Q: Prius is entering its second decade -- what to watch out for?

asked by on

I've had my 2006 Prius for over 10 years now and (touch wood) it's been very reliable. Now that it's entering it's second decade of life, what should I watch out for? I've heard many people mention the battery. Would be great to understand more about that. Anything else to keep an eye on? Many thanks, Jim.

My car has 95000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The battery is a lithium battery just like the rechargeable batteries you buy except better quality. The warranty on the battery is 8 year 80,000 mile warranty on most years of the Prius. The replacement battery may be coming down a little in price but still can be anywhere from 2 to 3 thousand dollars to replace it when it goes bad. Most of the time the battery will get weaker and weaker and you will notice this as a loss of fuel mileage over time. Other than that, stay on your scheduled maintenance, and consider YourMechanic if you come across any issues with your Prius along the way.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Prius is entering its second decade -- what to watch out for?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car sounds rough...replaced clutch with no luck. Magically fixed today, but airbag sensor is on

You may have a clutch release bearing that is going bad. I have seen the bearing be noisy one day and gone the next. The clutch and release bearing should be replaced as long as the transmission is being removed....

Q: Replacing button lights dashboard

Hello. The bulbs cannot usually be replaced individually. In order to fix this problem, the entire control unit will have to be replaced. This does require that the dashboard be removed in order to replace the climate control. A certified...

Q: Car will only start after being jumped - 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

If this is a fuel issue, it's likely the check-valve in the fuel pressure regulator not holding pressure during shutdown. This valve keeps a low pressure in the fuel injection system for faster starts. If faulty, the fuel pump has...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.