Bought a 2019 Prius LE w/ 190k miles!!

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  1. Willl

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    Just bought a 2019 Prius LE w/ 190k miles (crazy), had some codes that I cleared, everything seems to be running and driving fine on it...

    What things should I get done on it or be checking, preventative maintenance, oil change, etc..?
     
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    The transaxle would benefit from changing transmission oil, IMHO.
     
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    congrats!

    start by plugging the vin into toyota.com/owners to see what they have for service history

    all the best!(y)
     
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    Wow congratulations! How is that high of miles possibly?!?

    check the hybrid battery air filter under the back seat ASAP!

    At 200k it would be a good idea to clean the egr system+egr cooler.
     
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    I already looked up Toyota dealer service history online, no history unfortunately, so it was likely fleet maintained

    It looks like it was maybe a chase car for semi trucks. Which would likely mean mostly all highway miles
     
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    Did it have a frontal hitch on it?

    I mean, jeez, I know there are some chase vehicles out there, but for them to do that many miles in that short of time... I don't get what they would be doing. Chase vehicles for wide loads don't normally rack up huge miles with those slower speeds.
     
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    How much did you pay for it?
     
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    I would change out all of the fluids and change oil to start. I would consider using the BG trio of EPR, MOA, and 44K before the oil change as well.

    Purely for data it'd be great if you could take a look at the EGR system to see if there is any build-up, but I totally understand not wanting to take that on.
     
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    I'm curious as to what codes it had before you cleared them..............those could be a good indicator of items that may need checking
     
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    Didn't have a front hitch, but did have front and rear strobes installed on the windshield and rear hatch
     
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    Thats a crap ton of miles, with it mostly being highway driven it should last many more. Age and Mileage dig into it equally. Being that its basically a two year old car, it should go much further without too much issues. I would say a transaxle flush would be a good to do maintenance item and maybe a flush of the fuel system and injectors maybe.
     
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    Also, remember that a percentage (30, 20, 40?) of the driving probably didn't have the ICE running. You can check the lifetime EV% - trip meter to ODO. On the MFD:

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    Just got the car from auction, cleared existing codes to see if any would come back, car felt like it was driving fine for the first few short trips.

    I had the temp sensor flash and then go away several times, finally it triggered a CEL code. Code was for coolant sensor, I checked the coolant level and it was completely empty and the coolant cap was barely on. I added coolant and CEL went away, but same thing happened again, pulled over to check and coolant was empty again. I did this several times having to fill the coolant reservoir until finally it stabilized and didn't go down again. No sign of coolant leaking on the ground anywhere....

    I checked on Toyota Owners History and saw there was a previous diagnostic done at the dealership in November, but there were no notes that told me what happened. After calling the dealership several times I finally got a response... Unfortunately Toyota dealership diagnostic says needs new engine. Blown head gasket and coolant in 2 of the cylinders.

    Anyone know how much it might be to replace a gen4 motor? The car is a 2019, does it use the same engine as 2016+?

    Is it possible to try to use a head gasket sealer product??? Has anyone had any luck with this before?
     
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    If your coolant is disappearing, and your oil is clean with no coolant contamination, and no rough starts/misfires, the headgasket probably isn’t blown, and you have a coolant leak.
     
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    "coolant in 2 of the cylinders"
     
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    When I first drove the car for the first several trips the engine started smooth and drove/ran fine. Then after the temp light came on and found the coolant empty, even after refilling coolant, I started noticing the engine shaking when it would start, and also as I would be driving I would feel the rpms or engine power start going down when I would be holding the throttle at a steady level
     
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    I see that your in Orlando, maybe give a call to Tampa Hybrids, they would be probably a second or cheaper option to get the car back in working order again. I was wondering why someone who put on 190k miles in a year would sell the car for probably next to nothing instead of putting another 150 or 200k miles on it being that its so young in years. I think you got it figured out :( As far as the fix a engine using a 20 dollar additive it might be a good option if you want to try it but I think sooner than later your gonna have to do a seal or an entire engine on the car once it has a blown head gasket.
     
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    Well shoot, this definitely sounds like the tried and true headgasket problem on the 1.8.

    unfortunately this is bad news, as I and many others were hoping Toyota fixed the headgasket issue on the updated 1.8 for the gen4.


    As you asked earlier, a 2016 engine will fit into your 2019 with no issues.
     
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    I agree, Tampa Hybrids is a great business. The owner has been a member on here for years and has a great reputation.
     
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