2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test

2004 Toyota Prius: Freak Out Fixed

July 09, 2010

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A few days ago, our 2004 Toyota Prius officially freaked out and was left at Toyota of Santa Monica.

Well, now it's back, the lights are off, the car has a new inverter pump (thing that pumps coolant to the electrical system) and a new A/C compressor (thing that pumps coolant to the interior occupants). And we're out a whole bunch of money. How much? Follow the jump.


Did we mention it was out of service for only two days?

Or that they called us frequently with updates?

Or that it came back washed?

Or that they've got really good, fresh doughnuts in the morning?

Ok, ok. Sorry.

Inverter pump:

Labor: $533.50

Parts: $147.63

A/C Compressor:

Labor: $469.36

Parts: $1,240.07

Total labor: $1,002.86

Total Parts: $1,387.43

Tax: $135.27

Grand total: $2,525.56

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 70,889 miles

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