Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on July 19, 2009, 2:35 pm
Well, I like strawberries and cream, so...
And as it turned out, I didn't have to settle for "not so ripe
strawberries and not so fresh cream". At the price, I was willing
to--but I didn't have to. It worked out very well.
At least I didn't have to choose between dogshit and apeshit. At least
I could stay in the lowest price range and avoid steaming piles of shit
As for average fruit...the Prius fits very well what I need it to do,
and I say that independent of what kind of engine is under the hood.
Keep in mind, my monthly personal use charge includes the car, gas, oil,
maintenance, repairs, and insurance. It could get 3mpg, and I just
But after I got it I looked very hard at the technology and how they
executed it, and it seems that Toyota engineers are brilliant.
That all being said, I'd be happy to buy one with my own money--and may
very well when it's time to turn in the company car.
But I'm not blind--if for whatever reason they sneak the Corolla size or
interior space configuration up a bit to make it just as comfortable for
me and mine, and if they keep that US$4,000 price...well, it'd be a
Then I'd be looking at new company car, new Prius on my own, new Corolla
on my own, or buying out the 90K mile existing Prius I've had since new.
Everyone's situation is different, and not all Prius owners fit your
Posted by Knobdoodle on July 19, 2009, 1:14 pm
So your argument comes down to "it's better than a Chevy Malibu" does it?
Posted by Noddy on July 19, 2009, 1:32 pm
So it would seem :)
Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on July 19, 2009, 2:19 pm
Everyone's situation is different. The Prius wasn't on my radar screen
until it made sense in my situation and was literally handed to me (when
you consider the alternative).
And now that I've had it for a couple years, I've come to the
conclusion: I would happily buy a Prius on my own. I may even buy it
when it becomes available at turnover time.
Posted by Was Istoben on July 20, 2009, 1:55 am
I earned my driving privileges in 1954 and have owned many vehicles during
the intervening years. I ordered a 2010 Prius last Friday. It will replace
the 2005 Prius I'm giving my daughter and her family. I bought the 2005 for
it's low emissions and low fuel consumption. As an electrical engineer, I
was impressed by the technology.
The 2005 exceeded my expectations. I was surprised by how comfortably it
seats 5 passengers. Compared the SUV and minivan I'd most recently owned,
it was quicker and handled better. I live in a very cold climate and it's
cold weather performance, including starting at temperature below -30F, was
I'm looking forward to the arrival of the 2010 in about six weeks and my
daughter is very anxious to receive the 2005. All I can say to those of you
who criticize the Prius is this: Drive one for a week. You will come to
appreciate it's capacity, utility and performance. Little wonder that here
in the U.S. it has the highest customer satisfaction level ever achieved.