is out, etc. The majority of the time, it comes with age and usage.
Why should I trust you?
I couldn't disagree more with some of your comments, excuses, and partly accurate axioms..
This is a part that should NOT fail after 6.5 years, on a well maintained by my Toyota dealer vehicle.
$1,700, plus labor, for an oem replacement part is rediculous!
This stinks from the top...Especially considering the widespread (Google it) MFD issue and a 2005 TSB on three lines: Highlanders, Prius, and LandCruisers.
Toyota issues and notifies owners of recalls on inexpensive parts, and public relations snafus.
Not costly ones...Think about what a widespread recall on 1,000,000(?) MFD's would cost versus:
$3.00 Master brake reservoir rubber diaphram "MIGHT DEGRADE" over time IF non-Toyota brake fluid was used. The manual specifies any DOT 3 fluid may be used.
$.50 cent driver's side carpet retainer clips that "MIGHT" come loose.
I was told on some vehicles "MIGHT" have a faulty MFD unit.
Why no recall on cheaply made, high margin, MFD display that "MIGHT" render the car effectively useless, dangerous, in fact with no defroster, A/C, or control over almost every vital function other than start, stop, wipers, lights, and horn?
Do the math...
There are normal wear items, maintenance, preventive maintenance, and things that shouldn't break from normal use, on a then $38,000 vehicle, with a reputation for being bullet-proof.