The Motorcells™ Guide to Lexus Hybrid Batteries

UPDATED OCT 20, 2020

Do you own a 10-12 year old Lexus hybrid? Did several of your dashboard indicator lights just come on? Ugh. Well, we knew this was coming. The Lexus hybrid battery typically fails after 10-12 years (specifically, the large high voltage traction battery). The individual battery cells begin losing their ability to hold a charge – and one by one they drop below the required voltage to operate properly. So what are your options and how should you think about this problem?

Lexus hybrid battery dashboard indicator lights - P0A80 error code
Lexus hybrids have High Voltage (HV) batteries that are made up of multiple individual cells that can be repaired or replaced when you get the P0A80 code
Lexus Hybrid High Voltage (HV) batteries are made up of 28+ individual battery cells that be renewed or replaced to extend the life of a battery.

The Problem with Lexus Hybrids

Lexus makes amazing cars that last a very long time. Not only that, a renewed (refurbished) high voltage hybrid battery is likely all you need to drastically extend the life of your CT 200H, HS 250H, GS 450H, etc.

And that’s great news! Because a 10-12 year old Lexus hybrid is still very valuable – usually, $10,000+. As a result, you don’t want to get rid of your car when the only thing it needs is a new battery. BUT, there’s a catch…

Did Lexus just quote you $6,000, $7,000, $8,000+ to replace the hybrid battery?

That’s. A. Bummer.

The issue with Lexus hybrid batteries, just like other Toyota hybrid batteries (Prius, Camry, etc.), is that the cost to replace the hybrid battery often comes close to the value of your vehicle.

And now you’re starting to question whether or not that better gas mileage was worth it.

The Problem with Hybrid Battery Diagnostics (P0A80 Code)

Not all diagnostics are the same – they vary from mechanic to mechanic. First, the dreaded P0A80 code is a generic hybrid battery code that requires further diagnosis. For example, what is causing the hybrid battery to fail? Is it actually the hybrid battery? Usually, yes it is; however, sometimes it can be another underlying issue causing that battery to fail – so if you replace your “bad HV battery,” you’re going to end up with the same problem. It’s very important to rule out underlying issues before deciding to the replace the battery, otherwise a battery replacement could end up being a total waste of money.

Also, even if you do need a new Lexus HV battery after , it does not mean that the best option for your vehicle is to actually replace the hybrid battery. We think it’s important to take into consideration the whole health of the vehicle, it’s current value, and it’s realistic expected lifespan when deciding whether or not you want to invest over a thousand dollars to get it repaired. Otherwise, any hybrid battery repair could – again – end up being a total waste of money. We consistently give honest assessments of the vehicle, the value of the car, and whether or not it’s worth spending money on a repair.

While most dealerships are honest, they also buy and sell cars – and this is a potential conflict of interest. Lexus dealerships tend to undervalue your hybrid when it has a P0A80 code – and it’s a great way to force you to trade it in. It’s much better to sell or trade-in your Lexus with a good hybrid battery and no P0A80 codes. We recommend that you get a second opinion to avoid any scare tactics (and costly mistakes).

a Motorcells mechanic performs a hybrid battery diagnostic on a Lexus hybrid vehicle - the dreaded P0A80 code
The Motorcells™ diagnostic for Lexus hybrids checks for underlying issues that could prevent a successful vehicle renewal, saving you thousands of dollars.

The Motorcells™ Solution

Motorcells™ professionally diagnoses your Lexus from a whole vehicle health perspective, and we can renew (refurbish) your used Lexus hybrid battery extending its life and saving you money. After a mobile installation at your vehicle’s location, we’ll get you back on the road with a straightforward, no-BS warranty – without the hidden fees (we just charge for travel).

We are happy to give you free, over-the-phone advice on your particular Lexus make, model, & year. Please don’t hesitate to call us for a second opinion on your Lexus after an initial diagnosis.

You can also call or send us a note to get an exact quote based on your make, model, and year.

Call now to chat directly with a technician – if you have ODBII codes, please have them handy for an over-the-phone diagnosis. We can diagnose the P0A80 code as well as many others.

We currently renew hybrid batteries (HV) for the following Lexus models:

If you don’t see your make & model, please feel free to call and ask if we’re able to service your Lexus hybrid’s make/model/year. We update our services on a regular basis.

Motorcells™ is located in Indianapolis, IN and our mobile hybrid battery diagnostic & renewal service covers greater Indiana, including Champaign, IL, Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Dayton, OH.

WE CURRENTLY SERVICE THESE LEXUS HYBRIDS:

Renewed Lexus Battery+ Mobile Installation & Warranty


Renewed Lexus CT 200H Battery
+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

$1195.00* +

12-MONTH Warranty

*PRICE MAY VARY BASED ON LEXUS MODEL YEAR & LOCATION

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Coming SoonNew Lexus Battery


Renewed Lexus HS 250H Battery
+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

$1895.00* +

12-MONTH warranty

*PRICE MAY VARY BASED ON YOUR Lexus MODEL YEAR & LOCATION

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Renewed Lexus GS 450H Battery+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

Renewed Lexus GS 450H Battery
+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

2495.00* +

12-MONTH Warranty

*Price MAY VARY BASED ON YOUR LEXUS MODEL YEAR & LOCATION

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Fast friendly service. Affordable pricing! The Prius is so much happier with the refurbished battery. We highly recommend this company.
Brad Clark
13:29 14 Jun 23
Chad was phenomenal! Would recommend 100x over. Friendly, easy to work with and did an awesome job with my Prius. Went above and beyond. First person I completely trust with my car! Can’t say enough good things
Alexandra Serpe
20:49 15 Jun 20
They came to the car and got the battery and came back and installed a new hybrid battery! Great prices and great people!
Mallory Toon
13:38 21 May 21
Motorcells replaced the hybrid battery pack on-site at my home in June 2022, for our 2004 Prius (175k miles, original owner, original hybrid battery). I thought I'd post my review after having a chance to experience long-term performance under extremes of heat and cold, as both were problems prior to the replacement. The service technician was on-time, courteous, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. The replacement pack has worked without issue, and I've seen no faults or unusual readings in individual cells (using the "Dr. Prius" app). Our son drives the vehicle daily and it sits outside. We appreciate Motorcells bringing new life to our aging Prius!
Christopher Lehmann
20:47 15 Jan 23
My wife and I made two trips to visit with Chad and Tim before the purchase of our vehicle. Both gentlemen were genuine, honest and a pleasure to get to know. There were no high pressure sales tactics, or incessant sales phone calls, which unfortunately we had to deal with some other dealers. It's been about a month since the purchase of my car and I love it.
Michael RoBards
20:23 24 Jun 19
Joe Shaw
21:24 24 Nov 19
emma M
14:00 14 Mar 21
Chat Donnell diagnosed and replaced the faulty hybrid battery of my 2005 Prius with a refurbished battery very quickly and with high quality. He explained all details of the process which was very interesting and helpful. Highly recommended! You save a lot of money as opposed to letting Toyota replace the battery with a new one.
Dirk Tomandl
01:52 26 Mar 21
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Aric DeGroot
14:26 30 Jul 21
They are excellent! They refurbished the battery for the cost advertised on the website and that I also verified over the phone once the car was there. I was given and 3 year warranty in writing too. I work in the auto repair industry and this was high quality work with high quality customer service.
Robynn Wilson
12:07 16 Dec 23
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Greg Loeser
10:11 23 Feb 22
Needed a Prius battery repair / replacement. Found these guys through a satisfied customer. Engaged with the owner, got my questions answered, and got a brand new battery installed AT MY HOUSE in all of 3 days! We're back in business and my son will have a car to drive! Thanks Motorcells!
Jason Burk
19:17 23 Aug 23
Chad did a good job and saved us a lot of money. Our Prius is running great after he repaired the battery.
Lynette Quinn
15:26 21 Oct 17
I am so impressed with their knowledge & customer service! They drove to my house to grab my hybrid battery and brought it back and installed it! Went out of their way to give me informed answers regarding my car and even drove around with me to make sure everything is working! Hands down recommend Motorcells!
Crystal Burger
23:06 19 Oct 21
Chad and his services are trustworthy and transparent. He takes the time to list out options, prices, and important, detailed information of the whole battery process. He educates you and makes certain that you understand everything and answers all questions before proceeding. Even most important, he takes the additional time out of his busy schedule to build a relationship and connect. I appreciate the fast but quality worth work... not to mention the grand or two he saved my bank account from 🙂
DCMA beyond
14:01 19 Mar 18
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Mike Reynolds.
21:45 07 Jun 23
Philip Rowe
17:23 16 Oct 20
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Steven Briggs
23:05 07 Jul 21
Chad and Tim were great to work with. Simple and easy to schedule and get the work done and both had a ton of knowledge and information to share. I highly recommend Motorcells.
Aric DeGroot
14:26 30 Jul 21
Chad is AWESOME! I highly recommend him and Motorcell for all your hybrid and battery needs. OUTSTANDING service!
Brandon Cooper
21:20 15 Feb 22

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