Re: The inverter saga continues
- I do not think it makes economic sense to spend $9K to repair a 2002
Prius. Check kbb.com to determine the dealer trade-in value and
private party value for your car.
If you can't identify an aftermarket alternative that would be
substantially cheaper, then it might make sense for you to walk away
from that vehicle.
--- In email@example.com, "purpleasdhope"
> The dealership replaced the inverter in my 02 Prius. The car would
> then start but would not move. The shorted out inverter shorted
> the transmission which is apparently all electronic. That repair
> will be 5K more. I am concerned that there are other systems that
> are now damaged.
> > On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 8:58 PM, purpleasdhope <purpleasdhope@>
> > wrote:
> > > I am looking for information on inverters.
> > >
> > > The dealer is telling me I need to replace the inverter (4K).
- That would have been my thought as well. When our 2001 Prius (still
with original 12 volt battery) was in for some body work after a
careless person backed into it, I insisted that the body shop disconnect
the aux battery to prevent it from being drained due to a front door
being open for a long period while the fender was being replaced.
I explained to them why and also added that if the battery was dead when
we got it back, I would be insisting on them replacing it at their
cost. Must have worked.
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However, it is possible that your 12v battery was fine and not needing
replacement prior to your repair. During the repairs, they may have
left a door open or some other 12v circuit on draining power from the
12v battery while the car was off, or your car was just laid up
undriven for a large number of days (alarm and such draining battery).
The 12v battery should have been put on a battery tender/minder while
laid up for repairs.
But you have no way to prove that it was the fault of the repair shop,
and since it is about time to replace the 12v battery anyways you may
be stuck with the bill.