Very low mileage for 2017 Prius: what needs maintenance after 5 years?

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Chris SA, Nov 22, 2021 at 2:36 PM.

  1. Chris SA

    Chris SA Junior Member

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    This is a slightly different question compared to others I found on the forum. My wife has a 2017 Prius Four purchased new. Shortly after the purchase, she decided to retire; then the pandemic set in. She's only driven 15,000 miles in almost five years. I've taken it to the dealer for basic service (new full synthetic oil/filter & inspections annually, rotated tires), changed the cabin filter and wipers myself, replaced the 12V battery, and that's about it. It runs just fine. The oil is so clean that I have trouble seeing it on the dipstick. Only 900 miles on it in the last 11 months! The Toyota website doesn't list any required maintenance other than what I've done, but of course the dealer says there are lots of recommended items (fluid changes, principally). As the car is approaching five years in age, there must be some things I'm missing that are really important, yet I'd like to avoid the dealer's typically inflated list of items. Any guidance from experienced Gen 4 owners? Thanks.
     
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    Just go by what the manual says, using time instead of mileage.
     

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    Change the oil every 6 months regardless of miles, keep the 12v on a battery maintainer, check cabin and air filters for rodent intrusion every so often, keep an eye on the tires. They can get flat spots and dry rot if left parked for a long time. Going on regular drives helps. You may want to take some drives every so often to keep things lubricated and keep the gas from going stale in the tank
     
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    1) - the RIGHT answer - as suggested above - do it by the book - by time.

    2) - the REALITY answer - as we did with my Mother-in-Law who drove 1000kms a year, and my Dad who was doing about 3000kms/yr. We stretched the time out to about double, or a bit more - so instead of a 6month service, we went to 12-18 months. BUT I did insist on checking fluids, tyres and taking it for a quick run every month or so, to ascertain it was running well - and stopping well for that matter.

    The problem with 2) - is that, in the unlikely case of having a warranty problem - TOYOTA could wipe you.
     
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    I’ll give you what we’re going to do. We’re driving less than 3k miles a year. Right now, since it’s on Toyota’s dime, I’m doing the maintenance every 6 months. After that I’m going to go down to once a year oil changes and tire rotation. Battery probably at five years, and double the maintenance schedule (time wise) for the other stuff. I doubt we’ll own the car more than 5-6 years fwiw.

    We have a 2020 XLE AWD-e
     
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    alanclarkeau Senior Member

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    If it's not being kept for long - there is another consideration. Newish cars, when you go to trade - at least here - the first thing the dealer does is go to the LOGBOOK and check if services are 1) done; and 2) up to date. I think - it can affect trade-in value.
     
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