Sad Day, lots of $$ repairs. Trying to save what I can. 12v Battery?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Angelo, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. Angelo

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    Hey guys, the sating goes when it rains it pours is true. I just moved from SoCal to Seattle. The rain season is starting and one week ago my passenger HID headlight went out, again. I already replaced it once back in California including the ballast, it has since failed again due to the ever present condensation.

    Took it to a shop to have oil changed, headlight diagnosed, and be on my way. Turns out the lamp has a leak and needs the headlamp assembly to be replaced. I wan warranty this time so I am letting the shop provide it. About $350 or so for the HID with bulb replacement. Then my 12v batter is lower than low and failed the test, even after a trickle charge no good. So now more money and more labor.

    I didn't realize how hard it was to find Prius (2008) batteries. Costco sells batteries but not for the Prius, go figure. Kragen, Autozone, O'Rileys all sell the Yellow Optima battery for $230 Plus! To save some cost and labor here, what is a reliable battery that will FIT and Connect to the existing setup? They cahrge one hour labor and their battery cost is about $165 so about $240 for the job. I would like to get a battery for around 100-120. Can this be done, how difficult is the swap procedure?

    Thanks for all the help guys, sad day for me realizing I may be $850 bucks poorer soon.
     
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    Are you a AAA member? Several years ago AAA changed mine out for the low $100s. I'm not sure it was a very good battery, but it did the trick.

    Otherwise, $180 for a good battery is about as low as you can get. I got one for just over $200 from Toyota recently. The DIY is not too bad, a little more involved than a standard car, just some light mechanical things to remove.
     
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    Are you a AAA member? Several years ago AAA changed mine out for the low $100s. I'm not sure it was a very good battery, but it did the trick.

    Otherwise, $180 for a good battery is about as low as you can get. I got one for just over $200 from Toyota recently. The DIY is not too bad, a little more involved than a standard car, just some light mechanical things to remove.
     
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    I priced a Toyota battery for my brother-in-law last spring at Broadway Toyota in Portland for $190. I would guess you could probably find a genuine Toyota battery for less than the Optima. Try looking at the Toyota dealership websites.

    There is Seattle, Lake City, the one near Edmonds -- Fife or Tacoma if you are that far south.

    Also, that stupid store, Batteries Plus has a Prius battery for around $200.

    A lot of times they have discount coupons for parts and/or service on their web sites.

    Putting in the battery is a little fussy, but no big deal. Lots of instructions on this site.

    The Batteries Plus at Northgate is quoting the Duracell for the SmartKey Prius at $195. You get 10 percent off if you order online and pickup in store.

    They offer free installation on some batteries, but I doubt that holds with the Prius, but at any rate, you get the battery for around $175,

    Maybe you can pay them $20 to get them to install. Personally, I would do it myself, but...
     
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    well, hard luck OP ...but I thought you were going say HV Batt died and WA does not extend to 10 yrs. like CA...so hopefully that does not happen!
     
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    Optima is a less than ideal choice.
    Car Batteries | Pep Boys | Battery Installation | Car Service

    1) Bosch AGM is $143 vs Optima $187.
    2) Warranty: Bosch 4 yr vs Optima 3 yr.
    3) AmpHrour: Bosch 46 AmpHr vs Optima 38AmpHr. Optima looses a lot of capacitynb/c of the spiral co struction vs traditional plate construction.

    Toyota True Start AGM for Prius can be had for $160-$180, if you price shop and get the local dealer to beat or match the cheaper dealer. 7yr pro-rated warranty.
     
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    FWIW: Replacing the Prius battery is a clean, grease free procedure as it is located inside the car. Takes 30-40 minutes the first time, half that the second time. A good video on youtube does it in less than 5 minutes. I always wait for a 25% off parts coupon at Toyota or Advance.
     
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