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inliner311

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Its a prius but I got lucky and found a buyer willing to give 3k. As is
Go on a Toyota or Prius forum. They will know right away what is wrong. It might not be a throttle body but a throttle position sensor or a crank position sensor. Basically without one of those things telling the computer info, it doesn't know where the engine is in its cycle and the computer is completely lost. My crank position sensor went bad and the dash lite up. Had a friend in the car and we were able to push it to a side street. Called my friend an Uber cause he had to be somewhere and was calling tow trucks to get my car the 2 miles back to my house. By time the Uber came, the crank sensor must have cooled enough to give info and allow to start again. I drove it home and beat the Uber to my house. Forums told me it was a crank position sensor on my specific car. Swapped it out in 30 minutes.

Don't be quick to sell the car. The person buying it probably knows it could be a quick fix. Do your research and try to figure out what it could be. Even if it's the battery, I know Prius batteries are in cells and you can test each cell and swap them out with used ones from eBay. They are like $25 each and only one or two go bad at a time.
 
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Go on a Toyota or Prius forum. They will know right away what is wrong. It might not be a throttle body but a throttle position sensor or a crank position sensor. Basically without one of those things telling the computer info, it doesn't know where the engine is in its cycle and the computer is completely lost. My crank position sensor went bad and the dash lite up. Had a friend in the car and we were able to push it to a side street. Called my friend an Uber cause he had to be somewhere and was calling tow trucks to get my car the 2 miles back to my house. By time the Uber came, the crank sensor must have cooled enough to give info and allow to start again. I drove it home and beat the Uber to my house. Forums told me it was a crank position sensor on my specific car. Swapped it out in 30 minutes.

Don't be quick to sell the car. The person buying it probably knows it could be a quick fix. Do your research and try to figure out what it could be. Even if it's the battery, I know Prius batteries are in cells and you can test each cell and swap them out with used ones from eBay. They are like $25 each and only one or two go bad at a time.
I'm actually making money on the sale /purchase and ending up with a car with 50k less miles and no body damage. And I drive for workn 7 days a week. I'd rather not waste time fucking around with rentals and missing work.

I COULD just buy th new one and make this a project but I'm fine parting ways with a victory like the one presented
 

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I'm actually making money on the sale /purchase and ending up with a car with 50k less miles and no body damage. And I drive for workn 7 days a week. I'd rather not waste time fucking around with rentals and missing work.

I COULD just buy th new one and make this a project but I'm fine parting ways with a victory like the one presented
Sounds like you fell into a good situation. If you are driving for a living, maybe you should spend some time just going on a Prius forums or whatever your new car is. It would just be good to know how to change out little thing and build up your knowledge base.

I started working on my own car because I got tired of waiting around at the mechanic. Like I could change out my own oil in the same time as a shop but it was on my schedule instead of theirs. Once you do anything more than oil changes, you start saving a ton of money. Brakes are easy to do and you save hundreds for a couple hours of work. I've pulled out engines, transmissions, and the whole rear subframe. Even before diving real deep into working on my cars, I was able to swap out an alternator out in an AutoZone parking lot because I broke down in a small town and no one wanted to work on a foreign car.
 

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Bought a 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, 5 weeks ago. Great truck. Absolutely love it. Yes they are very expensive. But they last forever.
 

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2014 Mazda CX5 - Transmission issues!!!!!

My SUV is out of warranty and they are charging me 6k + taxes to fix it !!! This is frustrating - it has a lil over 75,000 miles on it. The KBB value for my SUV is 10 - 12k so I am wondering if i should spend the money to fix it or just trade it in. Opinions ?
 

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2014 Mazda CX5 - Transmission issues!!!!!

My SUV is out of warranty and they are charging me 6k + taxes to fix it !!! This is frustrating - it has a lil over 75,000 miles on it. The KBB value for my SUV is 10 - 12k so I am wondering if i should spend the money to fix it or just trade it in. Opinions ?
How much worth if you don't fix?

Have you called around to get prices, dealerships are usually very expensive.
 

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2014 Mazda CX5 - Transmission issues!!!!!

My SUV is out of warranty and they are charging me 6k + taxes to fix it !!! This is frustrating - it has a lil over 75,000 miles on it. The KBB value for my SUV is 10 - 12k so I am wondering if i should spend the money to fix it or just trade it in. Opinions ?
Yeah, do not use the dealership for repairs. Terrible idea.

They’ll charge you excessive mechanical labor costs on your estimate.
 

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2014 Mazda CX5 - Transmission issues!!!!!

My SUV is out of warranty and they are charging me 6k + taxes to fix it !!! This is frustrating - it has a lil over 75,000 miles on it. The KBB value for my SUV is 10 - 12k so I am wondering if i should spend the money to fix it or just trade it in. Opinions ?
Check to see if it's a common issue on Mazda forums. They might have a fix for it. What exact transmission problems are you experiencing?

If it's not a common issue, you might be able to just get a used transmission put in it by a transmission specialist.

Also have you had your car dealer serviced the whole time you've owned it? Did you buy it new or CPO from that dealer? I would push your service manager to call Mazda and push for them to pay for it. You are 15k out of warranty and if you have been doing a dealer servicing with all the routine maintenance, this shouldn't be on you.

I've use to go on alot of car forums and guys would get certain things fixed like this by pushing their service manager if they were a loyal customer. Sometimes it would be a combo of the manufacturer and the dealership paying all or a good portion of the work. If you are paying them to service the car and a transmission fails early like this, it's some failure by the manufacturer and/or the dealer and they know it.
 
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2014 Mazda CX5 - Transmission issues!!!!!

My SUV is out of warranty and they are charging me 6k + taxes to fix it !!! This is frustrating - it has a lil over 75,000 miles on it. The KBB value for my SUV is 10 - 12k so I am wondering if i should spend the money to fix it or just trade it in. Opinions ?
Bro, if you put 75,000 miles on it and it has a high resale, trade that puppy in. If it's a 2014 I'm guessing you are finishing up the payments. Roll that over to your value on your new car instead of paying to fix a depreciating value.
 

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When are people going to stop buying new gas powered cars where so many things need maintenance and/or break?
 

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Do electric not require this? Whats life of electric usually?

Educate please.

Dont give us a damn drive by.
There are less parts on the electric, and I am all for one day everyone having electric cars and solar in their home so we are using a free renewable source to drive our vehicles, but there is a hidden secret that electric car people never want to talk about....batteries.

The batteries should last you around 8 years, which is good, but it costs 5k or so to replace one, and they might be worse for the environment to dispose of than the actual 8 years of fossil fuel.

Doesnt make me anti electric cars, just something no one mentions.
 

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When are people going to stop buying new gas powered cars where so many things need maintenance and/or break?
When electric cars can travel further than 300 miles and don't require a $400+ monthly payment.
 

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