I've had my 02 prius for 4 years (87K) and I'm facing my first big boohoo: a blown compressor. It's around a $1300 repair and I'm pretty upset about it. When I brought the car in and described the syptoms (A/C light flashes and the system kicks off after about 15 min of driving in hot weather) the service dept guy said, "It sounds like the compressor. We just had an 02 in here last week with the same problems and that's what it was." Then he nailed me with the cost. Ouch. So. Has anyone hear of this as a chronic problem? I'm thinking of making a stink; after all, I bought a Toyota so this sort of repair wouldn't happen.