BUILD #imwithher. Frank’s ‘07 Prius adventures.


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That's a nice flip, nice work. I bet with the current gas prices, a nicely cleaned up Prius with zero issues would sell very well.
If you wanted to be a real asshole you can get like $1,500-$2,000 for OEM Prius catalytic converters as well. Buy em cheap, replace OE with a $200 replacement cat, detail them up and sell lol.

I thought about doing that with my car... the flip put me in mind like $1,600 now, if I sold the cat I’d own it for free.
 

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The GEN 3 we had there was an open recall on the power inverter failing under heavy loads that Toyota didn’t have a fix for. Before anyone picks one up I’d make sure that got sorted.
 

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The GEN 3 we had there was an open recall on the power inverter failing under heavy loads that Toyota didn’t have a fix for. Before anyone picks one up I’d make sure that got sorted.
They’re old enough now that the recall should have been sorted out. Good call though
 
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3rd gens also are more prone to head gasket failure. I’ve seen that a lot. They all are, but those seem to be the most problematic.
 
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Hit the headlights with 3000 grit, 5000 grit and some compound today. They were horribly discolored. Idk how long this will last but even if it gets me a few months before having to replace them I’m good with it.

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Yeah, i have them in my Super Duties and love them. Way better design for the trucks, figured I’d see how they are in cars.
 

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Anyone have experience with Camry Hybrid or something similar by Toyota or Lexus? Or other hybrids offered by other manufacturers?

wondering in reliability, repair costs, etc…
Camry Hybrid is good. I know two people that had excellent results with them and one is still going.
 
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Anyone have experience with Camry Hybrid or something similar by Toyota or Lexus? Or other hybrids offered by other manufacturers?

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Anything Toyota/Lexus hybrid is going to be solid. They are definitely first in, best dressed in this segment.
 

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I just got the shipped notification from ECS tuning yesterday. Should be here early next week
 
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Got a chance to mess with it today a bit. Looks like everything is kosher. You want to see under 30 milli-ohms for internal resistance and voltage levels as close as possible in the pack. They look like they vary greatly but they’re within .12v of each other which is acceptable. I’m going to do the “Full battery test” and “Life expectancy test” tomorrow. The app is free for the basic stuff but those tests cost money. I went ahead and paid $30 for the unlimited amount of tests. It’s like $5 to run three of each or something reasonable.

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I’ve gone down the rabbit hole...

ProjectLithium makes a bolt-in Lithium battery to replace the OEM NiMH battery. Half the weight of NiMH, 260amp peak vs. 100amp factory, better at maintaining optimal voltage so the car will favor the electric motor and improve mileage...

The only downside is that if the pack fails, there are not individual cells to be replaced like the OE NiMH packs.

$1,900 with 2-year unlimited mileage warranty... and I can probably get $800+ out of my pack lol.
 

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Those Husky mats look good. I was let down by the Weathertechs in my Gen 3. They were more like thin/hard plastic/vinyl than rubber, the passenger mat didn’t fit quite right and slid around all over the place. They sold quickly though.
 

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Those Husky mays look good. I was let down by the Weathertechs in my Gen 3. They were more like thin/hard plastic/vinyl than rubber, the passenger mat didn’t fit quite right and slid around all over the place. They sold quickly though.
Weathertech sucks across the board compared to husky
 
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Those Husky mats look good. I was let down by the Weathertechs in my Gen 3. They were more like thin/hard plastic/vinyl than rubber, the passenger mat didn’t fit quite right and slid around all over the place. They sold quickly though.
I had weathertech mats in my first ‘13 F-350. They had no channel on them, so the salty water that melted off your boots would run straight onto the door sill and under the carpet. I had to put a small washcloth under it to soak it up and replace every so often.

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I sold that truck with those mats because I knew I would look for an alternative down the road. Ended up going with Husky in my next F-350 and bought a set for the GF’s ‘16 as well. Notice the channel on the outside leading edge that makes fucking sense...

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My ‘05 Yukon came with weather techs and I’m not too disappointed in that truck, but I would’ve never paid for them in an $1,100 truck. Super glad they’re in there, but I would’ve gone with a universal.

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The huskys in this Prius are way thinner than the truck mats though. but as far as fit goes they’re dead on. The cargo mat took a day or two to find its shape again as it was shipped rolled up.

Weathertech sucks across the board compared to husky
Agreed
 
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5th tank average was down this time to 47.1 MPG. I attribute it letting the GF drive it.

Did 100 miles yesterday, half of which was cruise set at 70 on the highway. 53.5 so far. Might try airing up the tires a bit and see what happens. Also going to be doing plugs, oil change, air filter, cleaning the MAF and a new PCV valve if it looks gummed up. Common Gen2 issues. Going to pull the rear panel and clean the fans that cool the hybrid battery as well, guys say that's a big thing on these cars.
 
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Also very curious to see how much the cold weather kills the MPG. I'm expecting it to be pretty significant. Have already noticed the engine running far more trying to keep heat in the car.
 

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