Are Hybrid Repair Costs Higher than Standard Engine Models?

January 27, 2012

So, you’ve decided that you want to buy a new hybrid car, but you are concerned about hybrid repair costs. One Internet site you look on tells you that just to replace a battery will cost you $3000 and you worry that hybrid auto repair are going to be cost prohibitive for you. Everything about hybrid vehicles and owning one makes sense to you from the outstanding gas mileage to the fact that they are kind on the environment.If we compare some of the top hybrid vehicles to some of the standard vehicles, it might surprise most to find that most of the repairs and routine maintenance costs of the hybrid is comparable to the repair and maintenance of a standard vehicle.

Ford Escape Hybrid Vs Ford Escape Standard

The Ford Escape Hybrid has been in production since 2005. It was one of the first SUV style vehicles that were made into hybrid vehicles. Especially in the beginning it was known to have transmission issues.In early 2009, to replace the transmission on a Ford Escape hybrid, you could find yourself having to spend as much as $4,000 to get a new one.In contrast, for the standard Ford Escape, you should expect to spend around $2,000 for a rebuilt transmission. When it comes to routine maintenance, you should expect to pay between $19.99 and $24.95 for an oil change, regardless to which vehicle, hybrid or standard, you are driving.

Nissan Altima Hybrid Vs Nissan Altima Standard

Another top selling car, the Nissan Altima, has begun to make a hybrid model.One of the parts that have a tendency to wear out and need replacement in the standard Nissan Altima is the clutch.Depending on the year of your standard Nissan Altima, you might expect to pay anywhere from $100 up to over $315, just for the clutch kit.If you need to replace the clutch on your hybrid Nissan Altima, you should expect to pay $254 or more.Although the hybrid vehicles will cost a little bit more to fix, the difference is not a lot.The routine maintenance, such as an oil change is also going to run you the same price, regardless to which car you own.This will be the case for oil changes for any hybrid.

What About the Batteries?

The cost of the batteries that are used to run any of the hybrid vehicles are of great concern to many people that are considering the purchase of a hybrid vehicle.The unfortunate side to this is that it can be costly to replace a hybrid car battery.Some of them may cost as much as $3000 to replace.Before you worry, consider that they have been proven to be a reliable battery and it is not uncommon for them to last the life of the car.Most of the manufacturers offer a generous battery warranty that will last from 8 to 10 years or 80,000 to 100,000 miles, with the battery commonly lasting as long as 150,000 miles or longer. As more hybrids are circulated into the population, used batteries will become another car part that will be available as a used car part.