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Old 02-20-19, 06:57 PM
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I have never owned a hybrid and am seeking one to run around town. I am on a fixed income and was curious about fears on a high mileage CT. Itís a 2 owner car with 2012 model with 121k miles, they just had the major service done at 120k miles according to CARFAX. It appears to be completely loaded, leather, Nav, adjustable driving modes, blue lights in the door sills. I can pick it up from a friend that runs a car lot for $9400, he is GM at a Honda store and just got it in on a trade.

Are there any warning signs to look for?, I also read somewhere the oil changes are expensive, is that true?
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Old 02-21-19, 06:00 AM
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I have a 2013 CT200h since new and loaded too. All options except for FSport and HUD. The FSport models at the time are not as loaded and even more firm ride which I don't care for.

Mine has around 57K trouble free miles.

Oil changes are EASY to do!!! If you don't want to DYI, go to a Toyota dealership OR to an independent shop who works on LOTS of Toyotas. The CT200h shares the same engine/hybrid batteries as the Toyota Prius.

I would not go to places like Walmart or Jiffy lube or anything similar. Nothing against them. Just I don't go to them.

Also the majority of taxi cabs in LAX airport and many other major airports in the US uses Pruis. In LAX's taxi staging/holding areas.......hundred, if not more Pruis lining up waiting. Many of them go to some 350+K miles before the hybrid batteries go bad. I think it is more of "time/age" of the car vs the "mileage" of the car that makes the hybrid batteries go bad. Also the environment the hybrid is subject to takes a toll on the batteries. Meaning humid areas and areas with extreme hot/extreme cold cycles are bad for the hybrid batteries.

There is a "cold soak" potential problem that is well documented in the Lexus service manual ESPECIALLY in below freezing temperatures. I'm in SoCal......so not likely to be a concern for me.

Lastly, at 120K miles........ALL OF YOUR WARRANTY are OVER/EXPIRED. So it is VERY imooimpor to pay a Lexus dealership the $200 to $250 or so for a pre-purchase inspection where they will connect the CT200h to the computer and also physically and visually inspect the entire car. They will do it IN WRITING!!

Also I think you can do better in the price.....

Good luck.

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I have never owned a hybrid and am seeking one to run around town. I am on a fixed income and was curious about fears on a high mileage CT. Itís a 2 owner car with 2012 model with 121k miles, they just had the major service done at 120k miles according to CARFAX. It appears to be completely loaded, leather, Nav, adjustable driving modes, blue lights in the door sills. I can pick it up from a friend that runs a car lot for $9400, he is GM at a Honda store and just got it in on a trade.

Are there any warning signs to look for?, I also read somewhere the oil changes are expensive, is that true?
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Old 02-21-19, 07:45 AM
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Everything is dirt cheap on this car. I repeat. Dirt. Cheap. It's basically a 4 banger corolla engine. The cheapest of the cheapest when it comes to any service, fluids, anything. That includes oil changes. 5 quart amazon jug of 0-20 synthetic is $19.99. filter on ebay? $4. crush washer a buck.

Just did my transaxle fluid for $25.

As for to watch out for. pre-2014 models seem to be more vulnerable to high mileage headgasket failure. But i probably wouldn't worry about it unless i had more than 200k miles.
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Old 02-21-19, 04:24 PM
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Another big bonus: they only require regular 87-octane gas at the pump.

I don't understand the hate on the newer oil filter cartridges (vs the old can style). I actually prefer them. I have this setup, and it really helps with the messier parts of the job:

https://www.amazon.com/Motivx-Tools-Filter-Wrench-Advanced/dp/B0791MWXDC/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1550795012&sr=8-11-spons&keywords=toyota+oil+filter+tool&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Motivx-Tools-Filter-Wrench-Advanced/dp/B0791MWXDC/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1550795012&sr=8-11-spons&keywords=toyota+oil+filter+tool&psc=1
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Old 02-22-19, 07:52 AM
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I want to do the spin-on conversion. I'm not a fan of the cartridge. Too many steps and parts. I like the idea of spin off and spin on. Done.
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