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Posted by Bill on March 9, 2006, 6:23 pm

I drive in Fargo every month or so and yes, it is hard to imagine a commute
that takes more than 10 minutes one-way so the mileage does suffer.  I-29
north to Grand Forks and South to the SD border, wind not-with-standing, are
perfect tests of the EPA rating at 55 mph and yes, my Prius meets that
standard.  Coming and going from Fargo on I-94, with the cruise locked on
55, I can see the descent into and the ascent out of the Red River valley in
my 5-minute bars.  Have you ever encountered a situation where, when the
temperature and dew point are close and the temperature is hovering around
freezing, the windshield suddenly fogs?  It is as if the climate control
suddenly switches from outside air to recalculated, pumping the warm, moist
interior air onto the cold windshield.

Posted by gpstwo@webtv.net on March 9, 2006, 7:17 pm
I've had mine since Jan. 06.
So far I love It and it is  fun to drive.. Mine even has the camerafor
when you back up. It automaticly activates when you pt it in reverse,
The picture come on the instrument screen.. I'm averaging 47 - 53 mpg.
with a lot of contry drivnging. No problems so far and we love it.

Posted by sanpablo on March 10, 2006, 12:47 am
 On Wed, 08 Mar 2006 21:23:08 GMT, rchapman@mail.com (sanpablo) wrote:

Thank you, everyone, for repsonding. Very helpful comments. Thank you
Richard S. for the links.

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on March 13, 2006, 1:10 am

They're fun to drive.  Wicked small turning radius.  Brake in less than half
the distance. I have very little wear on my brakes after 68,000 miles.
My seat belt doesn't retract very well and sometimes it gets caught when I
close the door. I wish I could see the temperature along with the
speedometer instead of having to turn on the graphics. Small wishes, no big

Posted by Earle Jones on March 21, 2006, 5:13 am
  rchapman@mail.com (sanpablo) wrote:

Hi!  I bought an '05 Prius in January, '05 (after a six-month
waiting list) and I am completely happy with it.  I now have about
22,000 miles with an average gas mileage of about 50.2 mpg.  It
tends to get a little more than this in the summer and a little less
in the winter.  (I keep a very accurate spread sheet with every
gallon of gas I purchase.)

I have driven this car over the Donner Summit (7,200 feet), Tioga
Pass in the Sierra (10,000 feet), as well as other mountain driving
(Sequoia National Park, Grand Canyon, etc.) with no problems

I have not driven it in snow conditions -- most of my travel has
been on local highways (maybe about 2/3) and in city travel (about

This is the best car I have ever owned.  It is completely reliable,
safe, and very much fun to drive.  The steering/handling is
fantastic.  It has more room than you might realize.  Fold down the
back seats and with the hatchback design, you could put a couple of
golf bags back there.  I believe that two could sleep in the back.

In addition, I really like the small features that are standard:  
The 'Smart Start/Alarm' system that lets you keep you keys in your
pocket and unlocks the doors automatically when you approach the
car.  It lets you start the car with the keys in your pocket.

The '06 has a back-up camera to show you the view out the rear when
you are in Reverse.

All in all, this has been the best car I have ever owned -- which
includes two Subarus -- one a 2001 Outback Wagon, one a 1998
Forester, and the Isuzu Trooper, and many Volvos, VWs, Mazda 626,
RX-7, and Protege, and various assorted Detroit iron.

Good luck!


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