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Advice on buying a used Gen 4

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by Papa Xan, Jul 4, 2024.

  1. Papa Xan

    Papa Xan New Member

    Jul 2, 2024
    Austin, TX
    2007 Prius
    Howdy y'all!

    Long time reader and first time poster. First, a big thank you to all of you! This forum has helped me DIY many projects on my first prius (Gen 2, 2007 base) since I bought it 6 years ago.

    I'm planning to upgrade to a used Gen 4 for comfort and reliability after multple large projects on my 07 causing stress and demanding my dad and I's weekends (replacing rack and pinion, tie rod ends, inverter cooler pump 3 times, fuel door cable, clock spring, parking brake, and currently fixing the hybrid battery).

    That being said, I want to continue to be able to DIY these kinds of projects in the future. I would appreciate y'all's insights on these questions and anything else you think I should know! (I have already read the last few pages of the newbie thread)
    1. Is the Gen 4 easier or more difficult to work on compared to the Gen 2?
    2. At what mileage would you disregard a used Gen 4?
      1. For example, I'm seeing a 2019 for $13k but it has 190k miles on it!
    3. What kind of service history would you require for a high mileage Gen 4?
    I have a Veepeak OBD scanner and the Car Scanner & Dr.Prius apps so I plan to run those tests before making the purchase. Also planning to hire an independent mechanic to check cars out of state if they're worth the trouble.