$6K to replace generator?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by briloop, May 31, 2019.

  1. MelonPrius

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    Within the Prius family, I believe the 2010 has the most engine issues, based on the posts around here. I was comparing the Prius to other makes and models, which has shown the Prius engine to be very reliable.

    The newest CR used car issue was cut off at model year 2011. The 2011-2018 Prius all rate at much better than average for the engine (reliability). Last year, the 2010 Prius had much better than average reliability ratings for the engine- again, compared to other makes and models. (Out of 17 categories, my 2014 is much better than average in 16 of the 17 categories.)

    By comparison, the Subaru Forester has a much worse than average rating for engine reliability for '11/'12/'13. My '00 Subaru needed new head gaskets at 110k miles and had transmission issues, which coincided with what other owners reported back then. That's one of the reasons why I went back to Toyota.
     
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    Yeah...but as a hybrid it has lots of parts that other vehicles just don't have.
    But yes, I think the Prius is a remarkably engineered vehicle. And Toyota I think, in an effort to build and bolster Hybrids, built Prius to be very reliable.
    I would DEFINITELY put Prius on the "reliable" side of the ledger.
     
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    It's always nice to have a newer low mileage car especially if you travel much and still under warranty.
    This is my second new Prius and it has never left me stranded.
     
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    I have had to replace my head gasket... There is a place in the LA area called Hybrid 911...
     
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    I know this thread is old, but the Prius actually have less mechanical complexity than non hybrids, less moving parts, and less things to wear and break.
     
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    Been following scotty kilmer for some time. A few of his videos make sense, I repeat A FEW. The rest are only for fun. I have seen he is basically focused more on turning down other people's opinions than on actual car work.... He is particularly against Chrisfix... I would follow Nutz about Bolts in regards to YouTube videos for prius than this clown

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    How stupid...
    I thought this guy (Scotty) was smarter till I saw this video.
    Every used car with high mileage may have serious issues. Yes it is a gamble to buy a used car but it is for EVERY used car not just Prius.
    Despite the several flaws (one of which I think is the head-gasket issue), Prius is one of the most reliable and efficient cars out there. If it wasn't, would Toyota keep making them?

    I bought a used Prius in 2017 at 142k miles from its 3rd owner. (I am the 4th). I put 40k miles so far and the only thing I did were: regular oil changes, tire replacement and headlight bulbs. Plus some preventative maintenance (I didn't have to, I chose to).

    I never heard anyone burning a motor/generator so far. Can it not happen? Yes, it can. Just very rare.

    The OP of this thread is just helping Scotty K. with more views.
     
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    Has the Exhaust Gas Recirculation and intake manifold been cleaned?
     
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    It's obvious Scotty hasn't done much, if any, work on the Prius.
    It's a very easy car to work on with very little service needed.
    Yes, things were out on the Prius too, and they have there problem, just like every other car.
    I just turned 226,000 miles on mine this morning, still no problems.
    I've done the EGR system twice. The first time took a while because I was watching video's as I went.
    The 2nd time, about 2-3 hours? It wasn't very long, and a lot easier.
    The front and rear hubs were easy, as where the brakes.
    Struts and shocks are next, but they look easy also.
    To get 100,000 miles out of any car is really good, to get 200,000 is great.
    98% of them will need some type of work, some major.
    Depending on what you were driving before the Prius the fuel saving is probably 25-50%.
    Mine was cut about 55-60%. HUGE for me because I drive 6-700 miles every week.

    The Prius is not for everyone. And if someone doesn't like it and is always complaining about it,
    get rid of it and get something else.
     
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