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Toyota Prius, Auto Repair, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#79 of 323 Re: What about my jumper cables? [plusaf]
May 23, 2005 (3:09 pm)
I suspect that if the Prius 12 volt battery goes out completely, you may have to tow it to a dealer to reset everything. Can anyone who has had this happen confirm / deny this?
Obviously, if the traction battery goes out, it becomes a 3000 lb paperweight until it is towed to the dealer. The HSD has some advantages over the Honda IMA, but this is the drawback to HSD.
#80 of 323 2004 30k maint. questions
Jun 10, 2005 (8:36 am)
OK, so I took my '04 in for it's 30k oil change and asked what
maintenance was suggested at this point. She printed out the list and
it came to $379. Of course 2/3 of it were "inspections". The only
work on it was the oil change, the engine air filter, the a/c air
filter (both of which I'll do myself) and engine coolant replacement
and inverter fluid replacement. Does anyone know what the "inverter"
fluid replacement is? I asked them what it would cost just to flush
the engine and inverter fluids. The inverter would be $250 and the
engine $200. Sheesh. I'm having them change the oil. I'll think
about the other two. Any ideas or opinions? - Rick
#81 of 323 Re: 2004 30k maint. questions [raguero]
Jun 16, 2005 (6:30 pm)
Read your manual, Rick. The only replacements required at 30k are the oil and both air filters. Nothing other than these three things needs replacement until you hit 100k. Most dealerships sure are shamless...
#82 of 323 Prius maintenance guide vs dealer schedule
Jun 29, 2005 (5:14 pm)
I have a 2005 Prius with 1,200 mi. I'm very pleased with it. Not surprisingly, the dealer's maintenance plan calls for a lot of added items to perform ranging from adding oil additives and at 15,000 miles replacing the air filter, a "transmission service" and a "recommended" engine flush service and throttle body service...wow! Plus they recommend oil/oil filter changes at 3,750 mi.
Meanwhile the Prius guide suggests oil/oil filter changes every 5,000 mi. and at 15,000 an inspection of certain items, same thing at 30,000 except to replace the air filter...that's it.
I plan to adhere to the Prius' plan except I think I should change the oil at 4,000.
My main concern, however, is that while the dealer's plan suggests replacing the timing belt at 60,000, I can't find any suggested replacement of the timing belt in the Prius guide straight through to 120,000 mi. Did I miss something here?
#83 of 323 Re: Prius maintenance guide vs dealer schedule [wayneswhirld]
Jun 29, 2005 (6:57 pm)
Follow the maintanence requirements in your owner's guide. Any/all of the "suggested" maintanence from the dealer you're going to is just that.... suggested. Feel free to use a shorter interval for oil changes if it makes you feel more confortable, but in all honesty, it isn't necessary. Same with engine/cabin air filters. Inspect them, if they're dirty, replace them. If not, wait until the next service interval and do the same thing. Engine air filter is more significant as it can make a VERY significant difference in engine efficiency (10% or more).
Hope this helps.
#84 of 323 Re: Prius maintenance guide vs dealer schedule [toyotaken]
Jul 01, 2005 (6:51 pm)
Thanks Ken, that helps. The only remaining concern is what about the timing belt? I assume a Prius has one. Is it possible it doesn't need replacing up to 120,000? Would it ever need replacing (if I ask the dealer of course they'll recommend it)?
#85 of 323 Re: Prius maintenance guide vs dealer schedule [wayneswhirld]
Jul 01, 2005 (6:53 pm)
Quite honestly, I'm not sure if it's a belt or a chain. I believe it's a chain, however. I can check on this when I get into the store tomorrow and post back with what I find out.
#86 of 323 Cleaning Dash and other interior parts
Jul 03, 2005 (7:32 pm)
Can anyone recommend something to clean and protect the inside of my Prius, I tried Armorall and it left a streaky residue and didnt seem to do much past that.
#87 of 323 Considering a Prius
Jul 21, 2005 (6:04 pm)
After owning a gas guzzling SUV, I am obviously considering a Prius. However, I am wondering about the average maintanence; does it cost more or is it more frequent than a non hybrid car? Also, I live in a very snowy state; does anyone know how the Prius fares in winter weather?
#88 of 323 Re: Considering a Prius [futureowner1]
Jul 24, 2005 (9:29 pm)
Only have the Prius for four weeks (1500 miles) and live in SoCal so I can't speak about snow. According to the owner's manual it appears that only oil and filter (oil, engine air, and cabin air) changes are required for the first 100K miles or so. There are the usual inspections and Toyota recommends tire rotations every 5000 miles.
The tires are basic rim protectors and don't hold the road well, but they ride okay and are fine for non spirited driving. I have my doubts they would do well in the snow. The car comes with traction control so even with these tires you should be able to get around during the winter.
I still have my SUV (MDX) and find it nicer for long drives. Nothng wrong with the Prius for long drives, just not as nice as the bigger (more room inside) car. I'm find that the Prius A/C has to work hard to keep me cool on hot days (95 plus), while my other cars don't. The Prius needs recirculated air and more fan speed, but gets the job done - with more wind inside and more fan noise.
I've seen other posts that changing tires on a Prius makes a significant positive change in ride, quiet, and handling while not hurting mpg much.