Posted by email@example.com on November 1, 2006, 12:28 am
What is the warranty on the battery? I have a 2005 and thought that
the warranty was only 36,000 miles.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on November 1, 2006, 6:00 pm
The Prius actually has 2 different batteries.
The NiMH hybrid traction battery pack is covered in the US under the
hybrid system warranty for 8 years/100,000 miles. (Similar in other
countries as well.) IF you have a 2004-current AT-PZEV Prius in a
California emissions state (which states follow the CA emissions vary
by model year), the hybrid battery is further covered under the CA
emissions warranty out to 10 years/150,000 miles.
The Pb-A 12v accessory battery is another matter altogether. You might
be able to get it covered under the basic new vehicle warranty of 3
years/36,000 miles, but some dealers may (rightly so) consider it a
consumable item and not cover it. (Too easy for owner-caused problems,
like leaving the headlights on overnight to drain the 12v battery, for
Posted by Bill on November 1, 2006, 6:49 pm
(Too easy for owner-caused problems,
How does one do that? I'm thinking it's possible but difficult unless one
sleeps in their car.
Posted by email@example.com on November 1, 2006, 10:55 pm
My husband actually did this on my US 2001... Turn off car, open door,
turn on headlight switch. (since the door is already open, the
auto-off doesn't trigger, but he didn't realize this at the time,
though he was doing me a favor and returning my car the way he found
it... thankfully a neighbor alerted him within the hour that the
lights were on, and he corrected the problem before (barely) I needed a
jumpstart...) Non-North American models do not have the auto-off
headlight feature, either...
But the much more common method is to leave a map/courtesy light on
overnight, or to accidentially leave a door open which leaves the dome
light on overnight (usually the rear hatch/rear dome light on the
Posted by Bill on November 2, 2006, 12:02 am
Murphy's law strikes again!