Welcome to PriusChat

We'd love to have you join our community and participate in the conversation! Sign up for FREE today.

Sign Up

Reliability of Prius battery, hybrid system

Discussion in 'Prius c Main Forum' started by allopatry, Apr 11, 2012.

Social Buttons

  1. allopatry

    allopatry Junior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    13
    Location:
    Lake George, NY
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Three
    I was talking about getting my new c after reading an article on so called hybrid owner loyalty and had a friend who owns a honda civic hybrid complain about how they had to replace the car battery and were not happy at all with hybrids. The implication was that hybrids are not reliable and that the battery on my current 04 prius would need to be replaced soon. I pointed out that Honda and Toyota use two completely different hybrid systems and that 96% of Prii built since 1998 are still on the road.
    In looking for research I came across the following video of testing on the 2nd generation of Prii which shows just how reliable they are. I have zero doubts about the reliability of Toyota's hybrid synergy drive. Just wanted to share the video:
    http://news.consumerreports.org/car...ll-reliable-efficient-after-200000-miles.html
    1 person likes this.
  2. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Non-Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    That is a good article and reassuring for many who have concerns about longevity of the hybrid components, thanks for posting.
  3. seilerts

    seilerts Battery Curmudgeon

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    3,326
    Likes Received:
    1,438
    Location:
    Santa Fe, NM
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Nice thing about some Honda hybrids is that you can rip the battery out, install a bypass board, and keep driving the car. They are grossly underpowered at that point, but the fuel economy is actually better.

    Toyota batteries last significantly longer than a Honda. Toyota loyalty is very high; Honda is very low.
  4. dig4dirt

    dig4dirt Bang-ging SuperWhite

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    Messages:
    224
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Lancaster Co PA
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Two
    There is a very increasing amount of Prius I see on the road today.

    It seemed more like a gimmick the first year or two, but now it is no joke.

    Toyota has really stepped up their game with the Prius C as it
    now captures a compact car, and also with a more younger and sportier look.
    Add in the under $20k price and wow!
    I am still amazed and many others will be!

    Most Asian car makers do have reliable vehicles over the american,
    and so saving in repairs just adds to the savings in gas.

    A true no-brainer
  5. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2012
    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    Your Vehicle Year:
    Other Non-Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    I love my C and I also loved my previous car a 2010 Honda Fit. I think the Prius c will force Honda to bring the Fit hybrid over to the U.S. That would be much more serious competition for the c compared to the insight.
  6. Oldwolf

    Oldwolf Prius Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    NC
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Four
    I remember when that article came out in the magazine. I can't imagine not having a Toyota hybrid anymore. Last week I posted a picture collection of Toyota Prii in San Fransisco working as taxi's. Apparently they are very successful and reliable in that work mode too.
    1 person likes this.
  7. Fritzi56

    Fritzi56 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Rockton, IL
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    II
    My 2007 Prius with 148,000 miles just killed it's battery! All the warning lights came on and it started jerking and not running smoothly! Took it to the dealer and he said the battery was bad! $4279.00!!!!! Of course I paid the loan off in March! and now this!
  8. qbee42

    qbee42 My other car is a boat

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Messages:
    18,046
    Likes Received:
    2,952
    Location:
    Northern Michigan
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2006 Prius


    You can replace the battery for a lot less than that. Do a little reading on this site to get better information.

    Tom
  9. Oldwolf

    Oldwolf Prius Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    NC
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Four
    Don't panic just yet. There are quite a few shops that rebuild the battery for a lot less. Let's let some more knowledgeable folks chime in here. Probably won't be long.
  10. Oldwolf

    Oldwolf Prius Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2011
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    NC
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2012 Prius c
    Model:
    Four
  11. jdenenberg

    jdenenberg EE Professor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    2,409
    Likes Received:
    650
    Location:
    Trumbull, CT
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    As Qbee said, your dealer is quoting a higher cost than required. A reasonable dealer price is $3400 nd you can get a remanufactured battery installed for about $2000 (see: Remanufactured Hybrid Vehicle Battery Packs).

    JeffD
  12. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

    ItsNotAboutTheMoney EditProfOptInfoCustomUser Title

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2009
    Messages:
    2,283
    Likes Received:
    442
    Location:
    Maine
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II


    Even if you require an entirely new battery that quote is high. Last I knew new battery MSRP was about $2,600 and it doesn't take that much labor to replace it. You'll want to check at other dealers and see if you can find an independent.

    Plus, please post a new thread in the Gen II forums asking for advice.

    There are cheaper alternatives to buying a new battery: many times the battery can be repaired by replacing a cell or a component and you can buy cheaper rebuilt and salvage batteries.

    There's also the possibility that the battery itself hasn't failed and the codes reported are caused by something else.
    1 person likes this.
Similar Threads: Reliability Prius
Forum Title Date
Gen III 2010+ Prius Technical Discussion transaxle reliability in prius gen 3 info Dec 28, 2012
Prius c Main Forum Prius c reliability - better info Dec 20, 2012
Gen III 2010+ Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubles Reliability record of Prius V, 5, Five LED Headlights Sep 17, 2012
Prius v Main Forum Prius v reliability - help us provide better information Apr 23, 2012
Gen III 2010+ Prius Main Forum CR's Prius Reliability Rating Drops to Average Mar 5, 2011