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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
120,875 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. pay for new battery (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Toyota Prius electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 152008

Prius 1.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


The hybrid battery had 1 bad cell, which ruins the whole battery and had to have replaced. They originally wanted over $3,000 for the battery, but I talked them down to $2000 after searching other Toyota parts dealers.

- , Denton, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

The HV battery died while I was on the interstate driving home. It took me some time to get over to the side and not get hit. The dealer wants to replace the HV battery, the electronic unit and all of the cables. It will cost me $4,000. I REALLY like the car but I can't afford that.

- , Hays, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 072005

(reported on)


  • 64,000 miles

I have had 3 recalls with the Prius.


steering problem

electric battery.. the big one in the trunk.

I expected better quality from Toyota

- , 23 Gloria St, Uxbridge, USA

problem #1

Oct 022007

(reported on)

Prius Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,500 miles

Toyota knows this is a problem since this is the first year they made the Prius. They need to help me replace this battery and pay for it...the car is useless and will not run. I already replaced the starter battery and that cost me $250 bucks. The main HV Battery will cost $4,000 bucks to fix it!!!! Ouch!!! I don't have that...who does?!

- , Monterey, CA, USA

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