High Mileage Prius Maintenance-DIY

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Wyoming82070, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Wyoming82070

    Wyoming82070 New Member

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    Hello all!

    I am being offered a 2008 Prius with 193k miles on it for free. It has had two owners: one to 160k, at which point my uncle bought it from a dealership on the advice of a mechanic friend. I think basic maintenance has been done, but I don't get the sense that a lot of preventative stuff has been done. It just got new rotors. It has also had the cat stolen three times (which is why it is coming to me).

    So I want to know what I'm getting myself into. For context, I currently have a 2000 tacoma with 160k miles on it and have done most of the maintenance myself. This includes the whole front end suspension (shocks, coil springs, ball joints, tie rod ends, sway bar end links) and brakes (flushing and pads-drums still functional and rotors in good shape), alongside small things like the fuel filter, spark plugs, and stereo. I'm pretty comfortable watching videos and have the tools, but I'm no expert.

    How easy is it to work on the 2nd gen prius? Is it one of those cars where everything is hard to get to? Are there a lot of electrical systems involved?

    What are common repairs I should expect to do around 200k? What are some repairs that should have been done around 100k/150k but maybe weren't?

    Would I be better off just sticking to my lower-mileage truck that I know is going to last for years? I really want a commuter vehicle, but I can't tell how much of a risk this is.

    Thanks in advance for all the help!
     
  2. edthefox5

    edthefox5 Senior Member

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    Are there alot of electrical systems involved? lol...sorry that was funny...

    Ah yes alot. But how much money do you have to put into the car? Are you very very good with a DVM? Your first order of business will likely be the high voltage hybrid battery. And the engine may just be flat out whipped. Most people dont take very good care of there G2's. They drive them till they explode or the hybrid battery fails.

    Read up on what that takes here:

    https://priuschat.com/search/227089242/?q=hybrid+battery&t=post&o=relevance

    Always keep in mind though when your done you will have a 200,000 mile car that was stolen 3 times. Never heard of a Prius getting stolen before except snatched onto a flat bed for not paying the loan.

    if you do get it you must have a OBD code puller capable of reading hybrid codes it will have many. Here:

    https://priuschat.com/search/227089598/?q=techstream&t=post&o=relevance
     
  3. mr_guy_mann

    mr_guy_mann Active Member

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    The OP had stated that the CATALYTIC CONVERTER had been stolen three times.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
  4. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Denizen of the LZ

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    Hard to say which is worse lol.
     
  5. SFO

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    This could be a great second vehicle given your skill set. Outside of watching the oil consumption, there is the HV battery (balance or replace as needed), and the brake accumulator (plenty of advanced warning, usually). Everything else is fairly easy.

    Without going too far down the rabbit hole, the vehicle is free. Many would be elated to have a decent gen2 commuter at that price.

    Your Tacoma is solid, and unless there is a reason to dispose of it, you might keep it as well as this gen2 prius.

    I've visited and stayed in Laramie, checked out the college campus, hung out at "The Library" (even bought two t-shirts). If you decide before / after the fact that this vehicle isn't for you, I'll be happy to make a day trip (or longer) to wherever (WY., MN., etc) and give this fine specimen a new home.

    You can check the dealer maintenance by running the VIN at : Track Your Service Records with Your Toyota Owners Account

    A prius likes to be driven. How many miles per year were you looking to drive this "commuter" ?
     
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