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Posted by cr113 on September 5, 2005, 3:11 pm

I'm curious about the durability and repair costs of owning a hybrid.
Do they break down more often than a gas car? The regenerative braking
and other features sound kind of complicated. How long will they last?
Since the technology is new I'm sure there will be great improvement in
reliability as time goes on, but I wonder which type of car has greater
"inherent" reliability in the long run. A Corolla will go 300k, what
about a Prius?

Posted by RRG on September 5, 2005, 4:52 pm

3 years 3 prii (a 2004, a 2002 traded up to a 2005), no service and/or
repair issues (other than the gas tank bladder controvery and sceduled
maintenance visits).


Posted by Charles Marslett on September 5, 2005, 7:27 pm

First (2001) Prius has about 80000 miles, bought in February, 2001 --
no service required in over 4 years, other than a set of new tires,
several oil changes and one new set of wiper blades.  We also took it
in to the dealer to have the HV battery terminals checked for
corrosion (or whatever that recall was about) -- in and out in a
couple of hours, no work needed.

Second (2005) Prius has had one blow-out (I blame it on east Texas
roads) and a couple of oil changes so far.

No real maintenance requried yet, in other words.


Posted by cr113 on September 5, 2005, 9:26 pm
Charles Marslett wrote:

That sounds promising, the real test is when it hits 200k. What I'm
really wondering is whether a small gas engine combined with an
electric motor is inherently longer lasting than just a plain gas
engine. How long do they expect the electric motor to last?

Posted by Michelle Steiner on September 6, 2005, 6:19 am
  cr113@hotmail.com wrote:

Probably longer than the engine; fewer moving parts, etc.

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