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You are in the Toyota Prius
What is this discussion about?
Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars
Nov 14, 2003 (8:39 am)
I drive a 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII, a 1997 Honda Civic and a 1997 Honda Accord. I'm no tree-hugger, but I find the technology of the Prius very intrigueing. Regarding some of the previous posts, from my point of view, if I want to drive a Hummer as my daily ride and park a Prius next to it in the garage, I'd do it for my own reasons and because, last I looked, it's still my right to do so. If some find that bothersome, then get your local politician to take away a few more of my rights.
Nov 14, 2003 (8:47 am)
Supply will catch up with demand. It's a hot new model, with patience I'm sure the situation will improve.
Question, though, a friend of mine mentioned you can drive in HOV lanes with a hybrid, even by yourself. Is that right?
If so, that could be a *major* benefit to some folks.
#2544 of 7508 heart of the forum getting lost?
Nov 14, 2003 (12:44 pm)
Is it just me or are there a lot of folks that seem to loose track about this forum?
I've been driving my '04 for a week now and nearly love this inanimate object. For the same money as a nicely equipped 4cyl. Camry or Accord, I have a car that gets better mileage and it is FUN.
I never compare it to a Mini or Mercedes or ever expect to recover initial costs through economy of operation. The car sells itself on so many aspects: Style, quality, economy, creature features and it is 'green' too!
All the personal issues and strange vehicle comparisons vented here is detracting from the forum subject.
Bet I get clobbered.
Happy driver in Oregon
#2545 of 7508 Keeping on topic
Nov 14, 2003 (1:17 pm)
The hosts will keep us in line if we stray too much.
I see a lot of "hidden" benefits:
* HOV lane access
* one of a few hatches on the market
* coolness factor
* green factor
* uniqueness factor
#2546 of 7508 Prius for a week
Nov 14, 2003 (2:13 pm)
I have owned my Prius for a week and am getting 50 mpg on my first tank.
Driving this car is boring. The two times I have driven it to work, I have nearly fallen asleep. I even missed my exit to work today because the drive experience is so numb. The steering feels like it was designed for children it is so light. Forget cornering. I have trouble keeping up with old diesal Mercedes sedans.
Still like it in the city where I cannot go anywhere that fast anyway. Good thing my other car is an E55.
#2548 of 7508 Re dealers
Nov 14, 2003 (3:02 pm)
The Toyota salespeople realizing they have a captive audience and are forgetting Customer Service and are becoiming as snobby and arrogant as MB.
It's unfair to lump all Toyota dealers together based on behavior of some. I have had a very good experience with my local Toyota dealer so far. A sales rep responded immediately, via email, to my query about the Prius that I sent through Edmunds.com's service. In that email, he gave me lots of information about the car, pricing, packages, and availability. Without my asking, he has offered me $500 off MSRP. When I came in for a test drive with my family, he took time to explain the operations of the car to my DW, let us take the car for as long as we wanted, and used no pressure tactics on me afterwards. He gave me a detailed assessment of their backlog so I could estimate when I needed to place my order to ensure I get a car before the lease expires on my present car.
I should note that this dealership is one of those "no-haggle, our-best-price-all-the-time" dealerships that are becoming increasingly popular in my area. The sales reps are not on commission. That may have something to do with how they act. It may also explain why they are the #3 dealership, in volume, in the entire Midwest region, and why they are selling on average 1 Prius a day and already have a 5 month backlog.
P.S. I don't need financing incentives from Toyota when I can get a 2.5% effective rate on my home equity LOC. But I do need (want) a car like the Prius, and Toyota's the only one who has that kind of car right now (sorry, the Civic Hybrid doesn't cut it).
#2549 of 7508 Let's discuss the Prius...
Nov 14, 2003 (3:12 pm)
...and not got off track on what other people may or may not be driving. I believe the MB v. Prius or MB + Prius detour has come full circle here. Let's move and talk Prius.
#2550 of 7508 plural of prius
Nov 14, 2003 (8:35 pm)
is pria, according to a friend of mine who actually took latin. most people are saying priuses, though.
Nov 14, 2003 (11:36 pm)
may actually be right. But most people may not really know when I say "pria", I'd rather still stick to "Priuses" for now to be understood.