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Toyota Prius...

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by trickblue, May 23, 2008.

  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    The wife just ordered a Prius as she has to log several hundred miles a week with her job. She now drives an 07 Mountaineer Premier, which although very nice, maxes out at about 21 miles per gallon. Very nice truck but gas prices are killing it's value (and our pocketbook).

    A friend of mine owns a Prius, so we test drove her's as no dealers have them in stock. I was pleasantly surprised at the responsiveness and pep this little car has. Since electric motors have max torque at zero rpms, it just jumps off of the line. I was also shocked at the room in the back seat. Our three kids sat more comfortably in the Prius' back seat than they did the Mountaineer (although we do have a third seat in the Mountaineer).

    Do any of you have a Prius? I wanted to know about potential issues or maximizing it's use.
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    My friend's father has a prius, I sent her an email to find out. I know the fam loves it because they live in the country outside S.A. and have to drive into town quite a bit.

    Hey, didn't your wife used to have the cute little VW jetta or something? It was blue.
  3. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    I don't own one, but for a while, I was wavering between the Honda Fit vs. the Prius. The fit is about 6-9K LESS than the Prius depending on packaging, plus, while the Fit doesnt get as much mileage, it is very decent. Plus, it has more space, magic seats, etc.

    Now, I hear Honda will be coming out with a Hybrid Fit-like car in early 2009, and for sure, I will be jumping all over that, and it will be max 18K (The president says that it won't cost more than 1,900 than current ones).

    Anyway, I've only heard good things about the Prius, so your wifey made a great choice.
  4. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    She had a Mini Cooper, but when we took it in for some maintenance, we found it had been severely wrecked, so we returned it...

    The Honda dealership told us that it was, but the Fit doesn't "fit" our family size...

    Now VW has the TDI engine (Turbo Diesel) that already gets 54 mpg and they drive nicely and have plenty of pep. VW is coming out with a TDI-Hybrid in 2009 or 2010 that will get 70 mpg...
  5. Duane

    Duane Active Member

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    One of our Tech guys at work has had one since they first came out. He's never complained about any problems and I know he has to have close to 100,000 miles on it.
  6. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    Watch Jeff Dunham's video about a blue Prius.

    :grin:
  7. Mavs Man

    Mavs Man All outta bubble gum

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    A rental company gave us a Prius a few years ago while our car was in the shop. I was surprised at how smooth it was and how easily it could get on the highway. It has more power than you would think.
  8. Route 66

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    The Prius has a very roomy backseat. Most wouldn't believe that by looking at the outside but once you sit back there-its nice.
  9. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I heard on TV just a night or two ago there was a 2 month wait.

    Do you have a long wait on the delivery TB?
  10. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    2-3 weeks they say...

    We went with a dealer in Louisiana because the Texas dealers are marking them up from $2000-$5000 over MSRP. What's the point in buying one as $5000 buys a lot of gas...
  11. VietCowboy

    VietCowboy Be Realistic. Demand the Impossible.

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    yeah, but the 2009 Fit is getting a little wider, bigger, and more powerful. I wish the JDM version with the panoramic sky/sun roof was available in NA.

    but definitely you can't go wrong with a Prius...as far as VW vs. Honda, I guess it's me, but I would only ever get a Toyota or Honda, JDM assembled. I don't know too much about German-made cars, are they as reliable as Japan-made?
  12. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    haha oh man Jef-ffa Dun...HAAM is great i love that dude
  13. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Just to follow-up on this...here's her response

  14. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    The negatives are safety. If that car is ever involved in one it will be totally destroyed. But the mileage is very compelling.

    I recently witnessed a higher speed run red light full impact accident between a truck and a camry. The camry front half of car was totally gone and truck went right through it flipped and came to wrest nearly structurally unscathed.
  15. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    When we get our next car, I'm really hoping we can get a Ford Escape hybrid. A friend of ours said one of his friends has one and loves it.
  16. Aikmaniac

    Aikmaniac Well-Known Member

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    Driving defensively takes a whole new meaning with these babies.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Mercury also makes a hybrid SUV...The mariner Hybrid.

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