2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid Maintenance Unveiled

The 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid battery replacement is no harder than one from a conventional gas vehicle. Prius repair costs for Toyota hybrid plug in electric vehicles are covered by a warranty.

2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid Repairs For Electric Vehicles

The 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid electric vehicle is built with no belts under the hood. Prius cost for repairs are minimal while changing its NiMH (nickel-metal hydride) battery is no harder than one from a conventional gas vehicle. The Toyota Prius also includes an eight-year warranty on all hybrid plug in electric vehicle components and for any defects with the batteries.

There’s been some myths posted on the Internet about the Toyota maintenance cost. These are usually postings found on a bulletin board system, forum, or a blog. The truth is, the Toyota hybrid car has been in the United States since 2001 with a proven track record as a low maintenance automobile.

At an average of 15,000 miles per year, for seven years, one could suggest that the hybrid could have a bit more than 100,000 miles on them. Some of them probably have fewer miles. However, most of the first and second generation automobiles still have their original batteries in them.

The bigger question that I’ve seen coming from potential new Prius customers is about the battery. Battery packs do wear out over time. The Internet is full of myths about the cost and mileage of these batteries.

Study Confirms Prius Repair Costs Are Minimal

Toyota studied a tax service in Victoria, B.C. which has more than 300,000 miles on them while using the original hybrid battery. These are first and second generation Prius automobiles. The report described the cars as having “very few maintenance issues.”

This does not suggest that anyone else owning a Prius will experience the same kind of miles. It is only to suggest that the fears of premature battery failure probably are unwarranted. The other question is the Prius repair and maintenance costs if one of these batteries wear out.

There will come a time when replacement of the car electric hybrid battery will be required. Prius batteries are warranted for 10 years or 150,000 miles in California-compliance states and eight years or 100,000 miles in non-California compliant states. If you didn’t notice, this is a decent warranty for any vehicle.

The battery packs are available from any Toyota dealer throughout the United States. It’s not something you have to order. The MSRP for a battery pack on the first-generation Prius is $2,299, while the MSRP for the battery pack for the second-generation, those from the 2004-2008 model-years, is $2,588. Naturally, there are labor costs, which are set by each dealer, and they assume the responsibility for recycling the hybrid batteries.

Prius Repair Costs For New Battery VS. Buying Gasoline
Toyota Prius owners will not have to replace these batteries for another 8 to 10 years, which is about $25 per month. You can save much more than that on the price of gasoline as the 2010 Prius offers 50 MPG. Would you rather pay more for gasoline or the simple battery replacement every 8 to 10 years?

You do the math. I prefer to own the fuel-efficient car because it will save me money and time at the pump.


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