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2001 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (39%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (16%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 102 repairs.

2001 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (16%)

$100 - $499 (57%)

< $100 (9%)

Chart based on 58 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2001 Toyota Prius

Engine not specified

Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2012
Sep 2010

118000 mi
Replaced gas door spring. 
Sep 2011

126000 mi

US $700
I successfully rebuilt the main hybrid battery using gen 2 cells. 

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2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan

70-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in Michigan, United States
Jul 2010 - Jul 2011
Aug 2010

74000 mi

US $287
green air conditioning button blinking green turn button off and on, air works for a while then blinks again 
Sep 2010

75000 mi

US $287
air conditiong light still blinking in above 80F temps. Napa Auto Repair Center confirmed Toyota dealers initial diagnosis of bad air conditioner compressor. Opted to have Napa do the repair in the spring 
Jul 2011

80000 mi

US $1014
Noted air conditioner not working 1 week after purchased as a used car in 2010. Dealer would not fix - stated not under warrenty. Took in for repairs due to severe heat this summer.  
Toyota Prius in Kentucky, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2011
Aug 2010

216000 mi

US $630
Wheel bearing in left rear wheel went bad causing a roaring sound during driving. New wheel bearing available only as an assembly including the wheel rotation sensor causing the part to cost $360. 
Mar 2011

223000 mi

US $250
Electric Power Steering is not working. Car is driveable. Will be repaired when parts arrive. 
Sep 2011

230000 mi
Car would not start (no "READY" light, and all error lights on). Mechanic traced to engine computer not communicating with hybrid computer. I declined repair due to the cost. I am not operating the car now even though it runs and drives. 
Dec 2011

230000 mi

US $800
The car is inoperable due to a number of electronic problems. At this time the car will not turn on. It appears the a number of ECMs are failing. I will probably junk it. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2009 - Oct 2010
Mar 2010

137020 mi
Malfunction of engine/drive system.. Car stalled out a few times, dealer could not repeat and no repair was done... Has not reoccurred but does show up at least once a year. 
Jun 2010

146320 mi

C $225
AC has not been working had to try replacing the relay that did not work then recharged system .. still not fixed. did oil change at the same time 
Oct 2010

151900 mi

C $300
Another failed attempt to fix the AC. Car sold with it not working. Rattle in front left brake assembly when sold. 
Toyota Prius in Texas, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2013
Oct 2010

110000 mi
CC giving P0420 error. Apparently a known issue. $1500 to repair just for parts. Living with it. 
Jul 2012

150000 mi

US $300
Replacement catalytic converter, generic part, to solve Check Engine light issue. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Nov 2015
Jun 2010

101000 mi

US $600
took car to dealership for loud sound coming from the wheels. Mechanic reported that right rear wheel had bad wheel bearing. I took it to a local mechanic (not dealer) hoping for a better price. He replaced the bearing. same price. Mechanic discovered that right rear strut is leaking. He advised me to check it again in 6 months and possibly replace then. The estimate is about $800 to fix. 
May 2011

110000 mi

US $150
AC stopped working, took it in, they said it probably just needed refrigerant; They added refrigerant (freon substitute); replaced the filthy AC filter and replaced the engine filter while they were at it (also filthy) 
Sep 2012

123000 mi

US $400
I got the triangle w/!, the car continued to function, I took it directly to my local shop, Ozzie's. Diagnosed (from the code) that the ignition coil was bad and needed to be replaced. They also replaced the spark plugs (1st time in yrs) 
Oct 2012

124000 mi
steering wheel was shaking a little during first turn of the day. I asked them to take a look when I took it in for the recall. Turns out my VIN was on a list, the replacement of the steering rack was covered by extended warranty - lucky! 
Mar 2013

132000 mi
check engine light came on, it turns out it was just the gas tank cap. I had driven to the desert and back the day before and probably the change in altitude going over the mountains affected it. It was on empty when the light came on. 
May 2013

134000 mi

US $400
loud vibration coming from drivers rear wheel, same sound as the last time I needed to replace wheel bearing unit; bought the whole piece, my dad installed it. (he is a retired professional mechanic) 
Aug 2015

153300 mi

US $130
Needed to replace the 12 volt battery responsible for starting the engine 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Aug 2009 - Sep 2013
Sep 2009

140000 mi

US $1000
Inverter water pump failure. 
Toyota Prius in Connecticut, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2012
Mar 2010

117000 mi

US $1400
Failed emissions test for ongoing problem with ECM that causes the cel to come on in cold temperatures. Initially diagnosed in December 2007, but the repair was expensive and only intermittent, so I held off. After I called for appointment for previously listed problem, CEL came on and stayed on despite warmer temps. Mechanic notes: FOUND 3 DIFFERENT CODES STORED IN THE ECM, ECM CODE, CODE P0171 FOR A MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR, ALSO FOUND A 300 MISFIRE ~CHECK THE A/C, C/S THE A/C IS INOP CUST GETS A/C RECHARGED AT THE LEAST ONCE A YEAR.`NO VISIBLE LEAKS FOUND WITHIN THE A/C SYSTEM. WILL NEED TO START BY EVAC AND RECHARGING THE SYSTEM (290.00), ONCE WE DO THIS, WE WILL ADD DYE TO THE SYSTEM TO... Wanted second quote for air conditioner and heater control problems. Mechanic gave estimate for a/c and suggested having Toyota fix the heater control problems as his price was not much less. Was told the entire dash panel would need to be replaced due to loose circuit board. Mechanic notes: INSPECT/DIAGNOSIS ~|~CHECK THE HEATER KNOB CANT SET THE FAN SPEED. Replaced ECM. They reviewed my service history and agreed to cover cost given I'd had almost all maintenance done @ a dealership. 
Apr 2010

118000 mi

US $431
Replaced Air Flow Sensor, $253 Repair CD Hinge Replace owner-supplied blower control assembly; $153 labor and $25 used part 
Jun 2010

120000 mi

US $745
Replaced a/c radiator/condenser 
Aug 2010

122000 mi

US $91
Replaced electrical relay for a/c (did not fix problem of green blinking light and a/c cutting out) 
May 2011

129000 mi

US $125
A/C system not blowing cold air. Was told coolant was low. Added dye to detect leak, but nothing visible. Leak is probably in the evaporator. Refilled coolant & suggested I come back in few weeks to see if anything has leaked out. 
Jun 2011

130000 mi
P0302 - Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected Since spark plugs had been done one year ago, that was not suspected as the problem. May have been a loose gas cap. Code reset, will see if comes back on. 
May 2012

135000 mi

US $30
Car was parked for three months with parking brake on. When I initially tried to release the brake, it stuck but released after a few tries. Had the mechanic take a look just to be sure there was no damage. No repair was actually needed. AC problem when sold. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Jul 2009 - Jan 2012
Aug 2009

196540 mi

C $1300
front shock absorber worn out, two right side wheel bearing start making grinding sound after going thru a big pothole. Replaced both front shocks plus all 4 wheel bearings. 

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2001 Toyota Prius 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jul 2009 - Oct 2009
Sep 2009

95000 mi

US $890
Got triangle warning/check engine lights. Dealer said it was engine startup/misfiring problem in the fuel injection system and they would have to replace gas tank, clean the (something)plate, replace the spark plugs, etc. 

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2001 Toyota Prius Repair Histories

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