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Posted by Michael Pardee on January 5, 2007, 1:45 am


I used the stock figures in the calculator, but as a hard-core DIYer I pay
the cost of parts. For our two 2002 Prius cars, with 170K miles between
them, that is just tires and one windshield apiece. Plus oil, filters,
coolant... of course. At 105K miles my Prius has more than half the front
pads left. One of these days I ought to actually measure them. Disclaimer: I
bought mine at 103K miles a couple months ago; I'm going by the service


Posted by Dick Byrd on January 5, 2007, 2:08 am

You compared the Prius to a Ford Escape.  Try the comparison to a Toyota
Corolla, which only costs about $4,000 and it gets 38 mpg on the highway.
In this comparison it takes many years and miles to justify the Prius.

  BTW:  I have a new 2006 Prius and I love it.



Posted by Michelle Steiner on January 5, 2007, 6:01 am

There's no comparison between the two.  If you want to compare a Prius
to another Toyota, compare it to the Camry; they're about the same size
and have about the same amenities.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by Michael Pardee on January 6, 2007, 12:18 pm

The ratio of city to highway driving is also a big factor. Realistically,
our 2002s get mid-40s year round with short trips in town being the norm. In
that service very few cars - including the Corolla - get even upper 20s.

Of course, a hybrid power train is about the only option that even stands up
to that kind of evaluation. What is the payback period for a navigation
system, a premium sound system, HID headlights, a turbocharger, or anything
else that car commercials tout? We get this elegant power delivery and
better economy too.


Posted by on January 6, 2007, 10:25 pm

I had a Corolla for about a week while my Prius was being repaired.  I drove
the same routes as usual and I saw 21 mpg. That's about 30 MPG less than my
Prius. What sickened me was the engine running all the time. My gawd,
running while I'm at a light. Running while we're going down hill. What a
freakin waste.
And the damn thing couldn't pass another car worth shit! Spit and sputtered
when it down shifted. I thought I was going to smack the oncoming car.
I never never never had to tailgate anybody just so I could easily pass them
with my Prius. Four or five car lengths back I get in the other lane and
then stomp on it. I don't feel my neck snap back. I feel the pressure
against my chest instead.

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