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#73 of 149 Re: Sudden loss of power doing 65 MPH [wingman]
Aug 05, 2009 (7:46 pm)
2009 Prius 15000 miles No Nav
My wifes prius has experienced this exact issue on two ocassions.
The first time Toyota took the car and 3 days later with the help of HQ stated that there was a loose communications wire that connects the battery monitor system with the control computer.
The second time they took the vehicle and it is still in the shop.
This is a large disappointment as this is my second Prius and also own a Toyota Camary that has had a steller performance record.
However, this is a huge safety concern when you suddenly loose all power and then you have to jump to the shoulder and put on your emergency blinkers becuase it just wont go over 10mph.
She called the dealer and told her to drive to the dealer that it would do no further damage to the vehicle to drive it to them HEY offer to tow the vehicle because you are placing your customer of 3 hybrids life at risk !!
#74 of 149 Re: Steering wheel - control lights? [salwitz]
Aug 07, 2009 (5:24 pm)
They most certainly DO illuminate. I have a 2004 and I find it odd that they would change subsequent models to NOT have this feature. To increase/decrease the amount of light, there is a rheostat thumbwheel that has to be adjusted. That same thumbwheel also dims the speedometer for better viewing at night. Granted the buttons do certainly light up but they should be a tad brighter. I've had my car for so long I memorized all the buttons!!!
#75 of 149 '05 Prius headlite outage
Sep 06, 2009 (9:05 pm)
Bought new, 8/'05. 55k. Noticed recently that the right headlite was out. Not just high or low-both. I usually run with the headlite switch in the "on" position as they automatically go out when car is turned off and the door is opened. Assumed bad bulb but as I was looking for a way to get into it, I cycled the switch and they both came on. I rechecked and sure enough, when the car is "on", the right lite is out. When the car is "off" they are both come on. Any thoughts?
#76 of 149 RE: post #75
Sep 19, 2009 (10:23 am)
C'mon people-somebody must have a clue as to where I might start trying to find out why this thing is acting this way. There has to be someone out there smarter than me. Thanks for any input. Russ 41.
#77 of 149 Re: '05 Prius headlite outage [russ41]
Sep 22, 2009 (8:13 am)
I had the same situation on my '07 HID Prius.
The NHTSA has investigated the claims of BOTH HID headlights failing while driving.
All they found was ONE light out at a time.
They closed their investigation.
I had an intermittently functioning R-H side ( passenger ) HID headlight.
I took it to the dealer when it was hot under the hood and they told me to come back so they could "diagnose" the HID system. They could 't get it to malfunction since the lot boy shut off the car after parking it on the lot. ( After I told the NOT to ).
So I picked up the car and before I reached the edge of their driveway, the light was out.
Anyway, I took it back to them ( 3rd time ) and they replaced the HID "burner" ( bulb ) under warranty.
They told me it was a $400 repair. The 1st service writer surrendered when I initially presented the car for repair. She said it was "probably a bulb, and they didn't stock that part". What a JOKE!
That was over a year ago, and so far everything is still going strong.
#78 of 149 Re: '05 Prius headlite outage [whitey9]
Sep 22, 2009 (3:23 pm)
Thanks so much for the info. Not quite sure if I have the same situation. I don't think I have HID.-unless the car comes stock with them. In any case it isn't an intermittent problem. As long as the car is "on", the right light is out. If I turn the car "off" and cycle the headlite switch, they both come on. If I turn the car "on" with the lights on, the right one goes out. Sort of defies logic doesn't it?
#79 of 149 Prius light problem
Sep 23, 2009 (2:15 pm)
I have a 2006 Prius. Had right headlight bulb replaced first year, and have been back to dealership 4 times for continued headlight problems. The light went off and after several trips to the dealer, they said we needed to replace the ballasts--extended warranty covered the $600 fee because we had gone past 36,000 miles.
Now the fog light and parking light are out on the left side and the lights go off and we can get them back on by flipping the switch. We don't think our dealer knows how to fix it--now they say replace all headlights at $200 each. Any suggestions from anyone? Crockett96
#80 of 149 Re: Prius light problem [crockett96]
Sep 23, 2009 (3:22 pm)
Find another dealer with a service department that knows the difference between its' butt, and a hole in the ground.
"You can't sell the second one, if you can't fix the first one."
#81 of 149 Question re self-installation
Sep 26, 2009 (10:36 am)
Does anyone know if it is okay to personally change out the fog lights in my 2006 Prius--the book says take it to the Dealer but as my previous posts show--they don't really fix anything, just continue to charge. I'm thinking I can do this myself and perhaps get the problem solved.
#82 of 149 Re: Sudden loss of power doing 65 MPH [wingman]
Nov 04, 2009 (11:02 pm)
go to subject title: engine trouble....
I and others had this same issue as well about stalling on the freeway. There are a few things that I recently tired and what others tried as well.
1. Ask for a software upgrade ... should be able to do it under warranty or under 100k miles for free
2. Crankshaft Sensor...when the sensor gets hot or fails, sets off engine light and shuts down engine...something like that. I paid $390 for both of these installs...I have an '05 prius with 156k miles...so warranties don't apply.
I did a test run tonight and ran it for over an hour at 80mph. It hiccuped a few times during acceleration, but kept strong.
My problem is that my engine continues to run even at a dead stop...when it usually shuts down and secondly my fan for the battery (in the back seat) stays on and does not shut off. Dealer told me that my recharable battery is bad and also possibly the inverter...those are $4k a piece parts. So I tried the first top two.
See if any of these solves your issues...as for the battery and inverter...those should be covered up to 100k...so if your issue continues, opt for one or both of these to be replaced. Good luck!