I've heard that you have to replace a Prius' battery every 3-4 years and that it's around $3,000 to replace. Is this true? I'm looking at buying a Prius but am a little hesitant after hearing that.
Sorry, just came across the site a few minutes ago. As for your question... We have a 2005 and in August it will have been five years since our purchase. So, no, that isn't true. Toyota warrants them for 8 years. At least that's what I remember. I know it's a little late but I hope that can help you.
I don't know how that myth got started, perhaps other car companies trying to bring `em down? Perhaps it's true w/other hybrid systems but with Toyota's system, there has never been a battery replaced other than one that's been in accident or was defective to begin with. And even if that was true, Toyota warranties their hybrid system for 10 years (not 8) or 100k. My step father also has a 2005 Prius w/over 200k and has never had to do anything but replace wear/tear parts. Our 2008 is now just over 50k and it's just the best mid-sized family car you could buy. Power is more than adequate, we avg. 48mpgs yearly and the technology is kick-ass...which other car co's are just now finally catching up and offering at a main-stream price like the Prius has done since 2004. If for some freak reason a battery were to go, there are several salvage yards around the country offering them for $700...shipping/installed would be about $1,500 tops...if you couldn't install it yourself. Get one, you won't regret it.
That is not true. What is true is that the Auxiliary 12v battery does need replacement every 3-4 years. but it only costs about $150. their is two batteries in a prius. a small one that starts the car (12v) and a large one that drives the car (230-310V depending on model). The large one lasts for about 150xxx miles and can be replaced by toyota for about 3000$ or by www.priusrebuilders.com for about $950
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I have a 2010 Toyota prius and after approx. five and half years and 52000 miles on it, the auxiliary battery failed. Total cost was $275 ($200 parts& tax for 12v aux. battery and 1 hour labar charge@$75). I inquired the cost of 3rd party Optima battery at Autozone and it was quoted to be $229 excluding tax.
I have a 2007 Prius and just had to replace the auxilliary battery for $245. I have 139,546 miles on it and this is my first battery replacement.
I would look at the total cost to own a Prius. They are expensive to buy and you can buy cars that get almost the same mileage for a lot less money. Figure out what a 100,000 miles worth of gas will cost for each car and then look at the purchase price and add it all up.
if you buy a used hybrid, it makes complete sense to own one! Even more so if you opt for one that is more of a basic trim. If you buy one brand new, off-the-lot, it makes no sense. But really, imho, it makes no sense to buy a brand new car off the lot regardless of its composition.
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