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Posted by Vic on July 21, 2006, 11:51 am

Hello all,

I wish to thank all of the posters in alt.autos.Toyota prius for some
excellent & entertaining posts I have been viewing for the past week
and a half. I have always thought about a prius as our (wife and I)
next car and in reading the post have moved it up to the top of our
"short list" of cars to go for (the others are the Camry, Honda Civic
and Subaru Forester).

Our present car is a 1991 Toyota Camry Dx and has given us 15
wonderful years of service (now @ 232432 miles). Unfortunately, it's
inspection is at the end of this month and to pass it would require
over $,000+ in repairs to pass. We were hoping to hold on to it for
another couple of years more but it was not to be.

I have started my search for a prius online about a week ago & found a
dealership in New York that is the #1 seller of hybrids but at this
time none are available, not even for a test drive, until about a
month from now. I have cast my net along other dealerships along the
east coast & have found some others who also MAY have some on their
lots, especially with the option configuration I would like (option #4
with security alarm) with our favorite color, blue. I know, rather
insane to seek out a car that may be hundreds, if not at least a
thousand, miles from home.

Did find a local dealership in New Jersey that has 2 Prius's so I will
be going for a test drive today or tomorrow.

Updates will follow!

Posted by richard schumacher on July 21, 2006, 3:17 pm

Unless the thing has dangerous frame damage it's almost always cheaper
to keep a used car running than to buy a new one.  You will probably
have to pay a premium to get a Prius within 10 days.

Posted by Vic on July 22, 2006, 3:18 am

Thanks for your post, Richard

I am sorry that I did not have time to also state in the first post
that in January of this year "Betsy" needed $,000+ in repairs (3 oil
leaks, replacement of high pressure brake line, water pump, timing
belt, assorted hoses, struts, etc.

I really gave a very serious thought to getting a new car then (my
Toyota dealership had a couple of 2005 Prius's available.

 Unfortunately, I could not spend the time & effort to pursue this due
to the fact that my wife had some serious health issues that needed my
up most attention. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of
2005 and was starting up her 2 months of daily radiation treatments at
the end of December of 2005

She also was starting  physical training for her left leg in which
both of the leg bones fractured at the ankle attachment in September
of 2005 due to her many years of taking an anti-epileptic drug who's
side effect is a weakening of bone and the Chemotherapy sessions for
her breast cancer. BTW, she has been given very good prognosis of no
recurrence of cancer and the leg should be, more or less, up to near
100% healed by the end of this year.

So, due to the increasing cost of upkeep for the Camry and the not so
insignificant expenses incurred due to my brave wife's time of need
(and 2 of our 3 cats who passed away around Christmas last year - one
who had bone cancer of the mouth) it was time to cauterize the leaky
wound (The Mobile gas station mechanic said to me in January that
Betsy is good to go for another 2 year of service)

So I do agree that it would be cheaper to keep the 91 Camry, it has
reached the point where I needed transportation that I can re lie on
for myself and my (still healing) wife.

The tale of the Prius test drive will follow in an updated post!

On Fri, 21 Jul 2006 10:17:23 -0500, richard schumacher

Posted by windwatcher on July 28, 2006, 12:06 pm

Vic, you might enquire about a waiver for the emissions.  In some
states, putting 250.00 in to solve the problem with receipts will show
the DMV due diligence.  Don't give up on your old Toyo: they last
forever.  If you really want a Prius you won't regret buying it either.

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 29, 2006, 7:56 am

Unless a person by the online name of Mike Hunt gets a hold of you. He'll
keep harping on you about the replacement cost of the batteries although
he's been told a thousand times not only are his cost figures inaccurate (
he quotes from outdated insurance allowance of approx $500), a whole
battery pack has never been replaced to due age either.

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