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Currently have a 2002 v6 and like it alot but 18mpg is not good for me I'm going through 2 or 3 tanks a week for work. I'd like to get a 3.3 hybrid soon.

What are the common failures of the hybrid system and how do I know what condition the battery is in? How much are the batteries if it does need to be replaced?

I've never had a hybrid anything in my past and would like to get an idea of what I would be getting into!
 

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Currently have a 2002 v6 and like it alot but 18mpg is not good for me I'm going through 2 or 3 tanks a week for work. I'd like to get a 3.3 hybrid soon.

What are the common failures of the hybrid system and how do I know what condition the battery is in? How much are the batteries if it does need to be replaced?

I've never had a hybrid anything in my past and would like to get an idea of what I would be getting into!
I would say stay away if you are planning to buy older used Hybrid Highlanders just for MPG. you never know when the Hybrid battery goes out, new one cost anywhere between $4k to $6k to replace. refurbished cost about $3k. also they have ABS actuator issue, if you are out of warranty and that goes out , its a $3K parts and labor. Hybrids won't give good MPG if its cold outside and short trips. I can go on and on...
 

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Do your homework. Hybrid Highlanders don't give that much more mpg's. Really comprehensive tuneups and maintenance do, tho. Do all the stuff, eco rated tires, slightly higher than recommended tire pressure, read about hyper miling, and adopt some of the practices.
 
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