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consider this high-mileage HiHy, if you would!
hey gang! grateful to be aboard, as i'm quite focussed on getting into a 2006 or 2007 HiHy.
apropos of Andrea's 'battery' thread below, i thought i'd refrain from hijacking it completely, and posit my circumstance here.
one of my best HiHy candidates has 170,000 miles on it. my current Toyota product is running happily at 220K, so i do have some confidence in general, but am inexperienced with the HiHy.
this li'l guy comes from a real nice neighborhood and has mostly done the rush hour freeway commute of 90 miles/day. much of that is stop and go... so i figure an even mix of electric and ICE.
there's a long record of proper maintenance, oil changes every 6000 miles and the car looks remarkably fresh. the car has been serviced by their regular mechanic, who i see has five-star reviews on Yelp, and the car has been inspected by another mechanic who has provided a detailed report, all the way down to the windshield wipers. apparently neither of the mechanics can estimate remaining life of the traction battery.
i may be willing to gamble on the traction battery, as there is a hybrid tech in my neighborhood with a very good reputation. he has done Prius battery swaps for $600-$1800 either by individual cels or by the entire pack, and includes warranties.
in recent months, they had done the following work:
timing belt / water pump (preventive measure)
12 volt battery (third one over the life of the car)
spark plugs / coil packs
apparently the mechanical aspect of the brakes were overhauled a few years ago.
this car is in the best overall shape (to the eye) of the three that i am considering. i'm getting very good communication from the owner, who seems conscientious.
it's a Limited model, and i could get it for $5500, maybe less. i don't mind doing some more preventive replacements, due to the low cost of entry. but i *do* like to go on long trips and don't want to get stuck in the desert for too long!