It is not the main battery
It is not the main battery that gets drained. It is the 12 volt auxiliary battery that runs the theft detection system. You should disconnect the 12 volt battery cables if your Prius is going to spend a long time without being started.
Was considering a used 2005
Was considering a used 2005 Escape Hybrid and decided to call my local Ford dealer's parts department for some accurate pricing information. As of today (2010) the replacement cost of a Escape Hybrid battery pack is $9614.13...that doesn't include the labor for installation.
This makes buying a used hybrid an extremely risky proposition. It's one thing if you have a reasonable expectation that you could amortize such an expense out over a ten year period. However, there's almost no chance that buyer of a used Hybrid buying the vehicle 5 or 6 years into its service life will have that opportunity (I've never heard of any sort of battery, in any device, lasting 15 years).
At that point, you have an unsellable, untradable brick in the driveway that is going to cost $10,000 to get back on the road.
Doesn't make much sense unless you have the accounting structure that will allow you to lease a new hybrid in a beneficial way and turn it back in to the car company long before you have to think about battery issues.
What does Ford say the life
What does Ford say the life expectancy of the battery in an Escape Hybrid? I am thinking about buying a used 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid that has 127,000 miles on it.
Our 2005 Escape Hypride has
Our 2005 Escape Hypride has 60,000 miles and is uysed by wife around town and is working perfectly. It is 7 years old now.
Our 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
Our 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid with 90,000 miles had a Blue Book Value of $9500 and we found out the high voltage battery would be $10,458 to replace ( not including any labor ). Our mileage had been decreasing and since we were unsure if it was because the battery was weakening or some other reason, we traded the car in. We had been told the battery would go 7 years and if it failed the car would be worth nothing. Certainly not going to replace the battery for that price !!
i like the idea of
i like the idea of having a hybrid car which runs on something different. i think it is most cost effective and easier to use on the road.