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  • MrShift@Edmunds 07/06/10 1:10 pm PST

    Here is one person's SOLUTION to the problem. No reason why you can't shop around like this fellow did, but of course keep in mind that the terminals have to be compatible, that is, metric thread, not SAE.

    I'm not endorsing his selection, only presenting you with alternatives that were used by other people to keep the cost down.

    Mostly I think the cost is related to the quality of the battery and its length of warranty, so don't cheap out.

  • ukrkoz 03/31/11 6:59 pm PST

    Because it is a glass packed battery.
    Also, it is not 60% premium, but 400% premium, comparing to regular led acid battery, that sells, for a good quality one, for around $75 in any parts store.
    Also, it is Toyota dealer price.
    Alternative batteries, same or better quality, are sold for $180, which is still a lot, but, at least, not $360.
    Keep in mind, that replacement battery should not be ordered based on cranking power. 12V battery in Hybrids is not starting engine but, basically, maintaining backup power. It should be geared towards high capacity low continuous charge. Instead of cold crank rating.

  • ukrkoz 04/04/11 9:02 pm PST

    also, just found that it has temperature sensor built in, so that computer can control charge rate. that adds up to its cost either.


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