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  1. That could be whats happening.I see a LOT of 'Dodge' Sprinters around our city.If Dodge no longer sells them,i think they will lose a lot of money.If Mercedes-Benz are going to be the only one selling them, perhaps they won't sell well,as some people may have concerns about high Mercedes-Benz service costs.The Sprinter may have a higher selling price if sold through Mercedes-Benz.

    THat's ok.. a lot of them have MB grilles (~$300 mod).

  2. On a conventional engine it seems like firing up repeatedly would be hard on the engine, and what if you're in evasive manoeuvers and need to let off gas, then regain power quickly? I see the point if you have an electric motor that can pop in and out on juice and the engine is just a generator to charge the batteries but somehow it doesn't seem so wise with a regular engine!

    At those speeds, the stop-start wouldn't kick in. If you mean you're coasting to a stop and almost came to a complete stop and had to, for whatever reason, accelerate quickly, the delay won't be that bad. The engine starts once the foot leaves the brake pedal so there are those few milliseconds before your foot hits the accelerator.

  3. I spent about $4500 total on maintenance for my Peugeot 405 for 366,000 km of driving, so yes $9K for a new battery is OUCH!

    He said $4,600 :huh:

    The Prius battery pack is $2,588 U.S.. That's just the pack, including changing it you're closer to the $4,500 mark, which is probably similar to changing an engine, if not a bit cheaper.The oldest Prius's (or however you pluralize that) are in Japan dating back to 1997, early 1998. So far there haven't been a lot of failures as these cars enter their 13th year, though at 13 years most cars are pretty worn out. As some one earlier hinted at, one thing different is batteries tend to wear whether you use them or not. So, while an engine may not be worth rebuilding once it's at 250k-300k, even if it's only a few years old, batteries may be fine after that mileage. This is the taxi cab experience. On the flip side, if you just parked your car for 15 years, the engine would be almost like new, and the batteries would probably be shot even if you didn't drive it much. We have a Camry Hybrid, and I fully expect the battery pack to last the life of the car.Cheers! Dang

    Yeah but I'm wondering if the older packs are more expensive (The Gen 1 and 1.5... the Gen 1 uses D-Cells and the 1.5 uses NiMH).$4,600 seems about right if you factor in labour and taxes. Even more amazing is the fact that it's the original Insight. I was expecting those to have more expensive battery replacement costs than the Prius.

  4. The engine comes on to power the battery. The car works as a series-hybrid in reverse. The engine doesn't power the car (this is for the full hybrids).Our '05 Prius is 5 years old and a new battery is US$2,250.... If I needed one but it's still under warranty.