Considering Prius with 2 DTCs. Need advice!

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  1. Yota4Life

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    Hi there,
    This forum has been very informative in my research as I'm looking at purchasing my first Prius.

    So I'm considering an 05 with 115k miles, hybrid battery replaced a year ago along with a new water pump, no mechanical issues and runs great. Little bit of sun damage on lift gate, but looks great otherwise. Just reduced price from $4k to $2.5k and only been listed a week. Seller shows paperwork of 2 codes just read by Autozone. Codes are P0A93 (likely inverter pump replacement or sometimes 12v battery throws codes when needing replacement) and P1455 which is an evap problem. Can't seem to find a consensus on the fix for this. BTW seller says there's been no symptoms or issues and car still drives great. Need some advice! Thank you!
     
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    welcome!
    will it pass emissions?

    are you a serious diy'er?

    if the mileage is correct, and there haven't been any accidents, the price is right.

    is it a genuine toyota hybrid replacement battery from a dealer?
     
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    Welcome to PriusChat!!

    That mileage is fairly low for a 2005, have you ran a carfax or at a minimum ran the VIN at : Track Your Service Records with Your Toyota Owners Account

    Here is the workup for DTC P1455 : https://share.qclt.com/%E4%B8%B0%E7%94%B0%E6%99%AE%E7%91%9E%E6%96%AF%E5%8E%9F%E5%8E%82%E8%8B%B1%E6%96%87%E6%89%8B%E5%86%8Cpdf%E6%A0%BC%E5%BC%8F/Prius%20Service%20Manuals%202004/%E4%BF%AE%E7%90%86%E6%89%8B%E5%86%8C/04pruisr/05/2054m/cip1455.pdf

    Some evap issues can be difficult to solve, and that DTC may prevent the vehicle from passing smog (required for title transfer), best to sort that P1455 out before finalizing the purchase.

    Here is the workup for DTC P0A93 : https://share.qclt.com/%E4%B8%B0%E7%94%B0%E6%99%AE%E7%91%9E%E6%96%AF%E5%8E%9F%E5%8E%82%E8%8B%B1%E6%96%87%E6%89%8B%E5%86%8Cpdf%E6%A0%BC%E5%BC%8F/Prius%20Service%20Manuals%202004/%E4%BF%AE%E7%90%86%E6%89%8B%E5%86%8C/04pruisr/05/21bpm/0a93346.pdf

    Have you visually checked to see in the inverter coolant pump is functioning?

    Don't drive the vehicle with a failed inverter pump, or you risk damaging the inverter. When DTC P0A93 is current, the cruise control and the AC may not work.
     
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    Check engine light on?
    Will not pass smog.

    Legally he is supposed to sell it with a smog certificate so have him pay for it and have it pass or you pass it up.

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    Good point Azuza.

    With so many cats getting stolen in California make sure its got its OEM cat if its a universal $125 cat it will fail smog. The factory cat is around $2500.

    Go on you tube search:

    Prius Stolen
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies everyone! Seller isn't responding to my request for VIN, but I could see the license plate in the pics so I ran that. Turns out someone messed with the odometer. There's a sales record from 7 years ago showing it with 165k miles. So definitely a no go now.

    So let me break down the reasons I'm considering a Gen2 Prius. My budget is $5k and I want something reliable, will last awhile, safe, gets good mpg, decent amount of cargo space and somewhat low mileage (trying to stay under 125k). I can do basic maintenance and easier parts replacement jobs on it. It would be my daily driver. My commute is only 7 miles each way, but we'd probably be making a 130 mile roundtrip most weekends. And I have a feeling it may become my wife's car bc she drives a 100+miles 2-3x a week and I'd get her 2012 Civic. Through my research it seems like the Prius fits my needs best. I'd be selling my 05 Corolla XRS with 211k miles and replace it with the Prius. The Corolla just isn't as practical as I'd like at this stage of life. XRS is the only trim level where the backseat doesn't fold down!

    On another note, I'm trying to keep a checklist of things to look for when considering a used Prius.
    -Have any somewhat common pricey repairs been done yet (hybrid battery, inverter pump, water pump)
    - Maintenance records
    -POs driving routine/habits (I've learned hybrid batteries last longer when used frequently)
    - Battery health (downloaded Dr Prius and already have a Dr Prius recommended OBDII reader)
    -Fluid leaks
    -Tire wear
    -12v battery health

    Anything I'm missing? TIA for all the help and advice!
     
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    Anyone have any advice or input re: my previous comment? Thanks!
     
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    the secret is finding a one or two owner with decent records. all you can do iskeep searching. best is when you know someone who knows someone.
    buying used pri from strangers can be sketchy, but you never know.
     
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    You may or not be able to find a gen2 (or any vehicle for that matter) that fits the above needs, as the platform is over 10 yrs old.

    How about a matrix, vibe, or even another corolla?
    Add-ons for the above list :

    New OEM catalytic converter (pricey)
    Brake actuator assembly (pricey)
    Suspension (pricey)
    An OEM HV battery with matching modules, don't buy anything with a rebuilt etc (pricey)
    At least one change of the transmission fluid (shows above average maintenance)
    5k oil changes (believed to help mitigate oil consumption)

    If the vehicle was kept local (desert temps), try to find one that lived in a garage or had the windows down to dissipate the cabin heat build up, this could increase the HV battery longevity. Expect to recondition the existing HV battery to ensure a longer life span.
     
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    Hello, I see from your profile that you are in California. With a P1455 Fault Code, the car will not pass the Emissions Test. In California, it is the Sellers' responsibility to ensure the vehicle passes the Emissions Test, NOT the Buyer.
    From the Code description provided by SFO, I suspect a failed fuel tank bladder.
    Unless the seller is willing to obtain the Smog Certificate, it is a hard pass as the fuel tank only comes as an assembly and is very pricey.
    Good luck!

     
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    My input is its foolish to buy a G2 given where you live. Sooner or later the cat will get clipped especially if the wife is driving it as they will spot the car see its a woman and clip it in broad daylight. That is a non stop hassle to deal with you cant just park it in a big parking lot and go shop. It will get stolen.

    Go on youtube and search

    Prius stolen

    for videos about this.

    if it gets clipped and it will then your screwed as you must use a OEM cat as there are part numbers on both units they check that and you will fail emissions. New cat is around $2500 installed.
     
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