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#299 of 7508 LA availability May 11, 2004 - try Carson Toyota
May 13, 2004 (10:50 pm)
I received 2 dealers names from Edmunds, neither of which had any vehicles or helpful information. The Simi dealership told me that they were not accepting any more names for its waiting list. I called around the county and spoke to agents who did not seem very informed about the 2004, and in fact were not very professional and was told the waiting lists for the various agencies were between 6 and 12 months. The person at Longo Toyota was nice but had no cars.
I called Carson Toyota and spoke with the fleet sales manager who was the first person to tell me that the 2003 model I had rented for the week had relatively little in common with the 2004 and so it would not help me decide if I would like the Prius or not. She then told me some had come in that day and I could have one. I drove to Carson at 7pm and drove away with a 2004 Prius at 9pm. It cost $2500 over the MSRP.
I've driven it for only 1 1/2 days and I love it. The Carson Toyota staff were wonderful, helpful and know everything about the Prius, unlike the other agency reps who seem to know nothing about the car and in no hurry to learn.
#300 of 7508 Re: LA availability May 11, 2004 - try Carson Toyota [abennett #298]
May 14, 2004 (8:58 am)
Why Oh Why would anyone pay $2,500 over MSRP ??
#301 of 7508 Update Santa Monica, CA Toyota
May 14, 2004 (9:20 am)
Sorry, the 8-10 was for the 2003 models. I checked back with the dealership this morning and they get 40 (Forty!) a month! and still have a waiting list. However, they have 3 used 2004 with about 10,000 miles on them for sale RIGHT NOW. Run down there, call, what an opportunity!
#302 of 7508 Re: LA availability May 11, 2004 - try Carson Toyota [midnightcowboy #299]
May 15, 2004 (8:41 am)
Why not! I don't have the patience to wait 6-12 months and possibly be faced with the same price anyway. I love the car and particularly like cutting my donation to oil company profits by 2/3.
#303 of 7508 Re: LA availability May 11, 2004 - try Carson Toyota [abennett #301]
May 15, 2004 (5:03 pm)
Let's see $2,500 and cutting profits to oil companies by 2/3s.
Let's assume that you get 51 mpg and that you were getting only 17 mpg before ( fits the 2/3s euation).
If you drive 15,000 miles per year at $2.00 per gallon you can recover you initial $2,500 extra in only 2.125 years.
Yes sir ree Bob, P.T. Barum was right there is one born every minute!!
#304 of 7508 Re: LA availability May 11, 2004 - try Carson Toyota [midnightcowboy #302]
May 15, 2004 (6:55 pm)
With gas over $3.00 a gallon in some places in CA, the recovery is 1.4 years, less if they drive more than 15,000 miles a year. The Prius will have lower emissions than the 17 mpg vehicle too, even if its PZEV since you'd be burning three times the amount of gas per mile. That doesn't sound like a "sucker" to me. However, if it were me I'd pursue other options before paying a $2500 uplift on a Prius--like travel a ways to get one for MSRP.
#305 of 7508 Talk to the Press
May 18, 2004 (6:27 pm)
A newspaper reporter is looking to interview owners of hybrid vehicles who live in the midwest. Bonus points awarded to Michiganders who drive hybrids and respond to this query. Please send daytime contact info and a line about your vehicle choice to jfallonedmunds.com by Friday, May 21, 2004.
May 19, 2004 (4:55 pm)
A reporter is looking for anyone who has had a bad experience trying to buy a new Prius from a dealership. Please respond to jfallonedmunds.com with your daytime contact info and a line about what happened no later than 5pm Pacific on Friday, May 28, 2004.
#307 of 7508 Re: Toyota Prius Orders - when delivery? [janprius #1]
May 20, 2004 (9:30 am)
I placed my order with the Klamath Falls, Oregon dealer on the 8th of May, was told that there were two people ahead of me. He called me three days later and told me that it was outfitted with a #9 package and the other two people had dropped out of the waiting. I picked it up two days ago, so a total wait of 10 days.
#308 of 7508 Still Waiting
May 24, 2004 (10:22 am)
I placed my order for my Prius with package #3 on 18 Dec '03 from Lorensen Toyota in Old Saybrook, CT. My salesman tells me now that I am #8 on the list of 20 still waiting. Nobody seems to be dropping out. He said that Connecticut got shortchanged on deliveries. California and Florida seem to have gotten most of the allotments. He says that I will probably get a 2005. Does anybody have any information on the 2005's. Will there be any changes in price or option packages. I have to believe that there will be no changes in the car itself.