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Are you in CARB state? In CARB states you have 150 000 miles warranty on hybrid system, IF the car was originally licensed and sold to you in CARB state.
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I'm not. Texas hasn't become CARB territory yet
 

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Yeah.. Sucks. Well, truly, there are plenty of rather cheap batteries online. Then of course, they will get you on shipment, as safety considerations make it hazardous to ship.
Scrap yards locally? It's not that much of labor to replace it. I heard, costs only around $300 to swap it out. As far as it was not rear end damage, of course. Then you'll have to deal with dealer, as they will have to re-flash ECM to work with swapped battery.
Yes, it's one of those Damocles swords we all drive under. Some get very very far, way past 300 000 miles. Some get hit early. It's still a very good car.
 

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If my car gets near the end of the warranty and the battery craps out, I figure that's a win for me because it extends the time I'll have a functioning battery that I don't have to pay to replace.
 

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Bought my '07 hybrid just 3 months ago, and has been great....until the hybrid error comes up. Taking it to the dealership, they just informed me that I need a new battery for $4,500 , ouch. I dont have the ability to pay that, what can I do?

Vehicle has 130k on it, and while I know things can break on cars, this is very disappointing, akin to an engine going out with this amount of miles. Its over the 100K warranty period, and Texas doesn't have the California laws on emissions that extend that. So my questions:

1)Will it hurt it to drive basically as a gas vehicle for a while
2) Do dealerships typically take off the "core cost" on my quoted price?
3) Is there any way to talk to someone higher up in Toyota to get this price down?

Thanks everyone in advance
Also keep in mind that a bad traction battery could take out the inverter - it all depends on how it's failed. And that would certainly leave you stranded - with an additional repair bill.

What was the error code found? A cell-level fault doesn't need to disable the car - but an open circuit (or short, followed by a breaker trip) will. Like a lot of faults, deferring the repair can, and frequently does, cause collateral damage. This means that other components can be over stressed and fail as a consequence of the original fault. Also keep in mind that the ECU will set a fault code for things like battery over-temp - which could be caused by a relatively cheap item like the battery cooling fan and associated controls. Or something as silly as an air intake covered up by a kid's toy.
 

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Park the car until you ear back from Toyota. Continuing to drive can and will cause additional problems in the car!
 

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Hybrid Battery Stolen

I own a 2012 Camry Hybrid, and today I found my car broken into. I live in Queens, NY and had the car parked on the street. The thieves targeted the hybrid battery. The thieves got into the car by breaking the small window on the back passenger side door and opened the trunk from the back seat. They removed both my hybrid battery and the 12 volt battery but nothing else. When the police came to dust for fingerprints (the value of the battery makes this grand larceny) they said that the thieves knew what they were doing and even wiped down their prints.

My question to the forum is, why would they steal the hybrid battery? Everything I've read so far makes it seem like the resale value of these batteries would be low. The lifetime of these batteries is advertised in many places as being the lifetime of the car, so there can't be that big of a market for cheap replacement hybrid batteries. The police were actually surprised that they didn't go after the air bags or other higher coveted items.

Like anyone else who's had this happen to them, I feel violated, but also very confused. Should I prepare myself to see my car targeted again for the hybrid battery? Is it possible for me to get my cars VIN number etched onto the battery?
 

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My advice would be to replace the battery, park somewhere else, get a good loud annoying alarm, and remove the Hybrid emblems from the car.
Ditto. Fortunately, on 12 models, there is no other telling it's a hybrid. On my 07, rear lights assy betrays you. As if it was done once, will be done again.
 

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That is a new one! Interesting...

I would not be surprised if they wind up parting out the entire traction battery for its individual cells and various parts.
 

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On my 12 the front and rear Toyota emblems are blue shaded so not sure removal wouldn't still be a give away that it is a hybrid!
 

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A professional job, no doubt. Although I've never heard of a hybrid battery black market (like the old 'hub cap' thiefs), there might be one, which means it was worth stealing for the profit. Interesting.....
 

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Sounds like someone needed a new battery, and your car was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Since this was a new design for 2012, there are few people who would be out of warranty on the battery, so my guess would be someone using a Camry as a taxi with major miles, or someone that was in an accident.
 

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This is really, really strange. I've never heard of such a thing.

After-market batteries are almost reasonably priced these days, so I can't imagine the value of a used stolen hybrid battery.

Does anyone know if the VIN is on the batteries? I'd guess that it is not (as per the poster's original comments).
 
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