Originally Posted by SuperchargedMR2
I own a 2010 Prius III and my wife and I love it. It has 96k miles without any issues and has been uber reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this Prius for a moment. It's a great car and the price is excellent. I wouldn't worry about the extended warranty as these cars will go 200k-400k miles without any problems. The 12V battery is just like any other car. I still have the original in my Prius and it's 3 years older then yours. It's very simple to replace. Sounds like the tire and alignment issue is nothing that can't easily be dealt with so go buy it! The color may not be your first choice but buying used it's better to get a gem of a car like this on that you found.
Thanks so much, that really helps me a lot. My only concern with these vehicles though is the bigger hybrid battery going out and it costing around $2000-4000? Just because I heard for some people it went out around 150,000-200,000 miles/12-15 years on average no? But others have also said it's more like 8-10 years? I've never owned a hybrid before and that kinda worries me too because of fear of not knowing how they operate compared to a normal vehicle and such. Also, how has your 12V battery still not run out? I read on average they last 4-6 years and yours is on 8 years? Isn't that unheard of?
I called about what the extended warranty covers and they said it only has this left on it:
1.) Extended Warranty (7 year/100,000 platinum plan with roadside assistance. Covers all components other than wear and tear items & including regular powertrain warranty but in addition comprehensive and everything else including electronics, AC, power window, suspension, steering, brakes, etc. (expires July 2020) 12V batterys not included, Alignments not included
2.) Extended Warranty (Scheduled Maintenance plan 6 year/55,000 covers every 5,000 miles, tire rotation, oil changes, brakes (expires July 2019)
They told me that if I didn't purchase and transfer the Extended Warranty though that I would still be allowed to use the warranty for the hybrid system which is 8 year/100,000 miles. This includes the larger hybrid battery, charging and anything dealing with the hybrid system.
The thing I'm confused and trying to figure out though is that if I don't purchase the Extended Warranty would I also still be given the 7 year/100,000 basic powertrain warranty which covers only like the transmission, engine and rear axle. This is different than #1 above because it's just basic and doesn't include electronics and comprehensive. I'm getting told two different things from customer service. One person said it would transfer to me even if I didn't buy the extended warranty while another person at the dealership where they purchased the warranty/car said it wouldn't transfer to me if I didn't purchase the extended warranty and I would forfeit this as well. Also, so in other words the seller didn't know what she was talking about when she said the extended warranty had 5 years/95,000 miles left on extended warranty because that doesn't make sense, lol.
EDIT: I called Financial Services for main Toyota number and he said the basic 7 year/100,000 powertrain warranty would stay with the vehicle even if I didn't buy the extended warranty so the person at the dealership didn't know what he was talking about apparently.
I'm leaning towards not purchasing the extended warranty if I proceed with getting the vehicle. Also, I noticed some people from other places mentioned it might not be worth the purchase if I don't drive it a ton...which I probably wouldn't drive it a crazy amount but just a normal amount...so is that a concern? Also another concern is that the sellers of this vehicle is an elderly couple. They purchased the vehicle 2 years ago and have literally only driven it 5000 miles in the past 2 years...and I hear not driving it a lot is a killer on the larger, HV battery. So that concerns me, no?