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Richard34

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  1. I actually spoke to a source at Toyota and it seems that the seller is confused! It was the 12v battery and transmission (and pump) that were replaced and not the traction battery. This explains both the cost and the reason for the failure. What do you guys think?
  2. Got it in one! That's it. Good spec like the colour, seems clean from the pictures. I'll take it for a test drive and if I like it I'll get an RAC inspection done. Like I said, the new battery could work in my favour (particularly with resale in 3-4 years) but as long as I'm not walking into a minefield (i.e. underlying problems) then it'd be reasonably good value. I've seen other T Spirits for less but they've all been a bit scruffy.
  3. That's the chance I'll have to take but I've been assured that 2nd Gens run and run so I'll have to roll the dice. Having looked at the Toyota approved priuses out there (already looked before but viewed again for the sake of this thread) they tend to go from just under £6k and rise rapidly. I don't have that sort of budget...
  4. My budget is tight and whilst under 6k might sound the same as £5250, to me it's not. I'm more concerned with having fewer owners and full TSH than a lower mileage. If you can find me a T Spirit for less than £5250 with similar mileage/service history etc then I'm all ears......I've done a LOT of looking, and trust me there are no T-Spirit/T4 models with 80k on the clock from official Toyota dealers.
  5. Thought this would be worth adding to the post as I've just spoken to the seller. He said that the reason that the battery was replaced was that the previous owner had left the lights on one night. This led to a recovery firm coming along and towing the car away for him, which in turn messed up the battery (I've heard that you can't bump start a Prius so maybe this is the same sort of problem?). What does that sound like to you seasoned Prius owners? Walk away or take advantage of a good thing?
  6. I've found a private seller who is selling a Gen 2 T Spirit with 100k on the clock. The asking price is £5250. The thing is that 'it has had waterpump and battery replaced by Toyota for £2637'. Now I know that batteries are supposed to last a lot longer than than so I'm a bit confused! So there's two ways of looking at this; It's got a new battery and therefore will last me a LONG time! OR This car has underlying problems and should be avoided! Obviously I'm going to talk to the seller about it but I was wondering if you experts (flattery intended ) had any input? Much appreciated. P.S. When I take it for a test drive should the car run on silent up to a certain speed? I took one out yesterday and the engine kicked almost instantly every time which suggested that the battery didn't want to know.
  7. I've found a private seller who is selling a Gen 2 T Spirit with 100k on the clock. The asking price is £5250. The thing is that 'it has had waterpump and battery replaced by Toyota for £2637'. Now I know that batteries are supposed to last a lot longer than than so I'm a bit confused! So there's two ways of looking at this; It's got a new battery and therefore will last me a LONG time! OR This car has underlying problems and should be avoided! Obviously I'm going to talk to the seller about it but I was wondering if you experts (flattery intended ) had any input? Much appreciated. P.S. When I take it for a test drive should the car run on silent up to a certain speed? I took one out yesterday and the engine kicked almost instantly every time which suggested that the battery didn't want to know.
  8. Following on a from a previous post, I'm still looking to buy a Gen 2 Prius and I've found one that might tick all of the boxes. It's a T4 model that comes in 'Could-it-look-any-more-boring-Grey', with 74000miles on the clock. It's had 3 owners and the current one has owned for 6 months. The price is £4690 (probably due to it being a private sale). BUT there's one problem. The service history started off as all Toyota but the last two services have been carried out by BMW/Merc specialist (?!). Now I've heard that with hybrids they really need to be serviced by the manufacturer. So, is this true? Should I wait for a FTSH model, or would most of you not even bat an eyelid and see it as a good deal? Thanks for reading.
  9. Thanks Cootuk, great input guys. Bargaining chips aplenty!
  10. Thanks Chris, some useful pointers to add to my checklist! Looks like I'll be getting RAC to look at a car for me...I just hope they're clued up on Hybrids and don't gloss over the finer points too much. I think it would be tricky to find an independent inspector who specialises in hybrids....
  11. Thanks for the reponse, much appreciated. I'm still to feel confident about buying a Prius again (I've been round and round the loop in my head from a Prius -> Passat -> Octavia -> Avensis -> V50 ->......). It's been a fairly long and arduous journey for my wife who's had to put up with 'what d'ya think of THAT car?' every time we drive somewhere! I think the reason that the Prii (Prius plural ? ;)) are relatively cheap on the second hand market given their decent economy and excellent reliability, is that people like me have heard horror stories of battery failures. But if this is the stuff of myth and legend, I'm game for a try and I'm sure the Stealth Mode will be a fun novelty factor that will stick for a month or two.
  12. Thanks Steve, looking forward to getting some useful tips and doing my bit for the forum once I'm up and running in my Green machine. :)

  13. Hi, I'm brand new to the forum and my apologies if these questions have been answered already. I've done a little searching but can't seem to find answers. I'm thinking of buying a 2nd gen Prius with around 80-90k on the clock. My criteria for my next car are as follows and in order of importance: 1. Reliability 2. Practicality 3. Economy (I know the official Toyota figures are nonsense but 45-50 average mpg is ok with me) 4. Decent level of kit The questions I have relating to these points are: 1. Are the rumours about batteries going on the Prius nothing more than myth? 2. If not, how much are they to replace? 3. Is it worth getting an independent RAC inspection done on the car? 4. What should I look for that an Inspector might miss? 5. Am I right in saying that for a T4/T-Spirit with that sort of mileage, I should be paying about £4.5-£5k? 6. Are the back seats spacious enough to fit 2 x baby seats and a skinny adult? I think that's about it really. Thanks for reading and posting any comments if you do, really appreciate it. Hopefully I'll be getting one if the answer aren't too depressing (!) and I'll be enjoying some cheap and trouble-free motoring! Richard
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