How long do batteries last?
We are seriously interested in a Civic Hybrid or Toyota Prius but we are worried about the cost of replacing the batteries. We keep our cars usually about 12 years so it's past the guarantee period I guess, but our mileage is less than 10,000 per year. Does anyone have any experience with replacing batteries? How long do they last? How much do they cost? Should we worry about this?
I don't worry about it with Honda Civic Hybrid
The way I see it is that with how civic is designed, the car will continue to work even the battery is dead since the motor is only assisting the engine. Of course, the car will perform just like a 90's civic base model with < 100 hp engine. I really doubt that Toyota Prius can do that without a battery since I read that it is driven by the motor and assisted by the gas engine.
check out this posting and see a prius that dies at 349,000 miles b/c of a kid running a red light..with same batteries. lots of into. fyi.
I bought a 2003 Honda Civic
I bought a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid back in May 2002 and I currently have about 163k miles on the vehicle. I've gotten the IMA weak battery light turn on and the dealership has recommended a new battery, but my car is still running and I haven't noticed a great decrease in the battery strength. It does discharge and recharge more frequently, but I can still drive it and don't intend on spending money on a new battery unless I feel I can get another 100k+ out of the car with the new battery.