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I have a 2006 Prius with 4500 miles on it.

the maintenance required light flashes for a while after I start the car. Is it possible to tell what it thinks the problem is? I suppose I've been driving it for 6 months, but if it wants me to get a 5k checkup, shouldn't I be able to tell on the MFD?
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It's saying that pretty soon you will be due for a 5K interval oil change. When it hits 5K, that light will stay on.

If you have NAV, there is a maintenance screen you can set up. At least for 2004/2005 it only came with NAV. The dealer doesn't set this up for you, you have to do it yourself.
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It's saying that pretty soon you will be due for a 5K interval oil change. When it hits 5K, that light will stay on.

If you have NAV, there is a maintenance screen you can set up. At least for 2004/2005 it only came with NAV. The dealer doesn't set this up for you, you have to do it yourself.
I think it stays on at 4800, doesn't it? That is until you or the oil changer clear it out.

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It starts staying on at 5,000 miles since it was last reset.
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Around 4500 mine started having the light come on.. but would turn off after a few seconds. At 5000 it stayed on permanently till I got it serviced, so I would have to say its a "service is due" warning.

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The Maint Reqd light will start blinking at 4500 miles since last reset, and will stay on constant at 5000 miles since last reset.

It's not a warning that your car is going to fall apart and you should stop driving it. It isn't smart and does an engine oil analysis or counts by time since last reset, it's just a mile counter.


To turn it off if whomever changes the oil for you doesn't turn it off for you:

Page 122-123 of the US 2004 Prius Owner's Manual (Section 2-5 "Operation of Instruments and Controls: Gauges, Meters and Service Reminder Indicators", item (j) in the "Service reminder indicators and warning buzzers" section.)

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pri ... aintenance

http://www.vfaq.net/FAQ-screen.html#maintenance

page 14 of the User-Guide: http://john1701a.com/prius/prius-userguide.htm

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