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Posted by nobody but us chickens on January 13, 2008, 4:21 pm
I've been looking at the Prius online & downloaded the brochure for it.
Need to save up a bit more for a down payment in order to get a better
monthly payment. I also know that my car won't get that much as a trade in,
I've already looked up that year. Ugh, car payments again! Right now I have
a 99 Corolla, while it's not that bad on gas what I've read on the Prius
great. I've seen a couple in person but haven't even sat in one yet , want
to wait
until I can afford to because I know once I get in I'll want it then. Also
can't decide if I want to wait until my car bites the dust which could be
years yet or go for it as soon as I can swing it.
I guess my question though are just how different would the operation &
be from the car I have now. From online pics the dash looks like it's a LOT
complicated. I'd ask one of the local dealers but I don't want to be
pressured at
this point into getting it now. The nearest dealer also sells a car that
isn't a Toyota & I wonder how they can be experts on so many different ones.
The next nearest is in another county, where I bought the Corolla is
strictly Toyota.

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 13, 2008, 5:04 pm

well, those Prius car payments will buy A BUNCH of gas for the Corolla.

Plus, the Corolla should run forever.  A friend of mine has a 95 with
around 250K-300K miles on it, and frankly it looks new.

None.  Toyota went to GREAT lengths to make sure that the Prius acts and
drives just like a car.

You won't notice the difference.  No, it's not more complicated at all.  
The dash may be different, but that doesn't mean it's worse or more

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on January 13, 2008, 8:47 pm

Prior to buying my 2004 Prius in September, 2004, I was driving a 1995
Geo Prizm, which is a rebranded Corolla.  At the time I traded it in,
the Prizm had about 210K miles on it and was getting about 25MPG
overall.  I could have kept it longer, but I wanted a larger car.

The 82K miles I've driven on the Prius would have cost me nearly $700
more for gas on the Prizm.

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Posted by nobody but us chickens on January 15, 2008, 12:03 am

Guess I'm just getting tired of the Corolla, I've had it over 9 years & it's
got about 95,000 miles on it. Nothing really wrong with it (knock wood)
except that I've had to replace the fan blower motor 3 times. I like the
thought of a hatchback, years ago I had a Corolla FX which was a hatchback &
it really came in handy. Girl at work bought a new car over the weekend so
that makes me want one even more. I'll just try to save as much as possible
towards a down payment & hope a deal comes along.

Posted by richard schumacher on January 16, 2008, 4:52 pm
If you want to minimize the total cost of ownership then buying any new
car is not the thing to do.  The most economical thing is to buy a used
recent Civic, Corolla, or Kia.  And if at all possible save up the whole
price of the car instead of borrowing.

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