2010 Prius V with 144k miles. Should I buy?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Dresden196, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. Dresden196

    Dresden196 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2020
    1
    0
    0
    Location:
    New York
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Five
    I found a gen3 2010 Prius V in my area with 144k miles for $5,900. Looks to be in excellent condition and It has every option possible including the rare package with lane keep assist, adaptive cruise, and, self park. Also has leather heated seats, and navigation. Battery shows as replaced on carfax around 70k miles, which I thought was quite early for a replacement, but other then that it has brand new tires, ball joints, and suspension. My budget is $8,000, should i go for it or keep searching for like a gen4?
     
  2. tvpierce

    tvpierce Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2015
    935
    853
    2
    Location:
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Five
    Which battery was replaced at 70K? The 12 volt battery for $300, or the traction battery for $4000?

    Do you do your own maintenance? If not, I think it's a bad bet.
     
  3. bettergolf

    bettergolf Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2019
    263
    245
    0
    Location:
    Sanford NC
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Hybrid battery is not $4000. With gas where it is I don't see why anyone would buy a Prius with over 100k with all the expensive repairs that could possibly be needed in the future. The money you'll save on gas just doesn't add up to those costs.
    Also I don't think you'll find a Gen4 for $10000....I've been looking.
     
  4. Grit

    Grit Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2017
    5,289
    3,723
    1
    Location:
    Wilkes Land
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    There’s a sub forum area called Prius V, post there & you’ll have more replies.
     
  5. tvpierce

    tvpierce Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2015
    935
    853
    2
    Location:
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Five
    Going by the averages (10 years old with 140K) it was replaced 5 years ago. $4K is about what dealers were charging at that time. Some are still charging that.

    I agree 100%.
     
  6. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Sand Pounder

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    44,669
    31,979
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Not sure, 2010 (and maybe 2011?) Prius hatchback had a level "V", in the US.

    Come to think of it, Prius v (lower case) started in 2012.
     
  7. Rocky Mountain Priusman

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2021
    171
    79
    0
    Location:
    Canmore, Alberta, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    Depends on where you live. Some places have high gas prices. In Canada even though gas prices have been a bit lower than normal they are consistently above 4$ per gallon (1.10-1.35 per litre), and have been for the past decade. Really makes sense to have a fuel efficient vehicle at that price. I imagine some parts of the USA also have consistently higher gas prices (California).
     
  8. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Sand Pounder

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    44,669
    31,979
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Currently back up to $1.50 CDN per liter, on the west coast. :(
     
  9. tonycd

    tonycd Member

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2016
    71
    53
    0
    Location:
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    V
    I'd do it in a heartbeat. I have a 2010 Prius V with almost exactly this mileage. I got it at 94k miles and caught up on all the routine service. It uses a modest, unobjectionable amount of oil. The grand total of failures since I got it: A passenger-seat sensor wire I carelessly knocked loose with some underseat cargo, some corrosion on the lips of the alloy wheels that had to be sanded off to stop a slow leak, a $10 overhead map light lens, and three minor exterior light bulbs.

    The Five remedies all the complaints that one sees most about the lower models: unentertaining steering, seats with poor long-haul back support, mediocre headlights, and a crappy stereo. I don't have the rare-as-hen's-teeth package your candidate car has, and I wish I did—it's said to work well. The battery that was replaced on that car was almost certainly the small one, which regularly gets replaced after 7 years and is no cause for alarm.

    I don't understand the fatalism that often pervades this board. The Prius, while a machine and therefore not immortal or perfect, is statistically pretty much THE most reliable car one could buy. That price is appropriate, the car is rare and special, and I'd be all over it like white on rice.
     
    ASRDogman likes this.
Loading...