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Toyota Prius, '01-'08 (Hayne's Automotive Repair Manual) Paperback – January 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals, Inc. (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563926806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563926808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For ALL my previous cars I have had very good luck with Haynes manuals.
Richard E Brandt
While the Haynes manual is OK, it doesn't provide as much detail as I would like to have before starting a job on a complex vehicle that I've never worked on before.
Al Storm
It doesn't even cover removal of dashboard instrumentation to replace burned out light bulbs in the console, I had to figure that out on my own.
James

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Al Storm on May 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
It appears that the majority of scheduled maintenance on a Prius consists of fluid and filter changes. Why give hundreds of dollars to an indifferent repair shop when you can perform such relatively elementary service yourself for a few dozen dollars? And know that the job was done right.

I'm not interested performing complicated repairs, just maintenance procedures like changes of coolant, transaxle fluid, oil, and filters. While the Haynes manual is OK, it doesn't provide as much detail as I would like to have before starting a job on a complex vehicle that I've never worked on before. For example, when draining coolant the text discusses 4 drain points - one being the engine block drain plug. However, this plug is NOT labeled on the undercarriage photo provided in the manual.

I returned the book and pre-ordered the Prius Repair manual prepared by Bentley (a more expensive book) in the hope that such details will not be left out. The Bentley Prius manual is not due out until June or July 08, so I have no comments to relay on its merits or shortfalls.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jared on May 23, 2008
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For under $20, this might be an ok repair manual, but it has glaring omissions, as is usual with Haynes. For example, when replacing the spark plugs on the Prius (a typical DIY procedure that you might expect to have thorough coverage in this type of repair manual), the torque value for the plugs is provided, but the torque value for the individual coil hold-down bolts (a critical connection for environmental sealing and ignition electrical ground) is not provided, or even mentioned as being important to check.
I'd wait until the Bentley manual is published and take a look at it first before buying this manual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Hundt on July 4, 2008
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I bought this book to learn more about the hybrid systems in this car, which is becoming more or less ubiquitous here in San Francisco. Who knows, someday I might even have one. The cover of the book even says, "Includes essential information for today's more complex vehicles."

Unfortunately, the chapter covering the hybrid systems (ch. 5) is a scant seven pages. Service on these parts is limited to removal and replacement on a module by module basis. (Wearing thick rubber gloves, for insulation.)

Still, it's interesting info, and if you own a Prius, you'll want to have a copy of this book for when your car goes out of warranty.

By the way, there is zero info on "hacks", if that's what you're looking for.

Otherwise, this is a typical Haynes book. It's only about half an inch thick, and I'd expect a factory manual to be 2-3 times that, so, you can bet it's both simpler to understand and missing a few details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard E Brandt on November 15, 2013
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For ALL my previous cars I have had very good luck with Haynes manuals. But the Prius one has almost no details of the things that go wrong. I've has a headlight leveling sensor fail and now need to adjust the parking brake. This manual has no mention of the leveling sensor, it is a common item to fail and the replacement details can be found on the web. After repairing brakes you need to reset the ABS and BRAKE lights. Haynes does not mention this, and again I found details on the web. Finally, to adjust the parking brake the manual says to locate the adjuster that can be found in Chapter 11 (body) but there is no reference to it there.
If you need to do an engine rebuild this book would be helpful, but for the common things that go wrong it has little detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Tran on May 10, 2013
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You know you can loosen and tighten bolts, nuts, screws!! remembered the washers. Yes, it is that simple.

They actually claimed they took the car apart and wrote the book on it. I guess it is not that complicated since you are not fixing or repairing anything, merely checking, removing, de-installation, installation, reattach.

But having a right floor jack and the right safety tools helped!!! The car is freaking light!!! less risk than your half a ton truck/van, which could kill you instantly!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bret McCurdy on October 9, 2012
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I have used Haynes repair manuals in the past for several automobiles and trucks. I am not a master mechanic but can quite successively complete basic service and repairs on most cars. The Prius is just a little bit more complicated, so, one reason I purchased this book is to have a guide to help me with the specifics. The other reason I purchased this is to help me offset the ridiculous prices being charged by the dealer for things I should be able to do myself. The economy is tight and this Prius saves a lot of money on gas, don't need to throw the savings away on oil changes, etc..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Mcgovern on March 4, 2009
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While this product addresses most of the repair issues that you might want to tackle with your Prius, it was glaringly missing a section on dashboard removal, the primary need I had in purchasing the book (actually replacing the CD player). And compared to Chilton's, this tome is a bit pricey.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. T. Furjanick on June 24, 2008
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This manual fills a critical need for Prius owners. From those who do not like being helpless at a repair center or dealership to those who like to do their own maintenance and repair this is a simple well-photographed description of almost all jobs to be done on the Prius. The only thing it lacks are the exploded diagrams that made the earlier Haynes manuals the state-of-the-art resources to which many of us "shady-tree" mechanics were accustomed . Photographs are acceptable, but due to focussing, printing and labeling limitations are just not as good. The instructions are concise, logical and well-written and include appropriate safety information. Having priced the Prius shop manuals at over $700.00 the reasonable price (about $15) makes it a bargain. It is a good book even for the average owner for it goes a long way toward demystifying Prius characteristics such as the hybrid system and regenerative braking. I still miss the exploded diagrams though....
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