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2006 Prius

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Posted by cybercat on February 21, 2007, 9:41 pm

It's time for a newer car, and I like to buy them a year old to save money.
(With mileage as low as possible and checked out by a trusted mechanic, of

I think I want a Prius--I love the idea of 60 mpg, and I like the size of
the car. I drove a 2007 last weekend, just a test drive, and I liked the way
it handled.

Anybody have a 2006 and want to tell me about it? If there is anything to

How is routine maintenance different for a hybrid car?

And whatever other stuff you think is important. TIA.

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Posted by mrv@kluge.net on February 21, 2007, 10:10 pm

Not much different.  In the US, oil/filter changes and tire rotations
at 6 month/5000 mile intervals.  If you're inclined, you could even

You can view the scheduled maintenance guide at:

If you're interested in the US Federal income tax credit, be aware
that it is only applicable to new (not used) purchased (not leased)

I will warn you that the Prius holds its value very well in the US, so
you may not find the discount that you are looking for...  Some
dealers are starting to see Prius on their lots (whereas it once was a
waiting list), so I've heard of some people even managing to buy new
at invoice prices lately.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on February 21, 2007, 10:14 pm

That 60 MPG is the EPA mileage for city traffic.  You'll more likely get
somewhere between 43 and 55 MPG (probably closer to 48 to 51).

It's not.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Steven Douglass on February 24, 2007, 2:23 pm

I generally get 55 mpg going into and out of Boston.  I get more if I am
traveling West to East since it is generally downhill and less than 55 if I
am going East to West .

Posted by Steven Douglass on February 24, 2007, 2:11 pm

Primarily, the book says that it is necessary to change the oil and rotate
the tires. A four wheel alignment might be a good idea when you buy it

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