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Old 07-26-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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replacement hybrid battery cost ...

I recall back when the Prius came out that the expected cost of battery replacement was quite high, $5,000 up to $10,000 I think. That made buying a hybrid kind of a turn off. I mean no one wants a car that you know will need $5,000 in parts in a 5-7 years. You just get it paid off and you have another big bill. No thanks.

I've never looked into the cost of a battery pack, no reason to. But I came across them on Dorman's website and did a quick Google for a Gen I Prius battery --> https://www.fcpimport.com/products/t...FQaOaQodo5YAJQ

Not really as bad as anyone said. Still not appealing. But if you think about the cost of a new car and the cost to refurbish an older one, that battery doesn't look so bad anymore.
I know I've seen a couple Prius's for sale locally and I've been thinking about one. Efficient little car for work and back would be nice. And from what my buddy told me, they do pretty well in Winter.


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Old 07-26-2014, 04:35 PM   #2
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The Toyota & Ford's (more ?) hybrids have a high voltage battery re-calibration mode that happens automatically every 5,000 miles or so.(the HV battery is a bunch of small cells, during recal weak cells are weeded out and not used anymore so 150,000 200,000 miles on the original HV battery isn't uncommon)
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They are improving but not just there yet
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Remanufactured battery, though...wonder how it compares to a factory battery.
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What is the warranty period for the battery in a Prius?
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The bad part about a Prius and most hybrids is that you have all the normal gasoline engine maintenance as well as the battery, electric motor, and systems.

Until a fully electric car gives better range than a Leaf, without the cost of the Tesla, I'll plug away with an efficient gasoline car for the time being, thanks!
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^ That may be. But I'm talking used hybrid vs a new anything.
If a guy is looking for a good MPG car and that's the only requirement, then a used Prius would be a good option IMO.
I'm not sure what they go for used though, never looked. Can't imagine it's a whole lot being you can buy a brand new C for under $20K.
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I considered a used Gen1 Prius instead of the Cmax for myself. The Gen1 uses a NiMH battery which is much larger and heavier than the Li-ion. I have heard of aftermarket Li-ion replacements for the Gen1 which have much more battery storage than the original. What I wonder about is the charging cycle. The two batteries have different charge/discharge profiles. That programming would be very important.

You might be ok, but I need more power than the Prius has even for a DD. Drive one if you haven't.
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