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 Should You Buy An Used Toyota Prius Hydrid?

Is it worthwhile to pick up an used Toyota Prius Hydrid at the current price? People who are looking for a hybrid car should consider the Toyota Prius. At a low price of US$9000 - $17000 for the second generation model (2004 - 2009 model), it is consider a bargain.

The Toyota Prius Hybrid is the first mass produced hybrid car. It was launched in 1997 and went on sale in USA in 2000. Currently, the Toyota Prius is in it's third generation and there are more than a million Toyota Prius on the road in USA.

If you are looking for an used Toyota Prius hybrid, you should consider a model made after 2004. This is the second generation Prius which is 6 inches longer than it's predeccessor and has reduced aerodynamic wind resistance. It is rated to be even more eco-friend than the first generation Toyota Prius hybrid. With luck, you may be able to find an used Toyota Prius which still has warranty for the battery pack. The battery pack of 2004 and later models is warranted for 150,000 miles or 10 years in states that have adopted the stricter California car emissions control standards. Elsewhere, the Prius warranty is for 100,000 miles or 8 years. The Prius warranty for the various hybrid components is also 100,000 miles or 8 years.

If you concerned about the battery life, you will be re-assured by a study conducted in Feb 11. The review magazine, Consumer Reports tested a 2002 Toyota Prius hybrid with more than 200,000 mileage, and compared it with the result of a test conducted 10 years ago on a near identical 2001 Toyota Prius hybrid with only 2000 miles. The review concluded that the effectiveness of the battery has not degraded over the years. The used Toyota Prius is still able to deliver 40.4 mpg (mile per galleon) compared with the 40.6 mpg achieved in the test concluded 10 years ago. In any case, the cost of replacing the battery pack is around US$500 for used battery pack to US$2,200 for a brand new battery pack.