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#4757370 - 05/14/18 08:34 PM Bought another $700 prius
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32489
Loc: ME
2005, 257k miles, more rust than my wife's. Does not have sat-nav like hers but does have proximity keys.

Got it from the original owner, a wealthy liberal sort turned animial-lover/ hoarder.

Came with all the receipts, including for repairs from a wreck.

During the honeymoon period the lady ran to the dealer complaining about road noise, only to find that she bought new tires with aggressive tread. She burned through a lot of front brakes and wheel bearings.

She got a new 12V battery a couple years ago, $280 there, yowzah!

The left front wheel bearing is shot and loose. A new part is enroute. She, and perhaps a miscommunicating mechanic, thought this bearing was jamming up and slowing her down. This unholy mess sounded like the stuff of legend so I bought it just so I could take a look at it.

Turns out the coil packs are bad, and it chucked out P0300, 301, 302, 303, and 304. It sounded like death underway as the engine rocks around in its mounts and the CVT tranny chatters. So, that slowed her down.

I'm an impatient yet thrifty sort. Ordered new coils but they're coming from China California via Fedex SmartPost, a horrible way to move anything. I have two spare coils for my 02 camry 2AZFE. It turns out that if you sand down the outer diameter rubber "ring" on the lower portion from 25.5mm to 24.5mm and add a few washers under the hold-down tab it fits fine, though the electrical connector is cocked slightly differently too. Put those on cyls 2 & 3 for experimentation and she's 98% smoother, just had one hickup.

The iridium plugs had corroded hexes and buildup on the ground electrode but weren't carbon fouled and had been keeping themselves clean. Gas is potentially 6 months old but is in that bladder thing which I figure protected it pretty well, and besides it was winter, so it degrades slower, chemically, IMO. Oil and antifreeze look good. Tires are bald snows (aaugh) but I have a stack left over from a previous DTD sale. AC works. Dog goobered up the rear door panels a little but they'll recover.

They never, ever, ever seem to have detailed the engine compartment. There's an epic level of dust on everything.




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#4757384 - 05/14/18 08:43 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
laserred96gt Offline


Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 875
Loc: Florida
What do you do with these cars you buy ?
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#4757388 - 05/14/18 08:45 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32489
Loc: ME
drive them, I mean, what would you do?

The prizm had to go: it didn't have a center armrest console, cruise control, or a 4th gear in the auto trans.

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#4757391 - 05/14/18 08:49 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
spasm3 Offline


Registered: 05/30/10
Posts: 8532
Loc: North Carolina
Moved from s-series to prius! I drove one once as a rental, i could not imagine driving it every day. I'll never accept one as a rental again.


Edited by spasm3 (05/14/18 08:51 PM)
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#4757395 - 05/14/18 08:52 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41654
Loc: New Jersey
Where's the w123?

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#4757402 - 05/14/18 08:58 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32489
Loc: ME
Chilling. I parked it in the woods last winter so I wouldn't whack it with the plow truck and a mouse moved in, peeing everywhere. Trying to air that out. Plates ran out & she's off my insurance. Still, started right up this spring... and the clock was right, stayed on daylight savings time all winter. cheers




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#4757434 - 05/14/18 09:28 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
NoNameJoe Offline


Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 398
Loc: New York
I would love to detail an engine bay that dirty. You should take a big wide shot before and after if you ever do detail it.

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#4757452 - 05/14/18 10:05 PM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
Imp4 Online   content


Registered: 04/06/18
Posts: 224
Loc: Somewhere in time
Originally Posted By: eljefino
2005, 257k miles, more rust than my wife's. Does not have sat-nav like hers but does have proximity keys.

Got it from the original owner, a wealthy liberal sort turned animial-lover/ hoarder.

Came with all the receipts, including for repairs from a wreck.

During the honeymoon period the lady ran to the dealer complaining about road noise, only to find that she bought new tires with aggressive tread. She burned through a lot of front brakes and wheel bearings.

She got a new 12V battery a couple years ago, $280 there, yowzah!

The left front wheel bearing is shot and loose. A new part is enroute. She, and perhaps a miscommunicating mechanic, thought this bearing was jamming up and slowing her down. This unholy mess sounded like the stuff of legend so I bought it just so I could take a look at it.

Turns out the coil packs are bad, and it chucked out P0300, 301, 302, 303, and 304. It sounded like death underway as the engine rocks around in its mounts and the CVT tranny chatters. So, that slowed her down.

I'm an impatient yet thrifty sort. Ordered new coils but they're coming from China California via Fedex SmartPost, a horrible way to move anything. I have two spare coils for my 02 camry 2AZFE. It turns out that if you sand down the outer diameter rubber "ring" on the lower portion from 25.5mm to 24.5mm and add a few washers under the hold-down tab it fits fine, though the electrical connector is cocked slightly differently too. Put those on cyls 2 & 3 for experimentation and she's 98% smoother, just had one hickup.

The iridium plugs had corroded hexes and buildup on the ground electrode but weren't carbon fouled and had been keeping themselves clean. Gas is potentially 6 months old but is in that bladder thing which I figure protected it pretty well, and besides it was winter, so it degrades slower, chemically, IMO. Oil and antifreeze look good. Tires are bald snows (aaugh) but I have a stack left over from a previous DTD sale. AC works. Dog goobered up the rear door panels a little but they'll recover.

They never, ever, ever seem to have detailed the engine compartment. There's an epic level of dust on everything.





This is the stuff that dreams are made of!!

My 2003 1mz-fe has the exact same rust thanks to 15 years of NE Ohio winter/salt.

But Ohio blesses us with exactly zero hurricanes, wildfires, volcanos, earthquakes, mudslides, tropical cyclones, droughts, avalanches, flash floods, wildfires, high seas, haboobs, zuds, rain deluges or interesting variety every year!!


Edited by Imp4 (05/14/18 10:20 PM)
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#4757536 - 05/15/18 05:11 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 2891
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Sounds like you'll be all set once you make the necessary repairs. How is the battery pack? Are you easily able to tell if it's on its way out.
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#4757543 - 05/15/18 05:34 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: spasm3]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2204
Loc: St. Louis
Originally Posted By: spasm3
Moved from s-series to prius!


That is what I was thinking!

One person's trash is another person's treasure. I view what he is doing as an old car rescue program. His Motto "I save them before they go to salvage". smile
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#4757581 - 05/15/18 06:57 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39421
Loc: 'Stralia
Love your posts.

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#4757589 - 05/15/18 07:20 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
SeaJay Offline


Registered: 03/05/15
Posts: 1030
Loc: New York City
That's a itsy bitsy teeny bit of rust for a northern car of that vintage.

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#4757596 - 05/15/18 07:30 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 16918
Loc: Michigan
Cool!
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#4757597 - 05/15/18 07:31 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: eljefino]
supton Online   content


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 11716
Loc: NH
Fun stuff. Looking forward to how this one goes.
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#4757620 - 05/15/18 08:05 AM Re: Bought another $700 prius [Re: Shannow]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1862
Loc: VA
Originally Posted By: Shannow
Love your posts.


Me too.

Really like the way you rescue and save these cars!!!
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