Even Used a Used Prius Can Be a Bad Car to Buy
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Don’t Buy a Car Like This One Warns Toyota Mechanic

Does a used Toyota Prius with only 150,000 miles on it look like that used car deal you’ve been waiting for? Here’s an example of one mechanic’s warning on why his client should have seen him before buying a Prius because of car sellers who will attempt to keep a poorly maintained vehicle running just long enough to unload it onto someone else.
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Hard Lesson Learned with a Used Prius

If you are a first time Prius shopper and have heard many glowing reports about how that Prius is a fine vehicle and attracts a specific type of car owner, you might be overconfident in assuming that every used Prius out there has been well maintained and that they are a low-maintenance vehicle not requiring much care the first 200,000 miles or so.

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If so, then you could be wrong on both counts.

Prius is a fine vehicle, but it still requires diligence as all vehicles do when it comes to maintenance; and, it is just as susceptible to a malady of problems when its owner essentially abuses it until they decide to unload their car troubles onto someone else.

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That is the message in a recent Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel episode where its host---Peter---warns viewers that this is what happens when a car buyer fails to have a pre-purchase inspection done on ANY car, regardless of what you may have heard about a particular make and model.

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That said, here is a sad story about a bad Prius and all of the surprises it held for its new owner.

Don't buy car like this!

And finally…

For additional articles about protecting yourself from a bad car deal, here are a few informative pieces to help you avoid this kind of lemon:

Used Cars with Serious Transmission Problems to Watch Out For

Consumer Reports on How to Assess a Used Vehicle’s True Value

An Important Used Car Hidden Damage Warning for Used Car Shoppers

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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Comments

The gen3 Prii are arguably worse as a group with the issues Peter points out on the gen2 but with excessive oil consumption, brake booster and head gasket problem all too common.