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  • Published: 10 May 2019
  • Watch This Before Buying a Hybrid Car, DIY and car repair with Scotty Kilmer. Hybrid car review. Worst hybrid car to buy. Buying a new Hybrid car. Buying a used Hybrid car. Should I buy a Hybrid car. Why Hybrid cars are hard to work on. Why not to buy a Hybrid car. The truth about owning a Hybrid car. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   4 months back

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    • Jeff Jo
      Jeff Jo  6 days back

      Cat With Bag on Head: All cars lose mpg in cold weather; especially if you make short trips. While it is true that hybrids lose more, you also probably notice it more: if a 20 mpg guzzler loses 20%, that's only 4 mpg and you might write it off as circumstantial. If a 50 mpg hybrid loses 20%, that's 10 mpg, and you notice it.

    • rondhole
      rondhole  2 months back

      Scotty, Prius is just regular engine but the valve opening is Atkinson Thermodynamic cycle. Camry, and Lexus camry are all Atkinson cycle by adjusting valve opening that difference than regular Otto cycle. So, The SAME engine, different cycle.

    • jonas bernard
      jonas bernard  2 months back

      @Harold Hernandez unless you off road to work and back everyday.
      Or use poor qualitie suspension

    • T Hare
      T Hare  4 months back

      @Hunter Healer Not any better.
      Toyota's been making and improving upon them longer.

    • Hunter Healer
      Hunter Healer  4 months back

      Are honda hybrids any better than toyota?

  • Nico Lafertin
    Nico Lafertin  17 hours back

    Brr hybrids .. 😆 don't know I want a reliable car it seems the new corolla is only hybrid in Belgium

    • G Boucher
      G Boucher  3 days back

      does your customer know your looking at his junk even touching his junk

      • G Boucher
        G Boucher  3 days back

        Heh Scotty does Toyota make condoms I need good ones.......................................frazzled father

        • G Boucher
          G Boucher  3 days back

          when toyota makes a plug in hybrid rav 4 sign me up

          • dris i
            dris i  3 days back

            I hire out Toyota prius to uber drivers in london , some have mileage over 260k miles with no issues and still get 55 plus miles per gallon around town

            • kelley ryan
              kelley ryan  4 days back

              The aftermarket batteries can be better than the oe... And are quite easy to replace... Sometimes I think scotty likes the sound of his voice

              • Fact Checker
                Fact Checker  4 days back

                Excellent info and thought provoking.

                • Jaxx Brat
                  Jaxx Brat  5 days back

                  Extremely high how?

                  • allan hughes
                    allan hughes  6 days back

                    We are nearly at the point of no return I.E. We will not be repairing our own cars shortly and all those thieves out there will be taking us for


                    a very very long ride So all the gas/petrol saved will be spent paying these cheats for repairs unless Scotty keeps going and goes electric !!!!!!!!!!!!


                    but Scotty is a long long ways away from me in the U.K.............................

                    • mofoq
                      mofoq  6 days back

                      I've got a 2012 hybrid camry (the manual seems to indicate it's got two electrical motors in it)
                      aside from a few minor recall repairs, I haven't had anything go wrong mechanically

                      what about changing the oil? is that DIY-able?

                      • 4k tester
                        4k tester  1 weeks back

                        tips buy, A new one!

                        • Mery Love
                          Mery Love  1 weeks back

                          What about a 2016 solara from hyundai?

                          • Rod Croskery
                            Rod Croskery  1 weeks back

                            I haven't driven a Camry hybrid, but my 2014 Lexus es300h claims to have the same power plant, a 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle engine, not the standard Toyota 4 cylinder. It replaces a Lexus es330 with a V6 which has produced a lifetime average of 9.8 litres per 100 km over 235,000 km on regular fuel. Also on regular, the hybrid averages 5.6 over mostly highway driving. Interestingly, published comparisons with the identically-equipped Camry consistently show it with worse fuel mileage than the Lexus hybrid. Could Toyota be penalizing the Camry hybrid to protect the Prius market?

                            • Robert Nazarov
                              Robert Nazarov  1 weeks back

                              Cool hybrid!
                              -said no one

                              The hell with all the hybrid owners hating on Scotty! Lol.

                              • Robert Nazarov
                                Robert Nazarov  5 days back

                                Those sound sick I wasn’t serious though don’t let my text box voice throw you off. Thanks for the awesome list!

                              • Jeff Jo
                                Jeff Jo  6 days back

                                Ferrari SF90 Stradale
                                Aston Martin Valkyrie
                                McLaren Speedtail
                                Mercedes-AMG One
                                Porsche 918 Spyder

                                McLaren P1
                                Lamborghini Sian
                                Ferrari LaFerrari
                                Honda NSX
                                Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid


                                Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you asked for the 10 coolest. This is a British list you can find online; all but one hit 100 km/hr (60 mph) in 3 seconds or less.

                            • dan lavigueur
                              dan lavigueur  1 weeks back

                              Scoty, after listen to you now I am so scare now that I think me and my wife are going to get rid of our 2 prius 2005 with 260,000k because by the sound of what your saying, it looks that we are driving a time bombe machine. we are happy to have survived so far....Dan

                              • dan lavigueur
                                dan lavigueur  1 weeks back

                                Rod Croskery of course Îm kidding, these are the best cars I ever had, prius have their own problems, but compare to other cars, its probably one of the best. I even cancelled my tesla3 order because I think money wise, its brobably a sound choice, and spend money on something else.
                                Enjoy it. Dan

                              • Rod Croskery
                                Rod Croskery  1 weeks back

                                You're kidding, right?

                            • Starlyn T.
                              Starlyn T.  1 weeks back

                              preachhhhhh

                              • dblissmn
                                dblissmn  2 weeks back

                                This is one situation where I wonder if he's out of date. There are some hybrids showing up just $800 more than the non-hybrid, hybrids also showing up that are in their own way quite mechanically simple. Seems like appropriate advice for dealing with older used hybrids though.

                                • Australian Turk
                                  Australian Turk  2 weeks back

                                  Whats your thoughts on the new RAV4 2019 Hybrid ?

                                  • Jeff Forbess
                                    Jeff Forbess  1 weeks back

                                    Australian Turk $800 difference for the hybrid? Pretty sure I can make that up with the 20 mpg difference. I’m thinking about it. If only they had better seats...

                                • Andrew Toombs
                                  Andrew Toombs  2 weeks back

                                  Scotty, I like to meet you.

                                  • Eric R
                                    Eric R  2 weeks back

                                    Got a 2014 Hybrid Toyota Camry. Get 40 mpg combined hwy & city driving. Great car! No issues at all. Enough pickup for me. Very comfortable. Radio controls had some issues, but the latest download from dealership fixed the problem. My friends have Prius and batteries last over 10-15+ yrs with no issues.

                                    • cgasucks
                                      cgasucks  2 weeks back

                                      I'm from Vancouver, Canada and we were the first ones to use hybrids as Taxis (namely Prius) almost 20 years ago. Many of them still have their original batteries till this day.

                                      • Science-is-Truth
                                        Science-is-Truth  3 weeks back

                                        Scotty, I love your videos, what a hoot.
                                        BUT, I have had a Lexus CT 200H for 7 years, with not one problem and an average of 42 MPG.
                                        I am just waiting for the delivery of my FIRST TOYOTA EVER, OK Lexus IS a Toyota, it is a 2019 RAV4 Hybrid.
                                        When you analyze it the Hybrid is only about $900 additional over the NON HYBRID.
                                        WHERE DID YOU GET $6,000 EXTRA.
                                        Stop trying to scare people with HIGH VOLTAGE 200 VOLTS.
                                        In most of the world outside NA the standard AC household supply is 240 VOLTS NOT 120.
                                        Yes millions of homes are using 240 VOLTS AC and the incidence of accidents is no worse than in NA.

                                        • Curtis Ramsey
                                          Curtis Ramsey  3 weeks back

                                          That's the first time I heard you say go buy a brand new car

                                          • Martindyna
                                            Martindyna  3 weeks back

                                            I wouldn't like to try putting my tongue on a 12 Volt car battery; I used to get uncomfortable shocks from 24 V AC sensor wiring on Aircon control systems with my sweaty hands (34 V peak I believe).

                                            • Sagan Android
                                              Sagan Android  3 weeks back

                                              2:07 Wee nus expects us to believe he shadows his cust omers to find out how fast they drive?

                                              • Sagan Android
                                                Sagan Android  3 weeks back

                                                Uses a Camry hybrid to dis all hybrids. BTW, Priuses get better MPG on the highway. And he exaggerated about the electrical precautions. When a Toyota hybrid shuts down, the high voltage traction battery connection is physically disengaged. This is one reason why you still need a 12v conventional car battery to start the Toyota hybrids.I

                                                Classic case of an older guy (like me) being hostile to new tech that makes his old tools and skills in need up updating.

                                                • Guilherme Ferreira
                                                  Guilherme Ferreira  3 weeks back

                                                  Is it worth to buy a 2012 hybrid Lexus?

                                                  • Sagan Android
                                                    Sagan Android  3 weeks back

                                                    My old mecha nic loves his hybrid Lexi s.

                                                • TONY B the TECH TIGER
                                                  TONY B the TECH TIGER  3 weeks back

                                                  Disagree here Scotty, you're starting to come around but I have a phev and even if the battery fails after a year of me owning it and even if it cost $5000 to repair I'm still way ahead look, after a year I've saved $5000+ in gas savings and hey my car is going to run at least another 6 years without needing another battery like it did the first time then I'm still saving $5000 those 6 years and by then the car is old (12 years is old to me lol) and although I've $16,000 for the car, battery and maybe $18k including all maintenance related items, I've saved $35,000 in gas savings and that's being somewhat conservative, and if I get lucky and don't have to replace the battery packs I'm up another five grand, about thing is if the battery packs die in the last year or 2 before I plan to get rid of it anyway I can put in cheap packs and trade it off asap. And that's before I have my loan shark apr lowered to a much better rate then I'll be up over $12k per year, yeah I'll give basically what I paid for my car up year after year not.

                                                  • Dawna G
                                                    Dawna G  3 weeks back

                                                    great information Scotty! thank you so much. will not be buying a hybrid as I do a lot of highway driving.

                                                    • Melat Tsegaye
                                                      Melat Tsegaye  4 weeks back

                                                      Is replacing an engine on 09 hybrid camry the same as regular camry? and is it advisable or should i cut my losses at 15K miles?

                                                      • Hector Heath
                                                        Hector Heath  4 weeks back

                                                        Don't stick both the wires from a 12v battery onto your tongue, it'll blow your head off..I know, I did it.

                                                        • Daro Darius
                                                          Daro Darius  4 weeks back

                                                          Say, many watch Scotty for his eccentric nature and they might even find his nature being entertaining. And there are those of us who watch his introductions often times twice, because this education on cars does not come around for free!

                                                          • Alvaro Gil
                                                            Alvaro Gil  4 weeks back

                                                            I like you, but you have to get with the times man. 4th gen Prius will get 60+ mpg easy regardless of the window sticker. Toyota hybrids are super reliable I would not scare anyone out of buying one. Batteries rarely fail (150k+). If they do you can replace them yourself, it's silly easy. Used or reman battery options make it affordable.

                                                            • Desmond Bagley
                                                              Desmond Bagley  1 months back

                                                              ......
                                                              pag oil,, get rid of it,, get rid of r134a refrigerant that requires this carcinogenic lubricant . The homebuilt hybrid car conversions seemed so much more straightforward.

                                                              • KastleArtwork
                                                                KastleArtwork  1 months back

                                                                To sum it up, if you need repairs take it to the dealer.

                                                                • Richard Johnson
                                                                  Richard Johnson  1 months back

                                                                  I’ll be licking the 12 volt battery 🔋 soon.

                                                                  • Ulavan
                                                                    Ulavan  1 months back

                                                                    It all depends on how you maintain the car. Scotty says it is not a good idea to buy a used Hybrid car, since you don't know what are all they did in that car before you purchase. I have seen a prius with 30 MPG as I see the battery is dead since multiple people used the car and she is abused, I don't buy coz I know that. Good maintained car doesn't hold for long time in the market for sales. So the best bet is to buy a new one if you need hybrid.

                                                                    • Linda Golden
                                                                      Linda Golden  1 months back

                                                                      Sure do appreciate the informative vids as I’m in the market for a used 🚙

                                                                      • kayla & Olivia sister
                                                                        kayla & Olivia sister  1 months back

                                                                        Mr. Scott what abouts new rav 4 hybrid?

                                                                        • Dan Cagle
                                                                          Dan Cagle  1 months back

                                                                          I like this video. I am interested in battery cars.

                                                                          • DAN D
                                                                            DAN D  1 months back

                                                                            One more amazing thing about my old Prius is it never gets stuck in the snow.

                                                                            • DAN D
                                                                              DAN D  1 months back

                                                                              And yes it gets 5L/100kms every tank. Love this car

                                                                              • DAN D
                                                                                DAN D  1 months back

                                                                                I bought a 2004 Prius with 270000 kms on it and I drove it up to 368000 kms so far. I put a tie rod end and brakes. That’s it so far. Toyota even honoured two recalls that could have cost me $2,000 Scotty is right about Toyota

                                                                                • AERosella
                                                                                  AERosella  1 months back

                                                                                  I have a 2011 Prius purchased it new. It now has 133,000 miles and drives great. The only problems I ever had with the car was the Ac compressor. It was replaced twice and the condenser once by the dealer. Thankfully is was covered under warranty otherwise it would of cost $2000+ each time. Glad I purchased the extended warranty.
                                                                                  I don't think I will purchase a hybrid again. I drive mostly on the highway and for the higher cost of the hybrid and repairs it is hard to justify.

                                                                                  • quest 77051
                                                                                    quest 77051  1 months back

                                                                                    THANKS SO MUCH...you are a credit to humanity.

                                                                                    • Norm Cook
                                                                                      Norm Cook  2 months back

                                                                                      Gas is $5.30 per USG in Vancouver BC Canada. But $6K price differential would still take a long time to recoup costs. We don't have incentives that can help offset expenses.

                                                                                      • Derek Marlowe
                                                                                        Derek Marlowe  2 months back

                                                                                        Hybrids Lexus Rx 400H has considerably more pickup and go than a gas one. My 2007 hybrid only needed a radiator and struts in 150,000 miles and looks and drives like a new one. Scotty is off the mark a bit on this subject.