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Default Prius over 100k miles -- what should we expect?

Our 2006 Prius has just passed 70,000 miles, and to help make a decision about its future, we'd like to know the experience people have had with the Prius over 100,000 miles. Does the battery system have to get replaced? Is that a super expensive cost of maintenance?
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2002 Prius, 102,000 miles:

* New tires at 75,000 miles.
* Started doing oil changes and tire rotations myself at around 50,000 miles
* Change air filter about once per year (Fram).
* I have replaced 12v battery twice. (Traction battery still going strong.)
* Squeaky noise from steering box area when turning left (not repaired).
* Power door locks on front doors click but don't always lock (not repaired).
* Saving money for 120,000 scheduled maintenance.
* No other repairs needed or done.
* Currently getting 55 mpg city (nice weather finally here!)
* Planning on keeping this vehicle until about 200-250,000 miles.
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If you have done a reasonable amount of maintenance on your vehicle, schedueled oil changes, filter changes and such, I don't see any reason that you should not be able to get 200k or more out of your Prius. They have proven to be, in typical Toyota fashion, mechanically strong vehicles.

Gearbox fluid is schedueled to be changed at 100k, however, some who post here would recommend the fluid change to be earlier than that. At 70k, you might want to do it just as a preventative measure. It shouldn't cost too much and shouldn't require a great deal of shop time. The gearbox is mechanical, and unlike an automatic transmission where the fluid is for lubrication, hydraulic controll and heat displacement, in the Prius, the fluid is for lubrication and heat displacement. This reduces the "wear and tear" on the fluid significantly by it not having to acomplish hydraulic actions as in a conventional automatic. I don't have any personal experience with this, but will probably take my own advice when the time comes. Fluid changes are inexpensive insurance against hidden wear.

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2001 Prius with 168K miles, (purchased Sept. 13, 2000, was the 7th Prius sold in AZ)

Main batteries replaced at 162K miles, $3900 (new warranty on replacement battery only ONE YEAR!!)
Brake pump replaced at 75K, $650
12 V battery replaced 2 times, 2nd time used the newer/bigger battery and tray, $225 for the 2nd one
Cruise control, trunk opener, engine run light added at 25K, ~$300 for all (did these myself)

The usual consumables: tires, oil, filters, wiper blades

I expect to get at least 200K miles out of "Snoopy" and will shoot for 300K.

I still prefer the smaller size and handling of the Gen II cars to the newer ones.

YMMV

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'02 blue moon Pearl
The day after I brought it home it would not start. Iafter the tow I was told it was the battery. I do not remember which one. I do remember that it took over a week to get a replacement.
43,000 replaced original tires
70,000 brakes replaced
82,000 ABS unit developed a crack and was leaking, had to be replaced, $2000
83,000 replaced 12v battery, $300
83,000 the hybrid battery, assembly and computer had to be replaced. It was under warrantee, fortunately. What troubles me is that the new parts come with absolutely no warrantee.

I still consistently get over 50 MPG, often around 55

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Update: Just replaced serpentine belt ($185), at 104,000 miles.
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'02 blue moon Pearl
The day after I brought it home it would not start. Iafter the tow I was told it was the battery. I do not remember which one. I do remember that it took over a week to get a replacement.
43,000 replaced original tires
70,000 brakes replaced
82,000 ABS unit developed a crack and was leaking, had to be replaced, $2000
83,000 replaced 12v battery, $300
83,000 the hybrid battery, assembly and computer had to be replaced. It was under warrantee, fortunately. What troubles me is that the new parts come with absolutely no warrantee.

I still consistently get over 50 MPG, often around 55
I'm surprised you needed brakes so early! I'm at 90k and still have 60% on the brakes.

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2003 Prius 167,000+ miles. Just changed my front brakes out about 20K ago. Besides regular oil changes (I only use fully synthetic oil) and filters no other maintenance has been done. I am on my third set of tires (only the top most rated used for replacements). I tend not to rotate my tires out of laziness so I end up with really worn front tires and just replace them all at the same time. Thinking about having the belt changed out since it is a god-awful color now and looks like it is starting to dry rot. Mileage varies depending on outside temperature and use of A/C. Between 50 in the fall and spring, 45 in the summer and winter. 80 mile daily commute. Might even have all the other fluids changed out too when I have the belt replaced. Still waiting for the release of the 130MPG version that is currently in limited testing in California
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2002 Prius

192,000 miles

repaired sensor in steering column @ 156,000

replaced front brakes (pads only) @ 143,000
replaced rear brakes ( pads only) @ 185,000

still get 50 to 52 mpg in the above 50 degree weather

switched to p185 65 14 goodyear comfort tread with little or no loss in mpg much better traction and wear

I now have over 315,000 miles on Prius's , 98,000 on '04 and 25,000 on '09

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wow, sounds like a great car. no major complaints i see.

I drive slow!
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