I finally took the time to film a stator swap in a Gen 1 Prius (embedded below) to help promote this repair in lieu of total transmission replacement (or abandoning the car).
For more info on Gen 1 transmission problems, see the previous blog:
(Info on Gen 2 issues here…)
A couple comments:
1. The “mumbo jumbo” I mention can be found here:
Futher discussion on PriusChat here:
2. Re: pricing
Towards the end I mention the price difference between replacing just the stator winding versus the whole unit. It turns out the price of the entire transmission has gone down some, from $4400 (as of 2008) to $3470 (as of this posting). (Our original blog quoted $3000 for the transaxle, Part Number 30900-47020, because we were selling it at cost.) That said the total for the job (at Luscious Garage) would still be roughly $4000. We’ve seen it quoted above $6000 at various local dealers. Meantime the stator repair remains $2500, a significant cost savings.
Any references to pricing of parts, labor, or estimates of any kind were accurate at time of publication. Please contact us for updated pricing.