I was curious about what people will be doing with their hybrid vehicles once the warranty on the battery pack has expired and in need or replacement, or when the electric motor fails? When this happens will the car still function? Will the hybrid just be an average gas consumer? Will not having the battery warranty affect resale value? Most people don't have to worry about this, but what if you have a 2001 Hybrid. The 8 year warranty is approaching, what will you do?
Edit: I think my car might ha-- my computer might have a virus. I did not type that backward. I had to type backward to get it to type normal (the mirrored link to greenhybrid) now keyboard back to normal.
I have seen, on the internet, a number of honda insights where the ICE has been the weakest point, it sorta defies logic, seeing that honda is a very good engine manufacturer, in fact the largest in the world. At any rate, I would think the batteries would go next and then maybe one-day the electric motor. Electric motors have shown to be awesome long-term performers. Usually the brushes wear down to nothing or carbon build-up will stop electrical connections from being made within the motor... both are inexpensive fixes that alternator re builders for places like autozone profit heavily from. I think if honda just made a tiny 4 cylinder that it would outperform the 3 cylinder... I'd bet that the 3 cylinder design tends to be the weak point in their cylinder-deactivated 6 cylinders that they are just starting to come out with.
Maybe when they release the fcx with hydrogen fuel stacks they can lend a version of the system for retrofitting into the insight. I think Honda had extended the warranty on the insight battery packs already, and I wouldn't doubt that to keep the customers happy they would offer them some type of incentive or deal on the new fcx. At least thats what they should do.
Or put the two cars together. The Prius power split device can be modded to make it run in EV only mode beyond 42 mph without damage. This project is "putting a Prius heart into an Insight": http://www.99mpg.com/ProjectCars/evinsight/
There have been some failures of early 2001/2 Prius.
There have been a small number of confirmed transaxle failures where a common factor seems to have been lack of fluid changes. Most of these failures were of the insulation of the larger electric motor-MG2. The rate is still below that of a typical automatic transmission. Though the motor can be replaced, the economics right now make a replacement with new justified.
Battery failures seem to be related to those early batteries that never have had the terminal ends sealed during a special service campaign Toyota had. Corrosion causes uneven charging/heating of the individual modules causing a module or two to fail. Once a failure occurs the whole pack must be changed. The battery failures have not been numerous at all.
Then again you see the high milage early Prius out there; Andrew Grant's taxi cabs, Jesse's 320,000+ mile Prius and many others. And high milage 2004+ seem unaffected by any systemic problems with the hybrid system. Toyota has made changes from the very early models.
2004 Oldsmobile Silhouette "Final 500" Mini-van
Lifetime MPG 21
Best MPG 34.5
2005 Toyota Prius Package 6
Lifetime Prius MPG 54.5
Best Prius MPG 80.1