Newer G2 or older G3?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Technical Discussion' started by James1964, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. James1964

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    A friend is looking to enter priiadise and is asking for assistance. I know a little more than nothing about the basic things to check but is there a strong, compelling reason or 3, to consider an older g3 over say an 09 g2 in similar condition? Looking for a general, overview opinion please.

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    Gen 2 had good engines but their traction battery is older and we're good cars, very reliable.
    Gen 3 owners will chime in.
     
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    Possible option is an 08 that was well maintained and has a failed traction battery. If the price is right, i'm thinking @2ktoaster replacement battery @$1600 and get a good run with that. Owner may part with the 08 for less than 1k.

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    Go for it.
     
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    Only needing a traction battery 1000 is a great price. If you search around you can find a new factory battery for not much more than 1600. If you were ever thinking resale that would be a large help.
     
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    it's really a crapshoot. either are fine cars. most do well, some are not so fortunate. as long as they go in with their eyes open and due diligence, they'll be fine.
     
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    I opted for a Gen 2 '09 in 2011 because they were lots cheaper than a Gen3 '09 (10k€ vs >14k€ for similar mileage) and I figured all the startup issues were not yet taken care of in the early Gen3's.

    I recently looked at a Gen2, supposedly with a failed battery (might also have been an '08), but it was still 2.5k€ (~3k$). For 1k I would have taken a look for sure.
     
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