I'm looking for a higher mileage Prius (~100-150k miles), what problems should I watch out for?

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  1. roflwaffle

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    I'm planning on going up a fairly steep hill from about 55mph to about 75mph to see if I can tax the pack and pull any error codes, but does anyone else have any ideas as to what I should look out for/test if I'm buying a higher mileage Prius?
     
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    Rectal exam: stick your finger in the tailpipe. If it comes out slightly rusty or cleaner, its perfect. If it comes out black, it is consuming oil, the cat will be short-lived. In California, you are screwed if your have a bad cat outside of 10/150 warranty.

    It's really hard to get the car to trigger a DTC when there is a marginal pack. If you take it up Cajon Pass and have no drivability issues, the battery is probably fine.
     
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    Yeah, cats are expensive, but at least it's smog exempt in CA. The grade I'm thinking about on the 241/91 isn't as long, but it's as steep. What kind of driveability issues would I notice with a weak pack?
     
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    SoC drains rapidly to 1 bar and the car will barely go.
     
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    That's easy enough! Are there any specific systems that need special attention besides the usual fluid leaks, potential suspension issues, and so on?
     
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    If you're looking for a high mileage GenII I would be tempted to sell mine. Most of the stuff I've modified could be turned back to stock fairly easily. At least you'd know the history of the car. lol
     
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    ...that is, if OP is willing to read thru your 11,820 posts!
    OTOH OP might want to look at Sticky note about typical issues with Gen-II
     
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    Good point! Hahaha
     
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    That would be great, but I'm not seeing it in the forum stickies. Do you happen to have a link?
     
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    Aside from mechanical factors - I found a massive variation in the interior quality of used Gen 2 when I was looking. This is largely to do with owner care, but as the inside is where you be spending your time driving, it's worth merely looking at a number of models with similar mileage to ensure you get value for money. I would even personally sacrifice a few miles for an interior that is near spotless, assuming that the mechanical elements are in order.
     
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