Toyota Prius liver transplant, a.k.a. hybrid battery replacement. I was hoping to dodge the bullet, but at 153,000 miles I got the Dread Triangle of Doom indicator, after 8k miles of ownership. I’m rebuilding it with a set of reconditioned cells from Electron Automotive.

It was a tough decision: new Toyota battery or reconditioned/tested cells? But at around $3500 new, versus $1000 reconditioned, in the end I couldn’t see pumping that much into the car at this age (2006) and mileage. I also paid $150 extra to extend the warranty from one year to two, which gets you cells in their next quality/health bracket.

Phase one complete: extraction of the original battery.