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Toyota has made available most scheduled maintenance guides (passport to performance) online for free for most Toyotas.

http://www.toyotapartsandservice.com/smg/main.php#home

for the Prius:
http://www.toyotapartsandservice.com/sm ... icle=Prius

if you do a search for a model year and a service interval and hit search, you'll be allowed to download a PDF of just that manual page, or the entire manual. (where manual is the scheduled maintenance guide.)

unfortunately, you cannot get the owner's manuals, repair manuals, collision repair manuals, or electrical wiring diagrams, but you can at least get their publication numbers from:
http://www.toyotapartsandservice.com/smg/maint_pubs.php

the Emergency Response guides can be found online for free at:
http://techinfo.toyota.com/public/main/erg.html
 

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note that the scheduled maintenance guide that you got with your Prius should say "Prius" on the cover! There is typically one guide that is good for all Toyotas, and a separate one that has Prius-specific information, and sometimes dealers give Prius owners the generic guide by mistake...
 

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Scheduled Maintainence The Official Toyta Manual

Go to this web page (same as the one above) http://www.toyotapartsandservice.com/sm ... n22=Search
Then press the large grey button that says "click here to browse, download or print" the entire maintainence schedule for the 2004 Prius.

Then you will see that the maintainence schedule is typical of a Japanese 4 Cylinder. That is to say very little maintainence is required relatively speaking. They did eliminate one pain in the but 6 yr/60kmi timing belt change.

Everywhere you see "Inspect This" or "Check That" you should figure that you are going to have to do some of it, depending on your local driving conditions. Do change the air filter often. Do change the plugs and wires after about 35 or 40 kmi if you want to keep that AT-PZEV rating and not smell like an SUV.

THE GOOD NEWS IS that there aren't any special service requirements like: Replace the battery; Check the Alternator Voltage and Current Supply; Adjust the Battery; or stuff like that. You just don't have to do it.

Japanese cars are more efficient with Oil to begin with and the Prius should be even better since the engine strain of accelerate from stop is taken off by the electric side. You could probably cut back on the oil changes if you watched the level every now and then and kept the air cleaner clean.

(Big advantage to the CVT--no maintainence until over 100,000.)
 

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Scheduled Maintainence The Official Toyta Manual

Go to this web page (same as the one above) http://www.toyotapartsandservice.com/sm ... n22=Search
Then press the large grey button that says "click here to browse, download or print" the entire maintainence schedule for the 2004 Prius.

Then you will see that the maintainence schedule is typical of a Japanese 4 Cylinder. That is to say very little maintainence is required relatively speaking. They did eliminate one pain in the but 6 yr/60kmi timing belt change.

Everywhere you see "Inspect This" or "Check That" you should figure that you are going to have to do some of it, depending on your local driving conditions. Do change the air filter often. Do change the plugs and wires after about 35 or 40 kmi if you want to keep that AT-PZEV rating and not smell like an SUV.

THE GOOD NEWS IS that there aren't any special service requirements like: Replace the battery; Check the Alternator Voltage and Current Supply; Adjust the Battery; or stuff like that. You just don't have to do it.

Japanese cars are more efficient with Oil to begin with and the Prius should be even better since the engine strain of accelerate from stop is taken off by the electric side. You could probably cut back on the oil changes if you watched the level every now and then and kept the air cleaner clean.

(Big advantage to the CVT--no maintainence until over 100,000.)
 
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