2002 Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2002 Toyota Prius

2002 Toyota Prius Problems

The Center Multi-Function Display May Fail

The center multi-function display may failure. This is commonly caused by poorly soldered internal connection. Our technicians tell us that these display panels can be successfully repaired or reconditioned by a shop specializing in such repairs.

Stalling or Loss of Power Due to Debris in Mass Air Flow Sensor

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.

The Fuel Gauge May Read Incorrectly

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

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2002 Toyota Prius Questions

Why does the Heat/AC work intermittently? (2 answers)

The heat and the AC work intermittently on my 2002 Prius with 245 K miles. The radiator was just flushed and a new thermostat was installed 2 weeks ago. After this, the heater didn’t work at all on a very cold day (3° F) and did finally work after running about 15 minutes the next day (15° F).
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water leak inside car (2 answers)

there seems to be a water leak inside, in the middle of the car under the dash. Checked water and it seem low so I think there is a leak in the heater??? does anyone know about this problem?

Catalytic converter racket or collusion ? (4 answers)

Why can't someone who lives IN California get a catalytic converter that doesn't cost almost as much as the car its on ? One can get an aftermarket converter in 49 states for as low as $ 68 but if you have your car registered in California, you're forced to go to the dealer ? Why does...

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2002 Toyota Prius Recalls

Potential Loss of Power Steering

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.

Recall 06V266000
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 ...

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2002 Toyota Prius Reviews

Best car I ever had! Extremely reliable. First repair (other than scheduled maintenance) was at 150,000 miles when the rear wheel bearings were replaced. The car now has 180,000 miles and still drives like new (no squeaks or rattles, tight steering and suspension) and still gets 42-46 MPG. I will buy another Prius in a heart beat but this one still runs so good that I just can't part with it.

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