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I am interested in potentially purchasing a Prius, but I had

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I am interested in potentially purchasing a Prius, but I had some questions on the maintenance 1. After how many miles should I replace the tires? How much do an average / medium quality set of tires cost? 2. After how many miles should I replace the oil?
How much does an average oil change cost? 3. After how many miles should I replace the brake pads? How much do an average / medium quality set of brake pads cost? 4. Are there any other regularly occurring maintenance costs that I should be aware for a Prius?
If so, after how many miles should I have this maintenance done? And what would be an estimated average cost?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please let me know if anyone can help with the above
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 1 year ago.

1. depends on the brand of tires, using the factory standard michellin and normal driving style, 30k to 45k miles.
2. This depends on the year of the prius, any prius before 2012 the oil should be changed every 5,000 miles, or 6 months whichever comes first, 2012 or newer the interval is 10,000 miles and 1 year, as they use a new style of oil.
3. Front brake pads should last well over 100,000 miles and rear should last around 200,000 miles (this is due to the fact the Prius uses regenerative braking to stop the car 95% of the stops you make).

4. The prius is a very low cost to maintain vehicle, drive belt($80 installed) after 75,000 miles (if the prius is an older model that still has a drive belt). Valve cover gasket ($100 installed) after 100,000 miles. Spark plugs ($100 installed) after 120,000 miles, coolant change($200) after 120,000 miles, and that is about it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What if this vehicle was being used as a taxi, and I expected to drive 85k-100k miles per year? Would this change your answer?If so, after how many miles would you need to perform any of the below maintenance items? And what would be an estimated average cost per item?Brake Pad & Rotor Replacement
Brake Fluid Flush
Oil & Oil Filter Change
Spark Plugs & Wires
Catalytic Converter
Engine Coolant
Inverter Coolant
Drive Belt Replacement
Transmission Fluid
Tires (set of 4)
Wheel Bearings
Cabin Air Filter Change
Engine Air Filter Change
Muffler
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Additionally, this would be a 2015 (or even 2016 prius) - so it would be the newest version
Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 1 year ago.

Nothing changes concerning the items already listed above.

Trans fluid - never

No drive belt

wheel bearings/catalytic converter - 200,000 miles

cabin and engine air filter - 30,000 miles

Expert:  Your Toyota Guy replied 1 year ago.

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