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2004 Toyota Prius Problems and Repair Histories

113 TrueDelta members own a 2004 Toyota Prius. 58 of these members (51.3%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 115 repairs to 2004 Toyota Prii--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2004 Toyota Prius problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2004 Toyota Prius problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2004 Toyota Prius problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2004 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

40% of the 2004 Toyota Prius repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 5% to the brakes, 10% to the suspension, 34% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 4% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 115 repairs.

2004 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

Of the 2004 Toyota Prius repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 66% between $100 and $499, 21% between $500 and $999, and 3% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 67 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2004 Toyota Prius problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 64000    
65000 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. 
67000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 111000    
112000 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. 
157000 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. 
238000  
Toyota Prius in Colorado, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 161000    
162000 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. 
173000 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. 
207000  
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2007 51000    
98000 0 Replaced audio system headunit because it wouldn't play CDs reliably. 
100000 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. 
115000 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. 
124000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2006 37200    
57040 44 Check engine code P0138 post-catalytic converter O2 sensor. Part ordered. 
58900 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. 
61380 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. 
116560 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). 
140720 350 Replaced stainless steel muffler since it had developed a hole. 
153140  
Toyota Prius in Maryland, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2006 39000    
49000 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 50000    
53000 0 Dash on passenger side is warping and interferes with opening top of glovebox. 
 
Toyota Prius in Arizona, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
0 Replace hood latch 
38000 0 Burned out L.E.D. "Headlights On" indicator light. Dealer quoted $542 to repair/replace. High cost due to labor of pulling dash. 
45000 0 Inverter Water Pump. Car not driveable. Parts had to be ordered. Took 2 days for parts to arrive and 1 day to install. 
52000 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. 
82000 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. 
106000 400 Gas engine water pump was considered leaking by the dealer. Not noticed by owner. 
110700 346 Water pump and thermostat had to be replaced 
115000  
Toyota Prius in Connecticut, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
164 AC Condenser leak 
105000 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. 
172000 0 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! 
173000 82 CD player rejecting most CDs. Replaced unit with one salvaged from a 2006 Prius. Part came from AutoBeYours.com 
180000 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 
196000 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. 
211000 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. 
213000 170 The 12v battery was finally showing it's age. Replaced it with an Optima Yellow-Top (with Japanese thin terminals). 
255000  
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2007 100000    
109000 300 Replace front brake pads 
 

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