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Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on July 29, 2007, 6:28 pm
 


I'll refurbish it and make some mods but here is my $50, 2001-2003
Prius traction battery:

http://hiwaay.net/~bzwilson/prius/pri_batt_010.jpg

My current battery is performing quite well and has another 12,000 miles
of warranty coverage. Once this one is ready, I'll swap them; refurbish;
and use my current battery in another project that will keep it in
excellent conditioning.

Remember, this is the first model Prius sold in the USA, the 2001-2003
models. Feel free to use this to hammer skeptics who drag out the old
"battery replacement cost." <GRINS>

Bob Wilson


Posted by Steve Giannoni on August 6, 2007, 1:04 pm
 


If the charging circuit and other "electricals" are optimal, as surely
they are, then I'd expect the NiMHs to last indefinitely.

My 01's going strong after 6 years ! ...

On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 13:28:06 -0500, bwilson4use@hotmail.com (Bob &
Holly Wilson) wrote:



Posted by Wayne on October 26, 2007, 2:15 am
 



I've been wondering about the life span of a hybrid battery, and the cost,
and have not heard any figures until I saw some posts here today.
I'm hearing the the failure rate is really low and the life span is really
long, like much greater than the typical 5 years of a regular lead-acid car
battery.  However, I'm also hearing that that Toyota won't warrenty them
longer than 8 years or 100,000 miles in the state where I live.
How many of these $50 batteries are in your Prius?
I saw another post that says the replacement cost of the batteries is $000
plus labor.
I saw another post that say the total replacement cost is $500.
It sounds like one battery replacement will wipe out any fuel cost savings,
especially when the extra cost of the vehicle is factored in.

    Wayne



Posted by richard schumacher on October 26, 2007, 1:33 pm
 

wrote:


After four years and one million on the road Toyota has replaced about a
dozen.  Versus the cost a replacing a conventional transmission, it's
not so bad.  Besides, nobody buys a new car to save money.

Posted by jp3rks on October 26, 2007, 11:57 pm
 
 > GUEST wrote:
 > I'll refurbish it and make some mods but here is my $50, 2001-2003
 > Prius traction battery:
 >
 > http://hiwaay.net/~bzwilson/prius/pri_batt_010.jpg
 >
 > My current battery is performing quite well and has another 12,000
miles
 > of warranty coverage. Once this one is ready, I'll swap them;
refurbish;
 > and use my current battery in another project that will keep it in
 > excellent conditioning.
 >
 > Remember, this is the first model Prius sold in the USA, the
2001-2003
 > models. Feel free to use this to hammer skeptics who drag out the
old
 > "battery replacement cost." <GRINS>
 >
 > Bob Wilson

Is the battery still available? Where are you
located? How do you refurbish one of those batteries?

Thanks,
Jonathan


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