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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2008 Toyota Prius

2008 Toyota Prius

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2008 Toyota Prius Problems

Engine -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate with a fault code P1121 stored. It is commonly caused by a failed three way coolant control valve. Valve replacement is recommended if this occurs.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

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.

Engine -- Verified

The power inverter coolant pump may fail resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light associated with fault code P0A93 stored. Our technicians tell us the power inverter coolant pump should be replaced if this occurs. A revised pump is available for 2004-2006 models, Toyota service bulletin #EG001-07.

2008 Toyota Prius Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 27, 2010

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Southeast Toyota is recalling 2005–2011 models for failing to comply with federal safety standards on tire selection and rims. Affected models were sold without the proper load-carrying capacity modification labels, which may cause the driver to overload the vehicle, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will mail the correct labels to the customer or install the label free of charge.

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Body, Interior & Misc., December 31, 2009

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Toyota is recalling 2004–2010 models for an accelerator pedal that can get stuck in the wide open position due to problems with the floor mat. This may cause high vehicle speeds that make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which can result in a crash. In order to correct the problem, dealers will replace the pedals, alter the shape of the floor, and/or replace the floor mats. Toyota will also modify software on certain models to ensure that the brake overrides the accelerator in the event that both are applied.

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Engine, November 14, 2012

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During manufacturing, a scratch may have occurred inside of the electrically driven water (coolant) pump at the coil wire, resulting in corrosion. The corroded wire may break and the water pump could stop. The corroded coil wire could cause a short circuit in the pump resulting in a blown fuse, creating a stall-like condition of the hybrid system while the vehicle is being driven. This may increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Dealers will replace the electric water pump to correct this concern. 

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Suspension & Steering, November 14, 2012

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The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft manufactured with metal splines that may have an insufficient hardness. Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace if necessary. 


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2008 Toyota Prius Questions and Answers

priusonus09, 2008 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Huntington Station, NY

how do i reset the service engine lite on my dashboard in my 2008 toyota prius

Maryannb, 2008 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Philadelphia, PA

I recently had my lube and oil changed (3 wks.)along with a pot hole special, cost me $165.00. I am due for the 15,000 mile maintenance so I wont need my tires rotated, or lube and oil changed. Wh...

PFC, 2008 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Fountain Hills, AZ

how much would it cost to replace the motor mount after accident

TeenaToo, 2008 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Malone, NY

The grumbling noise is heard when going over 45 miles an hour . I have 123,000 miles on the car. I have to travel several dirt roads and this winter in and around Malone has been bad. I travel ...

john_jack_h, 2008 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Las Vegas, NV

I have been to two shops and they can not solve my problem.
There are no leaks or blown fuses. Problem appears to be electrical. Dealer wants $129 just to look at the vehicle. Are there any sho...

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2008 Toyota Prius Reviews

The air conditioner compressor is defective in these cars and they should be recalled. They are expensive items(2,000repair.) For that kind of money they should not fail. Toyota needs to address this problem. They fail at about 70,000 miles.

My 2008 Pruis started blowing only hot air when the AC was on. I took it to a Toyota Dealer. Who had me bring it back Four times, saying they was puting dye in with new coolant looking for a leak.
In the end I had to pay over $1900.00 for the air conditioner to be fixed.They replaced the evaporator box and a valve. Is this the normal cost for this problem in the Pruis's. Very expensive labor.
What started as a way to save money on gas has been very costly. They kept the car for a week and did provide a loaner car. But if my car is going to start breaking down with less than 40,000 miles on it. I think I might as well forget any saving and get a different car.

I LOVE my Prius...my only two complaints are:
1) lack of space inside - going from an SUV to the Prius takes some getting used to, there isn't much storage (trunk) space, and
2) the "ugly" exterior....it would be so easy to make it look a little sportier, rather than spacey looking.

As for everyone's irritation at the beeper in reverse....my cousin (also a Prius owner) found somewhere online that gave directions for disabling the annoying OSHA dump truck beeper sound....I'm not sure how we did it, but I haven't had the sound going since my 2008 Prius was about 2 months old. Makes for much saner driving!! :)

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