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Posted by Jeff DeWitt on July 22, 2007, 10:48 pm

richard schumacher wrote:

A lot of smart people bought Edsels too!

Jeff DeWitt

Posted by on July 25, 2007, 8:53 pm

I wouldn't go as far as saying smart people and buying Prius in one breath.
But I will say that the owners I've spoke to aren't as emotionally
distraught; not constantly assurring themselves their car can leap forward
fast, or growl as they pass another car. We've all owned sportier cars and
learned our lesson. It don't mean much to anybody but ourselves. As with
most legends, it's all in one's head and car commercials.
O, btw, when you drive green, your shit really doesn't stink.


Posted by Jeff DeWitt on July 26, 2007, 1:31 am

mark_digital© wrote:

It dawned on me today what really bugs me about Prisus, it's not the
cars (although I'm no Toyota fan), and it's not the technology, I'm a
geek and find technology fascinating, what really bugs me about Prisus
is the smug, self righteous attitude of so many of the people that own them.

If I was going to buy a hybrid I'd buy a Civic or even better an Escape.

Jeff DeWitt

Posted by DougSlug on July 26, 2007, 1:51 am

I can't help wondering why you're cross-posting to a Prius group if you have
no interest in them...unless it's to troll for inane political

Posted by Jeff DeWitt on July 26, 2007, 3:10 am

DougSlug wrote:

I'm just hitting reply.  I AM interested in them, the technology is
fascinating and I've enjoyed discussing it. I've also learned more about
the cars.

I shouldn't have made that comment about smug self righteousness, it
really doesn't contribute to the discussion and gives offense when it
was not necessary to be offensive... this isn't an excuse but I think it
was triggered by an earlier part of this thread where we really were
having an interesting discussion and then a couple of posters turned it
into a flame war. (or at least a flame skirmish!).

Whatever the reason I apologize for being offensive.

I'd still rather have an Escape though, it's a bigger vehicle, the
station wagon type body is more practical for me... and frankly I'd
rather have a Ford than an Toyota.

What do you think of the plug in version of the Prius that Toyota is
currently testing?


Like I've said before I really do think the current hybrid technology is
a stopgap, transitional technology.  They are more or less conventional
gas powered cars with an electrical assist (in effect an electric
flywheel), whereas something like the Chevy Volt is an electric car with
a gas (or whatever) assist to keep the batteries charged.

I think that is where we are really headed, the Prius is a step down
that road.

Jeff DeWitt

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