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Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (2%)

Brakes and Traction Control (9%)

Suspension and Steering (11%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (36%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (7%)

Other (6%)

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Toyota Prius suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (7%)

$500 - $999 (24%)

$100 - $499 (41%)

< $100 (24%)

Chart based on 254 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

9000 mi Faulty caster bolt. Took 2 days because the recall. 

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2012 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

24140 mi Steering column assembly knocking noise when turning. 
36580 mi Replaced steering rack 
3000 mi The car had a "clunky" feel in the steering from new. It was only noticeable when moving the steering wheel large amounts at rest, and parking lot speed. The steering intermediate shaft was replaced, fixing the problem. Rough U-joint. 

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2011 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

69000 mi

US $540
Failed front passenger side wheel bearing. This lead to very load road noise. Entire hub needed to be replaced. Toyota parts used. Mechanic was able to replace hub on car so no alignment needed. 
8680 mi Rattling noise for steering shaft,  
13020 mi

Replaced steering column shaft - design fault. Fixed rattling noises - dashboard, center console. 
21440 mi FL suspension link noise-Replaced. 
25420 mi

Noise heard when go over bump 
32420 mi

Thud felt when turning 
38160 mi EPS replace. Problem resurface again--small amount of free play when turning. RF suspension replaced due to noise. 
42780 mi EPS never fixed. 

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2010 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

70680 mi The left rear hun & bearing assy replaced, due to the audible noise when speed over 60km/h 
136700 mi

US $500
Bad wheel bearing on driver side rear of vehicle. Entire assembly replaced. 
100000 mi

US $200
Rear wheel bearings gone bad. Replaced both rear hub assembly with Timken parts. 
25000 mi

US $140
Heard loud noise from front passenger; found FR wheel excessive play. Dealer found worn front and rear right wheel bearings. Replaced hub and bearing assmbly. Paid for 4 wheel alignment. 
117180 mi

C $300
Front wheel bearings are vibrating. Replaced front left bearing, the right will be done in March. 
117180 mi

C $300
Replaced front right wheel bearing. 
87000 mi Worn wheel bearing 
155000 mi

US $465
Heard a loud roaring sound above 35 mph. Replaced left rear hub and bearing assembly. 
143000 mi Replaced all struts, shocks and sway bars. Worn out shocks caused premature wear of rear tires, that were also replaced (tire cost not included in this report). Issue discovered because of excessive road noise. 
95000 mi

US $250
Stabilizer bars worn. Both were replaced. 
59000 mi

US $386
Both rear wheel bearing hubs were worn and making a terrible racket and were replaced. 
98000 mi

US $20
Back right shock squeaking. Mechanic tightened for free. Also did oil change same time. 
32700 mi Rear end alignment was off. There are no known adjustment for rear alignment. Dealer recommend body shop for fix. Dealer watching rear alignment If it gets worst then the car will be taken to a body shop for repairs. 
93000 mi

US $420
Increasing vibration and noise observed over a few months. Determined the right rear wheel bearing was failing. Had it replaced at a local shop. 
111000 mi

US $298
Rear shocks replaced 
36000 mi Wheel Bearing failure - Drivers side 
102300 mi

US $560
Bearing was damaged causing loud noises with the transmission 
78500 mi

US $94
Driver side shock absorber failed - the seal busted. 
113000 mi

US $300
Failed wheel bearing right rear 
86460 mi

C $270
Front left wheel bearing began to make noise. After inspection some minor play noticed. Replaced with Toyota OEM (Koyo) bearing. 
78000 mi

US $560
passenger side rear wheel bearing started to fail 
82046 mi

US $382
Upper steering shaft replaced under cpo warranty. Was causing clunking noise and jerky motion. 
14880 mi Sounds of something loose and caused noise when drove over rough path 
39060 mi Lubricated the rack as it caused knocking sound when do sharp turns. Knock continues. 
54560 mi motor on steering column loosen caused noise when turn or on bumpy road 

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2009.5 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

56000 mi Play in steering column, most noticable when stationary but slightly noticeable as a clunk over low speed bumps. 

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2009 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

109300 mi

US $470
Front wheel bearing noisy and was replaced. 
170000 mi

US $200
Noisy front wheel bearing- Replaced wheels bearing with new bearing assembly. 
38000 mi Leaking rear shock absorber replaced under warranty while performing 60000 km service. 
64160 mi

R 3000
The shock absorbers in the front strut assemblies were replaced. The shock absorbers were leaking and not performing like they used to due to normal wear and tear.  
101680 mi

Replaced front right wheelbearing. Clear pitting in the rolling-surface of the balls of the bearing. Also replaced front disks and pads, not added to the above mentioned price. 
63860 mi leaking strut replaced 
68200 mi

C $700
both front wheel bearings 
81000 mi Bad left front wheel bearing. No cost as I purchased extended warranty 
164700 mi

US $1100
Front struts 
25000 mi

US $355
right front wheel bearing only, saved the hub 
87000 mi

US $88
Bearings were bad, replaced both sides Continued to make noise when driving, strut mounts replaced both sides. Still making some noise when hitting potholes or road bumps 

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2008.5 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

107000 mi Front left hand hub/wheel bearing replaced 
114000 mi

Sway bar links worn making knocking noise on uneven ground. 

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2008 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

159700 mi

US $120
Tie-rod end on both side of the front axle. They were worn out due to occasional excessive load. 
99000 mi Left rear shock replaced under Toyota platimum warranty. Costs was zero but would have been $315 if no warranty. 
88300 mi

US $200
Front left wheel bearing noisy. Replaced bearing and hub. 
44000 mi

US $54
Leveling Sensor Linkage worn causing squeaking in back of car. 
68000 mi

US $1200
Replaced front wheel bearings and aligned wheels 
8300 mi

US $220
fix problem with suspension post transmission rebuild  
123380 mi

C $820
Faulty Wheel Bearing. Was Seized on CV shaft both had to be replaced 
167000 mi

US $709
The car was making a lot of noise while driving. The shop replaced the hub bearing 
225000 mi

US $1586
The car was pulling to the left despite having been aligned. The car was making a very loud groan as I drove and having previously replaced the right bearing I assumed the left also needed changed. After changing the left bearing, the mechanic test drove the car and heard same noise I'd been hearing. The right bearing was also bad and the front axle had been cross-threaded and needed replaced. 
62000 mi One Leaking rear strut. Will repair later. 
87420 mi

C $400
Front bearing assembly replaced. 
96300 mi

US $110
Front left wheel bearing replaced 
120000 mi

US $200
Replaced all 4 shocks, when removed none really were very bad, car needed aligned really bad so I wanted to do shocks first. Also alignment required shims on rear and camber bolts up front, it drives like new now. Alignment cost 300. 
69576 mi

US $50
Replaced RF wheel bearing 
116000 mi

US $489
LF wheel bearing squealing, replaced bearing 
70000 mi

US $600
Passenger front wheel bearing 
106000 mi

US $1000
Replace front sway-bar links. 
80000 mi There was a rattle when front tires went over a bump. Only noticeable at speed below 15 mph. Front Sway Bar links were worn out. 
150000 mi

US $400
Replaced passenger side wheel bearing (necessitated entire hub assembly) 
56260 mi

C $126
Left front wheel bearing replaced under warranty. Dealer required a wheel alignment which was NOT covered under warranty. 
36000 mi Control arm makes noise when turning under braking. The parts were replaced 
61000 mi

US $250
Noticed I had to turn radio louder with windows down with beginning of warmer weather. Thought tire problem. At regular service interval dealer found and replaced defective both front wheel bearings. Charged for alignment. 
95300 mi

US $40
Steering completely locked. Recall repair had been completed prior to this incident. Shop cleaned contact points. 

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2007 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

78000 mi

US $200
I had brought the car in to get it allinged properly. The shop said suspension needed to be tighted a bit. Car drives much better now. 
81000 mi

US $550
Both front wheel bearings were replaced (left was noisy, right had excessive play). Car also required alignment because the left steering knuckle had to be removed to extract the bearing. 
65000 mi recall- replace steering part. they claimed preventive, but slack and wandering I'd previously noticed in the steering was gone. 
165000 mi

US $1300
Replace worn components Struts replaced on all four corners 
144000 mi

US $500
New owner of dealership: Went in for front end align. Dealer did not do; claiming damage to multiple front end components although car drives fine and only minor tire wear.  
85000 mi

US $400
Wheel bearing failure 
59000 mi

US $500
Front passenger wheel bearing needed replacement after 58,000 miles 
220000 mi

US $500
The dampers failed after about 219K! Over a long road trip they got hot and it felt like a low rider. Replaced with new toyota struts and shocks. Feels like a new car again. 
55800 mi

C $1000
main bearing in left front wheel required replacement 
65060 mi Replaced both macpherson struts under warranty after one started leaking. 
76000 mi Humming sound when driving. Dealer replaced left front wheel bearing under warranty. 
50000 mi

US $300
The repair shop recommended new shocks at the cost of $1100, front and rear shocks for the 2007 Prius. Repairs not done ! 
66000 mi

US $300
Back Passenger Side Wheel Bearing was making noise and needed replacement. 
135300 mi

US $70
Excessive play in tie rod, replaced with my new part. Struts. Ride had gotten horrible. 
36580 mi

C $220
Right front wheel noisy; bearing no good, replaced. 
67000 mi Car developed clunking noise when going over bumps or into driveways after brake actuator was replaced. Dealership re-torqued all front suspension. Seems to have fixed the problem. 
3000 mi vehicle was delivered with a leaking passenger side rear strut - repaired under warranty 
42000 mi

leaking shock absorber 

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2006 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

124300 mi

US $325
broken left rear spring 
141000 mi

US $450
left front wheel bearing 
122000 mi

US $1000
Front Passenger wheel bearing was bad. 
180000 mi

US $385
Replacement of left front wheel bearing 
46700 mi Problem presented as a rumbling/vibration sound that got loud at around 45MPH. right front wheel bearing was bad. Replaced under powertrain warranty. 
70000 mi Right passenger wheel bearing was making a sound. Needed to be replaced. some nut was damaged and needed to be replaced as well. They needed a few days because extended warranty people had to randomly inspect. Would have been $1K. 
91000 mi Bad wheel bearing 
166000 mi

US $400
struts need to be replaced for first time 
238000 mi

US $80
Replaced both inner tie rod ends and performed alignment. 
178000 mi

US $745
Front shocks, $745. 
196000 mi

US $800
Replace worn front strut shocks 
242000 mi

US $1400
Replace front and rear shocks Replace upper strut supports Replace spring insulators Replace spring bellows 
77000 mi

US $1100
replaced both front wheel bearings 
135000 mi

US $900
Both front wheel bearings failed 
58000 mi

US $450
Front driver side wheel bearing replaced. 
114000 mi

US $1350
Clunking sound on bumps 
22000 mi Have had intermittent cracking noise in steering column or rack and pinion. Dealer has looked for the cause of the problem on two occasions but could not pinpoint the problem. Otherwise trouble free. 
32000 mi Took my Prius in to the service department again to diagnose a cracking noise and sensation that can be felt in the steering wheel. It is an intermittent problem and as with the two other times I have taken the car in it didn't make a sound for the techni 
32000 mi I located the cause of the cracking noise in my steering column by myself. The plastic in the dash must be rubbing on the column. Adjusting the wheel up and down eliminates the problem.  
91300 mi

US $200
Noise from front end. Especially loud at 25 - 27 mph. Replaced wheel bearing. 
109000 mi

US $1500
Front Wheels noisy, wheel bearings replaced 

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2005 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

115000 mi

Broken coil spring replaced with other side coil spring replaced to match. 
96000 mi

US $704
Clunking in front end when driving over sharp bumps at low speed. Replaced both front struts, which necessitated a 4-wheel alignment. 
99000 mi

US $2076
Rack & pinion, Half-shaft & Yoke assy, 4-wheel alignment Replace rear struts 
148000 mi

US $400
new wheel bearings needed 
49000 mi

US $220
Replace height sensor. Replaced myself, got part from 
158700 mi

US $3000
All 4 struts blown 
160000 mi Struts still need replacement 
163000 mi Struts never replaced. Also sway bar rattle. 
46000 mi

US $500
Front stabilizer bar/assy replaced 
65700 mi

US $682
Front wheel bearing needed replacement - many potholes in MA are hard to see at night. 
138000 mi

US $718
Corrosion had deteriorated the functioning of the strut on one side; other side strut had already been replaced earlier due to a collision. 
284000 mi

US $1700
front wheel bearings replaced, back brakes replaced 
87000 mi When tires were replaced on 8/21/09, an alignment was performed during which the technician noted excessive toe-in on the right rear wheel that would have to be shimmed to be corrected. No uneven wear at this point, so no shimming will be done yet. 
297000 mi

US $330
front left strut bad / replaced both front with used stut assemblies 2x$75.00 plus $180.00 labor 
146700 mi The shocks started feeling bad and were losing their pressure. Replaced all the shocks. 
127720 mi

C $450
Noisy left front hub bearing. Replaced by Midas Muffler using dealer parts. Dealer price for parts was substantially lower than wholesale price available at other sources. Overall experience with local dealership contacts has been very positive. 
171120 mi

C $350
Noisy bearing in right front hub assembly. Replaced assembly. Dealer cost for part was half of what was being charged at aftermarket suppliers. 
213860 mi

C $220
Right Front wheel bearing becoming slightly noisy, so replaced as a precaution. 
241000 mi

US $150
Front left wheel bearing failed. Replaced with OEM Toyota wheel bearing/hub assembly. 
140000 mi

US $600
rear end hit at 100k caused rear bushings and shocks to go bad Toyota refused responsibility even though I took it to them twice so I had a local shop do it at 1000 $ cheaper 
116000 mi

US $13
Sway bar bushing cracked and fell out and the car was making a rattling noise on the drivers side over bumps. I jacked the car up and noticed the bushing had fallen out so I bought replacements at the dealer and put them in. 
102920 mi

C $650
Hum from right side of car developed at speeds of 50km/h and faster. Wheel bearing replaced and 4 wheel alignment. 
111000 mi

US $817
The left front wheel bearing wore out. Replaced both since it was in the shop. 
142000 mi

US $600
Left wheel bearing was noisy. Replaced wheel bearing assembly. 
117700 mi

US $500
Heard a rumbling in the front end and was diagnosed with "play" in front left wheel assembly, repair was made - noise is gone. 
123000 mi

US $450
replaced 2nd front end module containing a noisy wheel bearing. 
125000 mi

US $332
The front sway bar links were getting loose. The front stabilizer bar control was removed and replaced. 
127000 mi

US $600
Rear shocks were leaking - replaced 
152500 mi Dealer informed us that rear struts needed replacing and the noise was from the differential. Est. repair for struts $1000, differential could go another 100K miles. 
132000 mi

US $1390
R&R Shifter. R&R Hub & Bearing Assemblies front left and right 
100000 mi

US $800
Right front wheel bearing making noise, it was replaced. 
169700 mi

US $1036
Sway Bar Frame Bushing Front Stabilizer Bar Bushing - Both Both front Struts R&R Rear shock/strut assembly Poly-Rib Belt (Water Pump drive belt) 
179300 mi

US $130
Replaced noisy wheel bearing 
202000 mi

US $375
Wheel bearing had play, was replaced 

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2004 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

76-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

35252 mi Performed Steering Shift Campaign 60C. 
299500 mi

US $136
LF bearing failed. Due to corrosion I had a machine shop remove the old bearing and a broken ABS screw. This the first non-warrantee repair. Most trouble free car I've ever owned. 
149000 mi

US $320
Procured replacement front end shocks on EBay for $80. Shop installed units and performed alignment for $240. Notable improvement after 150,000 miles on original equipment 
142000 mi

US $530
leaking rear struts were replaced 
166500 mi

US $230
92000 mi Needed front end work. 
107000 mi

US $331
Rear shocks were leaking and had to be replaced. 
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 
129000 mi

US $350
Loud humming noticed on the interstate when turning to the left. Repair shop determined the left front wheel bearing needed to be replaced. 
133300 mi

C $720
The right front strut was leaking so both front struts needed to be replaced. 
178000 mi

US $800
New struts. They were the original parts and didn't have much compression. 
187000 mi

US $385
Faulty universal joint in steering column 
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. 

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2003 Toyota Prius

Engine not specified

188000 mi

US $650
bad wheel bearing 

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2003 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan

70-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

127000 mi

US $290
replaced rear passenger side wheel bearing 
156000 mi Rear bearings 

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2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan

70-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

88187 mi

US $900
Replace Steering ECU and Steering Rack Assembly (covered under warranty), replace 4 tires, 4 wheel alignment, 90,000 mile service 
129000 mi

US $400
wheel bearings (one wheel) 
154500 mi

US $650
Front struts replaced 
157480 mi

A $120
Rear Wheel Bearing replacement 
234000 mi

US $120
Strut noise evident in front and back. Not repaired yet. 
235000 mi

US $550
sway bar bushings bad - bolts snapped off and had to lower front frame to fix. major job fixing 2 broken bolts. 
242000 mi

US $300
Front struts replaced due to noise. 
271300 mi new noise has appeared - not yet debugged, but sounds like a ball joint. 
295000 mi

US $1100
both lower control arm bushing were worn out. front right wheel bearing worn out 
299700 mi

US $500
rear connector link worn out. 
307000 mi

US $380
left front wheel bearing noise repaired with bearing and casting replaced. 
342000 mi

US $900
subframe broken during replacement of bushings. Shop at fault, but would not take responsibility. 
272300 mi

US $110
replaced rr bearing hub 
144000 mi

US $430
Replace rear wheel bearings 
182000 mi

US $640
Left front wheel bearing replaced. 
194300 mi

US $249
wheel bearing front driver side, saved hub 
169000 mi

US $280
Replaced right rear wheel bearing 
25064 mi Internal binding in power steering rack. Code C1513, torque sensor abnormal. Replaced power steering rack and scan tool for light OP Code 444401P.X T1:97, T2:73. Warranty work. 
185300 mi Power Steering Problem, Power Assist disables itself, manual steering works fine. Driving car without power assist--not recommended. 
203000 mi Power steering out when traded. 
132000 mi

US $900
Steering rack needed to be replaced. From the dealership it cost $2,200!?!? Bought a re-manufactured part and had it installed at a local shop. Has worked wonderfully for 300 miles. 
170000 mi

US $750
Wheel bearings, rear driver side replaced 
195000 mi Excessive play in the steering system. Will require a new steering rack. Happily I have one. Also, wheel bearings need to be changed in front two wheels. 

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2001 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan

70-horsepower 1.5L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

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. 
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! 
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) 
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. 
191000 mi

US $350
The noise from the wheel bearing turned out to be coming from the rear wheel hubs instead of the front wheel bearings. I mis-diagnosed the location of the noise due to carelessness and over-confident. 
142600 mi

C $450
Noise from rear of car increased with speed. Wheel bearing failed. Replaced RIGHT rear hub assembly. 
120000 mi Stearing had a pull in it. Dealer found right fr strut leaking, and left rear shock leaking. Recommended replacing all shocks, struts, assembly fr end, sub assembly front end. for total cost of $1703.xx. repair was not done at this time. 
213000 mi

US $1000
Needed struts and connecting hardware. Not bad after 213000 miles. 
172000 mi

US $163
Rear bearing replacement. 
185700 mi

US $550
Replaced right rear wheel bearing - no acute failure but excessive noise. 
250000 mi

US $850
needed new struts on both sides, had gone for so long on bad struts that the bearing plates had to be replaced too. 
274300 mi

US $480
rear driver side wheel bearing replaced 
289000 mi

US $200
One sway bar end was loose, so both were replaced 
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. 
223000 mi

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

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