Replacement hybrid battery

toyota
hybrid-repair
prius
batteries
warranties

#1

I am wondering what people out there think a fair warranty for a replacement Prius hybrid battery would be?

(FYI) Toyota offers a one-year warranty, unlimited mileage. When we purchased our 2001 Prius we got 8 years/100,000 mile warranty on our hybrid battery. It lasted 115,000+ miles.


#2

Fair to who? Toyota seems to feel one year is “fair”…Since Toyota builds the cars and writes the warranty terms, it’s not really a subject for debate. It’s take it or leave it…


#3

I agree it is take it or leave it. If it were me, I would leave it. I am sure that battery is not cheap at all. Will you have another $1,000.00 in a year to pay for another battery. Trust me, it is not personal its just business. Dealers really do not make a lot of money off selling a car, they make it up on parts and repairs.


#4

Dealers have little to do with warranty on an item. Toyota backs it up and they deem that acceptable.

Dealers making a significant amount of money selling certain new cars and definitely selling used cars. They also make loads of money from selling extra’s, financing and the like.


#5

This big change in Toyota policy would seem to say they are getting very tired of replacing Prius batteries for free…


#6

Well, you have to say that Toyota has pegged the useable life of your battery pretty well. Unless QA has fallen, I would expect similar life for a replacement battery. The 1 year warranty would cover manufacturing defects. I would think that if you wanted a better warranty Toyota finance or an extended warranty company could provide one for a fee. So IMHO, I think the warranty is probably fair.

BTW what is the cost out the door of the new battery pack?


#7

Most of the prius owner sites are pretty encouraging about battery life. For myself, Mine failed (one cell went bad, they replaced the array) around 80,000 miles - under warranty. Original replacement cost was near $3000. Last I heard closer to $2000. Plus there are used arrays available now through auto recycling centers.