definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,753 miles

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 112006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,226 miles


Experience: Driving a 2001 Toyota Prius between 60 and 65 mph on I-494 in eagan Minnesota. The sensor on the vehicle's accelerator pedal assembly failed I.e. the ability to get gas to the engine stopped. The car was towed to an authorized repair dealer and the part, which failed, was replaced. My complaint has two parts: (1) Toyota does not recognize a critical part like the sensor on the accelerator pedal assembly as a part of major significance. I believe it is major safety issue and must be corrected by Toyota. I was told by Toyota's customer assistance center the part was not defective and it failed because normal use. I am appalled to learn that a 6 year old car with 50,226 miles is equipped with accelerator unit which can fail when the average use is 8,371 miles per year. I am also amazed the customer service center is not interested in looking at this performance as a major defect. They told me they had no record of other incidents with this part. Yet when I talked to the Prius service team supervisor at two different dealerships, I was informed by each one they had replaced 4 to 5 of them. If my small survey revealed that number I can only guess what a nationwide survey would reveal. 2) in response to my asking Toyota to reimburse me for the $810.41 bill their response was I should submit my request for reimbursement to my insurance company or to the firm which owns the car. Clearly, a situation of shifting the responsibility of making quality oem parts to a third party to absorb the cost and ignoring the major safety implications created when the accelerator stops functioning in a vehicle driven less than the average car.

- Edina, MN, USA

problem #3

Jul 062005

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,785 miles
1. I was driving at sustained speeds of 55 to 65 mph on an us route 101 for approximately 40 minutes in my 2001 Toyota Prius. 2. the internal combustion engine suddenly stopped operating, leaving only the electric motor operating. This caused a sudden loss of power and deceleration. 3. the accelerator pedal assembly had to be replaced. The old part is not available.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062004

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Toyota Prius stalled 3 different times at highway speeds over 12 month time. Car would not restart and had to be towed to local Toyota dealerships (I-10 Toyota and toyata of the desert)

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 222002

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer states he can not see any of the instruments on the panel in the daylight from the cruise contol light, to the directional signal, as well as not being able to hear the directional signals, and the speedometer reading can't be read as well, consumer can't not see the pre set reading for the radio unless it is night time, also the gas level bar no longer lights up to warn the consumer that the fuel is low.

- Elburn, IL, USA

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