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#38 of 46 1986 Volvo 240 DL for a 2003 Prius
Jun 18, 2005 (9:01 pm)
Last year I donated my 1986 Volvo 240 wagon to Goodwill after I purchased a used 7k mile 2003 Prius for $17,388 plus tax and license. A few months later the car was worth $3k more than what I had paid for! I even received a letter for Toyota of Santa Monica to purchase the car at a top price,,, sight unseen.
I certain won't miss the noisy brakes and mufflers on our 1986 Volvo. Also, goodbye high repair and parts prices!
#39 of 46 Re: 1986 Volvo 240 DL for a 2003 Prius [flj168]
Jun 19, 2005 (5:55 am)
You overpaid for a 2003 Prius. If you thought Volvo parts prices were high, wait until you see Prius prices. You should have bought an 04 or later Prius with an extended warranty. That's the only way I am going to buy mine.
#40 of 46 Re: SUZUKI VITARA FOR A PRIUS [gagrice]
Jun 19, 2005 (12:31 pm)
Ah! Yes! Towing the Prius, you ask! Well, The manual and dealer seem to be in agreement that it be towed only by a dealer..... unless you have an emergancy. Well, I see it this way. According to the general concensus, I see no reason why it could not be tow'd frount wheels up. I think, in time, there will be options for RVers to transport the hybrid. If not, I'll get creative. We'll see.
Culliganman( Prius to the resque)
#41 of 46 Re: SUZUKI VITARA FOR A PRIUS [railroadjames]
Jun 19, 2005 (12:38 pm)
RVers to transport the hybrid
Will the rear wheels turning cause regenerative charging of the batteries. And can that be reason they should not be towed? Or are the rear wheels used for regenerative braking/charging?
#42 of 46 For a Hybrid Highlander
Jun 19, 2005 (1:48 pm)
2002 GMC Envoy.
#43 of 46 Re: For a Hybrid Highlander [tomslyck]
Jun 19, 2005 (2:39 pm)
Great choice... What type of mileage was your Envoy getting. My friend gets 13-16 on average in suburban driving.
#44 of 46 Re: SUZUKI VITARA FOR A PRIUS [gagrice]
Jun 19, 2005 (7:17 pm)
This is where it gets a bit complicated. The regenerative factor you speak of would only apply to a "running" vehicle. I'm always surprised when auto manufacturers neglect the RV world that is thirsty for a tow'd car that fits their needs. Suzuki has been very in tuned w/ these buyers. Honda likewise. I've even investigated the under-carrage of my 04' Prius looking at the possibilities of a hitch for light towing (like a motorcycle or a jet-ski). That's not looking too good but not out of the question.
#45 of 46 Re: SUZUKI VITARA FOR A PRIUS [gagrice]
Jun 19, 2005 (11:12 pm)
are the rear wheels used for regenerative braking/charging?
Only the front wheels are connected to the power train - the rear wheels are only along for the ride (although they do take part in mechanical braking).
On this Forum's topic - my Prius replaced a '90 Corolla GTS with 140,000 miles on it. It had been my wife's car, and I had driven it since she passed in 1999. It was getting 28 MPG (when new, it got 32+ MPG). She had *WON* the car in one of those mall raffles (where you slide an entry form into the window of a demo car on display), and it was her pride and joy; indeed it was a very nice car. But little things were beginning to go wrong - the cable from the little lever under the driver''s seat to the deck latch was broken, for example (a repair with an expense out of proportion to its worth) - and it was developing a lot of rattles. Besides, the headroom was almost nil for me. I donated it to the Boy Scouts. Couldn't be happier with my Prius, which I picked up the day after Thanksgiving in 2004 ater a seven month wait (the GTS was running acceptably, so I wasn't in a desperate rush).
jprice SoCal '05 Silver, #1, 5200 miles, cum. mileage 46.5MPG
#46 of 46 Re: 1986 Volvo 240 DL for a 2003 Prius [falconone]
Jun 22, 2005 (7:17 pm)
At the time I purchased my used 2003 Prius, there were no used 2004s available, the new ones had a 4+ month wait. The 2003 Prius was certified and came with five additional years extended warranty along with four remaining free Toyota service. Starting model 2004 on, Toyota dropped the first five free services. I figure this is worth at least $800+?