ABS and brake light on

Discussion in 'Generation 1 Prius Discussion' started by molliesmother, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. molliesmother

    molliesmother Junior Member

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    Took my 2003 Prius to the dealer today and was told it could cost over $5000 to fix the problem. My car has less than 40,000 miles on it. They need to replace the brake actuator (1114.43), the hydraulic brake booster (1654.00), brake ecu (893.32). Then they need to bleed the brake system, and add brake fluid. I have already replaced the hybrid battery twice. Is it crazy to get this done? Must say I don't know much about cars. Don't drive much (as you can see) and I am too old to buy a new car. Would appreciate some advice.
     
  2. Brian in Tucson

    Brian in Tucson Active Member

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    Sounds like they are trying to get money together to buy a boat.

    Have you gotten a second opinion from an independent hybrid shop?
    I think your dealer is going crazy with the concept of switching out parts. And all the stuff you mentioned is available from wrecking yards. Your dealer buddies are trying to charge you full retail for new parts.

    When I my booster pump went out, I replaced it with a used one, $25. at the local P'n'P yard. I'm thinking that probably your actuator probably isn't bad, and probably the brake brain isn't either. You say lights are on, is there an audible high pitched tone? Hard, unresponsive pedal?

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    I'm going to second Brian's idea of getting another opinion. Talking to an independent hybrid shop is a good idea. Failing that, take it to an independent mechanic that does lots of Toyota work. The independent mechanic may not be as familiar with a Gen1, but they will be equipped to scan the trouble codes and do some diagnosis. They are also usually more willing to install used parts, if they decide you really do need one of those parts.

    For what it's worth, my car has over 5 times as many miles as yours does, and all three of those parts on mine are the same ones that were put on the car 19 years ago in Japan. :)
     
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