Folks -- I have a 2002 Prius with 55,800 miles on it. It's had no real problems since I bought it in Dec 2001, besides the usual replacement of tires and one steering-related problem in '06 that was covered by a Toyota technical bulletin and cost me nothing to fix. I'd like some advice and insight on a recent, serious problem that came out of nowhere. Last Tuesday, I started the car and a loud buzzer went off and the Brake light appeared. I turned the car off and checked the manual. It said call the dealer. I restarted the car and the problem didn't occur and I went about my business. The problem happened 2 more times so I went to the dealer on Friday. They examined the car and reported that the Brake Actuator needs to be replaced because it's leaking fluid. To my utter shock, they told me it would cost $1880 to fix: $1180.95 for part: 47071-47010 "Pump Sub" $679.49 for labor $20 for fluid $1880.44 total Wow. From doing some searches, I found references that said replacing this part is expensive. It appears that I have the same problem as "lovenrockets", which was posted a few months ago here: "2001 ABS/Brake Alarm & Light" (It's not letting me include the URL) However, the post didn't say much about the actual problem beside that it was expensive and that he went ahead and fixed it. (Or maybe I missed it.) My car's 8 year hybrid warranty will be up this Dec '09 (I bought in Dec '01). Like many on this forum, I love my Gen1 Prius. But I'm starting to wonder if this is a sign that it's time to move on. The repair guy said this is a specialized part, it's not under the hybrid warranty (my regular 3 yr/ 36000 is long over), and there's no technical bulletin, so they can't get Toyota to pay for it. I'd love some advice from folks about how to approach this problem. Do we know how Gen 1 Priuses are holding up? My car has relatively low mileage (55,800) so I'd assume I could have more happy years ahead with my car. (This is one reason we all buy Toyotas, right?) But an 8 year car is getting up in age and as other specialized Gen1 Prius parts start to break down, am I looking at other really expensive repairs in the future? Is paying $1880 only a few months before I'm out of my 8 year hybrid warranty makes sense on a Gen1 Prius? If the battery happens to go, I heard that can be extremely expensive to fix. I know none of us can predict the future, but I'd appreciate hearing advice from people who know Priuses and perhaps know about the problem I hit. As much as I'd like to avoid it, I wonder if I should trade it in and move on to something newer. Thoughts? Suggestions? Questions I should ask myself or my dealer (who has always treated me well, the few times I've been there)? Thanks!