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2001 Toyota Prius

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2001 Toyota Prius Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The fuel gauge may read incorrectly. Our technicians tell us there is a recalibration procedure which should be performed to correct this issue.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

A no start or loss of power issue may develop if debris falls into the mass air flow sensor when changing or inspecting the air filter. Care should be taken when changing of replacing the air filter in order to avoid this issue.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Starting difficulties may develop, mostly noted if the car has been parked for several days. Toyota has changed the 12v battery size specification to help correct this concern. Our technicians tell us the battery tray will need to be replaced to accommodate the larger battery

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The high voltage hybrid battery may develop corrosion of the electrical harness resulting in premature failure. Our technicians tell us the hybrid battery must be replaced to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

The hybrid transmission may fail prematurely. Our technicians recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30K miles in order to help prolong transmission life. There is a small square pan on the bottom of the transmission which should be removed to allow more fluid to drain. This service recommendation is over and above the Toyota recommendation to "check" the transmission fluid every 30k miles.

2001 Toyota Prius Recalls (Recent)

Engine, July 26, 2006

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DUE TO IMPROPER MOLDING OF THE RESIN BODY OF THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENOR INSTALLED ON THE ENGINE BLOCK, ENGINE OIL MAY PENETRATE THE SEAL AND ENTER THE SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR. THE WIRE HARNESS CONNECTOR MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY ATTACHED TO THE LOCKING TAB OF THE SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR.

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Suspension & Steering, June 1, 2011

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The steering linkage may loosen, resulting in reduced electric steering assistance when making a left turn. Loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the nuts securing the steering linkage to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin in early July 2011.

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Suspension & Steering, October 27, 2000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. INSUFFICIENT ELECTRICAL CONTACT CAN OCCUR IN THE TORQUE SENSOR THAT CONTROLS THE POWER ASSIST OPERATION OF THE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING GEAR BOX. THE TORQUE SENSOR COULD SEND IMPROPER ELECTRICAL SIGNALS.

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2001 Toyota Prius Questions and Answers

Elly_1, 2001 Toyota Prius, Olympia, WA

The car battery (like the ones in all cars) keeps running down. I only drive my car once a week for 20 miles r/t. I have replaced it once to the tune of $300+. I only have 38000 miles on my car...

Consumer King, 2001 Toyota Prius, Santa Clara, CA

My Car makes a noise when i make a right turn only.

sgs, 2001 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Carrollton, TX

I was quoted $850 for the 60,000 mile service from my Toyota dealer (with no other known services/replacements being in the quote - i.e. they haven't found anything else wrong). The RepairPal ...

Visitor, 2001 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Belmont, MA

After spending $2000 to replace the air conditioning compressor and condenser on my Prius, the A/C stopped working again. The dealer now says there is a leak in the refrigerant line and wants $675...

Visitor, 2001 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Colorado Springs, CO

looking to check my transmition flud.

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