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Posted by on September 24, 2007, 10:38 pm

Sounds to me like you use both hands to honk your horn, lol.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on September 22, 2007, 8:33 pm

I wave at other Prius owners quite often and they've always smiled and
waved back.  Now, if they're not even looking in my direction that's
another story.

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Posted by Henry on September 22, 2007, 9:04 pm

I bought my fully loaded '04 in October '03, days after it
reached the dealers here. For a year supply couldn't meet
supply, and owners virtually always waved at each other in
celebration of being so lucky.

Today I have more than 40k miles on the car with no problems and
great performance/economy/comfort/confidence, and like other
Prius owners I thoroughly enjoy the car, but with the
proliferation of the design no one waves any more...

Posted by TKM on September 23, 2007, 1:04 am

Ours is a 2006 with the full package.  It's been great for 18 months and
nice to drive on either curved or straight roads -- very solid.  I usually
drive our other car -- an older Volvo.  The Prius doesn't feel quite as
strong and sturdy; but the crash test data says the Prius is fine. My only
gripe is that the seats are a bit low for my 6-foot frame although the
headroom is O.K.  I have to say, too, that I prefer manual knobs and
switches to electronic screen buttons which disappear just when I want to
change something.  We get 45-55 mpg -- a bit less in winter with the heater
running.  At 65-70 mph on the highway, 50.3 mpg is typical.


Posted by Bob & Holly Wilson on September 29, 2007, 8:40 pm

75 mph -> 39 MPG
70 mph -> 49 MPG
65 mph -> 52 MPG
60 mph -> 54 MPG

With my 2003 Prius, 68 mph appears to be the highest, efficient speed
and appears to give the same 52 MPG seen at 65 mph.

As for handling, we have a 2001 Echo and the Prius takes turns about 5
mph faster without any excitement. The Echo has to go slower and is a
little . . . exciting in a bad way.

Bob Wilson

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