Hi - I'm new to the forum and a potential Prius buyer. We are looking at the Prius C, but since this is its first model year I figured this forum might be better to get opinions from long-term Prius owners. Specifically we are trying to figure out the long-term cost of ownership (~10 year lifespan, so well after the original warranty has expired) of a Prius including maintenance and repair costs, and how much, if at all, those costs eat into savings from fuel economy, relative to a small gas car like the Honda Fit or the Nissan Versa. I've skimmed through the stickied "Reliability" thread, and see that they rate the frequency of repair trips, which is "better than average", but not the cost of those trips. Google results for things like "Prius repair costs" bring up several hits about a study that concluded something like "hybrids cost about 8% more to repair but the repairs are less frequent than average". We (my fiance and I) also have an issue with the definition of "average" in claims like this - we'd rather compare the Prius directly to other highly-rated small cars like the Honda Fit, and not to an average over the entire four-door hatchback class that can be dragged down by the lousier cars, artificially inflating the Prius's relative score. My general understanding is that the "myth" that "owning a hybrid will actually be a nightmare and it will cost you a bazillion dollars to replace the battery" has been dispelled, but I can see there being a legitimate claim that owning a small gas car that gets 40mpg highway is still cheaper in the long run if maintenance is slightly less expensive. Any personal stories or pointers to references about this would be greatly appreciated.