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A little perspective-My final visit to an ICE car dealership

Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by Al Sherman, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    I'm sitting in the waiting room at the Toyota dealer. It's strange but I really feel as if I don't belong here. The Prius is getting a new 12 volt. 210 dollars for the battery and another 100 bucks to put it in. Ranger service at the house anybody?
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That's expensive. Mine have been ~$200 including installation from the dealer. In the Prius groups I tell people to find another dealer.
     
  3. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    The local auto parts guy quoted 210 without install. My local mechanic said I should take it to Toyota. Never thought about a different dealer. Probably not a bad idea.
     
  4. cwerdna

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    I changed mine myself with Toyota Prius 12 Volt Auxiliary Battery with install kit for 2004 - 11, before there was a direct fit (pencil post) version. This guy was more work since I had to change out the negative cable and positive terminal. It's not THAT tough. As I posted at Optima D51 battery - why elearnaid? Seattle area installers? | PriusChat, it took me about 1.5 hours while parked in front of an auto parts store (so I could either borrow or buy tools, if I needed them).

    The direct fit version (Optima DS46B24R Optima battery direct fit replacement for Prius 2004 + with Instructions) is less work. No need to change terminal or cable.

    If you have a Gen 3 Prius (2010+ model year), it looks like WAY less work than a Gen 2. On Gen 3, there are fewer things in the way that need to be removed.

    $210 w/o install sounds high, see New 12v Battery, Part #28800-21171 | PriusChat (I actually met the OP and he's quite a car DIYer). The price was crazy and later got fixed, see New 12v Battery, Part #28800-21171 | Page 3 | PriusChat.

    If I were going to spent $210, I'd buy the Optima Yellow Top.
     
  5. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Sounds as if I paid too much. Oh well. The new owner will be happy. I'm selling it to a friend for what the trade in would have given me.I caught up on all the recalls too. My friend is happy, and I will not have the trade in/private market hassle. It's a Gen 2 and I would never consider doing it myself. Too many wires.:smile: My local ICE mechanic respectfully opted out.
     
  6. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    Do a group hug with all the people there before you leave to say goodbye:smile:
     
  7. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    LOL. I felt kinda sneaky about not telling them I wouldn't be back. It really WAS a strange feeling of NOT belonging there.
     

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