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Old 06-16-2020, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What should I do with a 2002 Prius?

In exchange for doing a brake job, I got a 2002 Prius with a dead hybrid battery. Minimal rust, clean interior, and only 138k miles on the odometer. It's probably worth more in parts, but it seems like a shame to part it out.

Anybody know what 20 miles of flat towing in neutral does to a Prius transmission?

I can't drive it myself, not enough pedals.



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Old 06-17-2020, 03:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The HSD is a hoot to drive tho, one pedal P&G!
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Fix the hybrid battery?

Yank the engine, weld the HSD and use it as an electric car?

Part it out? Battery modules sell all day on ebay, drivetrain. IIRC a lot should all fit Toyota Echoes, too.

Put the shell of a 50's pickup truck on it? LOL

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LS motor swap with a Tremec 6 speed and RWD. Maybe a single huge turbo mounted high and the whole firewall moved back 3 feet so you actually enter and drive from the back seat. Then go troll youtube about how you spanked a Tesla Model S plaid with your Prius, get a million views, and start your youtube car channel with a bang.

Or just stick it on Craigslist for $500 and be done.
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If you trade labor for common sense you can sometimes rejuvenate the battery enough to drive short distances.

There is a small but ardent group of gen1.5 Prii, if you can save the car go for it.

With a set of 165/65r14 re92s they are a hoot.

Could always make a Piuck also.
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The HSD is a hoot to drive tho, one pedal P&G!
I have a lot of experience driving the 2nd and 3rd generation Prius. I really like driving a manual.
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Fix the hybrid battery?
I might if it only needs a few modules or just a charge.


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Yank the engine, weld the HSD and use it as an electric car?
I'd still need to fix the battery! Or source a larger one.


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Part it out? Battery modules sell all day on ebay, drivetrain. IIRC a lot should all fit Toyota Echoes, too.
Definitely a possibility.


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Put the shell of a 50's pickup truck on it? LOL
I don't have the ambition, desire, or truck body to do that!
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LS motor swap with a Tremec 6 speed and RWD. Maybe a single huge turbo mounted high and the whole firewall moved back 3 feet so you actually enter and drive from the back seat. Then go troll youtube about how you spanked a Tesla Model S plaid with your Prius, get a million views, and start your youtube car channel with a bang.

Or just stick it on Craigslist for $500 and be done.
Both good ideas!
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I'd be tempted to perform some experiences with a different powertrain, such as a Perkins 1.7L 3-cyl turbodiesel just to piss the die-hard Prius fanboys off
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I'd be tempted to perform some experiences with a different powertrain, such as a Perkins 1.7L 3-cyl turbodiesel just to piss the die-hard Prius fanboys off
Honda Insight drivetrain, Smart CDI or worse
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