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Posted by migv1 on May 11, 2007, 2:58 pm
 




Apparently, for most owners, it's not ALL about the money or "breaking
even",
or "cut-off points".  And (I hope) most owners aren't really hoping
for gas to
reach the magical $.50/gal level just to be able to say "I'm really
saving now,
suckers!".

Otherwise, wouldn't the Kia Rio (or the current cheapo champ - the
next Yugo)
be on top of the list?


Posted by DougSlug on May 13, 2007, 7:31 pm
 



Right on.  Every now and then someone at work will say, "I read an article
that says the extra cost of the Prius doesn't make up for what you save on
gas...yatada, yatada, yatada..."  I tell them it depends entirely on what
assumptions you make in the analysis...if you do it right, you can make a
Hummer look like a smart choice.  Cost is quite often "not the only factor"
for regular cars, too...why do people buy a BMW when a Camry or Accord would
serve the same purpose for less money?  The reasons can't be based on price
or reliability; otherwise the Camry/Accord would always win.  Performance,
features and "what the car says about you" all play a major role in that
decision just as it does when someone chooses a Prius over a Corolla (or
whatever).

For me, it had mostly to do with encouraging a car manufacturer to keep
doing what it's doing to try to make a difference.  Being really smart about
design choices and engineering trade-offs deserves a reward (the car's not
too shabby, either).  Lazy American automakers don't deserve our money for
cranking out the same crap every year, making sales based on brainless
patriotism rather than smart, forward-thinking engineering.  I want to think
that they could learn from observing what Toyota is doing (and has succeeded
at), but it's not clear they can (or want to).

 - Doug



Posted by Piper on May 14, 2007, 3:39 am
 

wrote:


Well said!
-
Piper
Be yourself.  Everyone else is taken.

Posted by Piper on May 11, 2007, 3:37 pm
 

wrote:


Hi Shawn,

We paid $1-something for our 2007, fully loaded Prius last September.
No more than we would have paid for any new car and certainly a lot
less than some we could have.  We also got in under the $200 tax
credit the fed gov was offering.  Quite frankly, I love the 3 minutes
it takes to full up the 11 gallon tank and how seldom we have to do
that.  All of our driving is on country roads, very little city and we
are getting an average of 48 mph.  We love it and would do it again.
Not to mention our dealer has free oil changes for life. You have to
shop around to find any deal so don't discount the Prius.
-
Piper
Be yourself.  Everyone else is taken.

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