2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


Toyota Prius - No Warranty, No Love

December 06, 2006

We're approaching 46k miles in our '04 Prius, which means the warranty umbrella is becoming smaller and smaller. Its small enough now that it no longer covers our recent electrical rebellion from the NAV/radio screen.

It took the dealer a few hours to diagnose the malfunction as an electrical short and recommend replacing the entire display screen. As one might expect, this lightens the wallet substantially: $96.88 for labor, $460 for parts, 1 arm and 1 leg... A total of $604.83 after taxes.

Our service advisor blamed it on the sun. In the past we've experienced a glare across the NAV screen during daylight driving, so this explanation seemed to make sense. That was until our inner skeptic saw a display at the cashier's counter advertising nothing other than covers for Prius display screens - - now available in the parts department. Coincidence? Conspiracy aside, it just might be worth the $39.99 investment.

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