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5.9

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,143 miles

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2001 Toyota Prius steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 082006

Prius 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2001 Toyota Prius. Consumer states problem with the rack and pinion the consumer stated not long after she purchased the vehicle. She experienced problems with the rack and pinion steering system, including steering wheel shaking and loss of power steering. The consumer took the vehicle in for service and was informed the entire rack and pinion assembly needed to be replaced. The consumer believed the repair may be related to the pinion shaft problem that was just recently identified under a recall. The consumer is seeking reimbursement for the previous repair. Updated 12/28/11. The consumer stated she began to experience the same problem, as she did in 2006 with the vehicle loosing power steering intermittently. The dealer adjusted the torque sensor and recommended a replacement of the sensor and the rack and pinion assembly, if the problem returned again. A few days after the sensor adjustment, the power steering problem did resume again, and it continues to go out intermittently. Updated 04/16/14

- Keizer, OR, USA

problem #6

Jul 012006

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Prius. The contact stated that the steering wheel shakes when turning it in any direction. The failure has been present since the summer of 2006. On July 16, 2007, the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that the steering gear rack and pinion assembly has an internal gear that failed. The manufacturer stated that the contact could pay for the repair in full and they would reimburse him for the parts. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage was 33,837 and failure mileage was 30,000.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 092002

Prius

  • miles
Suspected quality issue resulting in premature wear of front driver's side tire, leading to potentially unsafe driving/handling situations.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 212002

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

For the second time in less than 6 months another front tire blew out while driving. First blowout was in August 2002 with about 21,000 miles on vehicle. Second tire blowout occurred with 27,000 miles on an eighteen month old car. There was no accident, but it was very scary, and it felt unsafe. Wheels vibrated for a few months, small amount, but dealer said nothing was wrong. Finally, dealer informed consumer that something was wrong with rack and pinion steering, and it needed replacement.

- West Milfrod, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 162003

Prius 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
The vehicle lost power when the consumer attempted to accelerate. Also the vehicle pulled to the right the tires were replaced several times and the vehicle had numerous alignments. The rack and pinion was replaced and the fuel tank assembly was replace.

- Plano, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 202002

(reported on)

Prius

  • miles
Consumer stated the steering rack was replaced.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202002

(reported on)

Prius

  • miles
Consumer stated the steering rack was replaced.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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