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Toyota Prius, Honda Fit Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Hatchback, Truck
#169 of 194 Re: hybridhell [rmgilden]
Jul 23, 2011 (11:15 am)
The same thing happened to my Escape Hybrid this morning. The dealership won't look at it until Monday. Sounds like they have a problem. Was it expensive?
#170 of 194 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Timing Belt Replacement
Feb 25, 2012 (3:05 pm)
I recently took my '08 Highlander Hybrid in for oil change and routine service at my local dealership. After inspecting the car, they told me that it needed a timing belt and water pump replacement for a cost of $795. Although I'm no expert on auto repair, this replacement seemed early for my car which only has 56k miles on it. The technician assured me that 60k was the appropriate time for this repair. Taking his word for it, I agreed to it as well as a fuel injection/throttle body emission service for $179 that was also recommended.
After returning home and checking online while the repairs were being done, I saw that Toyota doesn't recommend the timing belt replacement until 90k miles. I talked to the dealership manager about the difference in recommendations and he said that because we live in NJ that they are following "extreme conditions" suggestions which call for the earlier replacements.
I didn't buy his story and declined the emission service as well, thinking that it was bunk as well.
Has anyone else heard of this "extreme conditions" clause in timing belt replacement???
#171 of 194 Re: Toyota Highlander Hybrid Timing Belt Replacement [jchutch]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 25, 2012 (4:08 pm)
Manufacturers do often have an 'extreme conditions" rule for timing belts but my impression was that this was for extremes of heat and cold, such as 110F or minus 20F, so I would say New Jersey doesn't qualify.
#172 of 194 Re: Toyota Highlander Hybrid Timing Belt Replacement [jchutch]
Feb 26, 2012 (8:30 am)
Dealers tend have a different definition of "extreme", or "severe duty" than does the manufacturer. Of course, it's the dealer that's making out if drivers are manipulated into thinking they need more maintenance than what the manufacturer thinks is warranted.
Always gotta ask - who's going to profit from this recommendation? In other words - just follow the money!
#173 of 194 Re: Toyota Highlander Hybrid Timing Belt Replacement [srs_49]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 26, 2012 (8:56 am)
it makes no sense for NJ--this is simply not an extreme climate. I guess you could try to look this up in your owner's manual or call Toyota Customer Care.
#174 of 194 Re: Toyota Highlander Hybrid Timing Belt Replacement [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 26, 2012 (10:17 am)
I just look at the edges of the belt, and if there are some OBVIOUS cracks, i replace it.
Feb 28, 2012 (12:00 pm)
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#176 of 194 Bogus Prius Maintenance Concerns
Apr 20, 2012 (5:23 am)
I am an owner of a 2 year 3 month old 2010 Prius Five with the ATP, Nav, pretty much everything. I sold my 2007 Prius Touring to my sister who loves the car. Neither has had a dime in repairs from normal breakdown or wear items. I purchased my first Prius despite all kinds of Gloom & Doom Warnings about expensive hybrid batteries, and costly repairs. Even Edmunds review warns about buying a Used prius and expensive repairs possible. None of that nonsense has been born out by reality. In fact in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia the Prius is probably the most prevalent Taxi Cab model in the city, and has been for a long time. In case you don't know it, Taxi fleet owners are the people most averse to paying for expensive car repairs. The proliferation of the Prius as a Taxi has happened precisely because Taxi Fleet owners know what Edmunds and others obviously do not, that the Toyota Prius is, when it comes to repairs, practically Bullet Proof. Thay almost never breakdown. And nobody uses them more harshly or runs up the mileage higher than a fleet Taxi Cab. So by all means Buy a Used Prius, they exceed 300,000 miles routinely, and the Gen 3 models (2010 0nward) have even fewer moving parts to break than the older versions of the car. Don't give a moments thought to buying a properly maintained Prius as a used car.
#177 of 194 Service Prius
May 16, 2012 (5:37 pm)
Is it necessary to take the Prius to Toyota dealers for regular services? If one buys a "regular" Toyota, that answer is never, be it 300K or 500K miles after. But is there any kind of service for Prius (all HSD for that matter) that is better to be done at the dealers?