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Prius Vs Fit questions

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Posted by computerguy903 on August 26, 2010, 2:18 pm

I am looking at buying a newish car. I have been driving a 03 Mits
Lancer, but because of the Milage, and lack of AC, I must sell it.
Through my searching I found a Honda Fit. I loved this car and it
seemed to be the perfect car. My only gripe with it was that I felt
that the Fit was a little small in the back seat. I have also been
told that the fit basicly has to have the Engine replaced at 180,000
miles. Other than that, I have been told that it is a great car and
that it didn't need many trips to the shop.

On the other had I like the Prius. It gets great gas milage, the
inside is like a spaceship, and it has plenty of room. The only thing
that I worry about this is that I have heard that at 180,000 you have
to put $000 worth of batteries into it. Since it is a hybrid, I
assume that it uses different parts than your typical car such as all
the electric motors, CVT, and all the the electronics. Do these parts
go out more often than a typical car, and are they going to be more

Like I said, I have looked a lot and Know all of the details, but I
just cant find any real life test results. Any help would be great.


Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 26, 2010, 11:44 pm

In article

Who the hell told you THAT?

He's wrong.  Dead wrong.

Yes, it's VERY roomy in the back seat, and the driver's area is very

Who the hell told you THAT?

He's wrong.  Dead wrong.

Good God, there are all sorts of wackos out there, making all sorts of

The transmission (not a conventional CVT) in the Prius is WAY WAY more
reliable, and simpler, than a conventional automatic transmission.

The brakes are just brakes.  Electronics are heavily involved in EVERY
car--it's not just a Prius thing.  The electric motor/generators seem to
be very reliable.  There's an extra part, the inverter, which requires
its own coolant.  That's different...

Posted by Al Falfa on August 27, 2010, 6:07 pm

I just want to add that, if driven sensibly, the regenerative braking can
dramatically extend the life of the brake pads and rotors.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 27, 2010, 9:40 pm

Oh my yes (he says, noting that he's now 67K on the brakes and the
rotors are still perfectly straight when they're invoked).

Posted by News on August 27, 2010, 9:45 pm

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

No matter the metal-on-metal shriek...

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