Tag Archives: 2008
This 2004 Prius is another in my current stable of available transportation. Please overlook the fact that it now has a significant dent in the hood and substantial hail damage. My wife and I will both claim that neither of these are technically our fault. Despite the damage, it is still well-loved.
Background: 2004 was the first year of the second generation Prius. It was made from 2004 through 2010, although there was a minor refresh in 2006. The first generation started in 2001, but isn’t immediately recognizable as a Prius, looking more like the Echo than the 2nd and 3rd generation Prii.
My Experience: I purchased this car in 2007, amidst rising gas prices (approaching $3!!!) and for the price of $12k. It had 128k miles on it already, but was in otherwise excellent condition.
Exterior: Designed by SCIENCE!
History: Ford started offering the “King Ranch” package because trucks weren’t expensive enough. Wait… that’s not entirely true. OK, so maybe they decided that trucks needed four doors and they didn’t have a name for that. er, maybe it was because the original King Ranch in Texas got its start in the steam-powered shipping boat business, and trucks also move freight? OK, I don’t have any idea why they started the King Ranch line of pickups, but I’m pretty sure we can all agree – the world is a better place now.