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#593 of 711 Toyota Recall announcement July 18, 2006
Jul 19, 2006 (7:47 am)
I cannot find any info on the recently announced recall of Toyota vehicles over a potential engine problem...all I heard was that there is a defective part that may eventually cause an oil leak. My Prius is a 2002 manufactured in 2001 so it may be included in this recall--I assume that eventually there will be a VIN range posted.
I am looking for help finding a link to a reliable website that posts information on recalls. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
#595 of 711 Re: Toyota Recall announcement July 18, 2006 [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 20, 2006 (10:36 am)
Yeah, but the right advice is to exercise a little patience - this was only announced, what, 3 days ago? If your car is involved, Toyota will be getting to you soon enough, though the number of cars involved in the US was awfully small. For now, either you have an oil consumption problem or you don't - if you don't, I wouldn't worry about it until and unless you hear from Toyota USA.
#596 of 711 Re: 2006 Prius purchase [gagrice]
Jul 21, 2006 (6:57 am)
Waeelll, let's divulge that I live in WEST Texas--where it is usually 102 degrees this time of year at around 11:00 p.m. and there are miles and miles of miles and miles. We are prior military also--so we're used to car trips and a LOT of traveling. We started out here by seeing two (count 'em--2) Prius vehicles--and when we recently took a trip "back East" to the New England states, we saw a TON of them!! Now that we've returned "home" we're seeing a few more. Since we're "in town" we plan on doing a LOT of 45mph traveling and leaving the "long hauls" for a rental vehicle...or perhaps not! We just received word that our little Prius would be shipped out and arrive on August 1st and that we could go the four hour trip to pick it up. Because the LOCAL dealership doesn't sell many Prius vehicles, they can't get one in within a YEAR--and we've had this one on order for about six weeks near Austin, TX. We're about to become the proud owners of a bouncing baby 06 Prius--and we're excited.
#597 of 711 Re: 2006 Prius purchase [mtufts]
Jul 21, 2006 (9:58 am)
Because the LOCAL dealership doesn't sell many Prius vehicles
Doesn't that worry you a bit on maintenance? He probably does not have a certified hybrid technician on staff. have fun with your new toy.
#598 of 711 2001 Prius exclamation point in triangle
Jul 21, 2006 (3:57 pm)
6 times in the last 2 years I have had the same problem with my 2001 Prius. After a short drive of 1 or 2 miles, I turn the engine off. A little while later, when I try to start the car, an exclamation point inside a triangle, and also the check engine light appears on the display. The car will only run on the hybrid battery, so I can only go about one mile at a very slow speed, then I have to park the car, as the battery is virtually dead. After a 2 or 3 hour rest, the car is perfectly fine and runs as it should. The dealership and auto repair shops can find nothing wrong. By the time I get the car to the dealer, it is back to normal. I thought it might be overheating, but that's not it. Any ideas, anyone?
#599 of 711 Re: 2001 Prius exclamation point in triangle [tonyfo]
Jul 21, 2006 (6:14 pm)
I don't have any ideas, but I am about to trade in my 2001 because of similar mysterious problems. I cannot pin point any specific conditions that trigger my "triangle troubles" but it happens about every 3-4 weeks. The car has 47,000 miles on it. The local dealership can never quite figure out what the computer trouble codes indicate, so they just pick a part that is under warranty and replace it. A few weeks later, and its the same thing again.
The final straw was this week. The fuel light was flashing, but based on past experience, I knew I still had about 2 gallons of gas. The car stalled about 5 minutes later and I waited almost 3 hours for AAA to get a tow truck to me. The dealer told me today that the pressure in the gas tank was insufficient, causing the car to "believe" it was out of gas. All of a sudden they can make a diagnosis without guessing? I've had it. Trading it off tomorrow.
#600 of 711 Re: 2001 Prius exclamation point in triangle [scrimpy]
Jul 22, 2006 (5:53 am)
Welcome to both yourself and tonyfo,
The Prius Classic is kind of left out of this discussion. Anytime I bring up a problem those that are in favor of hybrids, come back with, that is the "Classic Prius". They seem to feel you don't need to keep a car more than 5 or 6 years. Or you should not expect the first Hybrids to be problem free. I personally think it is a case of too much complexity. Most on this board disagree with me.
Because it is a hybrid there is still that aura of mystique. You should be able to sell it for a decent price to a private party. A dealer will offer below BB as they know the truth.
Bottom line is I would sell it while the market is hot and the car still has warranty on the battery. It will make it easier to sell. Did yours come with the 8 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty? Some of the very early ones were given that warranty. If so I would keep giving it back and invoke your local lemon law. It could die at a most inopportune time and leave you stranded.
I would not let the gas tank get below 1/4 tank. That flaky system Toyota uses will give false readings to the control system and shut the car off. You are an early adopter and are paying the price to be the first.
#601 of 711 Re: 2006 Prius purchase [mtufts]
Jul 24, 2006 (4:18 am)
Did you ever get your 2006 Prius? If so, did you purchase and extended warranty? I am in the same stage of the purchase process that you were in in June. How much does one pay for extended warranties?
#602 of 711 Re: 2006 Prius purchase [mr5c]
Jul 24, 2006 (7:27 am)
The stealer, er, dealer, will want $1200 or so. You can buy from a Toyota dealer on the net for between $800 - $950. Search. The extended warranty is treated as a big money maker by most dealers. They try to pressure you into buying it at the last minute of the paper signing process. Don't give in. You have three years to buy it (must be purchased before your factory warrenty expires).