Should I be buying a 2nd Gen Prius?

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  1. NinjaProdigy

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    I was originally set on a 3rd gen Prius, but decided for the time being I’d buy a 2nd generation Prius.

    What are some thing to look out for when buy a 2nd generation Prius?

    What’s a good range of miles I should be looking for?
    What’s a good price I should spend on a 2nd gen Prius?

    I saw a 2008 Prius 105k miles with the JBL sound package and Bluetooth package. It’s selling for $5,999. Is this a good priced car, or should I be looking for something else? What should I inquire about this car?
     
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    first and foremost, you want good ownership, maintenance and accident records.

    how many years would you like to keep it and how many miles per year?

    the best way to judge price is relative to every other car you find for sale. you can check kbb.com for help

    will you doing maintenance and repairs yourself, or taking it to a good hybrid shop or to a dealer?

    do you have a few thousand on hand for unexpected repairs?
     
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    That's a great price for 2008... Hit me up if you need help doing maintenance once you get a gen2 Prius... I'll be down in your area tending to elderly parents in coming weeks.
     
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    bisco, I’ve seen you post quite a bit on here and seem quite knowledgeable. I’m really on the fence now about buying a 2nd gen Prius. I hear half of people saying that 2nd gen Prius batteries die after 100k miles or 5 years, and I hear the other half say that they last over 200-250k miles. My budget is honestly under 10k, and I could potentially spend 1k on a refurbished battery, but how long would that last me? Is there any way I can chat with you through WhatsApp, or text or something quicker than a forum?
     
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    click on my avatar and then 'start a conversation'
     
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    there is no way to know how long the battery will last, but from observing here, a goodly percentage make it between 150 and 200k.
    you're in cali, so you get the 10/150 warranty

    some that are older with lower miles fail because time and not being used is actually bad for them.

    the minimum you would have to spend for a new one diy is $1,600. or around 2k installed.

    you can option for a refurb like green bean, but experiences vary.

    if you can't find a good one with what you can afford, you might be better off with a small gasser like corolla, civic, yaris, mx3, fit, etc.
     
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    With 240K on original hybrid battery and never an error or failure, as well as having worked on almost 10 hybrid packs I suspect they last longer if they're:

    1) driven daily / usually but not always means higher mileage on vehicle
    2) cooling fan doesn't get dirty and car lives in a cooler climate with lighter rather than darker paint
    3) periodic battery reconditioning & charge/balance once capacity loss is significant (rapid fluctuation of charge levels)
    4) corrosion cleaned and inspected regularly

    And once the battery does go bad:
    1) bad modules replaced before they heat up the rest of the pack and cause damage
    2) next modules to fail are found and replaced before they fail
    3) periodic reconditioning, charge and balancing
     
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