2003 Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Toyota Prius

2003 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.

Tires may wear out prematurely

Premature tire wear is an concern due to the soft rubber compounds specified for original equipment tires. Our technicians tell us that most owners have changed to better wearing tires but fuel mileage has suffered as a result.

The Hybrid Transmission May Fail Prematurely

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.

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2003 Toyota Prius Questions

why my 2003 toyota prius 24 mpg only? (1 answer)

It is my first car.Really i had expectation my car will go 40 or up mile per gallon but im so disappoined about that only 24 mpg?That not really great for me.Why slould be like that even most of people said 40 or up?why not my one too?The car got just 121300 miles.It not a lot one way but hybrid ...

charcoal canister/vent valve (1 answer)

I may need charcoal canister replacment.Have vary load noise unded the car. Need to know what the estimated cost would be.Shawn Engel----ke8wu@ncweb.com

How much to replace catalytic converter (1 answer)

replace catalytic converter, O2 sensors?

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2003 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.

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2003 Toyota Prius Reviews

Overall excellent reliability. I'm up to 150K miles and still running well. I have had to replace the catalytic converter (@120K miles), and have had some trouble with a seat belt anchor and a drink holder. Occasionally the vehicle starts up with the problem warning light on (!) but this resolves by itself in a few minutes.

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