would a Prius be good for me

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by citrus, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. citrus

    citrus New Member

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    Hello This is my first post on this forum and i am trying to decide if the Prius is right for me. My wife and I hold on to cars for 15yrs .Currently she drives 17500 miles per year.What are peoples thoughts regarding longevity(250,000miles)and not spending huge sums of money in maintenance?
     
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    I did not purchase a Prius expecting the car to fail. That said, I also obtained 100K warranty, because stuff happens.

    I would check the maintainence schedule to see where Toyota places its focus. I would also 'Google' Prius taxis; there are a number of articles about Prius going in excess of 250K (and without battery replacement)

    Unsure if this helps... I keep cars about 150K, and I hope you can make 250K...

    Art
     
  3. skguh

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    Think of it this way: 250K miles divided by 30 mpg = 8,333 gallons times $2.79 per gallon = $23,249.99.

    You could have hadda PRIUS with NO V-8! and $13,950 @ 50 MPG.

    That's nearly $10K in gas alone!

    The maintenance tail on the Prius is nominal compared to other vehicles according to this old Edmunds article, but it really depends on what you've been driving. Do the leg work for yourself--but the warranty speaks volumes. compare your current vehicle, current year if you wish and work it backwards.
     
  4. efusco

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    Would help to know more about your wife's driving habits/needs. But assuming your main concern is longevity and maintenence cost I'd say the Prius would be great for you.

    As with the math above, in the VERY unlikely circumstances that you need to replace the HV battery in that 250k miles it'll run you around $4500 for a new one (probably less, but that's the current new dealer installed no-negotiation price) or $500-1000 for a salvage.
     
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    The Prius is currently rated as the most reliable mid-sized family car by Consumer Reports. Toyotas are good, and it appears the Prius is the best of the Toyotas.
     
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    45 to 55 MPG
    Consumer Reports rated #1 for mid size
    Toyota Quality
    Less nasty stuff in the air
    Save lots of money on Gas

    The answer is YES this is the right car for you and your wife will probably want one too after you get yours so be prepared to buy two of them :D
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(David Beale @ Oct 29 2007, 05:04 PM) [snapback]532098[/snapback]</div>
    My personal experience is no different. The Prius is my umpteenth car (lost count long ago) and at 55,000 miles it is the only car I have ever owned that has had ZERO issues. NONE. It has always worked perfectly down to the smallest details and I'm averaging 51 mpg.

    One caviat is that if you do a lot of short trips the mileage can be significantly lower but it would still be great car even under those circumstances.
     
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    patsparks An Aussie perspective

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    Yes, you owning a prius over a conventional car would be good for you and good for me.
     
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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(citrus @ Oct 29 2007, 12:29 PM) [snapback]531999[/snapback]</div>


    Just bought a 2008 Prius and I couldn't be happier. Traded a 2006 Honda Civic which was also a great car but I believe the quality and workmanship of the Prius is far superior. I have in excess of thirty cars and I can truly say this one is really well made and the advanced technology of this vehicle is really incredible. I especially love the back up camera and the steering wheel controls for just about everything needed while driving. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone except those that want do zero to sixty in five seconds, but it does get into traffic on the freeway without a problem, plenty of power when needed. Go for it, you won't be sorry.
    ddtman
     
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    Prius "YES"!!!!
    Duh . . . Haven't you seen the commercials??? :lol:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzbHJKZ4fL0

    But more important. Connecticut is one of the states which adopted California's emissions standards, so you would get the 10 year 150,000 warranty for the battery and other emission related components.
     
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