I took my 2010 Prius in to the Toyota dealer for routine maintenance (75K miles) yesterday and they let me know that oil was starting to ooze out from under the timing cover. They said it would be okay for a while but to keep an eye on it. They quoted the repair as $4K+ !!! The service manager said it was that high because there was a lot of labor involved. That amount of money is a good head start on a new car!
Is this something the dealer needs to do, or can I have it done somewhere else? The design of the engine must be bad if something as routine as a gasket costs that much to swap out! or is this just Toyota’s idea of how to entice the customer into the new car showroom?