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2002 Prius for $1000 needs batteries, good deal?

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I found a 2002 Prius locally on Craig's List for $1000. Would this be a good candidate for an EV conversion or would it be better to just service the batteries and keep it original? Or maybe replace the batteries with LiFePO4 cells?
http://baltimore.craigslist.org/cto/3319371082.html
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Sounds great! I wanted to get one of those a while ago, but the seller was pretty shady and others are still around $5k.

I'd keep it stock, there's no sense throwing out what makes a Prius great. I remember someone saying they swapped out the batteries themselves for $800, but don't recall if that was on a Prius or another hybrid. There certainly isn't $3k of batteries in one of those.
 

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What makes the Prius not great is that it is a hybrid. If you could make it only electric or only gasoline, it would be a great car. I have looked closely at these and worked on these as a professional mechanic, but i see no way to remove either of the redundant drive systems. It would make a nice doner for an ev conversion...
 

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No, I didn't buy it. He realized the price was way low and I think he sold it to someone else for maybe $3000 or so. I am now considering a larger vehicle like a truck or SUV that has some towing capacity so I can use it occasionally for local pickup and delivery of bulky items. Otherwise, I'm looking more at small utility vehicles, tractors, and maybe bikes, trikes, or quads.
 
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