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2004 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Chart based on 157 repairs.

2004 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

Chart based on 80 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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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2008 - Jun 2011
Jun 2008

65000 mi

US $120
The shifter would not return to the neutral position after it was placed in drive or reverse. Dealer wanted $700 to replace. Got new one from junkyard for $120. Checking old one, found insufficient grease. 
Oct 2008

67000 mi
Have the fancy 6 cd radio, but the problem is the AM is junk, it cannot pull in the traffic news stations in my area. Several friends are having the same problem with pulling in the am stations, including the mechanic who looked at it and checked antenna 
Toyota Prius in Kansas, United States
May 2008 - Nov 2011
Jun 2008

112000 mi

US $239
Repaired in June. Car died on road. Wichita Toyota dealership replaced a fuse to repair,charged $240 service advisor lied as to which fuse I later found out. Replaced faulty cooling pump myself. 
Aug 2009

157000 mi

US $15
MFD screen intermittently malfunctions, several times/day with audio and a/c problems. I took out MFD, cleaned the main connection between the two inner circuit boards, sprayed same with contact cleaner from Radio Shack. Reassembled and works like new. 
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Jan 2009 - Mar 2012
Feb 2009

162000 mi

US $30
I replaced the two HID headlights with cheap aftermarket bulbs. The lights were going out while driving. Turning the light switch off and back on made the lights come back on. Now the lights stay on until they are turned off. 
Oct 2009

173000 mi

US $200
The traction battery went bad. I got a new battery from a 2007 Prius with 26k miles from a junk yard. The battery was 400 and Toyota gave me 150 back for the old battery. I will also sell the battery ECU for maybe 50. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jan 2007 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

98000 mi
Replaced audio system headunit because it wouldn't play CDs reliably. 
Apr 2009

100000 mi

US $25
Left axle seal was leaking "pretty good". Covered by a 7-year 100k extended warranty, $25 deductible. Problem was discovered while the dealership performed a "pre-delivery inspection" done at my request and for which I paid $95, to find problems. 
Sep 2010

115000 mi

US $460
While the car was at the dealership for an oil change, we were told that the inverter coolant pump was noisy and needed replacing. The car was taken to an indy shop, who said that there was no problem with the inverter coolant pump. 
Feb 2011

124000 mi

US $190
Replaced passenger side tail lamp assembly because the LED brake light was working intermittently. One LED was completely non-functional and the rest would fail to illuminate about 50% of the time. Both front door-panel-mounted speakers (JBL) had torn surrounds. Both speakers were replaced with aftermarket speakers. 
Toyota Prius in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2006 - Jun 2015
Jan 2008

57040 mi

C $44
Check engine code P0138 post-catalytic converter O2 sensor. Part ordered. 
Feb 2008

58900 mi

C $400
Dealer replaced O2 sensor, but check engine light still came on. I then purchased a ScanGauge for $170 to clear and diagnose the problem. 
Apr 2008

61380 mi

C $366
Check Engine light P0031 fixed by replacing air-fuel ratio sensor. I purchased the replacement sensor over the Internet since dealer price was high. 
Jul 2011

116560 mi

C $730
Replaced oxygen and air/fuel sensors to clear check engine light.  Also replaced a leaking exhaust gasket. Dealer also replaced inverter cooling pump at no cost (recall). Replaced brake fluid (maintenance item). 
Feb 2013

140720 mi

C $350
Replaced stainless steel muffler since it had developed a hole. 
Feb 2015

164280 mi

C $565
Noise proportional to speed and steering. Bought new Chinese made hubs online and got local shop to replace both front wheel bearings. 
May 2015

167400 mi

C $70
Wipers stopped working. Linkage failed. Replaced with used part from ebay. 
Toyota Prius in Maryland, United States
Dec 2006 - Feb 2010
Dec 2007

49000 mi

US $200
Gear shift lever was binding and sounded like it was going to break. Shop said lever was bent behind dash. They fixed the lever and greased the rods. 
Toyota Prius in Kentucky, United States
Jun 2007 - Jun 2011
Sep 2007

53000 mi
Dash on passenger side is warping and interferes with opening top of glovebox. 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Oct 2005 - Jun 2015
Jun 2005

21200 mi
Replace hood latch 
Mar 2007

38 mi
Burned out L.E.D. "Headlights On" indicator light. Dealer quoted $542 to repair/replace. High cost due to labor of pulling dash. 
Sep 2007

45000 mi
Inverter Water Pump. Car not driveable. Parts had to be ordered. Took 2 days for parts to arrive and 1 day to install. 
Apr 2008

52000 mi

US $67
Defective Shade, driver's side. Would not stay up out of the way, could not push fully forward. Seam splitting. Replaced with new one. 
Jan 2011

82000 mi

US $975
Replaced both headlights, at $150 each, which required removal and replacement of front bumper for an additional $125 labor. Vacuum seal wouldn't close so had to be replaced. Parts and labor $550. 
Mar 2013

106000 mi

US $400
Gas engine water pump was considered leaking by the dealer. Not noticed by owner. 
Oct 2013

110700 mi

US $346
Water pump and thermostat had to be replaced 
May 2014

116300 mi

US $345
Rear passenger tail light replaced. 
Toyota Prius in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2005 - Jun 2015
Sep 2005

42145 mi

US $164
AC Condenser leak 
Dec 2007

105000 mi

US $42
Hydraulic squeak in right front of Prius when brake depressed. Required bleeding the right front caliper. Note: the dealer wanted to do a full front brake job (pads & rotors) for over $450. None of that work was required. 
Apr 2010

172000 mi
Classic 2004 MFD failure. Repair requires dash removal, MFD removal (with minor dis-assembly) and re-soldering connector pin 60 connection. Instructions at: http://www.techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/mfd/ $3000 if Dealer did the work! 
May 2010

173000 mi

US $82
CD player rejecting most CDs. Replaced unit with one salvaged from a 2006 Prius. Part came from AutoBeYours.com 
Aug 2010

180000 mi

US $952
Deferred Maintenance of the front Struts. Replaced both struts and upper mounts at my local gas station (not hybrid related so dealer not required) Diagnose periodic "clunk" in steering column - $90. Parts ordered. Did ATF refresh (3rd time) - $100. Replaced upper steering Column unit! cost $800 + diag. Parts - $600 (Shaft assembly, Yoke sub assembly, Steering shaft 1) Labor $180 
Apr 2011

196000 mi

US $2000
HV battery failed at 194k miles. High RPM when accelerating. SOC fluctuated rapidly. MPG OK. Later the dashboard lit up - P0A80 code. ReInVolt (NC) supplied a refurbished battery for $1600 to my Dealer (CT) who installed it for $400. 
Nov 2011

211000 mi

US $250
The Salvage Stereo installed previously became intermittent (CD skipped tracks). Had a local Stereo shop install a Pioneer Stereo for $250. Works much better than the OE in all respects, but gave up the steering and MFD control functions. 
Dec 2011

213000 mi

US $170
The 12v battery was finally showing it's age. Replaced it with an Optima Yellow-Top (with Japanese thin terminals). 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2007 - Mar 2010
Sep 2007

109000 mi

US $300
Replace front brake pads 

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2004 Toyota Prius Repair Histories

124 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2004 Toyota Prius. 61 of these members (49.2%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 157 repairs to 2004 Toyota Prii--an average of 1.3 per vehicle--have been reported.

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