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, year, and warranty needs.

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:

  • CT 200H Hybrid Battery (HV Traction Battery)
  • HS 250H Hybrid Battery (HV Traction Battery)
  • GS 450H Hybrid Battery (HV Traction Battery)

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* +

12-48 Month Warranty

*PRICE MAY VARY BASED ON LEXUS MODEL YEAR & LOCATION

CALL FOR A QUICK QUOTE

Coming SoonNew Lexus Battery


Renewed Lexus HS 250H Battery
+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

$1895.00* +

12-48 Month warranty

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

CALL FOR A QUICK QUOTE

Renewed Lexus GS 450H Battery+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

Renewed Lexus GS 450H Battery
+ Mobile Installation & Warranty

2495.00* +

12-48 Month Warranty

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

CALL FOR A QUICK QUOTE

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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
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
Was able to get my hybrid battery replaced for 1/4th of the dealer estimate and battery is working great. They also went above and beyond solving a safety problem with my back seat that was discovered in the course of replacing the battery.
Shannon O'Dell
14:02 10 Oct 20
Great honest service. I recommend Chad to do any hybrid battery work you may need. We got one day service. His expertise brought my 2007 Toyota Prius to new car performanc. Couldn't be happier. The best warranty I've ever seen in writing.
Betty Blankenship
15:01 17 Mar 18
Hi Chad! I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone. Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
I was calling and and asking for information before I even bought my Hybrid. Chad is great , honest and was very helpful. I really appreciated that he spoke with me even though I had not purchased the Hybrid Truck Yet.
David Hazen
17:46 09 Jan 19
Joe Shaw
21:24 24 Nov 19
Was quick! Delivery and installation in my drive way was more than i thought could be done. Very helpful indeed. Would of been 5 stars but one of my seat bolts needed rechased, the tool needed to do it was forgotten (not an event expected) as a result I now have to drive into Indianapolis to there shop to get it done.#thus4outof5
Tom Derrickson
11:57 09 Jan 19
Was quick! Delivery and installation in my drive way was more than i thought could be done. Very helpful indeed. Would of been 5 stars but one of my seat bolts needed rechased, the tool needed to do it was forgotten (not an event expected) as a result I now have to drive into Indianapolis to there shop to get it done.#thus4outof5
Tom Derrickson
11:57 09 Jan 19
Motorcells responded quickly to my call. I was very pleased with the price and how quickly my battery was replaced. Highly recommend.
Mendy McClain
10:49 19 May 20
Hi Chad! I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone. Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
Great and friendly service! Also quick on changing out the battery! Thank you Chad!
Norman Kelly
23:08 30 May 20
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
Hi Chad!I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone.Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
Fantastic service... On time, very quick repair at a reasonable price with warranty (hopefully will never have to use it). Will recommend to other hybrid owners.
Bradley Sneed
18:47 01 Aug 20
This shop was able to diagnose a problem that Toyota’s shop was unable to. That itself says a lot.... I’m glad to say that my Prius has been running fine since he came over to check out the hybrid battery and diagnose the problem.
Colly Baird
19:15 21 Oct 17
Motorcells responded quickly to my call. I was very pleased with the price and how quickly my battery was replaced. Highly recommend.
Mendy McClain
10:49 19 May 20
Was able to get my hybrid battery replaced for 1/4th of the dealer estimate and battery is working great. They also went above and beyond solving a safety problem with my back seat that was discovered in the course of replacing the battery.
Shannon O'Dell
14:02 10 Oct 20
The battery light came on in my 2011 Honda CR-Z so I picked up the phone and gave them a call. Chad was very kind in helping me find a path to get my car fixed . He has referred me to get my diagnostics and has offered to continue helping me figure out what the best thing to do for my car in my budget once we have the diagnostic readings.
Angela Wentz
00:54 21 Mar 20
Could not recommend this service more! Had my beloved 2006 Prius' hybrid battery die on me and the dealership wanted almost 3x as much as Motorcells charged. Little did I know I would also get ABOVE AND BEYOND customer service. Chad communicated promptly, explained everything so I didn't feel in the dark, leant me a car while mine was being serviced, and had my Prius running better than ever in an hour. Yes, you're getting a refurbished battery instead of a new, but the warranty is the same; it makes total sense for an older car. Highly recommend!
Maura Broderson
15:59 20 Oct 20
Motorcells replaced the hybrid battery in my Prius about seven weeks ago and it’s running great. The service is super convenient. They came to me and it took less than an hour.
Michael Barnard
04:18 27 Oct 20
Could not recommend this service more! Had my beloved 2006 Prius' hybrid battery die on me and the dealership wanted almost 3x as much as Motorcells charged. Little did I know I would also get ABOVE AND BEYOND customer service. Chad communicated promptly, explained everything so I didn't feel in the dark, leant me a car while mine was being serviced, and had my Prius running better than ever in an hour. Yes, you're getting a refurbished battery instead of a new, but the warranty is the same; it makes total sense for an older car. Highly recommend!
Maura Broderson
15:59 20 Oct 20
The dashboard of my wife's 2007 (with 185K miles) lit up with all of the classic signs of "hybrid battery failure." I got a sticker shock when I asked the Toyota dealer the price for a new battery. Then I called and spoke to Chad who was great. He explained the process that he uses to replace any bad cells then recondition the battery. He provided mobile service, picking up the battery the day after I called, returning to his shop, and returning to my home the following day to reinstall my refurbished battery. He also did a road test.Now my wife's Prius is happy again. Also the Engine Display page frequently shows a green, fully charged hybrid battery. I am still on the first tank of gas following the battery repair, but I am also seeing significant improvement in the MPG.Thanks, Chad!
Don Gutt
21:50 05 Aug 20
Philip Rowe
17:23 16 Oct 20
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
When Toyota wanted 3700 for a battery replacement I had to look elsewhere. Chad was able to come to my house, install the new battery same day and under 1000 dollars. All the dash lights have been reset and the car runs like new even with 200k miles on it.
Chris Straw
19:31 26 Mar 20
Melissa Rogers
22:57 30 Aug 19
Nova_RL
17:39 04 Nov 18
Motorcells replaced the hybrid battery in my Prius about seven weeks ago and it’s running great. The service is super convenient. They came to me and it took less than an hour.
Michael Barnard
04:18 27 Oct 20
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
After a diagnosis at the Toyota dealership of failed hybrid battery on my 2007 Prius with 140K miles and an estimate of $4500 to replace , I took a week to research options. Found Chad at Hybrid & EV Battery Repair, an Indianapolis area local shop that repaired my hybrid in 24 hours at a huge cost savings of several thousand dollars over replacing with a new battery from Toyota. With an 18 month warranty and GREAT customer service, I am very pleased and recommend CC Motors highly.
Emily Mattler
19:28 21 May 18
Chad did very professional job and very kind person. He did the diagnosis before and after the replacement and also came for test drive after the fix. Great price and quick replacement .great customer service. He is very genuine, honest and friendly. Will define Ltd recommend to friends.
Krishna .
00:39 29 May 20
Fantastic service... On time, very quick repair at a reasonable price with warranty (hopefully will never have to use it). Will recommend to other hybrid owners.
Bradley Sneed
18:47 01 Aug 20
Great and friendly service! Also quick on changing out the battery! Thank you Chad!
Norman Kelly
23:08 30 May 20
Chad did very professional job and very kind person. He did the diagnosis before and after the replacement and also came for test drive after the fix. Great price and quick replacement .great customer service. He is very genuine, honest and friendly. Will define Ltd recommend to friends.
Krishna
00:39 29 May 20
I owe these guys my complete gratitude. Very responsive and great customer service. They even drove two hours to replace my hybrid battery. Not to mention the great warranty they offered me, as well as saving me from the ridiculous price Toyota quoted me. I will be seeing them again if I have any issues, but hopefully that won't happen. Thanks!
Robert McGaha
19:32 09 Aug 18
The dashboard of my wife's 2007 (with 185K miles) lit up with all of the classic signs of "hybrid battery failure." I got a sticker shock when I asked the Toyota dealer the price for a new battery. Then I called and spoke to Chad who was great. He explained the process that he uses to replace any bad cells then recondition the battery. He provided mobile service, picking up the battery the day after I called, returning to his shop, and returning to my home the following day to reinstall my refurbished battery. He also did a road test.Now my wife's Prius is happy again. Also the Engine Display page frequently shows a green, fully charged hybrid battery. I am still on the first tank of gas following the battery repair, but I am also seeing significant improvement in the MPG.Thanks, Chad!
Don Gutt
21:50 05 Aug 20
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
When Toyota wanted 3700 for a battery replacement I had to look elsewhere. Chad was able to come to my house, install the new battery same day and under 1000 dollars. All the dash lights have been reset and the car runs like new even with 200k miles on it.
Chris Straw
19:31 26 Mar 20
I was calling and and asking for information before I even bought my Hybrid. Chad is great , honest and was very helpful. I really appreciated that he spoke with me even though I had not purchased the Hybrid Truck Yet.
David Hazen
17:46 09 Jan 19
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
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
I'm very please with the service that was provided. Chad was very knowledgeable about the Hybrid Battery Service. He explained the process and answered all my questions. Highly skilled and very professional, I would recommend this company.
leon collins
04:34 05 Dec 17
The battery light came on in my 2011 Honda CR-Z so I picked up the phone and gave them a call. Chad was very kind in helping me find a path to get my car fixed . He has referred me to get my diagnostics and has offered to continue helping me figure out what the best thing to do for my car in my budget once we have the diagnostic readings.
Angela Wentz
00:54 21 Mar 20

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