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Posted by tuneden on August 26, 2007, 10:50 pm
Normally I'm a very satisfied Prius owner.  It's a silver '04 with
package group 6 and at 41,000 miles hasn't even needed a brake job.
So, I was a bit surprised the other day while driving home from a
client's office when the Master Alarm went off and my battery level
meter started taking a (rapid!) nosedive.  Drove it straight to the
dealership where wifey was nice enough to pick me up.  The culprit?

My hybrid battery pack died.

Uggh.  Rats.  Shoot.  I can just hear the snickers from all those
people that tried to warn me.  Warranty covered it (jeeze, what
happens after 41,000 MORE miles?) but these things do die.

Just thought you'd like to know.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on August 26, 2007, 11:31 pm

On Aug 26, 6:50 pm, tune...@gmail.com wrote:

What stored codes or other diagnostics were needed to come up with the
battery as the problem?

Something similar:
US TSB EG023-04
June 28, 2004, Revised July 12, 2004, 2004 Prius. M.I.L. "On" HV
Battery DTCs P3000, P3056, and/or other DTCs. Battery cell votages may
show zero charge, but car runs normally. Fix: replace Floor Wiring
Harness No. 3.

Posted by G-Man on August 27, 2007, 1:44 am
 What happens after 41,000 more?  They will give you another new battery
under warranty!  :-)


PS, tell them you want 100k on the NEW battery too!


Posted by on August 27, 2007, 9:29 am

You're full of shit.

Posted by Michael Pardee on August 27, 2007, 12:26 pm
This fits what we've seen with hybrid battery failures. Although they are
still very rare - I haven't kept track but I've seen reports of between one
and two dozen failures - there is no obvious age relationship. The oldest
one I've heard of was at 201K miles (IIRC) and the newest was very young,
perhaps 15K miles.

So, I wouldn't worry about another hybrid battery failure. You won the
"D'oh!" lottery (congratulations?) and if you suffer a second hybrid battery
failure you will be the first person I've ever heard of to have that bad
luck. Several have gone over 200K miles - even over 201K miles! - with no
battery trouble. I think the leader now may be Jesse Rudavsky's 2001 at 309K
miles last we heard http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/my-ride/t-ride-5719.html


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