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  1. Did you do the diagnostic after the car had sat overnight? If so the battery sounds ok? Ive just replaced mine , as it was reading just under 11v, as preventative maintenance but wasnt having any issues
  2. Here's a link which appears to explain how to do it on the gen 4 As for the gen 3 this is from a previous post: Put vehicle in Ready or Acc mode (you may press EV to prevent the engine starting and wasting fuel if in Ready mode) Hold down the "INFO-TEL" button on the NAV Turn the headlamps on and off 4 times. The diagnostic screen appears on the NAV. On the first screen, press; "Function check/Setting" then on the second: "Vehicle signal" Battery voltage is the first on the list on the third screen that appears. This shows the voltage under load in Ready or ACC mode
  3. There’s a way in the gen 3 so would have thought it would be the same or similar? Involves pressing one of the console buttons and switching the headlights on and off to access the maintenance mode
  4. drives

    Brake calipers

    That’s frustrating they refuse to work on it but not uncommon. Do you have any Toyota specialists nearby who might help? All he would have to do is disconnect the 12v and pump the brakes when done. Mr clutch refused to adjust my handbrake cable when they failed the mot on it, because they don’t do any work on hybrids. Literally two 10mm bolts that needed minor adjustment by the pedal. But no, I had to remove it, drive it home, do it myself and book it back in!
  5. drives

    Brake calipers

    Calipers need some form of maintenance yet this never appears on any service schedules so if they are not touched for this period of time they may seize. Slider pin regreasing I’ve always done on my vehicles (quite easy to diy) including the Prius and I agree is a good preventative measure. I’d do exactly as fordulike suggests. Problem is the dealers tend to just replace parts at great expense rather than try and repair. An independent may be worth a call in this scenario presuming you don’t do diy.
  6. Interesting point around the thinner oils- it's specced to better fuel consumption figures rather than protection for the engine, albeit there is no proof as such that 0w20 oil causes any harm I believe. It does state in the handbook that regularly travelling at higher rpms etc may require a thicker oil. I use 0w30 in my prius because of this. It doesn't affect mpg noticibly so I cant really see that the difference between 0w20, 0w30 or 5w30 would cause anywhere near 10mpg difference. I maybe noticed 0.5mpg difference when I switched. As for the price differential, if anything it costs me more using 0w30 oil vs 20. 5w30 is obviously different. As for oil consumption using a slightly thicker grade will 100% reduce consumption but if it is only 1.5l over the course of a year that is pretty minor. Some 2010 prius owners in the states are reporting oil consumption well over 1l per 1000 miles.
  7. Your usage will be fine for a prius. Many will say a diesel is better suited but I disagree- my personal preference. I have done a lot of miles in diesels on motorway and a roads, and would opt for the prius every time. In fact I bought a prius for a 95% motorway commute, 80 mile round trip. More economical and more comfortable. My driving sounds very similar to yours- economical in terms of being careful with braking etc but drive at around 75-80. I get 55mpg in winter, and 60mpg in summer easily (calculated rather than dash which very slightly over estimates)
  8. Fair enough- like you suspension and wheel bearings would be beyond what I'd take on. I did try and get techstream working so I could diagnose faults but I just can't get it to work- it is a bit too much effort. You can obviously pull the basic codes with any scanner but unlikely I think you would be able to diagnose the specific problem, or indeed even if you could, fix it because it's likely to be something complex. This is the negative- these cars from what I have read appear to be very reliable but if something serious does go wrong it may be a dealer job, and mega expensive as a result. I'd suggest priuschat is a much better source of info relating to regular faults. Certainly with the gen 3 there is some preventative maintenance that should be done which can help prevent expensive problems down the line, which is not on the toyota UK schedule.
  9. So I take it he has said that he won't service a Prius? I'm also Hampshire way but do my own servicing. I'm not in any way, shape or form a mechanic, but one of the main reasons I went for the prius is because the maintenance schedule is so simple- it's mainly just fluid and filter changes. No belts etc. It really is so straightforward and for anything with the brakes you just unplug the 12v. The caveat to this is that if something major does go wrong it seemed to me like it might be a dealer job- so with the transmission, inverter etc. There do however seem to be a couple of independent toyota mechanics around Surrey so not sure if they will work on hybrids. You won't be able to get around the fact that there are a lot of mechanics who just won't touch them. I use Mr Clutch for MOTs and they refused to even adjust the handbrake pedal in their workshop to get it to pass. This involves two spanners at the pedal itself and they still refused to do it, so I had to take it home, spend ten minutes doing it myself, and then take it back. Stupid really but this is what you will get. Most on here I'm sure will just use Toyota because it's simpler, and you may find their pricing isn't too bad. It is a potential negative point but by no means insurmountable. I'm sure you'll find someone even if it is the main dealer.As an aside if you do buy one, personally I would be changing the transmission fluid in a 10+ year old car, which isn't on the toyota UK schedule.
  10. drives

    Engine Oil

    I use 0w30 oil- DIY servicing. The difference in fuel economy in terms of what I've noticed may be 0.5mpg, maximum. I use 30 rather than 20 mainly because I do a lot of motorway miles
  11. This just isn't correct and is misleading the initial poster. The prius is excellent on motorways economy wise. I am hardly ever stuck in traffic. I literally just blat down the motorway at 70 odd, 20 days a month for the last 18 months in a gen 3 prius. Everyone else replying is saying they get excellent economy on the motorway (who actually owns a prius, or other similar toyota hybrid).
  12. I can only assume Heidfirst either doesn't do much if any motorway driving, or doesn't own a prius. It's one of the common misconceptions around hybrids when I was researching before buying. Mines a gen 3 by the way, with 17" alloys. I found the mpg to be around 3-4 out calculated at pump vs display.
  13. I do 20k solely motorway miles a year in my prius. It's quiet, refined, comfortable and economical. Now the weather has warmed up I'm getting 60-65mpg which easily matches the ecodiesels I drive at work and i generally drive between 70-80, normally maintaining mid 70s. It was high 50s mpg-wise in winter. For me it came down to whether I preferred diesel or petrols, and I hate diesels for various reasons. To suggest it's no better than any other petrol in terms of fuel economy at motorway speeds, as one of the replies suggests, is not correct at all. The ice is engaged most of the time and how it works out so economical at these speeds, I dont really know. But it does.
  14. the problem isn't necessarily high miles but finding one that has been looked after. None I found had the recommended maintenance such as transaxle, brake fluid etc. That said you can pick up a bargain as the above post demonstrates most people don't like buying cars above 100000 miles. Might get lucky and find a well looked after private sale- there's loads of people on the American forum who have gen 3s running without major issue into 200-300 000 miles. There's no major maintenance or things that break suddenly post 100000 miles. I wouldn't get a lower mileage gen 2 if that's not really what you want. They look a bit dated now
  15. Possibly not the best looked after car by the sound of things. If it we're me and the owner had left a noisy wheel bearing, plus just a load of meaningless stamps in a book with no paperwork for service history I'd be looking for another used purchase