Buying used 2007 Prius 150K miles

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  1. jackiek

    jackiek New Member

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    Hi all! I've been lurking on this forum for a few weeks but I did join very recently and I apologize in advance if theres any forum rules I'm breaking by posting this.

    I'm looking for some advice/insight on a potential used car I might purchase from a friend of a family friend. He is selling his late grandmother's 2007 Prius with approximately 150K miles on it for $4500. Previously it was owned by a another family member for about 7 years with consistent Carfax service records. The Carfax comes out clean - no recalls, no accidents, although it does show slight damage to the front right frame of the car.

    My biggest concern is that the car sat unused in a garage in Southern California for the last 3 years or so and wouldn't start so as a result, the owner replaced the hybrid battery (with a generic one, not Toyota manufactured) and the 12V battery last month. Other than that, the owner says that his mechanic says its in good shape.

    I'll definitely be taking this car to my mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection but my question is, what mechanical issues I be looking out for? Is this a good deal? Will this car last me at least 100K miles with regular maintance? I drive about 8-10k a year, mostly surface streets and some highway. I do have a car fund of about 2000 or so in case of emergency repairs.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. PriusCamper

    PriusCamper Senior Member

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    Great price... You're getting yourself a great deal... Let us know who built the re-manufactured battery? Hopefully you have paper work on it? Some of them have really nice warranties.
     
  3. bisco

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    welcome!

    couple of concerns:

    1) how can there be frame damage without accident?

    2) unlikely that any battery other than toyota is going to last 10 years.

    3) a few odd things can be expensive, like a/c compressor for $2,500., or brake actuator. but failure seems to be fairly rare
     
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