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#404 of 711 2003 issue
Nov 28, 2005 (3:36 pm)
I purchased a 2003 Prius new. Have been please up to this point. I made it through the last Wisconsin winter without any problems. Not so this year. The first snow fall/sub 20 degree weather, I started the car and was driving. When I let off the gas their was a noticeable jerk (not the driver) to the car. A short time later the warning lights went on and only the electric motor would work. Restarted a few time to no avail. I let it sit over night (in the cold) and tried again the next day with the same problem. I got it towed to the dealer and they said the computer diagnosed a problem with the throttle body. They suggested cleaning (cheaper option) it up and going from there. I agreed and the problem seemed to be cured for about a week when I was driving in similar weather and the same thing occurred. I parked it in a heated garage and go it up and running (with all the warning lights still on) and drove it back to the dealer. They now suggest to replace the throttle body, since cleaning it didn't work. They checked with "Toyota" headquarters. They did an experiment with a bag of ice and came up with no other suggestions but to replace the throttle body. They have never had this happen before and found no similar situations. It worked Ok for that week, but the weather was better/warmer. Any suggestions?
This is a nice site, and I am feeling apathy with the people that have lost confidence in their Prius. I've been "lucky" that this problem has occurred close to someone's house. I fear the day it happens in a sub zero day in the middle of no where.
My suggestions on the gas mileage. I had my tires replaced and my mileage went way down. We did some investigating and noticed the original tires had a side wall rating of 50 psi compared to the suggested 35 psi. We put 50's back on and it's back to normal. (Ok but not great in the snow) Plus you have to use the cars strengths. Coast down hill (with your foot slightly on the gas so it doesn't go into regeneration mode), take alternative routes that have lesser speed limits than the interstate and use the heater/AC sparingly.
Sorry about the lengthy posting
#405 of 711 2002 Prius: Repair Body Damage?
Nov 28, 2005 (8:36 pm)
I've got a black, 2002 Prius with 30,000 miles on it. I'm thinking about getting a new car, possibly another Prius. But I've got a problem. The car has a bunch of dents and scratches that have rusted. I just went to a great body shop near my house fror an estimate. They told me it would cost 3800 dollars to fix everything. I can't decide whether to go ahead and do the work or forget it. Would love some advice. Fix? Or pass? Thanks. Jay
#406 of 711 Re: 2002 Prius: Repair Body Damage? [tjfield]
Nov 28, 2005 (8:50 pm)
pass, will not add that much to selling price.
Dec 04, 2005 (2:24 pm)
went on a 2 week vacation , needed a jump start whe n i returned, its 2 weeks later the battery is not turning again, i tried to jump start AND A LOUD NOISE from the horn came on for minutes until i took off the cables . any1 have any in put the panels are dark . no inkling of any energy anywhere. hoping 4 sage advice bob
#410 of 711 battery draining quickly
Dec 15, 2005 (10:33 am)
I have a 05 Prius and when i am stopped with car running at a drive thru or one time leaving a concert in stop and go traffic my battery has gone down to only one bar left. Has anyone had this happen and what happens if your battery drains to no bars????
#411 of 711 Re: battery draining quickly [mof1]
Dec 15, 2005 (4:01 pm)
Nothing happens - that's why the gasoline engine is the primary motive force. It just means you won't have the extra umph from the electric side until it gets back in the green. Most folks who have encountered this have had it occur only on long upgrades at full throttle, but the point is that the car is NOT primarily an electric vehicle - it IS primarily a conventional internal-combustion driven car, after all....
#412 of 711 Re: battery draining quickly [jrct9454]
Dec 16, 2005 (12:13 pm)
"It just means you won't have the extra umph from the electric side until it gets back in the green. "
Always remembering that the Prius will not run at all if the battery is below 20%. The software is supposed to keep it above this level.
#413 of 711 Re: Lower gas mileage after recall [plaliber]
Dec 22, 2005 (1:25 pm)
I had the recall done on my prius in november. I filled my gas tank after I left the dealer. I immediately went from 42-43 mpg to 35- 38 mpg. I am very disappointed with this car. I wouldn't have bought this car had I known I would get such lousy mileage for the privilege of paying 6000.00
more than a Corolla which gets about the same mileage. I would like to hear from other people who have had the recall done to reprogram the ECU.