Which car should I buy?

Asked by Sep 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM about the Toyota Prius

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I'm looking to buy a Toyota Prius and was wondering which car would be considered to
be in better condition: a 2005 with 106k or a 2009 with 122k mileage? The 2005 is 1000
dollars cheaper with 1 year warranty on the hybrid battery and related parts. The 2009
still has 28k warranty on these parts, which probably equals two years considering how
much I would drive it. I don't know anything about the previous owners driving style and
if it were city or highway miles. Thanks!

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Assuming both Prius' are hybrids, I might consider going with the 2009, since the cost of a replacement hybrid battery can be several thousand $$$ from what I hear. (This car is far from being my cup of tea, so not sure if ALL Prius' are hybrids, I don't think so....) Would advise against a hybrid and get a standard 4 cylinder model due to the ungodly cost of the battery. The 2009 has more warranty to cover the battery for a longer period of time, if it dies....major plus, IMO. Plus, it will run for another 122k miles with proper care.

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the 09 as the racer mentioned, they are whisper quiet

1,085

The battery is a major concern. A used Prius is a better deal than a new one. That way you don't pay a whopping premium up front and take a loss at the back end.

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The 2009 is a better deal. Each year there are more features added to the Prius. Depending on budget, I would get a used Prius 2 years old with 30k - 50k miles. It will get you to at least 150k without major problems or longer. I have talked to folks that have gotten over 200k without battery replacement.

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The mileage difference between them is so small, but, the 2009 offers much more and is four years newer, which is definitely more desirable. I hope you chose that.

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