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I am looking to buy a used Prius. I am a private party. It will be first hybrid car. Is there a way to check any common problems just like battery life, any recalls?
Is any particular trim of Prius better than the others?
Also, what years possibly have any recalls or manufacturing defects like some Camrys oil burning issue in 02-08 models?
Also any tips for checking used Prius before buying?
 

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Prii are pretty much bulletproof, hence so many of them as taxi cabs.
You need Torque Pro or DrPrius app on your phone and OBD2 port BT dongle. Then you can scope hybrid battery cells state of charge.
That's about it. The rest is just like any other car, mechanical stuff. I'd try to get as little years on one as possible.
Keep in mind if Prius was sold and licensed in CARB state and is sold in CARB state, it is under 10 yr 150 000 miles hybrid warranty, what covers hybrid battery and some other hybrid components. 7 states in the US are CARB, following Ca emissions standard. I know WA is too.
 
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