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Worth getting a 450H in 2019?

Old 02-27-19, 02:44 PM
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Default Worth getting a 450H in 2019?

Hey everyone,

As the hybrids are now aging, the year being 2019, is it still worth purchasing one?

I am looking to get into something more solid, and the 3GS has really peaked my interest. I'm interested in either the 350 or the 450H, but am a bit worried about the latter as even the newest hybrid batteries would be about 9 years old at this point.

What would your suggestions be? Stick with the less complicated 350, or take a gamble on the 450H?

In case it matters, I am located in Ontario, Canada
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gs450h - HV battery, EBD (brake) pump.

If you can find one with a recent dealer battery replacement, go for it. If not, check the prices with your local dealer, and decide if you want to go for it if and when it happens.
Brake-by-wire system - new pump costs quite a bit, breaker yard not so much. How often does it happen is another story, but it's the most common major complaint after the hybrid battery (which is pretty much a consumable).

I'd test drive both types before making a choice. One more thing about the 450h - disabling stability control is a bit more involved ("maintenance mode"), for drivetrain safety reasons.
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My experience has been 3 trouble free years with the 450h. I think most people are scared of the battery replacement, but there are ways of getting this done more economically as opposed to replacing the entire battery. You will not have an awd option when it comes to the 450h so this is something to keep in mind. 2011 gs450h came with adjusted software to prevent battery overheating that took place with the 06-10 model years. Seeing the prices of the used market, i bet you will be happy with the h's added performance and luxury.

I am biased, but get a 2011 gs450h...I have a feeling I won't have to deal with battery replacement due to the protection the software fixed from previous years. (unless you need awd)
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Boot space is too limited. Grab a gs460 instead
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i have a 2007 GS450h which i got as a CPO since 2012 with 36k miles from Lexus Santa Monica, she gave me another 120k stress-free miles until 2 months ago i gave the car to my brother and its still performing perfectly. i think cars varies by people, i was able to pressure dealer into replacing the battery right before warranty ends, and even if battery is the issue there are a lot of 3rd party vendor that specialized them
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