I'm looking to buy a 2012 Camry XLE Hybrid.
My question is I put around 30,000 miles per year on my car (25,000 mile just for work, 120 miles round trip to work and back)
I want to know how long will the battery last. Does the battery go bad with mileage or years? In 5 years I'll have over 150,000 miles on the car. Will I have to replace my battery every 4-5 years or will it last 10 years at 300,000 miles?
And how much money am I looking at to replace the battery?
I don't recall anyone in the 'Camry' forms ever needing to replace their traction battery. I was just reading in the new September issue of Consumers Reports magazine. Their is a article on how to make your car last 200K miles. In the article it shows a husband and wife standing by their 2005 prius (320,000 miles). Saying, we've not had any problems with the battery pack or hybrid system on our car.
I know of two early prius that had traction battery work. One was one of the first prius traction batteries. A weak plug-in module needed replacing inside the main pack which cost a few hundred dollars. Toyota abandoned the plug-in packs in the traction battery to gain more amps. The other prius needed a full battery pack replacement due to a few weak cells in the pack. The tech that did the replacement told me the new traction battery cost $1500. Both these prius were just under 250,000 miles.
The '12 warranty book shows the hybrid system is guaranteed for 96 months or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The hybrid battery in California is guaranteed 100 months or 150,000 miles.
The standard warranty on the hybrid battery shows 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Panasonic Corp. manufactured the hybrid Camry packs from 2007 to 2011. The 2012 Camry hybrid packs are now made in America by Toyota's battery division. These new traction battery packs are a little lighter, including more amps and run cooler than it's predecessors.