I have a 2001 Prius with 90K miles.
While driving, I got the three lights (main battery, stearing, run to dealer).
The dealer tells me the battery is toast and it will cost $4,200 to repair.
A rew questions for experts:
a) I have read that even 1st gen batteries should last longer (150 K or even 300 K). I have ready than when this occurs, the car stops - I was able to drive still. How do I know that the dealer is not just trying to sell me a new car?
b) I read about repair kits to replace the battery. Anyone used these?
c) The repari kit seems to cost $500, do you know if anyone will actually do this for me? i.e. $500 parts + labour?
d) Can I salvage the car for parts?
Anyone had similar issues in the past?