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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on June 10, 2006, 10:09 am

Do many of you have another registered vehicle besides the Prius? Is it
worth the extra cost to keep it road worthy?

Posted by Bill on June 10, 2006, 4:55 pm

I wrestled with that question a couple of years ago when I ordered my Prius.
Living on a Minnesota lake, I use my '95 Ford Explorer (4WD) every spring to
launch my pontoon boat and again every fall to trailer the boat to winter
storage.  Sometime this month I'll be pulling a 16' trailer load of trash to
the recycle dump.  Last winter I drove it continuously for a week during a
period when 4WD was necessary to get up my driveway.   It's in excellent
condition with leather, good paint, new tires etc and probably worth
$000.00 to $000.00.  Cost another $00.00/year for insurance and plates.

Doing the math, I found it to be considerably cheaper to keep the Explorer
and buy a Prius than to purchase a Highlander hybrid and sell the Explorer.
Yes, I could beg a neighbor's assistance with the boat but the driveway
problem is more difficult to overcome.

Posted by Jean B. on June 10, 2006, 9:36 pm

mark_digital© wrote:

I still have my Passat but haven't driven it for at least six
months.  I am just waiting for my buyer to sell his car.

I really thought I'd drive both cars, but I ended up thinking
it was just silly to get 16 mpg when I could get over three
times that.  There are things I don't like about the Prius,
but its mileage overcomes those thoughts.  (Ask me again in
the summer, when I'm wishing it wasn't a hatchback and that it
had a roof vent though!)

Jean B.

Posted by Michael Pardee on June 15, 2006, 4:20 am

Sure. Our 1985 Volvo station wagon is a daily driver. Since I do my own
maintenance it takes an average of about a dollar a day in parts to keep it
going, with the 239K mile mark coming up. Insurance is low, registration is
low, depreciation is nil and it gets 20-24 mpg depending on whether I use it
for more than the 3 mile commute. I have used it dozens of times in the last
month for hauling large or heavy loads, including a handful of loads of old
carpet and padding to the dump. Next week I'll pick up about 800 lbs of
paving stones on sale and take several loads of vinyl flooring to the dump.
All told, it has racked up about 4K miles in the last year. Low cost, high
value... the interior is in terrible shape but I just can't let it go. I
love the Prius but need the wagon.


Posted by Davoud on June 22, 2006, 5:01 am

mark_digital© wrote:

Sure. I have no intention of getting rid of my 1992 Mazda Miata
<http://www.davidillig.com/miata.shtml>  /or/ my 2006 Avalon, which
offers supreme comfort on long trips. Just drove the Avalon on a 3,000
mi. round-trip from MD to TX at steady 75 mph speeds and steady 32 mpg
highway -- and that's with seat cooling turned on!

Incidentally, I got my Prius today. You will laugh to see what it
replaced. Hint: 13mpg city. <http://www.davidillig.com/titan.shtml> . I
loved it anyway, but I don't have room for four cars.


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