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How does the Prius hold up? - Page 7

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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on April 21, 2008, 11:07 am
 vfo22@netzero.net (Bill) wrote:

Have you sat in one?  Have you put your friends in one?

It's astoundingly large, actually.

Posted by Bill on April 21, 2008, 11:45 am
Thanks for all the discussion on this. It seems the consensus is

On Mon, 21 Apr 2008 07:07:43 -0400, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

Posted by Chas Gill on April 21, 2008, 1:49 pm

Excellent just about covers it.  I've had mine coming up for 3 years now and
it's been great.  I intend to keep it until one of us drops (and because
it's a Toyota I could well go first!) or until they launch something better.

'Nuff said?


Posted by Earle Jones on June 10, 2008, 11:56 pm
  vfo22@netzero.net (Bill) wrote:

That might account for the fact the the Prius has the highest owner
satisfaction rating of any car on the road.

('05 Prius -- about 63,000 miles -- 49.6 MPG long term.)

Posted by Ike on June 11, 2008, 2:34 am
 I bought my '04 in mid-October '03, the month it was
released to the U.S. market. It had every possible
feature, and once aftermarket leather was added I had
about $8k in it. When CA's HOV stickers were released,
I was first in line - that's a great luxury.

It's now almost five years later. There's a bit less
than 55k miles on the car. Absolutely nothing has
broken. It's garaged at home and at work, so the finish
looks new. The interior also looks new. The engine
compartment looks new. Lifetime mileage is probably 43.

Two months ago, an acquaintance (who drives far more
than I do and really NEEDS those HOV stickers!) offered
$3k. It wasn't for sale, and won't be until those HOV
stickers expire in 2011. But that "crazy" offer sent me
looking at traderonline and Craigslist for my local
area, where I found that $2k is about right!

So I've driven the car for four years eight months and
it's depreciated only 5/28, or less than 18%, of its
original cost (ignoring tax).

The 55k miles burned almost 1300 gallons. At today's $
per gallon, that's $200. My wife's Subaru gets 22mpg,
which would have cost more than $0k in fuel for the
same period (at today's prices). In that sense, my fuel
savings is paying for depreciation.

The car is statistically the most reliable on the road.
But if a problem arises there is still 45k miles on the
overall warranty, and 95k miles on the hybrid system

SO... satisfaction? Emphatically, yes!


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