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#319 of 752 My broken Prius
Jul 22, 2005 (9:02 am)
Thanks again for all your suggestions. My Prius will not be looked at until next week (Monday hopefully) and I will let you know what happens. I have been reading about Prius at this forum since Summer 2003, before I bought my 2004 Prius, and have found it immensely helpful.
Also, I did file an online complaint with NHTSA -- I wanted to add my name to the list so Toyota pays attention to this dangerous problem.
Thank you all again!
#320 of 752 Re: Back on topic please... [falconone]
Jul 22, 2005 (12:15 pm)
I also have had a problem with my 2005 Prius stalling. I had 3/4 tank of gas and have had the software updates. The symbols on the dash when the car stalled were an exclamation point with a triangle around it and a car cut in half with a red background. Then the word "Problem" appeared. I am fortunate to have a good dealer who gave me an tow and a loaner car, but I still don't have my Prius back. The Prius manual did not have the last symbol listed. doctor1 and other forum posters, what were the codes listed for your stall? Did your dealer identify them?
Thanks for any response.
#321 of 752 Re: Back on topic please... [priusga]
Jul 22, 2005 (1:09 pm)
Welcome to the Forums - sorry to get you here under such circumstances. I'm sure many of the members will be able to assist you.
#322 of 752 Re: Back on topic please... [molokai]
Jul 22, 2005 (4:31 pm)
Just be lucky you didn't buy a Saturn Vue
Isn't that the Saturn that uses the Honda V6 with 5 speed auto transmission? If so it sounds like they are having the same failures Honda is having with that transmission.
You should have your friend file a complaint with the ODI. I only find 1 transmission problem for the 2005 Saturn Vue.
#323 of 752 Re: Back on topic please... [gagrice]
Jul 22, 2005 (5:25 pm)
I think the 2004 had the transmission problems. Maybe it was an 04. Now that Honda has provided the Vue with their engine and tranny it's a good buy. I'd buy one. I looked up the 2003 and 2004 and there were many more complaints. Maybe that's why GM gave up and had Honda bail them out.
#324 of 752 Re: Back on topic please... [priusga]
Jul 22, 2005 (6:28 pm)
When my Prius stalled yesterday, almost all of the warning lights on the dash were lit up; I admit I don't remember them all. I do remember the red triangle, but I also know that VSC was lit up and that only lights up in slippery conditions (it was clear and dry). Things were definitely screwed up. When I checked it at the car dealership this morning, only the check battery light was on. It also seemed that the gas engine was continuing to fail to come on and stay on to charge the low battery.
Please tell us when you find out what was wrong with your car. I am anxious to hear what they say about mine --
Jul 25, 2005 (3:52 pm)
Sorry to hear of your problems....Seems that with this hybrid car it is impotant that Toyota and their Dealers maintain a high level of reliable service and competence. I found this to be one of the deciding factors in my purchase of an '04 Prius 2 yrs ago this Nov. All info and TSB's were cared for in an attentive and concerned way. I placed total confidence in my dealer. While I feel no car is above a failure of some kind, the Prius has gained my confidence totally or at least as much as is possible. I too pay attention to these posts ans especially YOURS. I hope that your Toyota assistance improves and I hope you find renewed confidence in the Prius. Some of what you hear here is going to be negitive. I hope you see through it and appreciate we Prius owners that support your endeavors and hope for a satifactory outcome.
Railroadjames (Prius...A car for the Times)
#326 of 752 Re: ON TOPIC[pennmom] [railroadjames]
Jul 25, 2005 (5:44 pm)
I wanted to let you know my dealer today told me that he spoke to Toyota, and they are replacing the computer in my car. He is not sure how long it will take to receive the part, but hopefully only a few days. He said my car already had the software upgrade (prior to this incident) that has caused problems in other cars. I still love my Prius but it will take me a while to regain confidence in it. I also wonder how expensive this type of repair would be if I was out of warranty!
#327 of 752 Re: ON TOPIC[pennmom] [railroadjames] [pennmom]
Jul 25, 2005 (7:06 pm)
#328 of 752 Re: Reluctant to post this message [ejbeck]
Jul 27, 2005 (4:56 pm)
Surprisingly, I had a very similar experience the other day.
I ordered my Prius in 2000 -delivered in March 2001. Over the years, I've encountered several problems including continuous replacement of tires, windshield crack, decrease in mileage...you name it. I've never experienced any problems with any other vehicle I've ever owned. I've managed to correct those but here's my latest:
I was leaving a store parking lot and attempting to start the car-it wouldn't start. All of my warning lights came on (exclamation point/yellow triangle, car battery, check engine lights, brakes, etc...) After four tries, it finally started. I proceeded out of the parking lot down a small grade hill and it seemed as if I was "coasting" into traffic...it was driving very differently. I managed to coast into a gas station and it stalled. I sat for sometime and tried again. The car started after a few more tries and I proceede but then I stalled at a red light. Finally, I managed to get to my destination but upon leaving (to take it to the dealership) I had an accident...in the driveway. I was doing a 3 point turn...hit the acceleration pedal to move forward (no more than 5 mph) and when I hit the brakes (to back up) it didn't stop. (The car seemed to continue acceleration and didn't stop until I hit into the garage wall as if the brakes weren't working.) I know I hit the brakes as hard as I could. Thankfully, no one was injured and the car is now at the dealership for repairs. My insurance estimates approx $3100 damage to my vehicle and more for repairs to the house/garage/lost items and they put me in a rental until repairs are complete.
However, the dealership is saying that my vehicle was "low on fuel" and shows no signs of any other problems. I know that couldn't be the problem as I had two bars of gas left when the accident happened. I've read other posts with similar problems but I haven't read a solution to it yet. I plan to get a second opinion at another dealership/different tech but does anyone have any other suggestions? This is not the first time this has happened (all the warning lights coming on for no apparent reason) but this is the first time it's caused me to have an accident. Any insight? What is happening?