Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Bolton, Connecticut
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Re: My 06 Prius won't start after new hybrid battery
Quite possibly your original problem was only the 12 volt battery in the first place [either mis-diagnosed purposely (for the dealer to make lots of extra money) or just a dealer/tech lacking the skills to properly troubleshoot your problem]. Five years is about the expected life of the little 12V battery & when that starts to go, all kinds of screwy things start to happen, some of which might lead the owner or dealer into falsely believing the high voltage battery is at fault when it might not be.
I wish more people would at least put their state of residence in their profile when they register, so since you didn't I have to ask. Do you know if your state was one of the CARB states (using the Calif emissions standards) when you bought your Prius? The list of states should be in one on your manuals (either the scheduled maintenance or the warranty one). Even if your state is a CARB one now, what matters is if it was one at the time of purchase. It also has to be the state it was first used in. I live in Conn (where the car was first used), but I bought my Prius in Mass (because no Conn dealer I visited was interested in trying to get me the car I was asking for---all they wanted to do was sell me the highest option pkg level available) and both states were CARB states back in 2005 when I bought my Prius. Now, if I had moved & was living in ANOTHER non-Carb state NOW when a hybrid problem arose (& I'm only at 109,000 miles now), I'm not sure how the warranty would work because my purchase state (Mass) & my first use state (Conn) are BOTH CARB states.
The reason I mention the CARB states is they get extra warranty time/miles for the hybrid components (instead of 8 yrs/100,000 miles, the CARB states give you 10 yrs/150,000 miles). I assume you knew this but forgot or you're not in a CARB state & it doesn't apply to you (otherwise, why purchase a rebuilt high voltage battery?).
Ken (in Bolton,Ct) 2005 Pkg #4 (AM)