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Posted by migv1 on June 11, 2008, 3:45 pm

Update: I guess the satisfaction rubs off on others - We just got a
second one (black), which was the only model my son wanted and richly
deserves for graduating as salutatorian (and getting a boatload of
other awards) in high school.  I originally wanted to get him a used
one, but the prices were ridiculously high (never mind for those w/
carpool stickers) that it made more sense to get one brand new, even
with the dealer markup due to increased demand.

I can still remember some people from the lumbering SUV crowd
snickering "don't feel so smart now, huh?" when gas prices were going
down after I bought mine in '06.  I don't think they'll be doing any
of that any time soon...

And if anybody tells you about the hybrid "premium" and how long it
will take you to "break even", keep this in mind: it's not fair to
look at it that way because other cars are not judged by this
criterion. You don't see a Mercedes buyer thinking about how long he/
she would have to drive the car before getting the same ROI as if he/
she had gotten a Corolla. In the end, it's about what you like and
what works for you, what you think is the best and most
environmentally responsible choice in exchange for your hard earned

Posted by Mr. G on June 11, 2008, 11:14 pm
In article <3799bfa7-658e-4921-8a58-40514186e7a0@
79g2000hsk.googlegroups.com>, migv1 (mvillasin@gmail.com) says...

Very well put!  

When people ask me about the mileage it gets, then start asking about
what I paid, and I can see them trying to do the math, I point out to
them that shouldn't be the only criteria for buying one.  It's about
less pollution, and less use of a dwindling resource.

Of course, that often results in a follow-up question along the lines of
"So you think it's worth the sacrifice?"  I try to explain that there's
no 'sacrifice' involved, though it's obvious that concept is lost on
many people.

Posted by Shawn Hirn on June 15, 2008, 12:19 pm

My best friend is a big audio fan. He has $,000 worth of high end audio
gear in his car, but its starting to show its age so he's thinking of
selling it. He's been a passenger in my Prius many times. Now, my buddy
wants to buy a Prius. Why? Not for the environmental friendliness of the
Prius. Not for the fuel economy. He loves the Prius because its so
quiet. He says he can get better audio sound quality out of it due to
its quiet ride. Go figure!

Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on June 15, 2008, 11:22 pm

He'd better act soon, read up on HR 5734 that I call "Bell the Hybrid
Act." There is a hearing by the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration on Monday, June 23, announcing their two year
collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind to force this
down our throats.

Folks, if you don't write your congress critter about this, our quiet
cars will be just as noisy (and deadly) as the ones that already kill
4,700 pedestrians and cyclists per year.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on June 15, 2008, 2:10 pm

Excellent points, but what I tell people is that, for me back in 2004,
it come down to a choice between a Prius and a Camry. Comparably
equipped, the two were just about the same price.

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