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Old 04-11-2010, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Expected life of hybrid battery?

I was chatting with a "used car saleman" who warned me about the hybrid battery likely to need replacement after about 5 years. He said replacement cost is approximately $8,000. I thought the battery life was an unknown since none had died yet, and the replacement cost is now less than $2,000. If anyone has info about the battery life and replacement cost I'd be interested to hear.
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd read an article about 6 months ago about several NY taxicubs (the Prius mind you) hovering around 400k miles still using the original batteries. I have no experience regarding the hybrid batteries, but I do not believe most things I hear from used car salesman.
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This salesman implied the age of the battery was more of an issue than car mileage, saying that at 5 years there's likely to be problems. If true it would be good to be forewarned, so if you hear more info please pass it on.
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If I recall Toyota has an 8 year 100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack and replacement cost is under $3,000 and dropping. That said, read this interview of the National Service Technology Manager at Toyota http://www.toyota.com/html/hybridsyn...l/battery.html
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jeffs3820, thanks for the link -- very informative.
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interesting that it can be age rather than mileage, we will be well under the 100k at 8 years so that will apply in our case. As far as the fix being $3k i have seen other hybrid boards where the inverter failed and its more like a $8k fix. Scary thought but take it as it comes i guess.
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All hybrid components are included in the 8 year/100K warranty (longer in some areas).
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So has anyone gotton 100K+ on their hihy?
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I wonder if with time, the batteries get cheaper and smaller, that the vehicle will lose some unwanted pounds and get a nominal 30 mpg. One could only hope.
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