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Thread: The $850 prius

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    The $850 prius

    Bought off a friend who wanted it gone.


    No starting, acting weird when jumped and body/interior rough.

    Took a chance it was the 12v battery...

    As I got it:







    Gave it a good wash and got a real lay of the land!










    So then I went to AutoZone with the battery,asked about the warranty on the battery and they gave me a new one.
    A real boon as they're $217 for the AGM gel mat battery these take!

    Threw in the new battery saw the mileage at 160k miles, no warning lights and runs sweet as a nut !

    Now I'm thinking of putting the Benz on a classic policy and dailying a Prius,or flip the thing before I register it. They go for 4.5k here with these miles so it's tempting, but I could probably drive it a year and save some cash !


    What you're seeing on the roof is sun/hailstone damage.
    2005 toyota sequoia, 1993 300d, 2009 prius, 1984 Volvo 242 turbo intercooler

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    Isn’t it deadly when a cheap punt works out.

    Hateful car but cheap runabout ��

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    Garage the Merc over winter and daily the Prius. Then off load the Prius in summer and use the funds for something else, win win.

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    Agreed - hateful thing Making a profit out of it will make it better though
    fyi your photos show up fine on my phone but on a PC they are blurred with a photbucket watermark over them

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    Can't fault it for 850 dollars, they're great commuter cars, I'd have done the same. It's only the mad situation regarding insurance here that my driveway isn't full of cars.

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    Nice one, I like these I picked one up in November with tax and test for €1000. It’s just about to tick over 300k, going perfect with no warning lights either! It still does 40 odd miles to the gallon too
    Last edited by Kaiser; 04-01-2020 at 05:35 PM.

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    Not a hateful thing at all , quite relaxing on a commute daily and super effective air con and a lot of them have a decent JBL sound system , far from hateful.

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    I hate to say it but crank, Kaiser & bigus aren't wrong. It's actually a quite pleasant drive, I'm seeing 45-50 mpg with a little bit of strategic use of cruise control, Texas being flat as a pancake helps !

    It has the jbl 6cd changer with aux in, so a major upgrade over the 26 year old Becker and waning speakers in the Benz.

    I was getting 32ish mpg in the Benz but maintenance and fear of every knock is getting to me a bit. Plus if I put it with hagerty 5k miles a year for agreed value it's like half of what I pay currently for commuting.

    It's a grand daily and even passed state inspection this morning !

    So I actually washed the seats , wet vacced the whole thing and now it's sanitary enough that my wife nicked it off me this evening.



    Got the headlamps back to normal!






    Threw a whole can of this at the interior with a drill mounted scrubby brush, yer only man !

    Wet vacced it out and it doesn't look like something gave birth in the backseat anymore !

    Then I spent more time on the important things in life

    Last edited by admredux; 05-01-2020 at 06:49 AM.
    2005 toyota sequoia, 1993 300d, 2009 prius, 1984 Volvo 242 turbo intercooler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gn3dr View Post
    Agreed - hateful thing Making a profit out of it will make it better though
    fyi your photos show up fine on my phone but on a PC they are blurred with a photbucket watermark over them
    I've had this feedback before alright, tried flikr but not as easy to upload from my phone/share the img links , I've to figure out how to do that or a better alternative!
    2005 toyota sequoia, 1993 300d, 2009 prius, 1984 Volvo 242 turbo intercooler

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    Quote Originally Posted by -MICK- View Post
    Isn’t it deadly when a cheap punt works out.

    Hateful car but cheap runabout ��
    I'm a terrible car flipper , this should be for sale already!
    2005 toyota sequoia, 1993 300d, 2009 prius, 1984 Volvo 242 turbo intercooler

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