Estimated cost of a 2006 Toyota Prius Engine replacement
We have found that the Prius engine will last for 200,000 miles and we have seen units runnings after 500,000 miles. But eventually the engine will wear our and you will have to confront the issue of a full replacement.
The first issue is do you want a new engine for about $4,000 or a used engine for about $600. From that point the costs are labor $300 and parts $250.
As you consider your options it is perhaps important to remember that your Prius engine is part of a truly efficient and revolutionary drivetrain. Few others have been able to match the durability and efficiency of the Prius.
The Toyota Prius is dual powered – this means it has a gasoline engine and electric motor that are separate from one another. Each can run on its own. Toyota designed the Prius so that it would utilize electric power (which it stores in the battery) instead of gasoline power whenever possible. Thus, when you’re at low speeds – like pulling out of the driveway, or sitting in heavy traffic – you’ll be running off of the electric motor. Once you start accelerating, this hybrid car in Central Florida requires more energy, so the electric motor alone won’t cut it. During light acceleration, the Prius will utilize both the electric motor and gasoline engine together to sufficiently power your car.
When you accelerate you’ll utilize the gasoline engine. Meanwhile, the battery is working overtime to supply drive power to the electric motor. When you start to brake or slow down, the gasoline engine cuts off to save fuel; since you’re still moving and producing momentum, the electric motor converts it into power to save for later. When you come to a stop, your gasoline engine is still not in use, and you’re running off of electric power alone, and the process starts again with the green light!
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