Hybrid Car – More Fun with Less Gas

Maintenance thoughts

register ::  Login Password  :: Lost Password?
Posted by Anthony Giorgianni on October 11, 2008, 7:08 pm
Hello All

I have a friend with a 2005 Prius, just going past 30,000 miles. of course,
the dealer wants to do a 30,000-mile service at, yes, $00 +.

I haven't seen her service manual, but it looks to me from the Toyota site
that it's

Oil change (Might let the dealer do, since she can't do it, and I just did
Explorer and I'm tired....)
Rotate tires (Might let the dealer do if it's reasonable since it's pain
with just a floor jack - we'll just double check the lug nut torque)
Replace cabin filter (She did this recently)
Replace air filer (We'll do this ourselves .... in our sleep)

and a lot of checks (some of which we'll do ourselves and others we'll
expect the dealer to do with the oil change AT NO ADDITIONAL charge, since
he's prospecting for work and normally checks this stuff whenever she does
an oil change anyway.).

One big surprise it the engine coolant - 100,000 miles, really?

Anything else that anyone recommends? Otherwise we'll assume about $0.

Thanks for any thoughts.

Anthony Giorgianni

For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group

Posted by Anthony Giorgianni on October 11, 2008, 7:31 pm
Oooops, just saw Fred Seaver's great post on what Prius owners need and
don't need.

So looks like the few items I outlined are right. Can't beleive that coolant
recommendation. $00 +! I can believe these dealerships.

Anthony Giorgianni

For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group

Posted by wildthing on October 15, 2008, 10:27 am
 Sounds as if the dealer is about to hose you.
Filter changes are all that is necessary.

Save your money for a headlight bulb change which will be coming soon.  Our
'04 had one changed out this spring.

When they tell you it will cost $00.........believe them.  We paid $25 for
one at NAPA.

Now, why did these bright eyed engineers design such an expensive headlight

Bill Gratchic RN

Posted by Kirsty Wursty on October 15, 2008, 3:26 pm

 I am wondering the same thing.  After importing my 05 Prius to Norway, the
DMV is making replace both headlights because the parking lights are orange
and they are supposed to be white.  I have them in the garage but haven't
installed them.  Close to $000 for 2 headlights.  I guess I will take the
old ones back to the US next time I go and try to sell them on EBay or
If only it had been possible to open the unit and remove the orange glass...


Posted by Marc Gerges on October 15, 2008, 6:05 pm
Would that be the HID headlights? The H4's installed in european models
are a self change item - 10 minutes of work, 10 bucks a lamp.

Mediocre light output, though.


This Thread
Bookmark this thread:
  • Subject
  • Author
  • Date
please rate this thread