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Default Re: Classic Prius Replacement 12-Volt Battery

Hi, OccupyMyMind,

You posted in a thread for the 2001-2003 "Classic" Prius, so you may not get as much viewing of your post as if it was in a 2G thread for the 2004-2009 Prius 2nd generation. I agree that your decision is pretty much made up for you since the car was towed to your dealer, but I seriously question the price they want to charge you. See this link where somebody posted not too long ago that you can buy the Toyota original 12v battery for under $200 (about $189 I think). It's the 3rd post (from KTPhil).

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I would think it would take a trained tech with the right tools only about 1/2 hour to do the battery swap, so I would question how come the high labor charge (about $155?) on top of the less-than-$200 battery cost.

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Default Re: Classic Prius Replacement 12-Volt Battery

Ken, thank you both for letting me know I posted in the wrong place and especially for the battery cost info. That's what I came here looking for but somehow hadn't found!

3rd Toyota and the only one that ever let me down.

I'm not sure the dealership people are right about this. I expect battery problems if I don't drive for weeks, or leave the radio on all night. I'd been in the grocery store less than 10 minutes! An odd warning light came on when it wouldn't start - the symbol, like some random PVC joint, was meaningless to me, manual said it means something is wrong with the hybrid system and don't drive it. That last part was stating the obvious, but I kept mashing the power button anyway, and I'm pretty sure it did start, and ALL the dashboard warning lights came on - the whole car just freaked out. And when I pressed the power button again, to make it stop, it didn't respond, at all, repeatedly - I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get it to shut down so I could WALK home. The radio worked, the door locks, interior lights. I've never had a dead battery do all this.

I guess this is still the wrong place for a 2009. Oh well, sorted out some thoughts and maybe you'll add some. I'll put this on the right page too in case it's happened to someone else.

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