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I heard that there was a line in the 2002 and 2003 model manual that said leaving the car without a start for over 2 weeks would void the warranty. (Apparently Honda only "recommends" their hybrid be started once every month but does not void warranty if longer.) This line was supposed to be in the Owners Manual (not with yellow marks as other warranty related mandates were noted but on the same page). Is this true for those models and does the 04 have that stipulation?
If so, do all the on-board computers have the capabilities to display the last start date to some inquiring service tech??

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ah, the begete saga again...

the 2003 manual recommends running
the car at least 30min every 2 weeks,
to keep the "battery" (the 12v battery)
from getting run down.

she called up Toyota, and they held
the line that if you don't follow
everything EXACTLY as the manual states,
that you'll forfeit the warranty. and she freaked out and posted it everywhere...

she's the only one that's experienced
such an issue. just disconnect the
12v battery if you're going to be
away for 3+ weeks (usual life), or
be willing to jumpstart your car.
no biggie. and no one has had any
issue with warranty - in fact, many
have seen a new 12v battery out of
it! (new TSB is out for putting in
a longer-lived 12v battery on cars
that have issues...)

2001 and 2002 Prius owner's manuals
don't state as such. I'll be seeing
my 2004 Prius in another week or two,
but I don't expect any differences.

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that's how rumors get started?

Thanks for the clarification. Nobody locally actually had a owners manual at the Toyota places and I couldn't find one online at the Toyota web site. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong place. It would definately be a problem if such were the case. I'll trust your word. Thanks. :D
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