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Old 04-30-2016, 10:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Baltothewolf View Post
Congrats! Getting one with that low miles is good, however... I say this all the time, and I say it again. When it comes time to spend 2,000$ on the traction battery, you are going to regret buying one. All that money you saved in gas is gonna go right out the window. People here contest, but the 'new' batteries only last 3-6 years before giving up.

At 100,000 miles, 40 vs 65 mpg at 3$ a gallon is only going to save you 1500$. So even driving 25k miles a year, you really aren't coming out on top. Even if the battery lasts 6.5-7 years, that's still 15-20k miles a year.
Why replace the battery? When I had a bad battery, I just disconnected the battery, and was set for a week. Couldn't hit 75+ MPG as well, though, stuck in the 60s driving it like a racecar :/


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Old 04-30-2016, 07:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Battery was replaced in 2011.
I should be good for a few years.
I just got home from a 150 mile road trip and got rewarded with a nice 74.4 mpg.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The battery in mine is 6-7 years old, and still provides excellent assist. I can get low-level assist for the better part of 15 minutes, and on a drive last night I used mostly full assist over a 7 mile / 2000ft ascent of a small mountain around here, and it took almost 20 miles of low-level regen to top it back off again.

Don't mind Balto; he bough an Insight with a weak / bad battery, and now complains about hybrid batteries. Heat is what kills them, and I don't think you'll have much of a problem with that in the northwest.

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