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Toyota Prius, Hybrid Cars
#6502 of 7508 Re: dickering ? [kdhspyder]
Jan 30, 2006 (6:21 am)
The dealer that let me test the original Prius in 2001 was much more wanting to satisfy my automotive needs. The last 3 Toyota dealers I have come in contact with were not as willing to please. I think that JD Powers findings on Toyota customer service going down hill is correct. I would guess that the Prius would go into history if not for the tax incentives. You cannot take one for a test drive as they are dribbled out to the dealers. Same goes for the Honda Civic Hybrid. In CA the hybrids are gouged so much that a sensible buyer would not give them a second look.
Jan 30, 2006 (6:51 am)
Or maybe some dealers can distinguish the people who will actually buy from the perenial car shoppers
Went to a good car show this weekend in Houston!
#6504 of 7508 Re: dickering ? [midnightcowboy]
Jan 30, 2006 (8:43 am)
Yes, that is indeed the case. There was a good article in the current C/D on this point--how to ensure you get a test drive. As you noted, dealers won't give a test drive to just anyone. But if it is clear you are interested in buying the car and won't destroy it on the test drive (some funny anecdotes in the article on that one), you can get a test drive. I got 3 test drives on the Prius when I was shopping for one in the fall/winter of 2003, so it can be done.
#6505 of 7508 Re: dickering ? [backy]
Jan 30, 2006 (8:57 am)
test drives on the Prius when I was shopping for one in the fall/winter of 2003, so it can be done.
In the fall of 2003 they were still having difficulty selling the Prius. Not the same as the last year and a half. I took two test drives in the Classic and the dealer called me several times over the next couple months. I would have bought if my now ex-wife had liked the car.
#6506 of 7508 Re: dickering ? [gagrice]
Jan 30, 2006 (11:18 am)
Since the Gen2's came out in Oct 2003 they have essentially been soldout. By Dec '03 they had orders in hand at dealers for 6 months of production into 2004 at the initial forecasted figure of 35000 units. By March '04 the waiting lists were running 4-18 mo's depending on the dealer and whether he was 'promoting' the vehicle sos they bumped the production up to 70000 units on an annual basis; i.e. ~6000 / mo. In 2005 the production and sales were again bumped up to ~100000 units.
The availability of 'test drives' at initial launch was that each TRAC dealer was given one TRAC Prius to use as both a rental and as a demo vehicle. When that TRAC vehicle was 'used-up' and sold then as a used vehicle by about March '04 there were no other vehicles available for test drives all of them were on order with leadtimes 12-40 weeks out.
The final Classics were available for drives because they suffer seriously in comparison.
#6507 of 7508 Moparbad wants a Prius
Jan 30, 2006 (12:12 pm)
That guy should buy one already. He obviously can't get the darned thing out of his mind.
#6508 of 7508 Re: Moparbad wants a Prius [kiagal]
Jan 30, 2006 (1:08 pm)
That guy should buy one already. He obviously can't get the darned thing out of his mind
I'll take a Yellow one, just like yours.
Jan 30, 2006 (1:17 pm)
WOW! Divorce oover not getting a Prius. Now that is a strong Prius support. Whew! my wife won't divorce me if I don't get Prius.
Bye the way I did test drive, again, a Prius in mid-December. And more recently, in Janaury the delaers have been clamoring for sales and have offered test drives.
P.S.- wait until May 2006 -the availability date of the 2007 Camry Hybrid
#6510 of 7508 Re: acceleration [cvanlieder] -TOO SLOW!
Jan 30, 2006 (1:23 pm)
Hey, If you can survive with an aged Civic you should be okay. You will have close to the same accelration, but better mileage.
Accelration is a problem, but don't ask Prius owners unless you want an optimist rose-colored answer. The Prius is the slowest Toyota made, SUVs included, except for the auto-Echo which is going away ( and not it hasn't been renamed the Yaris; a differnet car).
The 2007 Camry Hybrid will be avialalbe in May and offers reasonable acceleration; slightly less than 9 seconds 0-60 mph.
Good Luck and be safe,
#6511 of 7508 Re: Moparbad wants a Prius [moparbad]
Jan 30, 2006 (4:05 pm)
Those are reserved for the CRDs