What is the longterm health of a hybrid battery and engine on 2007 Lexus GS 450h?

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Old 07 Feb 2014, 08:09 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the longterm health of a hybrid battery and engine on 2007 Lexus GS 450h?

I am looking at buying a used 2007 Lexus GS450h, but I am concerned about making the jump to a hybrid? I know the technology is similar to that of a Toyota Prius can I expect any longterm problems?

1. Any horror stories about the battery dying?

2. How many years can I expect to get out of a hybrid car?

3. What is the cost to replace the battery?

4. Any cars you would recommend over the 07' Lexus GS 450h?

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Old 07 Feb 2014, 08:24 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The hybrids, especially the Toyotas, are lasting far longer than anyone thought they would. However, a 7 year old hybrid is a crapshoot. You might very well get another 7 years and 200,000 miles from the car, but the hybrid battery could fail at any time and the cost of replacement would be more than the value of the car. The engine is just a gas engine, and can go a few hundred thousand miles if well maintained. Figure about $500 for a starter over the next few years as well as sthe failure of all sorts of accessory displays and electronics.
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