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Thinking of buying a Prius

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Posted by elmofongo@gmail.com on October 28, 2005, 5:54 am

I spend a lot of time on the freeway commuting to work
in my aging Honda Accord. I'm seriously thinking of buying a
Prius to cut down on my gas expenses. I am hoping to
have the following Prius-related questions answered:

Should I wait for the 2006 model?
Is the maintenance on a Prius costly?
Should I expect to put my name on a waiting list? (I live in Northen
Should I expect to pay the MSRP (or more) price?



Posted by A Sherman on October 28, 2005, 11:46 am
Not answering your questions:

The Prius will not save money in the short term compared to a lower priced car
with high MPG.  Don't expect the best mileage in high speed freeway driving.
I'm getting ~45 MPG on the highway.  The economy really shines at lower

Having said that, the Prius is a wonderful car.


Posted by richard schumacher on October 28, 2005, 2:36 pm

Check out http://www.priuschat.com  for an expenses spreadsheet.  Prius
is not the cheapest car to own, not even the cheapest new car.  But it
is nice knowing that one is minimizing air pollution and nearly
minimizing petroleum dependency.

Note that you get a $000 tax *credit*, not a deduction, for taking
delivery in 2006.  Thus it is much better to wait.  Yes, expect to pay
MSRP, even if you wait.

Posted by DBLZOOM on October 28, 2005, 8:47 pm
 My experience is very different.  I bought a used 2001 Prius with
36,000 miles for under $5,000.  That is lway ess than a comparably
equipped new car that gets way less gas mileage.  Also, I get better
gas mileage on the highway than I do in the city.  When I fill up and
get on the highway and drive I can get up to 53 mpg.  When I fill up
and do just city driving, the best I can get is 45 mpg.  I think it is
the fact that the engine starts up a lot more when city driving.  I
can't seem to just start out with just electric power.  I think the new
Prius may be better at that.

My used car still has the remainder of the 6 year 100,000 mile
warranty.  Also, it seems Toyota is trying to please us Prius owners.
I have a knock in the electronic sterring rack.  Toyota is replacing it
for free.  The service bulletin stated that they are doing this to keep
in good graces with the Prius owner.  So, there may be some perks to
buying an older Prius.  It is a wonderful car and I'm not sure I can
ever go back to a non-hybrid.

Posted by Doug on October 29, 2005, 12:45 pm
A Sherman wrote:

Try slowing down and drafting behind semi-trucks.

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