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Posted by Michelle Steiner on June 15, 2008, 3:23 pm
 mikePOST@TOGROUPmacconsult.com (Mike Rosenberg) wrote:

In my case, the choice was keeping an Acura TL or buying a Prius.

Right now, at $.00 a gallon (which actually is low), and driving 12,000
miles a year, using actual mileage for my cars:

Acura:  25 MPG means 480 gallons at $.20 a gallon (premium) is $,016 a
year for gas.

Prius:  48 MPG means 250 gallons at $.00 a gallon is $,000 a year for

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Shawn Hirn on June 15, 2008, 12:13 pm

When I was shopping for a Prius back in January, online prices were all
around $3K for a brand new 2008 with package #2. My dad views car
shopping as a hobby, while I view it as less enjoyable than root canal
(I have done both). So I sent my dad over to his local Toyota dealer and
I told him about the online prices I was seeing and I asked him to see
if he could do better. Thanks to my dad, I ended up with a brand new
Prius for $2K + tax and miscellaneous fees. I considered a used Pruis,
but a 2006 with 25K miles on it was only $00 cheaper at the dealer near
me, so I went with a brand new car.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on April 21, 2008, 3:17 pm

An acquaintance of mine is thinking about buying a car, and I suggested
she get a Prius, of course.  She was concerned about fitting into it
(she's trying to become a contestant on "The Biggest Loser" TV show), so
I let her sit in the driver's seat of mine.  She said that it was quite

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by migv1 on April 21, 2008, 5:39 pm
 On Apr 20, 6:21 pm, vf...@netzero.net (Bill) wrote:

Mine is from Feb. '06 and still works almost exactly as it did the day
I drove it off the lot.  The only signs of age at this point are some
squeaks and rattles when hitting bumps and potholes, but I usually
have the radio on so these are mostly unnoticeable.  I haven't been
back to the dealer in 25K+ miles (do my own oil changes and tire
rotations, nothing fancy - just good ole Castrol 5W-30), although I'll
probably come in at 30K just to have it checked out.  I'm in Southern
Cal., and I drive it like any other car (no babying, opening it up to
85 mph plus on the freeway when it flows that fast and not getting in
anybody's way), getting 45.8 mpg lifetime so far.

Posted by earle on April 21, 2008, 7:18 pm
 On Apr 20, 6:21pm, vf...@netzero.net (Bill) wrote:

Hi!  My '05 now has almost 60,000 miles on it.  I have had no problems
-- I change the oil and rotate tires, etc. every 5,000 miles.  I put
on new tires (Michelin Harmony -- 80,000 mile guarantee) at about
35,000 miles.  My long-term average gas mileage is 49.62 --- that is a
very accurate number.  I keep a spread sheet with every mile driven
and every gallon that goes in the tank.  That is 59,804.5 miles and
1,205.264 gallons.

There were two recalls -- one was a glitch in the steering column,
which was fixed.  The other was a software re-burn of the EPROM.  No
charge for either.

I have driven this car from San Francisco to L. A. about fifteen or
twenty times.  Also San Francisco to Breckenridge CO (over Monitor
Pass at about 11,000 feet.  Many trips to the Sierra (Donner Pass at
7,200 feet and Tioga Pass at 10,000 feet.)  No problems.

I have not driven it in very much snow and ice.  The ground clearance
is pretty small.  Some Minnesota owners have complained.

Size:  For two people and a lot of luggage -- no problems.  The
hatchback design and folding rear seats give a *lot* of room in the
back.  For four people and a little luggage -- no problems.

I'm very happy with this car -- it's very reliable and fun  to drive.

Good luck!


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