Which used Prius should I buy?

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  1. ittakesavillage

    ittakesavillage New Member

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    Hi folks,

    My 2008 Prius is dead, prematurely at 150,000 miles, due to vandalism. It was the best. I'm sad.

    I want to replace it with a used hybrid under $16k -- NOT plug-in, because I street park. Can you suggest which cars I should look at?

    I'm highly partial to Gen2 Priuses because I had such a great experience with my 2008 model. I don't know enough about the 3rd and 4th generations to know whether they're as reliable. Primarily, I'm concerned with reliability and total cost of ownership. I plan to drive it as many miles as I can.

    I found a 2009 Prius from a reputable dealer, with 66,000 miles and a clean report for $12,397. I'm trying to find out whether the hybrid battery has been replaced yet. Is this a steal? If not, what else should I look at?
     
  2. PriusCamper

    PriusCamper Senior Member

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    Stick with Gen2... They're the most reliable of all the generations thus far... That 2009 you're looking at is a perfect replacement, but the price they're charging for it is outrageous... Find one just like it for $4K less... Best way to keep prices down is to buy from a private seller and do the transaction at your bank so you have plenty of security cameras and don't have to carry cash.
     
  3. dig4dirt

    dig4dirt MoonGlow

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    HOLY SH$T that is overpriced.
    all i can say.

    But if you enjoy Gen2, stick with Gen2
    Gen3 can/may have issues
    Gen4 may be top of your price range, at least with lower mileage, maybe.
     
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  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

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    welcome!
    look at the kbb value in your area. great car, but i'm not sure if it's a steal.
    any idea what package it is?

    also, if you can find a gen4 in your price range, and you like it, they are very reliable after 4 years, some with higher mileage.
     
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