hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,033 miles

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2001 Toyota Prius steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 072005

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles


The contact stated that 2001 Toyota Prius was having trouble with the steering wheel. When the wheel was in certain position it shuttered violently. The problem was intermittent. This happened just a few times since 2001, and in the last week, it was happening daily. The contact had not taken the car to the repair shop prior to this week. The contact was taken vehicle to dealer for a check up on the steering. There has been no success in contacting Toyota as of now. She will contact Toyota soon. The contact stated that the vehicle was very unsafe to drive. There has been no near misses, but this condition was very scary. Updated 12/27/05.

- Lansdale, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 152003

Prius 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while driving at any speed and with no warning the steering bolts became loose and caused the steering wheel to jump around, which made the vehicle difficult to steer. Dealer notified. Vehicle pulled significantly while driving. The tires were inspected at 15,536 miles, but at 18,800 miles one of the tire blew revealing the tires were bald. Later, it was discovered the alignment was out and tire needed to be replaced again.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 212003


  • miles
Potenza 175/65/R14xl (oem tires) which are specifically made for the Prius, wear quickly and on the edges. This resulted in my tire tread having a 1/32 rating, while the middle of the tire still had a long life left. When making sharp turns at low speeds (especially when the car is cold), the steering wheel will vibrate (sometimes audibly, sometimes not). Were this to happen at even a slightly higher speed, accidents may occur. This problem has become more frequent in the last few weeks. It now occurs at least every other day.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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