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5.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,335 miles

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2002 Toyota Prius suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 192006

Prius

  • 40,000 miles

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

2002 Prius has had numerous problems with tires having to be replaced or repaired. The consumer has had to replaced 6 tires and has had 3 tires repaired. The tire on the vehicle are special tire and can only be purchased at a Toyota dealer.

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 152005

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,008 miles
Check engine light kept coming on then going off. Took to dealer but they couldn't get it to duplicate problem. While there they noticed tires were severely worn. Told me I needed 4 new tires and a 4 wheel alignment at 27,008 miles. Purchased 4 175/65R14 re 92 extra load tires. Left after paying for repairs including an oil change of $557.61 N August 3, 2004. October 8, 2005 had two nearly flat front tires. Have had to put air into tires several times over the past 4 months - even took car to auto garage that changed tires from winter to summer thinking they put them on wrong. Oct. 12, 2005 started hearing a humming noise in front left tire. Took to auto garage on Oct 15, 2005 to be told that once again tires needed to be replaced again because they were worn due to needing a front end alignment and front left tire needed a ball bearing. Inside wall of tires is worn off and danger of tire blow-out. Rear tires also show signs of premature wear on inside wall and should be replaced soon. Current mileage is 44,804. I also put on winter tires every autumn onto the front. Garage technician said there was something wrong with burning through 2 sets of 4 tires within 45,000 miles and I should contact dealer.

- Bristol, VT, USA

problem #3

Jul 252003

Prius

  • 24,665 miles
Severe vibration in the steering wheel. This occurred when vehicle was in reverse at low speeds. Dealership was unable to resolve the problem.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 162003

Prius

  • miles
While driving and turning either way left O right steering shaking violently. Dealer has inspected and could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #1

May 302003

Prius

  • miles
Premature tire wear.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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