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I bought a 2006 Prius in May and live in Vermont where the winters can be harsh. I was thinking about storing my Prius from October through March. Has anyone stored their Prius during the winter? What are the things that I must do to prepare the car for 6 months of storage? I use to do this with my previous gas cars. All I did was fill the gas tank, unplug the battery, and put a cover over the car. Is this all I need to do with my new Prius? It is my intention do this for many years to come. Will storage over time have a negative impact on the use and reliability of the car? I have a friend who owns a 2005 Prius and thinks that over time, the lack of continuous use of the car will weaken the battery and other components of the car. Is he right?
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Other than what the user manual says to do (such as disabling SKS) I don't know anything special you need to do. But as a fellow Vermonter, I'm curious why you're putting it in storage all winter. Do you go south for the winter, maybe?
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Why store it? Put snow tires on it and use it in the winter.
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That's what I was thinking. Seems HunterGreen was thinking this too.
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Complete waste to store it. Yes, there may be a couple of days that it won't be drivable in really terrible snow, but for the most part it will do just fine. Your fellow Vermonters will appreciate the extremely low smog/emissions out put in the cold winter months.

If you do store it it's a good idea to start it up every couple of months for 15-30min to keep the HV battery topped off....but don't store it.

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Obviously you are a "six month Vermonter" I'll bet Hawaii is the other "six months." In my opinion "you can't do this with a Prius account of the hybrid batteries." You could get by with the 12 volt by putting a battery tender on it but you will definately have to find someone to drive the Prius for you several times a month if you insist on a Prius. For what you are asking, the Prius is not the car for you.
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Why store it? Put snow tires on it and use it in the winter.
Our Prius II (2005) has sucessfully masterd our first Austrian winter with temperatures down to -30 Fahrenheit and lots of snow. It was driven around our Alps for skiing, cross yountry skiing as well as to work. Elevations up to 6.500 ft. have been accomplished with no problem, even though our grades are much different to US grades when it comes to incline. Consider our much narrower roads too!

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If you do not manage to go up forward then just reverse - it works.

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Well, there are places in Vermont where if I lived there I wouldn't try to get there in a Prius.

Traction control and VSC are excellent for making sure you don't slide off the road in slippery conditions -- combined with good snow tires and good driving habits, they're probably the best solution, making a Prius with VSC an excellent choice for winter driving in Vermont.

However, they're not good at making sure the car does go up a slippery hill. If I lived up (or over) a mountain, I'd be looking for a 4WD car for those times (ideally one that also had TC and VSC, since 4WD does almost nothing to keep you from sliding off the road, contrary to the mistaken impression of all those people I'm going to be wincing for and laughing at in a couple of months as I pass them in ditches).

I'm dubious that it's really impossible to put a Prius in storage, though, for those people who actually do have a good reason (like spending those months somewhere far away). But I can't say I've really looked into it.
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There's a snowbird on the toyota-prius yahoogroup, who has 2 Prius - one on each end of his yearly migration. They're put into storage much as any other car - fill the gas tank, mind to the 12v battery, mind the rubber parts (wiper blades and tires).

Just be sure that you drive your Prius a bit before you store it, with as high of a hybrid battery charge as you can muster. They hybrid battery will only self-discharge noticably at the 6-8month range. (Based on Richard's in Austria dealings with his wrecked Prius.)

Preferably, you'd have someone to start it for you and let it run for about a 1/2 hour every couple of weeks, but if the 12v is disconnected that should be fine as well.

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There's a post either here or on PriusChat regarding a Prius owner who "stored" his Prius for 3 months while out of the country. He simply disconnected the 12v auxiliary battery, then re-connected it upon his return. His Prius started right up, no problems.

The down side: He lost his radio station settings. He could also have lost his "silencing" of the backup buzzer. Try searching for "3 Months"

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