my gen3 is totalled, upgrading to gen4

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Main Forum' started by amos, Apr 14, 2019.

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    so i was involved in a major crash, got rear ended by a minivan who was driving at a very high speed , car is totaled and im lucky to be alive.
    well i had some issues with my gen3 like egr circuitry and blown Headgasket, had a new HV battery installed free 4 months ago, but i think im sticking with toyota again,
    wanted to get some info from gen4 owners in regards to main issues that i need to know, major recalls and concerns for that model'
    my budget will allow me to buy a 2016 2017 used one.
     
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    Glad you're safe.

    Did you mean that you've had those issues with your Gen 3 - or a Gen 4? I haven't head of any of those 3 problems on a Gen 4 - what kilometers had it done?

    No problems of any concern. I had a brake light switch go faulty, it only faulted once - never heard of any others on PriusChat (it gave multiple malfunctions with all the systems tied in with a brake pedal operation). 2 recalls here, but I think a 3rd in USA, but check with TOYOTA against the VIN# - they should be able to advise if they're done (and they put a sticker in the driver's door pillar here).

    Only thing I despise on PRIUS is the stupid idiotic almost useless foot-operated hand-brake. And that Hill Holder doesn't work in reverse when facing down a hill.
     
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    My car was a gen3. I just changed status to gen4 cause im planing to buy one.
    It had about 130k miles or 200k km
    Mistype corrected.
     
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    How did the Gen3 hold up in the Crash? IIHS testing indicates that Gen4 is better than Gen3 - but they don't test for rear-ended crashes.

    I haven't heard of those problems with Gen 4 - there was considerable redesign of all 3 for Gen 4, but then, not many have done that number of miles/kms.

    You'll find a Gen 4 more fuel-efficient, and a considerably better drive than a Gen 3. The RADAR Cruise is worth getting - I think some 2016s in USA didn't have it.

    For those who have tried both 17" and 15" (mine are 15"), they say the 17" drives a little better - but at the cost of extra fuel. And, at least here, the 17" wheels don't come with a spare tyre (donut).
     
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    I think 130k mi is not high at all here in california. I know many who already in their 200k and even higher. All my previous toyotas had T least 250k when i sold them.no issue finding a buyer. Im really hoping gen4 is better. Repairs on gen3 were extremely expensive but lucky me most major stuff was done free under warranty by dealer. I was averagung 50 mpg and driving almost 4000 miles per month.
     
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    You’ll like the gen4;).

    Just got a Prime today and boy is it better:).

    The egr circuit and piston rings should be improved, so less to worry about(y).
     
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    Congrats. So now when you on my side with same car im even more motivated to get it. I guess you got tired cleaning egr's

    How about inverter overheating?is prime the model that is charged with 110v home socket? Just begining to learn. Did you compare battery performance? Or is it the same one used in gen 3
     
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    Not tired of cleaning Egr’s (I have one more scheduled soon for @Pedal Logic ):).

    It’s more of helping someone out;).

    The Prime is the one that can be charged at the wall, and I have solar on our house and will charge at work, so at least 50 of the 80 miles I commute in a day are covered without need for gas (y).
     
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    Wow thats great you saving a lot. I will try 2016 prime. How much did you pay for yours and what was the total for dmv? If you dont mind saying. I have free electricity too. My neighbor offered me to use his extra capacity. He bought a bmw i3 i think. And i drove it. Really nice but not enugh range. Basically he stopped buying gas for 3 months now
     
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    Well i have a spare egr cooler now. Let me know if needed. Anyone who needs it free just clean it.
     
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    There was no 2016 plug in made by Toyota;).

    But the 2019 we got for under $26k before taxes and other fees :).

    Factor in all of the rebates and we got a great deal(y).
     
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    So today I went to schedule my appointment for the software update. I saw a Prime Advanced with MSRP of 34k and a AWD-e XLE stickered at 30k. They were both calling my name. Maybe later, when Uncle Sam starts paying my VA disability they owe me.
     
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    Very happy with our conversion (y).
     
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    Keep in mind the Prime does not have 3 seats in the back.. it's a 4 seat car.. not 5.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    ... till the 2019 model arrives with 5 seats.
     
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    Cool. Didn't know they were changing it.
    May be on my list now. Although I really liked the styling on the 2018 and lower Prime body. The headlights on the prime are really cool looking..

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    So im buying a 2016. No budget for the prime. Going to dmv tomorow. Any suggestion on important issues? Original owner said clearly he did nothing but oil changes. Car has 90k miles
     
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    hopefully, he did the cabin and air filters, but take a look at them. there's nothing else. check the oil level.

    not sure about gen 4, but likely coming up to plugs and fluid changes soon.
     
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    If it's a local car probably ok, but Toyota USA says to do a proper brake inspection tri-yearly or 30K miles.

    There's no mention in the schedule, but I would do a transaxle fluid change asap.
     

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    The 5 seater will be a 2020 model in the U.S. Our 2019 model is still a 4 seater.
     
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