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Hi my name is Frank and I'm a new member and I look forward to participating in this forum.Can anyone tell me if there are other options for buying replacement Hybrid batteries then at a dealership?I checked with one dealer in the Houston,Texas area and he said they run about $3,000-$4,000 which seems high to me.
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You can check the salvage yards near you and see about getting a battery out of a wrecked prius. You're somewhat taking a risk in that you don't know how long the batteries have been sitting or what shape they're in.

There are a few companies online that sell refurbished batteries that run around $2k. Re-involt is one of those.

I had to replace my battery a few months ago, so far so good. I used this ebay seller who refurbishes prius batteries, who was relatively local to me - in the Richmond, VA area.. so I drove my prius down from the Washington DC area in limp mode.

2004 09 Toyota Prius Hybrid HV Battery re Built Recondition NiMH Generation 2 | eBay

You might be able to find a similar outfit close to you, but otherwise it looks like he ships. His phone # is:
HIs phone # was eight-oh-four-264-7171
 

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Zius is right, check on Craigslist or sites like that for any ads on people parting out wrecked Prius'. Try to find as low a mileage one for the best price. Just as a side question, how many miles do you have? And how hard are you on your Prius? Just want to know about how much life I have left in my battery. I have a 08' with 120k mi. and we are by no means easy on it whatsoever.


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If you are still in need of a rebuilt battery, I'd be glad to help! (I am the owner of Prius Battery Repair of Houston). Our rebuilt batteries are $800 and we install them in your driveway, or anywhere in Texas!

Jessica

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question: If you have a bad cell or 2, is it okay to replace just the bad one or should you replace the whole battery pack? I just bought a 2006 for my daughter and I know this issue will come up soon enough. Thank you
 

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It depends......mostly on how much you value reliability.

When the cells start failing, the odds are that others will soon follow.

To do it right requires some special equipment and is not something that your average "shade tree mechanic" will be able to do......properly, that is.

"Rebuilt" battery packs are becoming easier to find as time goes along.
IF your intent is to keep the car for a LONG time it is probably best to invest in a new battery pack, if and when you are confronted with that choice.
 

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Hybrid Battery in my 2005 Prius is failing. It is too expensive to replace at Dealer. Is there any place where I can get a refurbished one in Chicago Land area?
 

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Hybrid Battery in my 2005 Prius is failing. It is too expensive to replace at Dealer. Is there any place where I can get a refurbished one in Chicago Land area?
First, how do you KNOW for sure that the problem is with the hybrid battery itself ?

Second, how long do you plan to keep the car ?
If it is more than another year or two, you probably should be shopping for a NEW battery from a 3rd party vendor.

There probably is more than one place around your area.
Google is your friend.
 
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