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My real world Prius driving in hilly country in the winter has been around 48 mpg. I expect higher mpg when it gets warmer. I rarely drive far enough around town to warm it up, so the engine runs more than the power requires to reduce emissions by getting itself up to temperature.
Unfortunately Consumer Reports recent article had an error, corrected it shows a Prius saving more than a similar car after about 3 years. I plan on having it for at least 10. I could have bought a used one, but with the tax rebate, I came out better buying new.
The Prius has been on the market since 1997, so it's more than a couple of years experience now, and as I said before, only one known case of a battery having a problem, not failing, apparently one cell failed, not the entire battery.
I'm doing my part, I feel better doing it, and my daughter loves the sound system, and now wants it when she is old enough to drive instead of my wife's 4Runner. For some reason she doesn't want to drive the Sqbk. If I put in a serious sound system, maybe, maybe...
Jeff '67 Sqbk
Are there people out there who are trying to "mess with the original
engineering" on their Prius? I suppose it's inevitable.... <<
Most people who "do the math" realize that the amount of money they're
paying extra for these hybrids will, in most cases, never offset the lower amount of gasoline they will use over the lifetime of the car. But still they buy. Why? They want to do SOMETHING to help. >>
But the point is, by buying one of these, you are doing your part. Apparently, the "local yokals" understand this as well, because hybrids are at least selling well enough that companies are starting to produce them across more model lines.
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