Poll: If you needed to replace your hybrid battery...

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by tonycd, Nov 29, 2021.

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  1. $4,000 new replacement battery from Toyota

    6 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. Toyota battery remanufactured by a third party to fix the bad cells

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. New third-party battery

    9 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. tonycd

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    ...which would you buy?

    Our 2010 is old enough that it seems smart to think in advance about this scenario. I have a first thought, but I'm interested in the opinions of the wise heads on this board.
     
  2. Tombukt2

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    I just bought the dealer 1600 with a 1300 core return to me and 3 days Best deal I could find I couldn't get the doctor Prius thingy and now I think I might be better off that I didn't Not sure but doesn't seem to matter at least I know the Toyota battery is new no funny business

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    Hmm, the Toyota list price I'm seeing is different enough from $4,000 that it might change some people's answers.
     
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    given the limited options, i picked 3, but in the real world, most are finding dealers from around $2,200. -$2,600. installed
     
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    A survey is only accurate if the questions are free of ambiguity. In this case you could by nearly 2 Project Lithium packs for the price of just one OEM pack from a crooked stealership. :)
     
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    I wondered about the project lithium pack they were saying they're back ordered for they don't know how long longer than I could afford to wait for a battery for sure and then I wasn't sure the chemistry and the charging by the inverter and all this other nonsense what I need is external charger every so often don't know didn't do enough research when they didn't have any it was kind of moot but the 1600 that the dealer is offering looks like that's around a lot of parts of the country so under the 4,000 must be installed paying maximum retail and maximum hourly rate I could see that and that would be for like my mother but I wouldn't let her do that

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    What list price are you seeing? (My browser won't open your link, unfortunately.)
     
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    I'm sorry, Tom, but could you clarify? When you say "$1,600 with a $1,300 core return," do you mean they charged you $2,900 and then credited you $1,300 off that for letting them keep your old battery? Thanks for clearing this up for me.
     
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    $2900 with $1300 returned when you return the old one.
     
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    The best value for an original Toyota pack is the $1300 core charge, and the old modules complete end of life being recycled.

    Not sure if any companies offering new third party batteries will take back the old modules or what happens to them if they do. Would be worth finding out before making the purchase, else get stuck with hazmat and no safe way of disposing it.
     
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    I think my card was billed for 2.956 I believe billed to card online only pikd up at local dealer I chose on site 19 miles away. At pickup of new battery my old I loaded into a foam case for dealer to send off . I left dealer w battery next day 12 hours maybe I get E mail from Apex parts Dept saying my return accepted . I was out went by dealer my old battery still sitting in foam container I loaded previous day . 2 days later I was informed by my bank and the dealer that my return money was back in my account to the tune of $1,300 almost to the penny or to the penny and that's exactly how it went if you call the dealer and talk to the dealer all these prices are off you have to do this online in your area and when you're online you'll be able to pick a dealer that the battery gets sent to that you will go to to do exactly what I'm talking about if you call the dealer it's your $4,000 or whatever y'all are talking about here That's how that works

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    is there anyone upgraded to Dr Prius' Li-Ion packs? If so, what about the performance and effect on acceleration, mpg, etc?
     
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    Have had the last of their prototypes in my Prius for 13 months... Acceleration is the same but prolonged acceleration is vastly improved because the pack doesn't drain as fast. Mountain climbing is the best part of it... The highest passes on West Coast of US brought my regular pack down to one or two bars. This pack never drops below three bars and still has plenty of power so no more flooring it in the slow lane with the trucks. And ev mode around town goes three times as far without draining pack. Learn more from my post here: Dr. Prius Packs Less Than A Year Away? | PriusChat
     
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    Yeah there were none of those to buy so you know I couldn't wait I don't spend a lot of time mountain driving I pull the trailer very slowly on flat land in North Carolina a little bit My car makes generally about a hundred miles a day if not more someday that'll taper off to about 25 so I had no choice but to get the Toyota pack no one else had anything with new sales and Toyota like reliability that I knew of and could get it to me basically overnight This is a main driving car

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    I have had the Lithium pack for little over a year also.
    Nothing but good things to say about it honestly.

    Tested a lot on the 15 Freeway and high desert.
    I have over charged it and fully drained it.

    The temps in my area range from below freezing to triple digits and it never fails, charges up fast and hardly ever drains also.


    http://www.RedBullet.net

    https://ProjectLithium.com/?ref=mG0GE

    http://www.Pulstar.com

    http://www.PlugOutPower.com
    Use code 7373

    http://www.hybridpit.com
    Use code azusa

    http://CatStrap.net
    Use code azusa
     
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    I call LKQ and spend about $650 for a used battery and my mechanic puts in for $100. Fairly inexpensive repair and fairly uncommon for the battery to go bad.
     
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    This is what I did with my 2010 I put a 2012 or 13 battery in the 10 and haven't looked back That's the one without the vents and no vent tubes I guess the later model metal hydride cells and have it look back I didn't like doing it I thought I was going to get bit in the nice person real bad but so far so good it's been about 30,000 mi maybe a little more and it's driven Uber and all that newfangled nonsense it people do with their cars and stays on the road it's already backed into people and hit folks with it which brings me to another problem
     
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  19. ASRDogman

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    You should get the Prolong system and run it through the charge/discharge cycles.
    Hopefully it will provide you with many many miles of use.

     
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