2004-2009 2nd Gen Toyota Prius Maintenance and Cost
The Prius' minor lube services are performed every 5,000 miles, but there is a bigger service at 30,000 miles when the air filters for the cabin and engine have to be replaced as well. The 30,000-mile service costs about $340 at an independent shop or $570 at Toyota. If you're buying it yourself, the air filter will cost about $60, which is quite steep and double the price of an air filter for a typical car in this class. The cabin air filter's price is $22. At 100,000 miles, the inverter's coolant must be replaced, which means that this service cost around $460-$680 and at 120,000 miles, the transmission fluid must be replaced, which is why this service costs $835 - $1,210. However, this is pushing things a bit for a CVT and in view of the steady number of transmission complaints recorded, we'd halve that transmission fluid replacement to 60,000-mile intervals in the interest of transmission longevity.
The spark plugs must be replaced at the same 120,000-mile service, and if you do it yourself, a set of four will cost you about $42. The only spark plug replacement problems on a Toyota Prius engine you're likely to run into is that they might be difficult to remove from the cylinder head after such an extended period, so take care not to break them. After 100,000 miles, you can also expect the hybrid battery pack to let go at short notice, even if it can last quite a while longer in some instances. A remanufactured one with a five-year warranty should cost no more than $2,000. Having a new one installed by Toyota will set you back at least $3,500.