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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,378 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Toyota Prius engine problems

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2002 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The check engine light on my car came on and the engine stalled. The car had to be towed to the dealer. The car was repaired at a cost to me of $1100. The throttle body had to be replace, and also the ECM. The car only has 75000 miles.

- Haltom City, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 282006

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,510 miles
NHTSA released a report on Toyota Prius 2002 recall last July 06 and Toyota will recall this by Aug 06, but there not doing it. Vehicle safety defect/noncompliance notices received during July...... 34,771 my 2001-2002 echo and Prius passenger vehicles.... which could cause the engine to stall while driving... the recall is expected to begin early August 2006.... Toyota and dealership are tried to get away from this issue to my car Prius 2002. At the dealer they tried to charge me for $10,000 to fix this and not guaranteeing that will solve the stalling problem that was last Oct 06. Dealership are not train to diagnose Prius car but they selling for it. Proof they want me to pay $600 just to diagnose for specialist technician. Now they (Toyota) trying to get away to fix stalling problem to my Prius 2002. Please help, as I'm old now going broke.

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2002 Toyota Prius in April 2002 and within the first two months the vehicle stopped while on the freeway at 65+ mph and the gas engine would not work, I had to drive on the electrical motor. It was repaired at the Toyota dealer in carlsbad, ca. This is the same issue that was reported in the press today.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 282003

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
While driving the vehicle stalled. It was difficult to get the vehicle restarted. On several occasions, the vehicle stalled out. Vehicle stalled out four times, and the last time it caused an accident and the air bags did not deploy.

- Daly City, CA, USA

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