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2012 Toyota Prius repairs by problem area

Engine (25%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (19%)

Other (10%)

Chart based on 52 repairs.
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2012 Toyota Prius repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (3%)

$500 - $999 (8%)

$100 - $499 (10%)

< $100 (77%)

Chart based on 39 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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2012 Toyota Prius

Engine not specified

Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Dec 2014

41000 mi
Water pump failure 

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2012 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Plug-in Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2013 - Dec 2015
Oct 2014

41200 mi

US $875
Power management control unit, 12 volt battery 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Mar 2017
Nov 2013

11000 mi
Rattles & squeaks from doors, dash, center console, and glove box. Poor allowance for plastic part contraction during temperatures below 55°. Ameliorated by padding at points of noise. 
Toyota Prius in Utah, United States
Apr 2015 - Mar 2017
Apr 2016

54800 mi

US $600
Water pump failed for radiator 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Feb 2016 - Dec 2016
Dec 2016

104000 mi
Headlight bulbs. 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
Sep 2012 - Jan 2017
Dec 2013

12000 mi
Friction brake pads kicks in abruptly and disengages in split second. It felt like hitting a wall split second. 
Mar 2014

16000 mi
The master cylinder sensor error code found and the entire unit was replaced. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Dec 2014
May 2013

9000 mi
Plug In Hybrid making unusual knocking noise when under the moderate load to the engine. Dealers could not find the problem and deemed as normal operation. I had Regular Prius Hybrid (Not Plug In), and never had this issue before. 

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2012 Toyota Prius 4dr Hatch

98-horsepower 1.8L I4 Hybrid CVT FWD

Toyota Prius in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Dec 2016
Aug 2016

51800 mi

US $300
Difficulty starting vehicle. Towed to dealer. Dealer recharged battery overnight. Starting problem showed again. Second visit, dealer stated no problem with 12V battery. I demanded a replacement. Everything normal now. 
Toyota Prius in North Carolina, United States
May 2012 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

61500 mi

US $50
Passenger side windshield wiper stopped working. 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jul 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2015

38900 mi
Front door lock actuators failed. 
Jun 2016

75000 mi

US $300
blower fan stopped working. same thing happened on my last Prius at about same mileage. 
Toyota Prius in Malaysia
Jan 2014 - Jan 2017
Sep 2014

16740 mi

$300
Fixed dashboard and rear boot rattling. Tighten steering column. Replaced manifold and fuel injector. 
Feb 2015

24240 mi
Steering column assembly knocking noise when turning. 
May 2015

27660 mi
Lazy to report the problem due to time constrain. Will report at the next service. 
Feb 2016

38180 mi
Replace EGR Windscreen inner layer star shape Fume smell when accelerating. Center console rattling noise Replaced steering rack Replaced seat track Front and back bumper discoloration 
Apr 2016

36580 mi
Replaced rear boot weather strip 
Jun 2016

42160 mi
Steering rod rattling noise 
Oct 2016

49160 mi
Engine tapping noise. Performed fuel ignition decarbonize 4 times. Readjust, tighten steering rod Rear LH passenger door rattling noise Replace HV battery. OBD2 error code: P0A80 
Toyota Prius in New York, United States
May 2015 - Mar 2017
May 2016

50000 mi
DC/DC converter also know inverter unit warranty repair 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jun 2015 - Sep 2016
Aug 2016

30300 mi

US $2175
Air conditioning compressor failure. On request, Toyota paid 75 percent of parts, labor and tax. 
Toyota Prius in Oregon, United States
Feb 2012 - Feb 2014
Feb 2013

22300 mi
system displays an KEY NOT FOUND error when rear hatch is lifted while car is running. Opted to live with it until dealer updates software. 
Mar 2013

25000 mi
Front power outlet stopped working. Will wait until next Dealer-paid oil change to repair. 
Apr 2013

25500 mi
There was a short in a wire relating to the auxillary power plug-in. The dealer believed that their leather installer had improperly put the console back together when finishing. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Mar 2017
Oct 2013

22700 mi
Bluetooth connectivity to telephone would not work. The Bluetooth antenna was replaced. 
Feb 2014

26000 mi
Left headlight went out, was replaced under warrabty 
Nov 2016

62800 mi

US $17
Replaced burned out left headlight. Also replaced right headlight at the same time. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016
Mar 2016

32000 mi
Timing cover oil leak. Seals were replaced. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
Aug 2014

18700 mi
Increasing rattles from console 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Jun 2013 - Mar 2017
Jun 2016

63000 mi

US $800
A slight knock could be heard when turning, especially if turning in bumpy conditions. If turning under speed, a slight clicking sound was heard. Upper control arm bushing wore out early requiring a replacement. 
Feb 2017

73500.0 mi
A slight knock could be heard when turning, especially if turning in bumpy conditions. If turning under speed, a slight clicking sound was heard. Upper control arm bushing wore out early requiring a replacement. This is the 2nd time for the same problem, at the same shop. We were told again that they could not reproduce the issue. Will return when time permits to take technicians for a test drive. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Feb 2013 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

11000 mi
Center console box lid fell off (mechanism for closing the lid broke) 
Aug 2014

29000 mi
Dimmer of dashboard instruments would dim down then brighten up 100% on and on time to time. Started happening after excessive vibration driving with snow chains. Fixed by dealer. 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Jul 2012 - Dec 2016
Jun 2013

32000 mi

US $120
Tire inflation issue 
Toyota Prius in Florida, United States
Aug 2012 - Feb 2017
Oct 2012

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. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Oct 2012 - Dec 2014
Jan 2013

10000 mi
a piece of wire/cord was showing through on the drivers side cushion bottom 
Toyota Prius in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2013 - Mar 2017
Feb 2014

16120 mi

C $10
One fog light bulb (H11) was replaced. I did the replacement, took me 15 minutes. 
Toyota Prius in Nevada, United States
Jan 2012 - Nov 2016
Nov 2016

109000 mi

US $3766
Hybrid battery pack. 8yr, 125k Extended warranty does not cover hybrid components. Hybrid components only covered up to 8yr, 100k 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jan 2014 - Mar 2015
Mar 2014

37000 mi

US $58
Check engine light came on because of fuel tank vacuum leak. Techs tightened fuel cap and cleared alarm. 
Toyota Prius in Pennsylvania, United States
Sep 2013 - Mar 2017
Jul 2016

123000 mi
Dealer repaired and repainted roof due to rust issues 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
May 2013 - Mar 2017
Oct 2016

74200 mi

US $50
Oil leak from timing cover gasket. 
Toyota Prius in California, United States
Jul 2012 - Sep 2016
Apr 2013

24000 mi
brakes making a ticking noise. they haven't been able to resolve it 

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2012 Toyota Prius Repair Histories

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