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Old 11-09-2018, 07:40 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by mpg_numbers_guy View Post
Even with only 51K/52K miles? What would you suggest offering if we pursue?

Judging a good price on a Prius seems to be a lot harder for me than with other vehicles lol..
Years age a battery just as much as miles. The Prius transmission is super reliable - far more so than any other automatic on the market and possibly more so than most manuals, if you consider needing to replace clutches and worn synchros after hundreds of thousands of miles.

Batteries are consumable in a Prius, just likes brakes and tires, and much like tires they still degrade with age and will need to be replaced even if no miles are put on them. They're probably the single most expensive component, though one can replace a battery without a lift or special tools, which makes the labor costs effectively zero (so, less than an engine or transmission overall).

This is perhaps not your most typical Prius, but it's worth thinking about:

https://www.hybridcars.com/toyota-pr...ginal-battery/

I don't know that a 50k mile Prius is a bad deal exactly, but I would have no more confidence in its reliability than a 175k mile Prius with a new battery, and possibly less.
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