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Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on January 16, 2008, 8:11 pm

I know that, but she said flat out "don't get one".  The justification
was that the breakeven point was 50,000 miles.  That just seems
ridiculous.  That means that for the 200,000 miles AFTER 50,000 miles,
you save big money.

Posted by Michelle Steiner on January 16, 2008, 9:48 pm

Oh, I know that people drive that much.  I do.  But my math was way off;
the break even point is 300,000 miles at $.00 a gallon.

Support the troops:  Bring them home ASAP.

Posted by William Gratchic on July 7, 2008, 11:13 am
 This person is rude , consdescending and attogonistic.

Posted by Shawn Hirn on January 16, 2008, 9:58 am

It depends a lot on the price of gas and how much you drive, as well as
your driving habits (highway, urban, or combination). In my area, gas
costs around $/gallon now. I bought my 2008 Prius less than a week ago.
I am going on the assumption that the price of gas will steadily
increase over the life of my Prius. Gas now is around 60 cents more per
gallon than it was a year ago. One year ago, gas was also around 60
cents more per gallon than it was the previous year. I am no expert, but
it seems to me that the price of gas is going up roughly sixty cents a
year, so in two years from now, gas will be well over $.00 on average
in the USA.

Consumer Reports answered your question last year (I think). CR said the
cut off point is around $.50/gallon for when the Prius becomes cost
effective. Also, having just shopped the Prius, I can tell you that you
can get one for less than $4,000. The car I am driving has package #2
and it cost me $2,000 although the taxes and tags brought it up to
$4,170. If you buy a base Pruis, its still as economical as the other
Prius models and you can save at least $,000, which is certainly still
more than a Corolla.

I figure that my Prius will last me at least ten years, but probably
longer. Out of that ten years, at least seven of those years will be
during a period where the price of gas exceeds that $.50/gallon cut off
point. The future price of gas is a big reason why I bought my Prius;
however, the main reason was that its environmentally friendly.
Regardless of the gas price and cost-effectiveness, the Prius (and other
hybrids) spew less pollution than regular fueled vehicles, which is
important to me, and should be to anyone else who has grown addicted to

Posted by Just Me on January 17, 2008, 1:36 am

Excellent points made by all.  Of course now my big problem is selling my
truck for as much as possible so that I can parlay as much as possible
towards the down payment.  I've also been juggling my options of a new '08
or a used one with as low of miles as possible.  The price difference isn't
all that different between the used '06 and new '08.  Even the '05's I've
seen tend to be around $9K.  I know that Toyota covers the batteries, etc.
for 100K miles.  Is there much experience for mileages of even double that
amount?  I'm completely sold on the Prius for all of the obvious reasons
plus I just like it!   Thanks to all and wish me luck on selling my truck.
It will be nice to go from 14.5 mpg to 45+ mpg.  ;-)

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