Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

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Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by ScubaHogg » Thu May 16, 2019 11:36 am

Another Prius thread.

Wife and I bought a 2007 Prius used (89,000 miles) in 2014 from the original owner, who was a very nice older lady who obviously took meticulous care of the car. My wife drives a bit for work and it has been her primary car. We have both been very happy with it and have had zero issues with it until now. We do all the routine maintenance.
Yesterday a bunch of warning lights came on and she took it to the local dealership. They came back saying the Hybrid Battery needs to be replaced. Here are the details:

Year: 2007
Model: Prius Touring
Mileage: ~155,000
Warning codes: P0A80, P3000

Here is what the dealership is offering:

Full replacement with a new hybrid battery system: $2650 total (looking online this seems like a decent price for a new system)
Warranty on the battery: 36 months/unlimited mileage

The wife and I were on the verge of swapping cars as I have a 10 hour round-trip drive a couple times a month and it makes more sense for me to drive the car with the better gas mileage. I would love to keep the car and would be very happy putting another 100,000 miles onto it (I care neither for a cool factor nor a new factor with my cars).

I'm looking for thoughts on the sensibility of putting $2600+ into a car with a current KBB of around $5000 (with a working hybrid system presumably).

*Just as a small constraint, I'm on the verge of leaving for a 10 day work trip and as soon as I get back we are closing on the sale of this house and the purchase of a new house...then moving. Which means my wife unfortunately gets stuck with a lot of packing over the next week and a half. All that to say, this is a bad time to have to go car shopping.*

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by hand » Thu May 16, 2019 11:48 am

Assuming no other obvious looming problems, replace the battery.

With no other constraints, and a well maintained car I'd slightly lean towards replacing regardless of market value. In the middle of a move, house purchase, and travel, writing the check to solve the immediate problem with a decent chance of getting several more years out of the car seems like a no-brainer.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by mmmodem » Thu May 16, 2019 11:53 am

Previous owner of a 2005 and 2012 Prius. $2600 for a battery replacement with a 3 year warranty is a fantastic deal. I'd take it in a heartbeat. Gen 2 Prius such as yours has been proven to be rock solid. Just be certain it is a new battery pack and not refurbished.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Teague » Thu May 16, 2019 11:54 am

I have no idea who came up with the idea of deciding on repairs based on cash value of the car, but it makes no sense unless you are going to turn right around and sell it. In your case, I'd replace the battery.
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by tdmp » Thu May 16, 2019 11:55 am

I would replace that battery.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by carolinaman » Thu May 16, 2019 12:04 pm

I would replace the battery. Prius reliability is excellent and you should get many more miles and years from it. If you were to try and sell it with the defective battery, you would get a lot less than $5000 for it. But regardless, your best move is to replace the battery.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by TBillT » Thu May 16, 2019 12:08 pm

Yes that is a good price assuming the orig battery is toast.
Price has been coming down last several years.

On PriusChat we do not like refurbished batteries as they seem to be unreliable, so we like the OEM replacement.
Our 2006 is doing fine (knock on wood) at about maybe close to 185000 miles.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by onourway » Thu May 16, 2019 12:27 pm

definitely replace. Even if you were going to turn right around and sell it, you would probably want to replace it as the value of the vehicle would be reduced by the amount it costs to fix it. In any case, I'd fix it and drive it another 150k.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by SquawkIdent » Thu May 16, 2019 1:08 pm

onourway wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 12:27 pm
definitely replace. Even if you were going to turn right around and sell it, you would probably want to replace it as the value of the vehicle would be reduced by the amount it costs to fix it. In any case, I'd fix it and drive it another 150k.
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Post by lazydavid » Thu May 16, 2019 2:12 pm

I would definitely replace the battery.

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Post by Cheyenne » Thu May 16, 2019 2:18 pm

$2600 for a battery replacement with a 3 year warranty is a fantastic deal.
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by megabad » Thu May 16, 2019 2:40 pm

ScubaHogg wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:36 am
I'm looking for thoughts on the sensibility of putting $2600+ into a car with a current KBB of around $5000 (with a working hybrid system presumably).
How long do you usually keep your cars? I would say if you plan on keeping it a while than, no doubt, replace the battery. Doesn't make sense to me but from what I hear, the car really can't drive reliably without a working traction battery. If it could, I might suggest continuing to drive it until after your move and then replacing the car.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by KandT » Thu May 16, 2019 2:47 pm

Replace. The difference between that car and one that you buy is you know what its been through. People do all kinds of weird stuff to their cars. If you've got one with a known history of reliability then stick with it! Heck people will take a brand new truck off-roading and get it stuck up to the frame. For no reason!!

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by ScubaHogg » Thu May 16, 2019 3:32 pm

<OP Here>

Awesome! Thanks everyone! My instinct was to replace and the consensus on here seems to be the same, so that is exactly what we are going to do. Thanks for all the input!

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by random_walker_77 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:19 pm

That's a good price on the battery replacement, even if it was a refurb. For a new OEM battery, I'd take it.

You seem to be driving 12K/yr. The Prius ought to be good for at least 200K, and if you can get another 3+ years at < 1.5K/yr, that's a pretty good deal. Sounds like you're likely to be able to get 5 years out of this car, and even if it only lasts 3, this battery is < $1K/yr. If it lasts 5 or more, these extra years on the car will be very inexpensive, even after a minor maintenance item here and there.

Before getting it, you might want to ask for an inspection. How does everything else look? As long as you don't have too many other systems reaching end-of-life, < $3K on the battery sounds very worthwhile

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by jeffG » Thu May 16, 2019 9:50 pm

Just a stupid question, will the car still run on a bad battery? If so, I would just run it on the engine. You will never get $2,600 in gas savings at this stage of its life.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by stlutz » Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm

The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by EHEngineer » Thu May 16, 2019 10:18 pm

You could save $1000 if you DIY. Moderate difficutly. Here's a very good how-to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3RCdrh666w
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by randomguy » Thu May 16, 2019 10:29 pm

random_walker_77 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 9:19 pm
That's a good price on the battery replacement, even if it was a refurb. For a new OEM battery, I'd take it.

You seem to be driving 12K/yr. The Prius ought to be good for at least 200K, and if you can get another 3+ years at < 1.5K/yr, that's a pretty good deal. Sounds like you're likely to be able to get 5 years out of this car, and even if it only lasts 3, this battery is < $1K/yr. If it lasts 5 or more, these extra years on the car will be very inexpensive, even after a minor maintenance item here and there.

Before getting it, you might want to ask for an inspection. How does everything else look? As long as you don't have too many other systems reaching end-of-life, < $3K on the battery sounds very worthwhile
Yeah but what if there are a couple of non minor maintenance items.:) Unfortunately pretty much only toyota knows what the odds of you having like 3-5k of repair work over the next 3-5 years is.

To me this is sort of the awkward mileage stage. At 50k more, buying another car starts getting really appealing. 50k less and battery replacement makes a ton of sense. I think I would probably do the battery and reevaluate in a year if I want to switch cars. I figure I would get back half the battery cost in higher resale value.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by rapscallion » Thu May 16, 2019 11:44 pm

mmmodem wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:53 am
...Gen 2 Prius such as yours has been proven to be rock solid...
Is there a Prius generation that hasn’t been reliable? Serious question.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by crossbow » Fri May 17, 2019 12:14 am

Is Lexus hybrid system and the Prius hybrid system the same?

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Valuethinker » Fri May 17, 2019 3:01 am

ScubaHogg wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:36 am
Another Prius thread.

Wife and I bought a 2007 Prius used (89,000 miles) in 2014 from the original owner, who was a very nice older lady who obviously took meticulous care of the car. My wife drives a bit for work and it has been her primary car. We have both been very happy with it and have had zero issues with it until now. We do all the routine maintenance.
Yesterday a bunch of warning lights came on and she took it to the local dealership. They came back saying the Hybrid Battery needs to be replaced. Here are the details:

Year: 2007
Model: Prius Touring
Mileage: ~155,000
Warning codes: P0A80, P3000

Here is what the dealership is offering:

Full replacement with a new hybrid battery system: $2650 total (looking online this seems like a decent price for a new system)
Warranty on the battery: 36 months/unlimited mileage

The wife and I were on the verge of swapping cars as I have a 10 hour round-trip drive a couple times a month and it makes more sense for me to drive the car with the better gas mileage. I would love to keep the car and would be very happy putting another 100,000 miles onto it (I care neither for a cool factor nor a new factor with my cars).

I'm looking for thoughts on the sensibility of putting $2600+ into a car with a current KBB of around $5000 (with a working hybrid system presumably).

*Just as a small constraint, I'm on the verge of leaving for a 10 day work trip and as soon as I get back we are closing on the sale of this house and the purchase of a new house...then moving. Which means my wife unfortunately gets stuck with a lot of packing over the next week and a half. All that to say, this is a bad time to have to go car shopping.*
It looks like a very reasonable price - I would do it. It would also underpin resale value if you decide to sell the car.

You see these taxi drivers doing 250k miles in the Prius. It's become the taxi cab of the world - I've really noticed that in the last 3-4 years.

Apparently in Mongolia the Prius is the number one car. 1. there are a lot of used Japanese ones, due to regulations on relicensing for Japanese cars more than 3 years old (support for the new car market) 2. they are the best cars for cold start in minus 40 degree temperatures.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Valuethinker » Fri May 17, 2019 5:00 am

EHEngineer wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:18 pm
You could save $1000 if you DIY. Moderate difficutly. Here's a very good how-to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3RCdrh666w
From your screen name I am guessing this is "take it as read".

But for those of us who are non-technical. The Prius is quite high voltage I believe and the battery pack carries enough juice to kill someone - or so I understand. Thus, in a DIY situation one needs to be really careful re connecting and disconnecting the battery subsystem?

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Post by RickBoglehead » Fri May 17, 2019 5:12 am

Valuethinker wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 5:00 am
EHEngineer wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:18 pm
You could save $1000 if you DIY. Moderate difficutly. Here's a very good how-to video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3RCdrh666w
From your screen name I am guessing this is "take it as read".

But for those of us who are non-technical. The Prius is quite high voltage I believe and the battery pack carries enough juice to kill someone - or so I understand. Thus, in a DIY situation one needs to be really careful re connecting and disconnecting the battery subsystem?
Just was about to type this.
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by RobLyons » Fri May 17, 2019 5:51 am

I was ready to tell you to buy a newer Prius but I can't. $2600 is lower than I assumed a new battery would cost. Enjoy the next 100k+ :sharebeer

2017 here by the way. Keeping it until 2030 or so..
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by lazydavid » Fri May 17, 2019 5:55 am

crossbow wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 12:14 am
Is Lexus hybrid system and the Prius hybrid system the same?
The short-lived Lexus HS250h was essentially a Prius that looked like a normal sedan. CT200h driveline is also very Prius-like. All the others are more "performance hybrids", especially the GS and LS.
RobLyons wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 5:51 am
I was ready to tell you to buy a newer Prius but I can't. $2600 is lower than I assumed a new battery would cost. Enjoy the next 100k+ :sharebeer
No kidding, when I read the thread title, I was thinking "no way", because I was price-fixated on the $11k inverter replacements I've been reading about lately. But when I saw the actual price, the repair is a no brainer.
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Ruprecht » Fri May 17, 2019 5:57 am

What about safety features on the newer models versus yours? I hung on to an old car a really long time (still kind of miss it) but finally agreed to buy a new car when I realized the old car was way behind on safety features, like number and location of airbags, etc...

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:21 am

Does a Prius continue to drive with the battery in this condition? Just wondering.
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Post by McDougal » Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 am

Serious question. With the Prius battery, is its lifespan dictated by time or miles driven? (Or both?)
Thanks

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Post by z0r » Fri May 17, 2019 7:24 am

Ruprecht wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 5:57 am
What about safety features on the newer models versus yours? I hung on to an old car a really long time (still kind of miss it) but finally agreed to buy a new car when I realized the old car was way behind on safety features, like number and location of airbags, etc...
nice, no bogleheads car thread is complete without this post

2007 priuses have side air bags and this touring model likely has esc which are the important features that cars of this era might not have

but this "please think of the safety" concern needs to be tempered by our need to not rape the earth by wasting huge resources on new car production. this car is safe enough and more efficient than maybe 98% of new cars on the lot today and deserves to be on the road another ten years

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by lthenderson » Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 am

Another $2600 gets you a 100,000 miles. That works out to about $.026 cents a mile. Can't beat that with any new car.

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Post by randomguy » Fri May 17, 2019 9:29 am

lthenderson wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:57 am
Another $2600 gets you a 100,000 miles. That works out to about $.026 cents a mile. Can't beat that with any new car.
It gives you 100k of battery life. You still have to pay depreciation, maintenance, and repairs. Still likely to be cheap miles but it will be a lot more than .026

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Post by randomguy » Fri May 17, 2019 9:49 am

McDougal wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 am
Serious question. With the Prius battery, is its lifespan dictated by time or miles driven? (Or both?)
Thanks
Both. And where you live matters a lot. Batteries tend to prefer temperate climates to high heat and cold weather. In general high mileage/low years tends to be a result of lots of highway miles which tend to be pretty easy on cars.

I know there have been studies of taxis in SF (i.e. moderate climate, lots of hills, taxi driving tend to be lots of short trips that require a lot of battery charging) and most of their taxis were making it the 4 years/300k miles (the companies phased the cars out of service at 300k. It was implied that it was a city ordinance) on the original batteries. These were a combo of prius's and ford escapes.


Toyota used to claim a less than 1% battery replacement rate. Now that we are getting more 15 year+ year old prius's I am sure that rate is climbing.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by TBillT » Fri May 17, 2019 9:55 am

McDougal wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 am
Serious question. With the Prius battery, is its lifespan dictated by time or miles driven? (Or both?)
Thanks
In some cases, I believe there is so-called limp mode where you can go maybe 20-25 MPH to get to a dealer.
Dunno have not had it happen to me.

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Post by TBillT » Fri May 17, 2019 10:05 am

randomguy wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 9:49 am
McDougal wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 am
Serious question. With the Prius battery, is its lifespan dictated by time or miles driven? (Or both?)
Thanks
Both. And where you live matters a lot. Batteries tend to prefer temperate climates to high heat and cold weather. In general high mileage/low years tends to be a result of lots of highway miles which tend to be pretty easy on cars.

I know there have been studies of taxis in SF (i.e. moderate climate, lots of hills, taxi driving tend to be lots of short trips that require a lot of battery charging) and most of their taxis were making it the 4 years/300k miles (the companies phased the cars out of service at 300k. It was implied that it was a city ordinance) on the original batteries. These were a combo of prius's and ford escapes.


Toyota used to claim a less than 1% battery replacement rate. Now that we are getting more 15 year+ year old prius's I am sure that rate is climbing.
We really have zero recent data from Toyota on % batt fails.
There was Consumer Reports survey back in 2012 or so, that gave some failure rates % up to 2006 or so model.
My strictly wild personal guess, from being active on Prius Chat, is Toyota has improved reliability after about 2008 model there is not too many replacements. The Gen3 starting 2010 had improved logic to prevent batt fail on empty fuel tank. I think that has probably helped a lot.
Gen2 drivers up to 2009 would sometimes run out of gas, and then they could go on battery power until the battery was completely exhausted, which in not good for the batt. In those days many people had fun seeing how many miles per tank, so they would avoid filing up to get the most range.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by 2BAMS » Fri May 17, 2019 1:21 pm

Search Yelp or other local sources. I got a "repaired" battery for roughly $900. They came to my house and installed it in my driveway. Many times with these battery systems there is only one cell that goes bad and can easily be replaced. They take your battery as a "core" and replace it with one that was "repaired." It comes usually with a one year warranty. I already have roughly 60k miles on mine and it was an easy decision. This link is for one that was in my area but i'm sure they're everywhere now with the popularity of these vehicles.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/hybrid-911-pri ... r-lawndale

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Post by 2BAMS » Fri May 17, 2019 1:23 pm

TBillT wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 9:55 am
McDougal wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 7:03 am
Serious question. With the Prius battery, is its lifespan dictated by time or miles driven? (Or both?)
Thanks
In some cases, I believe there is so-called limp mode where you can go maybe 20-25 MPH to get to a dealer.
Dunno have not had it happen to me.
This is correct, i'm not sure on the mileage but I was able to make it home from work. I was also able to drive it to the dealer to get it tested out but i think the range was 40-55mph because I was on freeways.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by bullmoose85 » Fri May 17, 2019 5:04 pm

rapscallion wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:44 pm
mmmodem wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:53 am
...Gen 2 Prius such as yours has been proven to be rock solid...
Is there a Prius generation that hasn’t been reliable? Serious question.
Possibly the first generation. But everything since has been very reliable. IIRC the 2010's and 2011's (first years of 3rd gen) had issues with excessive oil consumption, but overall Priuses are known for reliability and low cost of ownership.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Trism » Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am

stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by stlutz » Mon May 27, 2019 2:59 pm

Trism wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
\ :D :D

I've never owned an over-powered car (before the Prius came along I had only driven Corollas), so the Prius works just fine for everything I do. I don't own a boat.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by lazydavid » Mon May 27, 2019 3:59 pm

Trism wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Trism » Mon May 27, 2019 4:19 pm

stlutz wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 2:59 pm
Trism wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
\ :D :D

I've never owned an over-powered car (before the Prius came along I had only driven Corollas), so the Prius works just fine for everything I do. I don't own a boat.
We are replacing our 2010 Prius this summer, probably with a BMW 750i (twin-turbo V8 with 445 hp, compared to 134 hp in the Prius).

The 750i does 0-60 in ~4.4 seconds, while the Prius goes from a dead stop to 60 mph... eventually.

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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Trism » Mon May 27, 2019 4:20 pm

lazydavid wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 3:59 pm
Trism wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 8:46 am
stlutz wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:16 pm
The car will not run w/o a working battery. It would also be woefully underpowered even if it did.
Then how would you describe a Prius with a working battery? :shock:

Can't wait to get rid of ours...
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Re: Should I replace Prius Hybrid Battery?

Post by Trader Joe » Mon May 27, 2019 4:36 pm

ScubaHogg wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:36 am
Another Prius thread.

Wife and I bought a 2007 Prius used (89,000 miles) in 2014 from the original owner, who was a very nice older lady who obviously took meticulous care of the car. My wife drives a bit for work and it has been her primary car. We have both been very happy with it and have had zero issues with it until now. We do all the routine maintenance.
Yesterday a bunch of warning lights came on and she took it to the local dealership. They came back saying the Hybrid Battery needs to be replaced. Here are the details:

Year: 2007
Model: Prius Touring
Mileage: ~155,000
Warning codes: P0A80, P3000

Here is what the dealership is offering:

Full replacement with a new hybrid battery system: $2650 total (looking online this seems like a decent price for a new system)
Warranty on the battery: 36 months/unlimited mileage

The wife and I were on the verge of swapping cars as I have a 10 hour round-trip drive a couple times a month and it makes more sense for me to drive the car with the better gas mileage. I would love to keep the car and would be very happy putting another 100,000 miles onto it (I care neither for a cool factor nor a new factor with my cars).

I'm looking for thoughts on the sensibility of putting $2600+ into a car with a current KBB of around $5000 (with a working hybrid system presumably).

*Just as a small constraint, I'm on the verge of leaving for a 10 day work trip and as soon as I get back we are closing on the sale of this house and the purchase of a new house...then moving. Which means my wife unfortunately gets stuck with a lot of packing over the next week and a half. All that to say, this is a bad time to have to go car shopping.*
Yes replace the battery and have the dealership do it.

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