My 2002 Prius has 94,395 miles on it & dealer tells me it needs a new transmission for $5,000 with 1 year guarantee. They say it's not a common problem. Other transmission garages say transmissions should last longer than 94,000 miles. Toyota is offerring little support- although I own two Prius cars and have been a long time customer of Toyota, and have always had my cars serviced by the dealerships.I am worried that if I invest to fix the car, what next major problem is going to occur? Any advice???
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Re: 2002 Toyota Prius needs new transmission
Looking at the age of the vehicle - I would not invest $5000 in it.
Look in your local business pages for second-hand parts dealers, and get a quote for small garages to do the work of replacing it.
Chances are you will find a low-milage transmission for $250, and pay around $200 to have it installed - so for $450 you're good to go again.
If this was a younger vehicle, then yes I would go through dealerships to keep the logbook perfect; But at this age it's only 3 years off it's designed lifetime, and 10 year old vehicles are very low priced.
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does the trans slip? make noise? I can guarantee you you'd have a real hard time finding any OTHER place that'd charge $5000 for a trans...that, excuse me, is stupid...and arrogant. I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that the 'dealer' did not actually tell you what the code was...but if they did, let us know, because unless it melted the trans and the engine, I cannot imagine how it would cost $5000 to fix it...
sure, if you have a little mechanical knowledge and a few tools you can do it. here is a great site for beginners with pics http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/simple.html
but it doesnt have everything. if anything get fimilar with the components under the hood.
I am a fellow Prius owner, mine only has 8,000 miles though ;-) If I was you I'd just bite the bullet and take it to the dealer. Worst case is you're out the $100 or whatever they'd charge to diagnose the problem. You can always fix it yourself but if they do a proper diagnosis it could save you money in the long run. Does it sound like the noise is internal? You may also want to search or post at PriusChat.com, a Prius forum.p.s. Congrats on getting 189K miles on it already, these cars last a long time, I'm very happy with mine.
This violent shaking where you can stop it by holding the steering wheel in my experience is due to a BAD rack and pinion. Replace rack and that will solve this problem. Good Luck and thanks for using FIX YA
What was the weight of the oil that was put into the engine when it was changed? Prius engines are VERY PICKY about the proper weight of the engine oil. Trust me. I see this quite often. The wrong weight oil can do bizzare things, and def lower your mileage. Something you can check: Take off the tube leading to the throttle body, and look down into the intake. Do you see any oil laying in the intake manifold? If so, you DEF have the wrong weight oil. This will NOT set a Check Engine light, either. Hope this helps.
Here is the answer that you are looking for: Never.
The auto trans fluid in a Prius is what we call "World Spec", and never needs to be changed. Why? Because the Prius trans fluid is not used for hydraulic pressure or cooling the ATF fluid due to the lack of the aforementioned hydraulic pressure. All that the ATF does is perform a "lubrication" function. As long as there is no contamination of the fluid (such as being in a flood), do not bother with it.
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