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So everyone is saying how great and reliable the Prius is, but the majority of people who are going on about this are reporting their findings within one year or two years of ownership and with low odometer readings...

What sort of experiences have people here had who have really racked some miles on their Priusessss? Who has the highest mileage and what's gone wrong?

Anyone over 100K?

When does it "go south"?
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When does it "go south"?
Are you related to Charles K. Johnson?
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Guess we'll just have to wait and see, won't we. I believe I heard the batteries warranty has been voluntary extended in California to 150,000 miles. What else is there to fail except for that BIG key in the back you need to wind up the little "suckers."



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Check back in a few years and we should have an answer. Closest I can get you is a recent report of a true 1st generation (1997) Japanese Prius that had been exported to Australia at some point past 200k miles seemed to have a true 'worn out' battery.

Considering improved battery technology and improved battery protective programming we'll probably be looking at 250k miles plus.

One guy I know personally is beyond 100k miles on his '04 Prius with absolutely no measurable decline in battery function. His data is reliable in that he's knowledgeable enough to test his battery to determine internal resistances and capacity. Unfortunately it's also someone non-standard b/c he's used extra battery capacity he's added himself.

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The highest that I know about is still Andrew Grant, the Vancouver taxi driver. Google and you'll see several articles about him. (He had a 2001 over 200,000 miles (322,000+ km), traded it for a 2003 with Toyota for testing, and he now uses a 2004 for his taxi service.)

There's been one post from someone on this site over 200,000miles, but that thread was lost in the database crash a while back.

There's some ongoing threads on toyota-prius yahoogroup of several members over 100,000 miles, which includes the group founder...




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117K miles, 5 years.
Out of pocket: replaced accelerator pedal at 80K, replaced front wheel bearings at 90K.

Hybrid system still going great. Mileage has been increasing over the last month from 41/42 to 44/45. Probably because they've been resurfacing the horribly potholed and torn up interstate I commute on.
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My 2001 has 116,500 miles on it. It's going strong. No rattles, tracks well, 44 average mpg. I purchased it "pre-owned" three weeks ago from a Toyota dealership.

All TSBs and required maintenance have been performed and required parts updated such as the throttle assembly, the battery sealing, etc.

My local Toyota service manager mentioned to me that they expect the ICE to fail before the hybrid system or the battery. And even then, it should be fine for at least 200,000 miles, minimum. A new crate engine can be slapped in for about $5,000 including labor, or a salvaged engine from a totaled car for under $2,000. With ordinary maintenance the car should run until the body starts to rust away and the plastic deteriorates, in about ten years.
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117K miles, 5 years.
Out of pocket: replaced accelerator pedal at 80K, replaced front wheel bearings at 90K.

Hybrid system still going great.
So you would argue AGAINST the extended warranty, then?
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117K miles, 5 years.
Out of pocket: replaced accelerator pedal at 80K, replaced front wheel bearings at 90K.

Hybrid system still going great.
So you would argue AGAINST the extended warranty, then?
Absolutely not!

I really appreciate that the original owner paid for and took advantage of the extended warranty. Alot of the TSB, recall, and warranty service was accomplished by the previous owner and the Toyota Dealer under the 100,000-mile extended warranty. Some of the work was taken care of under the original factory warranty.

As a second owner purchasing a car with 115, 000 miles on it, there are virtually no extended warranty options available, especially from Toyota.
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