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Toyota Prius: Problems & Solutions



  • elsonluielsonlui Posts: 4
    Does anyone use "B" for going uphill? We find it climbs the hills better when in that gear, but according to this website it uses up a lot more gas that way and is not good for the car, and should only be used for descending steep hills. What is everyone's experience and opinion?image
  • shalwechatshalwechat Posts: 25
    Ohh please that is hardly unique to Toyota. VW has the same exact problem with their TDI line. Some dealerships sell alot and other sell a few, not any different than Toyota dealerships. VW admits to having a shortage of ASE certified diesel mechanics. Toyota is addressing the problem by asking that mechanics schools like Universal Technical Instute to include more intensive training of future mechanics in hybrid automotive technologies. The prius car is designed so a mechanic swaps out eletronic modules/conponents and not actually reparing modules.

    Buy the Prius from the dealership that sells a few and have it service at the dealership that sells alot. the same is true with VW TDI.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    that is hardly unique to Toyota

    I don't think you read what I was responding to. He lives 4 hours from the dealer. You ever pay to be towed 4 hours? I would not recommend any car that the dealer is that far away. Especially vehicles that have a KNOWN history of quitting at inopportune times. The Prius has a lot of documented cases of stalling. Even now we are getting people that have them quit for unknown reasons.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    The post with the question on Prius mileage has been moved to the Toyota Prius: MPG-Real World Numbers discussion.

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  • seroqseroq Posts: 12
    I have an '06 Prius, 2/12/months old. It does something extraodinary: It turns on by itself; done this three times. Twice with key close by, once without key close by. Has anyone had this problem? Dropped car off at dealer today who says he's never heard of this happening.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The positive terminal for the 12v battery is under the red cap in the fuse box. It's like any other vehicle if you leave a door open you will run down the small 12v battery. That's the reason that there is the small secret manual key in the fob. It opens the front door so that you can pop the hood and jump the 12v.

    As you probably know now this has nothing to do with the main traction battery. It sounds like the salesperson who sold you the vehicle didn't give you a thorough delivery when you first got it.

    The dealer is right you do have to drive it at least once a week or two weeks max in order to keep the batteries healthy. If you are going to be away for more than 2 weeks there is a special procedure for 'long term storage'.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    I just came back from St Maarten, leaving my '05 in the airport parking lot for 7 days. All you have to do for only a week's non-use is disable the SKS feature by using the button under the steering wheel on the bottom of the dash panel. It takes half a second.

    The SKS is disabled but the fob still works as a keyless remote for opening the doors.
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,854
    The "I love it!" post from our brand new Prius owner has been moved to the New Prius Owners - Give Us Your Report discussion. That's the place to give us your first impressions of your new ride! :D

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  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The correct jumping procedure is from the front in the fuse box where the positive terminal is located. It's a lot easier too.
  • scrimpyscrimpy Posts: 2
    Here is an update. Dealer wants to give me $2000 less than I paid 3 months ago, and trade me up to a newer car (not a Prius), so that I would be looking at another $3000 out of my pocket. Am going to sell it myself. I'll ask full retail, disclose all the visits it has had to the dealer and see what happens.

    I do not have the 100k bumper to bumper warranty, but the batteries are supposed to be covered for 100k.

    After my last problem you can bet I don't let the gas get too low.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Gary, what is meant by "the dealer will offer below BB as they know the truth" ????

    What "truth" do they know?

    I saw a 2002 "Classic Prius" with 40K miles on it at the dealer I bought my TCH. Asking price $19,995.00. That's basically the original MSRP.

    Dealers offer below BB because they want to make every dollar they can on the resale.

    Not for some supposed mysterious hidden TRUTH.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,850
    I saw a 2002 "Classic Prius" with 40K miles on it at the dealer I bought my TCH. Asking price $19,995.00. That's basically the original MSRP.

    I would bet that dealer did not pay trade-in BB for that car. Of course there is no way to know that. I would bet they can sell that car for $12k and still make money. Asking price is rarely the selling price and you know that only too well.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    i believe edmund's pricing confirms your assertion they could still make money at $12K.
  • Ahhhh. A calm, reasoned, and excellent comment.

    For the record, my friends have marveled that I've run three different Fords through over 250k miles - I replaced my '94 T-bird w/ a 2005 Prius. BTW: I LOVE IT!! There are good and bad in every make and lot - just some more and some less. What you likely hear here and elsewhere are largely the rare failures (less than three sigma = 3/1000) and the very emotional human responses to feeling screwed by statistics - and on the other hand, those very satisfied majority who are very pleased with their new Toys (pun intended). No one else takes time to read or write in these forums!

    By the way - I blew up one of those Ford motors myself after failing to recogize a very appropriate tell-tale of low coolant/failing water pump (a cyclic hot and cold output from the heater). I don't recommend a high speed run when a car is telling you this!

    Another motor was rebuilt after getting three opinions to do so. It however, had the same problem after being rebuilt - a broken fuel injection computer pouring continual fuel into three or four of eight cylinders. Now who's fault was that???? I still praise Fords reliability. Man-made stuf breaks. Sh&# happens. Move on!! Even with those repairs my costs/mile were fantastic with all of those vehicles.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    A large national news magazine is looking for Toyota Prius owners that currently own an SUV too. Please send an e-mail to no later than Wednesday, August 23, 2006 by 2:30 PM PT/5:30 PM ET containing your daytime contact information and what SUV you own.

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  • You ought to read your owners manual. It describes this exactly - failure of the aux. battery!!
  • I am looking into purchasing the prius. My last concern is how well it handles in the snow/ice. I live in upstate NY. Any input?
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Only problem I remember in the snow is if you get stuck you can't rock it out like a normal car. It shuts down requiring I believe a tow to the dealer to get going again. Can someone confirm this? :confuse:
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