200,000+ miles and battery life

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  1. freshfuel

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    I am trying to find a car for my nephew and he is on a limited budget. I am considering getting a prius plug in with over 200,000 miles and I am wondering if it would be worth the gamble. First of all has anyone had to replace the traction battery because the car simply wouldn't go. Is there any 300,000+ prius plug ins out there? My theory is that as the battery degrades the charging range would diminish greatly but would still function as a regular hybrid and would have greater battery life versus a regular Nimh hybrid battery . Looking forward to response
     
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    i think a couple posters have a little over 200k. iirc, a few packs have been replaced under warranty, but i don't recall anyone buying one. but not many members are beyond warranty yet.

    if it were my, i would research salvage batteries, to find prices and if they can sit without becoming an anchor.
    also, keep in mind the battery is huge and heavy, and may not be a diy job.

    unless it were a significantly better deal than a regular prius, i would look around for the latter.

    you are correct, natural degradation will still let it run like a regular hybrid
     
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    I wonder if the ECM would recognize range degradation as a fault and throw a code or just keep operating as a regular hybrid. If it doesn't I think the Prius plug in traction battery would outlast the motor
     
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    from what i've read, it doesn't. and toyota calls degradation normal, and not warrantable.
     
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    Depends on the condition of the battery. Get the battery checked. I had Toyota do an inspection when I bought mine. Best of luck.

    be well
     
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