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Old 07-14-2014, 04:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2,001 Prius without battery pack, Mesa AZ $900

I do not know if this interests anyone, I am not in the valley at the moment, and I hardly have that much money, but I thought that I would share this. The entire ad states:

2001 PRIUS - $900

batteries are out as is first 900. text is best way to reach me. 480 622 9279
It does specify a clean title, although that is very little information, and there are not any pictures: 2001 PRIUS

Arizona Auto Parts 800-352-4036 / 602-253-5111 has "Reman 3 yr warranty NCB/$975.00 #587-000 AFT 587-000 $1705" and
All Japanese Auto Parts LLC 602-276-6661 has +CORE, STILL BOLTED A J771 $900, although it does not specify mileage.
[via car-part.com]

I did a search for "how to replace 2001 prius battery" and found dozens of pages discussing the cost (around $4,600 at a dealership) and this video: How to change a Battery in a Prius, Step by Step Video | GreenTec Auto

One article stated:
His next step was simple: "I went back to Toyota, and begged the service manager on bended knee to sharpen his pencil."

Lo and behold, Hodges received a new quote. It still included everything required for the full replacement, but this time, the total was $2,931.

It also stated "service department labor time to replace a pack is listed at 1.6 to 1.7 hours."

Just because I like telling stories, I met a girl on Friday (in-person!) and we went to a movie. She kept bragging about her 2,013 Prius, more because of the toys than the mileage. She insisted that it "costs the same as every other vehicle."

Obviously not.

According to Autotrader, the MSRP for a 2,014 Prius is $23,215, $18,390 for a Civic, and $16,800 for a Corolla. The EPA rates them at 50, 31, and 31 MPG respectively. Using their numbers ($1100 per year for gas for the Prius and $1800 for the Corolla), it would take 9 years and two months to break even, 137,454 miles (221,210 KM), and another six years and seven months, 98,571 miles (158,634 KM) to save $4,600 for the battery, so you might argue that you do not break even until 236,035 miles (379,861 KM).

If my Civic lasted that long, it would have well over half a million miles!

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