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Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance, Repair and Concerns



  • abotabot Posts: 2
    My 2007 HH has fluctuating dc voltage since April 2011 when there was 120488 miles on it. The dealer had below statement:
    They gave me an expensive estimate to repair it. Back then I didn't like the fact to pay such money for a part that still working. I thought I will repair it whenever it dies.
    It is more than a year and half and I put more than 15000 miles on my car and the inverter is still working as before.
    Anybody has the same problem? Does anyone know if my car really needs an inverter or it might be something simpler than that?
    I would appreciate any thought.
  • Not sure about that specific problem but one you might see is the generator failing and not charging the battery. The problem is that the generator is located within the drive system and the dealer cost to replace it is around $5,000 including labor. It's a 12-hour job. Good luck!
  • crazedcommutercrazedcommuter Posts: 281
    edited January 2013
    Thanks for posting this solar roof concern. I have been browsing around for 2012 leftover Prius lll models and I've looked at several with that roof. I will be rethinking cars with that option. Did you get the roof replaced?
  • Hi,

    I was offered a used 2008 Prius with good price. I have checked the CARFAX report for the car, and found the battery was replaced early this year. Is it ok to buy a Prius with replaced battery?

    It looks the car was used for high miles for the life. So it has 90,000 miles now.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    which "battery"?
  • 90,000 miles isn't high mileage, 390,000 is high mileage for a Prius. I suspect the hybrid battery is still original and untouched as these cars have had half a million miles without needing them changed. I suspect they changed the battery that starts the car, at 5 years that's normal service for the battery in any car.

    90K is 18 K a year which isn't bad, 1500 miles a month, 50 miles a day average

    With a good price you probably should buy it.
  • I have a 2005 toyota prius. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were leaving a car race and while pulling out of the parking lot the car began to show all kinds of low oil warnings. Upon pulling into the gas station my husband noticed that the car had no oil. Once the car was towed to the Toyota dealer they informed us that there was no oil filter on the car which caused all of the oil to drain out. The they informed us that we would need to replace the engine, hybrid battery, and a sensor. We informed our insurance of the issue and they agreed to pay for the engine but not the battery. Toyota informed both them and us that the engine going out had nothing to do with the hybrid battery going out. But our car broke all at once. Both the engine and the battery were working with no problems. How could it be possible that the engine and the battery broke simotaneously with no relation? Please advise.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Okay, and now for the REST of the story. How on earth did the car lose its oil filter?

    I don't have the technical expertise to come up with an answer to how a still running but lame engine could destroy a hybrid battery system, but it does strike me as rather far-fetched.

    So did this engine seize? Make horrible noises? Why couldn't they just replace the oil and see how it goes?

    This description leaves a lot out, so I think you need to fill us in more.
  • I have a 2005 Prius Hybrid with 200,000 miles. I have a headlamp focus problem (second time).
    I bought the part online and installed it myself, but I can't recall what they call the part. It
    is situated on the chassis just in front of and to the right of the left rear wheel. None of the parts places I've called, including a Toyota dealer knows what the part is called. Help!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    There's a headlight alignment actuator, HA sensor, and HA control module.
  • I asked Nissan Motors a question concerning their new Pathfinder Hybrid. It had to do with their Climate Control System operation. As I understand, the electric drive motor shuts off when the air conditioning portion of the CLS kicks in to cool off the interior of the car. This is because there is a drive belt from the compressor to the gas engine that operates the air conditioning. I asked Nissan if the heating portion of the CLS also shuts off the electric motor of the hybrid (if it does, this electric drive motor that helps to save gas and run your off...and it would be off most of the time, thus making the hybrid useless). I stated to Nissan in my third e-mail, "I have been waiting at least 3 WEEKS for an answer to this question. This is not a difficult question. Either the electric motor shuts off or it does not under the conditions asked. A 2 minute inquiry. Every other question I have asked of Nissan was answered quickly. Not this one. Is it because the electric motor is continually shutting down under both warm and cool conditions thus making the hybrid useless? Please respond already. John". Someone please HELP with this question. :P

    Tagged: Nissan Nissan Pathfinder Repairs & Maintenance Heating & Cooling 2014
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    jssihsjssihs Posts: 3
    January 27
    Here's the answer I got from Nissan Motors, "When the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) is engaged the vehicle uses the gas engine and electric motor. When HVAC is engaged, the vehicle is programmed not to operate in EV (Electric Vehicle) only mode. Heater, as long as the AC compressor is not on, does not require the ICE to be on"...looks like I am good to go on buying a hybrid Nissan Pathfinder.

    What do you all think?

  • cdainsliecdainslie Posts: 2
    Hi - my Toyota Highlander Hybrid is quite old with mileage over 200 000 miles. The servicing manual stops at 200 000. Can anyone recommend a servicing plan after 200 000 miles?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited June 2016
    Nice longevity @cdainslie.

    I think I'd just start over at zero or perhaps 100k. Most old cars strand you for the same reasons newer ones do - lack of preventive maintenance.

    With a miled up car, it'd be good to have a one-time thorough inspection, check the hoses and brake lines, figure out if the fluids need to be replaced, and check the suspension.
  • cdainsliecdainslie Posts: 2
    Thanks @stever I like the idea of starting again at 100k. Really appreciate the quick response!
  • mykecusamykecusa Posts: 6
    I bought a Ford Escape Hybrid in 2008. I drove it 75,000 miles over 7 - 3/4 years. Aside from replacing the module that connects cell phone to the system, replace tires, and routine regular servicing I had no problems with the FEH. I got a reliable 32.5 mpg in Spring & Fall, and 28 in the Summer & Winter. I am hoping the Highlander Hybrid proves to be as reliable.
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