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2 pin resolder fixes my Prius MFD issue

Prius MFD from Wiki Commons For about 2 years my car has suffered from an intermittent electrical problem in the Mutli Functional Display. It took a long time to research this problem, and find a solution. I'd like to thank Hobbit for spending many hours debugging this problem. It's a crack in pin 60. After touching it with some new solder, my car is working again.

The symptoms are, error messages "External system not connected", "Check connection of the air conditioner", overall the display is not responsive. The radio continues to work, as do the buttons on the steering wheel.

Toyota know about this problem and has classified it as TSB EL002-05. Their solution is to replace the MFD for about $2,000. This is what i was told at two Toyota service centers.

Here's the Prius MFD repair guide.


Evaluation and repair of a failed Prius MFD

tags: car, Prius, MFD, repair
There is a common problem with some of the multi-function display (MFD) screens in the 2004 and some 2005 Prius, manifested by the buttons and the touch areas on the screen itself becoming sluggish and unresponsive, no display of current or average MPG, and no control over the stereo or air conditioning. This problem tends to start sporadically and slowly become worse over time, although there have been a few that have failed suddenly and hard.

url: http://www.techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/mfd/

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New Car

tags: car, Eclipse, died, Prius

So i've been slow with posting... But a lot's gone on.

My car died. I had a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse. It died a horrible death. Now i have good car, a 2004 Toyota Prius.

To be honest, i didn't really like the Eclipse. It was sporty and that's cool, but i was outliving that part of my life. And i know this will sound odd, but the door and dash board were too thick. I just felt there was wasted space and a poor overall design.

The Prius on the other hand is a car, unlike the Honda Civic, designed to be a hybrid from it's initial conception. It's electric motor doesn't just assist the engine, but can also drive the car on it's own.

Other plusses include not having to get up as i leave the car; i just swivel to the left. It's also 4 door, so i can accommodate my friends better. Did i mention it get's 51 MPG city and 60 MPG highway?