Gen 2 or Gen 3?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by gmasondavis, May 1, 2019.

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  1. gmasondavis

    gmasondavis New Member

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    Hey all, sorry if this has been asked before, but I'd love some fresh answers anyway.

    I am in the market for a used car. I am pretty set on a Prius. I'd love to find a Prius for under $7,000 and 150K miles or less on it. This puts the Gen2 within reach and a few Gen3's (mostly 2010s and 11s). I am trying to sell my current vehicle and that will determine my budget. I am hoping to get ~$8,500 for it. I then plan on setting aside $1,000+ of whatever I make to start a fund for a refurbished HV battery for whatever I get.

    My question is, should I just stick with looking at Gen2's (2007-09), or try to get a Gen3 (likely a 2010 or 11).

    Generally I know newer is better, but I feel like I have come across more complaints on the Gen3s, especially with expensive repairs like a blown head gasket. Also a replacement battery is more expensive for a Gen3 (why is that, btw?). I think gen3's look cooler, but I am not as into looks as I am reliability.

    Those things make me lean toward a Gen2, but I want to know if my concerns really are valid and if getting a 10+ yr old car is smart.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Greenteapri

    Greenteapri Active Member

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    Hello Kentucky!

    Gen 2.

    My gf has a Gen 2 and I have a Gen 3. I have more creature comforts but at a drastically higher upfront and back end cost than owning a Gen 2.
     
  3. bisco

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    correct, stick with gen two, but out at least $1,600. aside for a new battery and more if you can't diy.

    a refurbished battery will buy you nothing but headaches. and don't forget other possibilities like brake actuator, combo meter and a/c compressor.

    all the best!(y)