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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on August 6, 2006, 11:22 am

Well, gauges would make sense if there was something the owner could do if
he or she saw something they could take care of  on their own. But I think
for the most part considering only a few selected mechanics get to go
through special training for this hybrid says a lot. Don't you think?
Almost everyone from autobody to emergency personnel have to get special
training before attempting to do what they normally do.
I've had to warn customs about poking and prodding their way in the trunk.

I'm not taking sides here but I can see why others think you don't own a
Prius.  I too have my doubt.  Sorry.


Posted by mrv@kluge.net on August 3, 2006, 4:19 pm

zub wrote:

I see by  your email address that you are in the UK, so if you have a
1999 Prius, you may have some problems getting it diagnosed/fixed.  The
1998-2000 Prius, model NHW10, was originally only sold in Japan, not
intended for sale outside of Japan...  Diagnostic tools are difficult
to come by for this model, outside of Japan.

You may find some help on this English-language group of NHW10 owners,
mostly outside of Japan:

This more local group to you could help you find a mechanic in your
area that may be willing to try things:

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on August 3, 2006, 7:07 pm

It might be from a too low octane gasoline. It might be from too much
crankcase oil. It could be it was put in Drive way too soon but the problem
showed up after you shut off the car and restarted it soon thereafter.  I
think it's called the 7 second rule. If for some reason the computer gets a
improper firing signal from the engine you might see that graphic displayed.
If the engine runs maybe you can ignore the warning.  But if it's from too
much oil then I guess you'll have to have it looked at.
I've had the same warnings but I removed the gas cap and put it back on.
Then I let the car sit unused for about an hour.


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