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Posted by richard schumacher on July 23, 2007, 5:56 pm


Posted by Richard Warren on July 24, 2007, 5:09 am

Funny, but what a tragic result.  As Mencken once said: "Nobody ever went
broke underestimating the taste of the American people".  Hopefully (but I
doubt it), the American people have learned their lesson - never elect a
president who doesn't read books.

Posted by Bob Myers on July 23, 2007, 1:37 pm

Before this continues to veer off into Yet Another Endless
Political Shouting Match, let's get back to the original subject:

Is there any real reason that we believe that buying a Prius (or
more generally, any comparable hybrid) at this stage of the
game is really a "smart" thing to do, or is the current spate
of hybrid-buying really more about image than sensibility?

I'm pretty certain that hybrid drivetrains do show
a good deal of promise; I am, however, far from convinced
that the purchase of a hybrid can actually be justified NOW
on purely rational grounds.

Bob M.

Posted by richard schumacher on July 23, 2007, 6:02 pm

It's very well justified if the goal is to buy a car which minimizes air
pollution and petroleum consumption.  Mass transit or a bicycle would of
course be even better for those goals but they are not useable in many
situations.  And if the goal is to minimize the total cost of ownership
of a car, one should buy a used Kia or the like.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on July 23, 2007, 9:46 pm

In September, 2004, I bought a Prius for about the same price as a
comparably equipped Camry would have cost, and I've averaged 46 MPG
since then.  Let's assume the Camry would have gotten 30 MPG.  I've
driven 72,000 miles and have used about 1565 gallons of gas, whereas the
Camry would have used about 2400 gallons.  Is that rational enough?

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