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.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
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.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.