2002 Toyota Prius Consumer Review: Disappointing

2002 Toyota Prius - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (1.5L 4-cyl. Hybrid CVT Automatic)

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By shawn on


2002 Toyota Prius 4dr Sedan (1.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)


Bought this car used. Wonderful first year. Very happy and proud to drive this car. Saved a lot of money in gas. Only averaged 37 mpg, less than I thought. Then check engine light came on. Cost $1200 to replace 12 volt battery and brakes. 2 weeks later light came on again. Dealer service said codes indicated I need new main battery cost is $3600.00. Called back 2 days later was told problem wasn't battery but transaxle, new cost $4600.00. All the money I saved in gas is shot to hell in one repair. It is outrageously expensive to repair this car. No more Prius for me. I no longer have faith in the car or the techs ability to diagnose and solve problems.

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Where do I begin. Driving a car for a year then being handed a bill for $4600.00 to fix things that in an ordinary car would be reasonable is... unreasonable.
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