Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance

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

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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.

Check Engine Light With Code P1121

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.

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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Toyota Prius Questions

dash gauges dont light up when car starts and car wont turn off (1 answer)

so dash gauges dont light up when car starts and car wont turn off. it will still drive but no speed gas levels or warning lights. after I reset the whole thing then it works fine for a while.

Replace radiator or just upper hose? (1 answer)

Brought car in for coolant dashboard light warning. Toyota dealer diagnosed "Radiator leaking from upper outlet hose. Radiator will need to be replaced." Does the whole radiator need to be replaced or possibly just the upper hose? Seems like the cost difference could be +/- $200.

A/C condensation (water) in driver side front floor after 4 hour drive? (1 answer)

The area under drivers feet is moderately wet after long drive. Could it be related to a/c condensations?

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Toyota Prius Recalls

Parking Brake Cable Fails

The parking brake mechanism may not engage the brake cable properly, and allow the vehicle to roll if not properly secured. Dealers will install a clip at the parking brake cable end to prevent the cable from disengaging free of charge to resolve the concern.

Passenger Air Bag Partially Deploys While Driving

The passenger air bag assembly may partially inflate without warning and without being triggered by an event. Dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly free of charge to resolve the concern.

Side Curtain Air Bag Inflators Eject Into The Passenger Compartment

The side curtain air bag inflators may crack and fracture. Dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield bags free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Toyota Prius Reviews

Great car but difficult to understand complexity and if dealers would be consistently honest and affordable this car would be more of a pleasure to own.
2011 Brake Master Cylinder assembly failed at 45,000 miles, not on warranty cost in excess of $3,000 dollars. What a piece of crap.
Best car I've ever owned. 215K miles @ 9 years old and have done little to it. Front brake pads first time @ 150K miles. Exhaust pipes @ 170K 1 Rear Shock blew at $165K (so replaced both). Catalytic converter code just came up at 212K miles and suspension is only now just sounding like it may need attention. Body is in great shape, no rust, and car lives outside in coastal CT. ...

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