Just bought a prius what should I look out for?

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Old 03 Apr 2014, 11:25 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Just bought a prius what should I look out for?

Basically: 2008 Prius IV 120k miles. Fully loaded with leather. Has been in an accident but appears fixed up.































$8000 is the price we settled on. Quite frankly, I'm afraid i'm buying a lemon! Already put down the $500 deposit. Pick up on Saturday. What are some things to look out for as tale-tale signs to back off? Also, once I get home, I'm going to make an appointment with Toyota to get it serviced. What are some work do you think my Prius might need?































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Old 03 Apr 2014, 11:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
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take it to the mechanic they will check everything and tell u whats wrong with it
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Old 03 Apr 2014, 11:54 pm   #3 (permalink)
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By 2008 there were very few common problems with the Prius. What you see is what you get, but I don't remember if the inverter coolant pump had been upgraded by 2008 or if that came later. Listen for a howling noise even when the engine is not running and have the mechanic look for crusty trails of the pink coolant under the inverter coolant pump. Replacement approaches $500 parts and labor, but it only has to be done once. Having been in an accident it probably has a recent wheel alignment and may have new shocks/struts, both good things. Nobody who knows anything about Prius cars worries about the hybrid battery but have the 12 volt "aux" battery load tested. It is not used to start the engine so there is very little warning when it goes bad. One day the dome light does not come on when you open the door and the system won't start. At 6 years old I bet it is original and is ready for replacement. Optima batteries are a wise choice - about ten years service and holds up well to deeper discharges. The other service I recommend is throttle body cleaning. It is not part of the service schedule but the Atkinson cycle engine in the Prius tends to burp soot into the intake. The throttle body really should be cleaned with the 30K mile major maintenances. No timing belt to worry about, and the brakes last virtually forever. The brakes on my 2002 Prius are original and about half worn at 172K miles.































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have some one look at the car before you buy, now flagmichael knows his prius, c/k out the replacement cost of batteries they cac be $.
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Old 04 Apr 2014, 12:27 am   #5 (permalink)
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This post looks familiar from the Priuschat forums. There's generally more Prius expertise there than there is here, but FlagMichael, Wondering... and JerryJ (he appears to have disappeared though) (forgive me if I forgot anyone) are the best informed users here when it comes to Prii but then you have to sift through posts from others whose only experience with them is through rumors.































The only trouble-spot so far on the 2007 has been a leaking engine coolant pump (the 2nd-gen Pri has 4 water pumps). It seems to start leaking prematurely on quite a few 2nd-gens. You can check for it by looking down the left (passenger) side of the engine for the large, black pulley near the bottom. That's the engine water pump pulley. Look inside the back of the pulley and around the pump for pink, crusty buildup or streaks. The pump can be replaced DIY for about $100 or about $390 at a service department.
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