Prius V ‘15 (dealer) vs. Prius ‘15 (priv seller)

Discussion in 'Prius v Main Forum' started by Merrell Hambleton, Jul 15, 2020.

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Which should I buy?

Poll closed Jul 22, 2020.
  1. Prius V ‘15 (dealer, 87K miles, $14K)

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  2. Prius ‘15 (private sell, 93K miles, $9,500

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  1. Merrell Hambleton

    Merrell Hambleton New Member

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    Hello to the forum!!

    I am seeking advice on buying my 2nd Prius (first was a sweet ‘08 that I beat up pretty badly but loved dearly).

    I am torn between ‘15 Prius v and ‘15 Prius—I found the V for $14K, 87K miles at a dealer (one owner, sold initially from same dealership, serviced only at this dealership). The ‘15 Prius is a private seller, 3rd owner (leased from ‘15-‘17, owned privately ‘17-‘19 and ‘19 to now), relatively clean car fax (no accidents but a more sketchy history of oil changes reg maintenance). I think I can get him to sell for $9,500.

    Any advice on what seems like the smart move here? I’d prefer to buy the car outright (possible for reg Prius at $9K) but also like the extra space of the V and the very clean history. Will say that the 2012 and 2013 Prius Vs I drove earlier in my search felt more “sluggish” but the ‘15 I drove does seem a bit better....

    thank you!!
     
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  2. rjparker

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    How many miles on the $9.5k car? I doubt the 15 v was any faster than the earlier v models unless the hv battery on the older v’s was depleted. A more likely scenario is the 15v had its Power mode selected which makes a significant difference. Otherwise the hatchback and the v both have issues with oil burning and egr cooler clogging at higher mileages.
     
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  3. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    you can look up the history of the lift back at toyota.com/owners.

    as rj mentions above, these engines are prolematic. if you can't diy, the egr cleaning is around $1,000.
     
  4. Jon Watkins

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    Whichever you buy you are getting the best of the gen 3. Updated piston/ring so hopefully no oil burning. Whichever one you buy put an oil catch can on it.
     
  5. Merrell Hambleton

    Merrell Hambleton New Member

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    Sorry, the regular Prius has 93K miles! So they’re pretty comparable mileage wise!!
     
  6. Tim Jones

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    I wouldn't do it..... unless your going to get rid of it at 150,000 miles.
     
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