Posted by Fathergoose on July 14, 2007, 1:59 am
I am wanting to know what the interval and cost for the battery replacement
for the Prius is?
(You know the ones that make it a hybrid)
We are shopping and considering the Prius, Rav4, Matrix and a couple others.
~~ Bill ~~
Posted by Michael Pardee on July 14, 2007, 2:30 am
If the battery is purchased new, it is just over $000 plus labor. Batteries
are available on the wrecking yard circuit or ebay for under $000.
The actual life of the battery is indeterminate; too few have failed to make
a usable estimate. I have heard of about a dozen battery failures (mostly on
the 14,000 member Yahoo! Toyota-Prius forum, suggesting the failure rate is
around 0.1%) and I don't see a pattern - the failures seem pretty random. As
many as half the diagnosed battery failures are suspicious in my mind, but
since nearly all have eventually been paid for by Toyota - even the ones
past the stated warranty period - few people complain.
I think it's safe to say few Prius owners will ever experience a main
battery failure, since several early Prius cars have exceeded 200K miles
without battery trouble. The Prius has been on the streets of Japan for ten
years now without a lot of battery failures. The two we have (2002 models
with 75K miles and 110K miles) sure haven't given us any trouble that decent
gas didn't fix.
Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on July 14, 2007, 4:20 am
There is no "interval".
Posted by Fathergoose on July 14, 2007, 11:47 am
Huh, that is a good thing.
Thanks for the info.
Posted by News on July 14, 2007, 2:22 pm
Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
Except your own personal version of MTBF...