The Day My Prius Died AKA Hidden costs of hybrids

Went for a drive yesterday in my 2001 Prius that I bought in October of 2000. Several warning lights came on. This was obviously something more serious than just the check light. I took it to the dealer. The main battery is gone. $3600 to replace. Ouch,

It was a great car for a long time with no repairs to speak of, and has 102,000 miles on it. But when the battery in a hybrid goes, it costs way more to fix than repairs in an regular car.

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