Dashboard is black on startup intermittently

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  1. ram

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    Hello All. Greatly appreciate your advice on this problem, 2007 Prius, 152K miles.Main battery replaced at 135K and new auxiliary battery.

    Every now and then, but increasingly often, the dashboard on this car is black on startup. Engine seems to be running and actually drives fine but the dashboard does not light up so clearly dangerous to drive.

    Is this a known problem? Can it be fixed and how much would the cost be?

    Many thanks for your help
     
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    yes... It's a known problem and there's a guy in Texas who rebuilds these and will install same day for couple hundred bucks... I think he's in Dallas. Someone will likely come along with his contact info or you can do a google search with keywords: priuschat combination meter broken repair texas
     
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    Thanks very much. The car is in Houston.
     
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    Yea... I know it's a long drive, but the odds against you safely driving with a dead screen for long periods of times are really super dangerous. Just find multiple reasons to drive to Dallas and get lots done ASAP.

    Here's the link, or at least I think: Prius Speedometer Replacement
     
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    #5 Skibob, Sep 11, 2019
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    When did this start?
     
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    thanks!
     
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    It started about 2 months ago and has become more fequent last 3 weeks.
     
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    I was referred to Hometownhybrids.com located in Magnolia, TX, about 45 minutes from downtown Houston. The nice lady there said they can do the combination meter replacement on site for $350.00 or at their factory in Magnolia, for $250.00
     
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    Lol... I guess the $150 price in Dallas area is too low for you? You might want to do you research on these folks in Magnolia, I've read more than one person on PriusChat who were really mad at them for months and months after they had work done on their Prius there. Is spending an extra $200 just to avoid a day in the Dallas area really worth it?
     
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    Due to work and class schedule it is really difficult to take a day off to drive to Dallas. On the other hand, I have heard good things about these people in Magnolia and in fact it was the Dallas person who referred me to them. Thanks for the heads-up though.
     
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    test the new battery and connections, especially neg to ground before dropping the cash, just to be sure
     
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