Seems like buying a used Gen3 Prius is not recommended

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by trimore7, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. kingman

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    i have a gen 3 and they are nice
     
  2. Mendel Leisk

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    Hah, takes me back, mid-nineties, our kids had rented a videogame, and I was elected to return it. The guy at the counter asked me how I'd liked it, and I (having NO clue) replied: "it was nice...".
     
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    Seconding what some have already said here, Consumer Reports, the foremost neutral source of auto reliability data, affirms that Priuses of all vintages, specifically including 2010, are among the most trouble-free cars you can buy – more reliable today than some NEW cars now for sale. It's regrettable that a few hysterical posters amplify their individual problems to the point where it sounds otherwise as a statistical average.

    Combine that reliability with 50 mpg economy and the price discount of a depreciated used car, and it's very hard to beat the cost of ownership of a 2010 Prius (all the better a value because it's the oldest and therefore most depreciated year of the 2010-15 generation). All of which is why I put my money where my mouth is and bought one. Sum total of problems in 15 months of ownership: zero.
     
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    Agreed:).

    Our 2010 has not been a problem child either;).

    • Some oil consumption: yes
    • Some preventative maintenance:yes
    • Major issues like I had with previous American made vehicles: Nope
    It’s all about perspective (y).
     
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    My wife and I have a 2013 Prius with 80,000 miles. It has been with us since new, zero miles. It has been (knock on wood!!!) the most reliable vehicle we have ever had and most fuel efficient. It's one of the best vehicles and would not be concerned.
     
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    $5000 transaxle? I found several 15-25k for $2-400 on Car-parts who would ever buy new? And replacement hybrid batteries are not over $1500 if you know where to look..... heck even the inverters used with less than 30k are less than $300
     
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    Yep, you clipped the part where I mentioned mechanics, if you are skilled enough to do it your self, the economics change. Few college students will have those skills. perhaps their parents do.
     
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    Now that traction bateries are below 1500$, even gen2 used prius are a great buy, but if the OP want's to believe Toyota's are terrible, it's the op's right, to be wrong.
     
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    interestingly, down here in San Diego it would seem 3rd gen prius's appear to sell for less than what 2nd gen's go for

    I started looking at a back up plan, due to my lexus ct200h being plagued with issues like oil consumption, and engine shakes, and what not. I strongly considered a 2nd gen, as it would appear those owners have less issue when 3rd gen owners have
     
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    I'm also amazed at the number of Gen2's on the road around here...and have also noticed that they sell for somewhat of a premium.
     
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    Have to agree with the above statement. On my first Prius, bought it with 27xxx miles; now at 55xxx miles. By far the most trouble free and low cost 28k miles of any car I've owned and I've owned at least 15 (mostly all used) cars.
     
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