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Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by cwginac, Mar 22, 2012.

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  1. cwginac

    cwginac New Member

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    Hey all,

    I just bought my first prius about a month ago and I am loving every second I spend in it! It is a 2004 and had about 85k on it when I bought it used.

    I'm coming up to the 90k service here pretty soon. I had to get a taillight replaced (must have burned out as I was driving off the lot) recently, and I asked the guy how much a 90k service costs.

    Around $500. Is that normal? High/low? I know I don't have to go to them to keep my warranty intact; but do I have to do everything on the recommended maintenance log? And is there any way to save money?
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    :welcome: to priuschat! what does the owners manual recommend at 90K?
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  4. cwginac

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    That's the thing, he didn't tell me. When I responded like I was surprised, he said he'd look it up and ended up walking away after about 10 minutes looking at his computer. I was surprised since it says to change the filters and oil and then inspect other systems. I see no reason why it would be more than $150.
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    Engine oil & filter
    Transmission Fluid
    Inverter Coolant
    Engine Coolant
    Spark Plugs
    Air filter
    Cabin filter

    Check belt with flashlight see if cracked when you turn it over
    While there with flashlight look for any green water spots. That's engine coolant leaking out of engine water pump weep hole. Pump failure to follow.
    Check and clean VVT oil filter
    Clean throttle body & maf
    Check brake rotors for advanced rust issues.
    Check muffler for rust out holes front & back
    When having trans fluid changed ask for close inspection of CV joint boots and also any seepage at trans fluid at seal where inner cv joint meets trans.
    Remove top black plastic engine cover valance and with a can of spray AC Coil Cleaner spray down front of AC Condenser. Let sit and then rinse.
    Lubricate all door locks,door hinges,hood & hatch latch and hinges with spray grease. If brave lubricate all moving parts of suspension front and back.

    Dealer.....approaching maybe $1000. Independent maybe $500.
    Good Luck.
  6. cwginac

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    Any of those things that I could skip since I just bought it? Shouldn't they have done most of it before selling it?
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    The 90k service is only an intermediate service, basically engine oil & filter safety check and tyre rotation.

    Plugs, coolant change are not done till 120k miles

    The transmission fluid according to Toyota is in for the life of the car but it does pay to have this done if it has not already been done.

    Air filters engine and cabin you can check your self 10 minuets to do both, instructions hear on PC.
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    I can see that you are by nature an optimist.

    Unless you have in writing that any maintenance was done on your vehicle prior to its sale, it would be wise to assume that nothing was done to it other than cosmetic prep. Then you can be pleasantly surprised if you look at your air filters and see they were recently replaced, find that your engine oil on the dipstick is clean, etc.
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    I got a quote from Luscious Garage in SF (found it online) and it was
    "Our 90K service is $312 and here is what it includes:

    *Lubricate door hinges and locks
    *Stamp maintenance booklet
    *Reset maintenance alert
    *Perform complete visual inspection of undercarriage: seals, hoses, radiator, suspension, axles, fuel supply system, brake lines, HV frame wire harness, exhaust
    *Confirm high voltage inverter cooling pump operation and flow
    *Top off fluids as needed
    *Perform complete visual inspection of engine compartment: belts, hoses, wiring, throttle body, fluid levels and condition
    *Check exterior lights and wipers
    *Confirm proper engine start-up and idle
    *Confirm proper operation of instruments and warning lights
    *Check spare tire pressure and condition
    *Check tires for proper wear; adjust pressures to specification
    *Adjust parking brake
    *Perform 4-wheel brake inspection (linings, surfaces, hoses, hydraulics)
    *Rotate tires as necessary
    *Drain engine oil, replace oil filter and drain plug gasket Fill with manufacturer specified engine oil and quantity
    *Drain transmission fluid and replace drain plug gasket Fill with manufacturer specified transmission fluid and quantity, replace fill plug gasket
    *Replace cabin air filter
    *Replace engine air filter
    *Test 12V battery
    *Test drive


    Our 90K includes a transmission fluid change as well as the usual service items, oil change, tire rotation and brake inspection, etc."

    I'd be willing to drive there from Reno just to have them work on it since they specialize in Prii. Is $312 plus a drive worth what they will do?
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    Well, if you have reason to visit SF anyway then I suppose that would be OK. The price is reasonable for that very high-cost area.
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    If you were planning to visit SF anyway, then sure.

    You will not be disappointed with them though. I have been there multiple times myself and have been satisfied with their work, knowledge and mission of the business.
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    At 90k I would also consider having Luscious garage perform these items:

    - drive belt replacement
    - engine and inverter coolants
    - spark plugs and pcv valve
    - throttle body cleaning

    If your car was purchased from the Toyota dealer, there's a very good chance they already did the engine and cabin filters-- and also the belt if it was needed. From my experience Toyota dealers usually take care of the "small items" before putting an used Toyota on the lot.
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    Its not even thats its a 90K service. Its I'm 8 years old service and probably on original everything.

    If your strapped for $$ get the trans fluid done and the Inverter/Trans coolant done because a trans failure will bust you out.
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    That is a trivial maintenance list. Buy yourself a bentley manual for $20. The replacement fluids and filters total around $50 -75. Most is bought cheapest online, except for the tranny fluid bought from a Toyota dealership.

    LG is an expert Prius shop, but you hardly need them for this.
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