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Posted by higgledy on January 3, 2006, 1:18 pm
If I bought a Camry, maintained it well, drove it defensively I could
expect at lest 200k miles or more. (maybe less).

But how many miles can I expect with a Prius?

When will the batteries need to be replaced? How much will the
batteries cost?

Posted by B. Peg on January 3, 2006, 2:09 pm

Canadian cab company had 200,000 miles on one.  Seems a lot of the Candian
taxi companies are moving to them.  Some fleets savings wee $00 per month.
Maintenance has been very, very low on the vehicles to date.

Probably long after you've moved to another vehicle.  Warranty in California
on the HV battery is 10 years, 120,000 miles.  Never owned a car longer than
10 years, personally.

Approx. $975 last time I checked.  As I said above, warranty will cover it
if you buy a new car every decade or so.


Posted by Michael Pardee on January 4, 2006, 5:37 am
The owner of the Yahoo Prius group, Eric Metzler, has 180K+ miles on his
2001 the last I heard.

One of the gurus from the Yahoo Prius Tech group bought a battery assembly
from a wreck for experimentation - he paid $00 US. Not bad, considering
Toyota pays a $00 "deposit" for a dead battery pack... he paid $00 more
for a good one than a bad one would be worth. From present experience the
batteries will be a glut on the used market, since there have been a number
of totalled Prius cars and no out-of-warranty demand.

The battery pack, and the entire hybrid system, is warranted for a minimum
of 100K miles and 8 years in the US. In some states (like California) it is
150K/10 years.


Posted by richard schumacher on January 4, 2006, 4:11 pm

Hmm.  How long can these NiMH batteries sit discharged without damage?

Posted by Bob Wilson on January 6, 2006, 2:56 am

It isn't the discharge state but the method of charging that matters.

Bob Wilson

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