Third or fourth gen?

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  1. Wrecit

    Wrecit Junior Member

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    Proud owner of a second gen 2006 and starting week 2 of dashing with door dash and making a killing.

    Wife is considering dashing also but we would need a second car. My question is third or fourth gen? I like the cockpit design of the third gen but wanted feed back from people that are driving them now.

    Either one I get will be used. Would go another second gen but I know from my 2006 that it is now time to put money into second gens to keep them in top shape (getting ready for break job struts and fix a minor trans drip on mine)
     
  2. Rmay635703

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    Skip 3rd Gen unless you want to do a 4th Gen motor swap sometime after 150,000 miles (bad EGR and headgaskets)

    only 3rd Gen worth it is the PIP (if you can get a good deal on a cherry, which is tough to find in today’s market)

    Primes brand new can sometimes be ordered out of Rhode Island for $17,500 after tax breaks and are worth a trip.

    Cherry Gen 2’s are legendary but also getting hard to find

    I guess it depends what you are up for, a Gen 2 is very different than the 3rd Gen

    And myself due to local tax law am considering a 1st Gen with a lithium battery swap (zero registration taxes)

    For me a cheap $5000 Volt works perfectly for around town using L1 / L2 to stay off gas.

    1st Gen Insight has treated me well also

    Good Luck on your search.
     
  3. bisco

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    agreed, fourth gen so far has been pretty good. third has several failure points
     
  4. drbtz

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    I'd stay away from 3rd just because of the amount of upkeep required. Go for 4th gen.
     
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    I was recently on the market.
    I actually also considered the PRIUS v, but in the end I thought that its gen3 platform and electronics seemed a bit dated.

    The gen4 has better mpg, works at higher speeds, has extra safety features... It just seems a better car all-around, definitely a step from the gen3.
     
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    Except maybe looks, outside and in? The dash look AND functionality in particular drives me nuts.
     
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    4th gen is way more comfortable and way more efficient. I imagine that both of those will be important to you.
     
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    Yep, want to try to get a 2015 or newer for a Prius. I just searched Carmax and local and Denver Toyota dealers and, unfortunately, the pickings are slim and those that are available are WAY overpriced, imho. I saw a 2014 Prius for $19,000??? WHAT??

    Best of luck in the search!
     
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    Welcome to Cuba! :whistle:
     
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    I remember being appalled when it was first released.
    I now love the rear lights.

    Inside... Well... It's funky. Quirky.
    I like that. I like driving unusual cars.
     
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