Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Problems
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.
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. Our technicians tell us there is a recalibration procedure which should be performed to correct this issue.
Toyota Prius Questions
Toyota Prius Recalls
Sensors on board the vehicle detect the presence of a seated passenger and may not be calibrated correctly. These sensors determine whether the vehicle's airbag systems should be deployed in the event of a crash and may turn them off, causing risk of injury to a passenger. Dealers will recalibrate the vehicle's passenger sensors free of charge.
Southeast Toyota is recalling certain vehicles because the seat heater element may become damaged as a result of compression of the seat cushion. The damaged element could short causing burning of the seat cushion, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will disconnect seat heaters with copper strand elements and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory to correct this concern.
These vehicles are being recalled because one of the electronic components of the hybrid control system, the Intelligent Power Module (IPM), can fail internally. This module is located inside of the inverter module and contains transistors that may become damaged from high operating temperatures. If a failure were to occur, various warning lights would illuminate and the vehicle would only operate in a reduced power mode for a short time or stall completely, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the software in both the motor/generator control module and the hybrid control module to correct this concern. If an inverter module were to fail before the software updates are performed, it would be replaced as part of this recall.
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.
This is our first Prius & I avg about 25K miles/year. I like it. We avg about 45 mpg. I did change the tires from the factory installed to a slightly wider version for better traction - the factory installed tires felt extremely unstable in rainy/snowy conditions, so followed advice on other forums on tire rec's. We did have a problem w/rear cupholder coming off. Toyota replaced it, but it did ...
Love my car, would have bought even if not a hybrid. Well designed inside & out, w/ a lot of features for a car in this price range.