I guess I have to adjust....

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by The Electric Me, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. The Electric Me

    The Electric Me Go Speed Go!

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    It's bothering me more than I would of predicted.
    It's petty, somewhat shallow of myself, I'll admit.

    But really? I almost bought a Gen 2 Prius, right before the introduction of the Gen 3. Then I waited a few years before I finally bought my Gen 3 Prius.

    Don't let this out. But it's bothering me that I'm no longer at the top of the Standard Prius evolutionary chain.
    I come to Prius Chat, there's a whole other forum for The Gen 4.

    I feel like I've been Neanderthalled ( That's a real word, I just made it ).
    The Gen 4 tribe is chipping rocks to make arrow heads... and using fire to cook meat and provide warmth...
    Meanwhile? It seems colder out here than I remember, and that tree limb I use as a club? Well...it has it's weaknesses.

    Every time I go over a bump, the term Independent Rear Suspension pops in my head.
    An instrument panel that has multiple colors? I can only grunt and slobber and take what comfort I can from the pale light of the vacuum tube like glow of the Gen 3 instrument panel.

    I haven't been particularly impressed with Toyota Prius Commercials for a while now, BUT at least the majority of them featured a Prius that looked a lot like mine. Now Toyota has Anime Girls popping up as parts of the Gen 4 Prius.

    I can go off and watch Cartoons if I want to do so. But Toyota isn't going to provide me with any for my Gen 3 Prius. It's just a matter of time before I stop getting postcards from the dealership with Jan on them, reminding me to bring in my Prius to maintain it's "Toyotaness". Why even bother? Might as well seek out an independent mechanic named Jethro to do Oil Changes now.

    How did Gen 2, even 1st Gen Prius owners do it?

    I feel like I've been placed on an ice flow, and left to float out to sea to die.
    Toyota just held up a sign saying "NEXT" ...and they were pointing it at me.

    I'll get over it, I'll adjust...It's be OK...
     
  2. xliderider

    xliderider Senior Member

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    Lol, welcome to the club. ;)

    I bought my 2010 Camry, Toyota did a much needed refresh on the Camry in 2012. :(

    Bought a 2011 Prius, Toyota did a refresh on the Prius for 2012. :(
     
  3. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    Try this mantra, it may warm you for some months: Never buy the first year of an all new car, let others find the teething problems.
     
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    Agreed. Although I did purchase my 2010 in it's first model year (July 2009), it was out of necessity, but I'll have to say I haven't had any major issues other than recalls. I do plan on getting a Gen IV in another 2-3 years (since my 2010 is running fine), so I'll let others do the beta testing for me (thanks in advance.)
     
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    Even in established car models, don't jump on board for the newest "gen" of model they produce. Any flaws or bugs will be discovered in the first two model years. Even though Gen 3 was better than Gen 2, I would never have bought a 2012...just wasn't quite right. The minor improvements made for 2013 were a big reason I moved forward and bought one.
     
  6. Mendel Leisk

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    When 4th gen came out, then I started paying more attention to the gen2>gen3 styling changes.

    It's akin to that moment when baby #2 comes along, and #1 is immediately promoted to toddler.
     
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    ETC(SS) The other One Percenter.....

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    Planned obsolescence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    My G3 is a work car, so I don't have 22,000 reasons to be emotionally attached to it, but I'm glad that the species is evolving.
    If I had to buy a Prius right now, I'd still be able to go with a new leftover G3, and I would.

    Part of it is esthetics.
    I simply like the lines of the G3 better, and some of the interior appointments in the new car aren't quite to my liking.
    MOST of it is economics.
    You can still pick up a G3 for less than $20,000 out the door, and they're still JUST as efficient and reliable as they were in 2015.

    The G4 is a better car in many respects.....actually in most respects, but in 2-3 years maybe they'll do a mid-course correction with the styling and also they'll be more price competitive.....and it will be the best car FOR ME.

    Then again?
    Maybe not.

    That Darwin thing works both for and against the good people of Toyota......and PHEVs are also few steps up the evolutionary ladder.... :)
     
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    ^ What you said, except for me, I'll likely wait for G5, if it happens. Or just pack in the whole concept known as cars, not sure.
     
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    Aw CRAP --- We'll miss you, Mendel..............
     
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    mmmodem Taste Tester

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    Going back on all the cars I've owned, I almost always pick up the first or second year of the new model. The reason was simple, I wanted the latest and greatest technology and I wanted the feeling of owning a new car to last as long as possible. Toyota did me a favor with the G4 Prius and made it so disdainfully hideous that I won't be envious of G4 owners. At least not yet. I have to admit that the first 3 generations were offensive to my eyes at the beginning but eventually grew on me to just a really ugly car.

    Except the flying buttress G3 interior, that beast will always be a stain to humanity. We'll see how the porcelain white console of the G4 matures.
     
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    I might just hang around anyway, continue to drop stinkers. :)
     
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    socal13 livin in the foothills...

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    I still think the gen 3 is the best looking of the bunch. The Gen 4 is pretty ugly in my mind so far (the white console is beyond hideous) and don't get me started on the c... that is one of the ugliest cars on the road! Gen 3 still rules in my book.
     
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    Nothing wrong with progression... but for now, the Gen 4 looks simply hideous! Looks like a Gen 3 mated with a Subaru SVX.
     
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    or with Ford Probe
    or with Saturn Coupe
     
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    I think it's a 1/4 1990 Izuzu Impulse too..

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    Hey, I still get occasional postcards from somebody at the dealership who has been asked by the manager to contact me personally and explain how ardently they yearn to buy my 2001.

    -Chap
     
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    I'm skipping Gen 4 altogether. Gen 4 rubs me wrong in every possible way.
     
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    The gen 3 must have had beer goggles on.
     
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    Just set your bookmark to take you directly to the Gen 3 section. Then you'll never notice the Gen 4 and other sections.
     
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    I bought a late 2008 Gen II 6 months before Gen III arrived in the UK. Traded it in late 2015 for Gen !! 6? months before the next model. I reckon last year of a model is a good buy - not only have all the bugs been dealt with but you get it loaded with various upgrades being tested out for the next model. I think it's a win!
     
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