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Pat Cadam of Pat's Garage in San Francisco explains Hybrid car maintenance and how it differs from that of conventional gasoline vehicles. Check out more at More Videos on Driverside: http://www.driverside.com/videos New Car Revews: http://www.driverside.com/reviews Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/driverside Blog: http://backseatdriver.driverside.com/ Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/driverside/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/driverside
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Troy Tanw (6 days ago)
How many miles to change timing belt on prius?
Lawrence Bottorff (11 days ago)
Should mention that most "bad" batteries can be reconditioned at a nominal price, i.e., the "bad" sticks in a pack can be brought back to good charge.
Patrick Wolf (12 days ago)
I love my 2011 Prius. Currently it has 170,000 miles on it and never had a major repair. Of course I make sure to change the oil with full synthetic every 10K miles. In fact I use car care software www.automotivewolf.com to track all my maintenance and send me reminders so I never forget. I still have the original brake pads at 170K! I've owned many different cars but my Prius is the best plus I average almost 50 mpg.
Troy Tanw (6 days ago)
Patrick Wolf How many miles to change timing belt on prius?
Carib King (27 days ago)
Just bought a Toyota Fielder Hybrid synergy.
Mike Fu (1 month ago)
147k on my Camry Hybrid, JUST did the brakes and spark plugs for the first time ever......that's it......literally. Amazing car, fast, comfortable A++ car.
David Fleming (2 months ago)
Ano Niem (2 months ago)
I like to testify the following: I bought a Prius at, by then, an age of 4 years and 84.000 km. It had been "sitting" for two years. That did hurt the auxiliary battery, but not the main (high voltage) battery. After another 6 years of use, and now 255.000 km on the counter, the main battery still has it full capacity. The Prius is not complex, on the contrary, it is less complex that an conventional car with an automatic gear-box. Only the algorithm of the Prius computer is complex!
Nathaniel Cunningham (2 months ago)
Can a hybrid car run on gasoline if the battery is dead
John Woyte (1 month ago)
No it cannot, our Highlander Hybrid battery went bad and car will shut down to prevent dangerous condition of overheating of battery.
mzischkau (1 month ago)
SaxmanJones (2 months ago)
Nathaniel Cunningham The Camry can. But I don't believe the Prius can.
Jay Potter (4 months ago)
Bought my 2004 prius at 83k in 2010. I am the 4th owner. Now have 174k. This video is accurate. I have not replaced the brakes since Ive owned it and according to the records of the previous owners, neither did they. I only have to do oil and filter changes every 5k. Changed the plugs at 120k and replaced inverter coolant pump at 165k (cost $550). I am an engineer and keep meticulous records on the cars I've owned (about 14 in my life). This is by far the least expensive car to maintain as well as the one with the best gas mileage. Oh I forgot, the hybrid battery is the original and it still charges to the "green" . I fully expect the battery to outlive the car. I drive the car every day with a combination of city driving and interstate. And another thing, I bought it for 10k. Even if it dies tomorrow, I've got my money out of it.
Troy Tanw (6 days ago)
Jay Potter How many miles to change timing belt on prius?
red7fifty (7 months ago)
I won't buy a hybrid.....I log 6000 miles a year...so the cost of gas isn't bad........(Plants need CO2, so take that too).......my SUV is now 16 years old........my cost of ownership is WAY less than ANY Hybrid. The only time a Hybrid makes sense, is the specific yuppie that drives 50K miles a year, and replaces cars every 3~5 years.
Mike Fu (1 month ago)
another clueless fool, trying to falsely "justify" their SUV, lol........and I'm a v8 guy too!!! But I would NEVER sit there and say "oh my suv is better!".....you're fucking straight up DELLUSIONAL!!! Period....
Idiot Test (2 months ago)
You may not buy a hybrid for my car only cost less than 20 bucks to fill up what is yours cost
romansten9 (6 months ago)
red7fifty My hybrid is WAY cheaper to own than any of my vehicles, ESPECIALLY my SUV and my Pickup. I'm not a tree hugger or environmentalist. I'm a redneck that loves oil, coal, diesels and guns. I just wanted to learn about hybrids so I bought one. My bumper sticker is going to say "saving fuel to buy more guns."
Rey Orara (1 year ago)
today is april 28,2017 I have a opportunity to purchase a 2007 prius with 67K Miles for $7K. The car is beautiful inside out and grandma driven. My worries are the battery( worth have the cost of the vehicle and the car has no Bluetooth. ) Thought and comments are appreciated.
romansten9 (4 months ago)
ruskodisco The price of a new car is huge and you lose a LOT of money by driving it off the car lot. A used hybrid will pay for itself in gas mileage. Yes, technology gets better, but new hybrids dont have any special magic. They get slightly better MPG, but not anywhere near enough to offset the huge sticker price. There is no reason to think you need a new car because technology changes. There is nothing obsolete about a 10 year old car. Its not like a computer that needs newer hardware to run upgraded software or something.
Will Spoon (4 months ago)
where are you finding your cars at .... the online prices seem rediculous .... then again I live in the north dakota .... not too many priuses up here for those prices
robroscob (5 months ago)
no bluetooth to connect cell phone? check again...You can also get an adapter that fits the aux in the centre console to play music too or simply plug in an mps player.
romansten9 (6 months ago)
Rey Orara I bought a 2007 with 73,000 miles. got it for $5500.. I dont know that I'd pay much more than that.
romansten9 (6 months ago)
sauce Messiah I just changed my 12 volt in my 2007. lasted 10 years
TheObsessedGardener (1 year ago)
So really, the simpler it is, the more complicated it is ;)
Jay Olack (1 year ago)
I expected a when to change xyz on my car instead it's a justification of hybrids. 👎🏼
Marooned (1 year ago)
around $1000 for maintaining , ill buy 2 cars with that money every year ,$250 ok for a year due
Mike Fu (1 year ago)
I would stay away from cars with Low mileage that are more than a 5 years old.....because they've been Sitting....sitting kills ANY CAR....including prius...and their batteries. Higher mileage cars are usually LESS of a gamble, because they've been driven, maintained, batteries get Cycled on a regular basis... and there's likely no Problems with them, that's why the owner Kept driving it!
Dunford00 (2 months ago)
hybrid batteries can sit for about 8 months no start no prob,
romansten9 (6 months ago)
thats what I thought too. but I was wrong. my 2007 Prius has 70,000 miles, and its perfect. batteries are very strong. I just replaced my 12 volt battery. it lasted 10 years
Kev L (1 year ago)
Mike Fu I see what you mean. taxi drivers put well over 300k on these cars and still no battery issues.
Bismark Agyemang (1 year ago)
pls can I disconnect my hybrid battery n still use the car?
SaxmanJones (2 months ago)
Some can. My neighbor's Camry drives even tho the hybrid battery is dead.
Pam Taylor (1 year ago)
Bismark Agyemang Why?
Kev L (1 year ago)
Bismark Agyemang sorry. it won't work that way.
Arjun Pun (1 year ago)
Tracy Ireland (4 years ago)
My experience differs.... My 2007 Camry Hybrid was meticulously maintained according to all recommended procedures and then some.  It ran great up to 102K miles then began having multiple failures. My hybrid battery failed at 102K miles just out of 100K warranty.  No help from Toyota. Price from dealers for repair varied from $5000 - $7000 with 1 year warranty on replacement battery.  Third party repair was ~$3000 with 3 year warranty on replacement battery.  At 120K miles VSC failed.  Dealer explained it could only be fixed by the dealer and wanted $4000 to fix VSC.  Independent mechanic fixed it for 1/2 what the dealer wanted.  My repairs since 100K miles would have exceed the value of the car if repairs were done by Toyota. My cost of ownership for the hybrid has far exceeded Toyota's claims and far more than any other car I have owned including non-hybrid Toyota's.  All of the routine maintenance was higher than all of my previous vehicle due to special fluids, frequency, and complexity of the maintenance.  In many cased the maintenance could only be done by the dealer at much higher costs than independent mechanics. At no time was my Toyota Camry warranted to 10 years as is claimed here.  Low maintenance cost for hybrid is a MYTH!
Killersentra (1 month ago)
Stay away from the dealer
alejandro (2 months ago)
Tracy Ireland this gentleman owns a garage that works on Prius vehicles therefore it is important to him that the public buys more of those. the chances of him getting your business is higher with every vehicle purchased.
romansten9 (6 months ago)
Makis Gkirgkoudis The hybrid batteries almost always outlive the car. Hybrid mechanics will tell you that they saw about 3 hybrid batteries fail in 10 years of working on hybrids. Maybe 1 in 1000 cars or less would have that problem. Even if it happens, you can replace individual battery cells for $40 each. not something to worry about
romansten9 (6 months ago)
sorry that happened, but low maintenance for hybrids is NOT a myth. The rare examples of problems don't outweigh the overall statistics. Every type of vehicle can have a few lemons, but its the average of millions of vehicles that matters.
TheObsessedGardener (1 year ago)
Tracy Ireland I'm sorry this happened to you and therein lies the case for the electric car.
gonz562 (6 years ago)
Thanks for the information... I am in the process of buying one if the car inspection turns out fine.
Matthew Bowley (8 years ago)
Thanks Pat, Great info to ease my mind. just bought a highlander hybrid.
Bat 13B (5 months ago)
Matthew Bowley we are thinking about buying one too. How has yours been?

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