Hybrids do not have a traditional starter like non-hybrids. The electric dc motor just spins the engine over to start it. Not a regular starter. Thus that is why we have not heard of starter failures in the Prius.
M3 on the other hand most likely does use a traditional starter since its a non-hybrid.
Picked up via ED 9/27/2011
2011 BMW M3 Sedan Alpine White
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